January 7, 2003
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon introduced
Detroit, Michigan – The 2004 E-Class Wagon makes its world premiere on Monday in Detroit, in January at the Detroit Auto Show. The new E-Class wagon features Mercedes’s new “Easy-Pack system” which includes a split-folding rear bench seat that can be folded completely forward in just a few simple steps, creating a large, flat loading surface in the rear. The increased cargo capacity of the new model can be made more accessible with an optional, hydraulically controlled loading floor that, at the push of a button, moves towards the rear of the vehicle, making it easier to load and unload heavy objects.
Standard features on the E-Class wagon include electronic braking, adaptive front airbags, two-stage belt force limiters, curtain airbags, an a load-adaptive self-leveling rear suspension.
Optional equipment for the new wagon includes high-tech systems such as Airmatic DC air suspension, a DVD navigation system, four-zone climate control and dynamic multi-contour seats which automatically pump up the outside seat bolster during cornering to help keep the occupant in place.
The E320 and E500 wagons will be offered with the same 4MATIC all-wheel-drive capability launched on the 2003 S-Class and C-Class line. Mercedes’ 4MATIC is a full-time all-wheel-drive system that uses a 35/65 front/rear torque split and requires no driver intervention. Advanced four-wheel electronic traction control is used to vary torque distribution to individual wheels under slippery conditions. Even if three wheels lose traction, 4MATIC can direct power to just one wheel, front or back, left or right, to keep the car moving. The system is lightweight (under 200 pounds) and compact, so passenger and cargo spaces are not affected.
For the first time ever, a sport version of the wagon will be available in the US. The optional Sport Package for either model lends a bolder appearance with sport body styling, 17-inch sport wheels, bi-xenon headlights with headlamp washers, blue tinted glass, LED brake lights. Other sport package equipment varies between the E320 and E500. The E320, for example, adds the Airmatic DC suspension as well as the larger 245/45R17 tire size that is already standard on the E500. Tires in the sport package feature a performance summer tread for sharper handling response.