The third body style in the all-new E-class lineup, the 2011 wagon, is scheduled to make its official debut at the 2009 Frankfurt auto show, but Mercedes-Benz has released images of the car ahead of the show.
In the U.S., the E-class wagon will be sold simply as an E350 4MATIC model, which sports a 268-hp 3.5-liter V-6, paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel-drive. Mercedes-Benz says the new wagon has been equipped with stiffer shock absorber settings and torsion stabilizer bars than the outgoing model. An automatic, self-leveling suspension system called “Agility Control” keeps the wagon at the same height even when fully loaded with cargo.
For the first time, U.S. buyers will have the option to equip the E-class wagon with a sport package, which includes perforated front brake discs with painted calipers, 5-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels, gearshift paddles, modified front and rear fascias, twin trapezoidal exhaust pipes, and unique rocker panels. An AMG wheel package will be available, adding 5-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels and a 3-spoke steering wheel.
Inside, the wagon will be equipped with a standard drowsiness detection system Mercedes-Benz dubs “Attention Assist”, while a pre-collision detection system will be optional.
The E-class wagon will go on sale in the U.S. starting in June 2010 as a 2011 model. We’ll have more details when the wagon makes its physical debut at the Frankfurt show.