The new Benz E-Class family is arriving two models at a time--and contrary to reports elsewhere, the next pair of mid-size Mercedes vehicles aren't taking the long way to market.
This year, Mercedes is launching the new 2010 E-Class Coupe and sedan. We brought you our first drive of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe, with the Sedan coming in short order. At the first press drive in Las Vegas, Mercedes executives said that convertible and wagon versions of the new E-Class were forthcoming--as we predicted when we showed you those E-Class Cabriolet spy shots last November.
Next up in the E-Class range: a four-seat Cabriolet and a Wagon. While some outlets are reporting that those two vehicles might be pushed back, Mercedes' U.S. arm says the opposite. Some "silly" reports suggesting a financial pinch would delay the wagon until 2012 are wrong, according to MBUSA, since the wagon and cabrio are "already developed."
The result? The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet is due for a summer launch in 2010, and will make its first appearance at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. The E-Class Wagon arrives later this year--in production form at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, and in U.S. showrooms next June.
We'll have more from both auto shows, and stay tuned, greenies: there's a diesel Benz E350 sedan in the works, too.