Preview: 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon

August 5, 2009

As promised, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon is headed for a world debut next month on its way to U.S. showrooms in 2010.

Earlier this summer, Mercedes-Benz' American arm dismissed some "silly" reports that suggested world financial woes would delay the wagon until 2012. On schedule, the E-Class Wagon arrives later this year--in production form at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, and in U.S. showrooms next June.

For auto-show followers, that leaves one more body style in the new E-Class lineup: 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.

For U.S. shoppers, there's a single version of the Wagon coming. The sole E-Class Wagon will be a V-6-powered, all-wheel-driven E350 4Matic wagon. A Sport edition with a special grille, more aggressive front and rear fascias, twin trapezoidal exhaust pipes, 'twist' side rocker panels, cross-drilled brake discs with colored rotors and five-spoke, 17-inch alloy wheels will be a first on U.S. E-wagens. An AMG-look option brings 18-inch alloy wheels.

Mercedes promises more interior room than in the previous edition. And in other markets, the E63 AMG wagon will develop 525 hp, equaling the power in the new E63 sedan. Also in European and world markets outside the U.S., Mercedes is introducing new diesel engines and packages for the E-Class and the Wagon.

Follow TheCarConnection.com's Frankfurt Auto Show tag for more on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the new Benz SLS AMG supercar, and more as we report from Frankfurt the week of September 15th.

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