This story has been updated with additional photos of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate following recent sightings of camouflaged prototypes.

It could be our idea, but it seems that once neglected station wagons are gradually coming back into fashion. Mercedes has always been a fan of this body, and the next generation E-Class was no exception to the rule. A prototype Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate has been caught by our spy photographers, showing that the German marque will continue to offer an alternative to the traditional sedan.

There were camouflaged E-Class prototypes spied several times however, from December 2021, we’ve come across the wagon body for the first time, which confirms that it will stick around for the next generation. The wagon is expected to share most body panels with the sedan, with the exception of a redesigned rear end that will allow for a larger and more practical trunk.

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The overall design looks like an evolution outgoing model, despite the fact that every single boy panel will be redesigned and the interior will receive a new S-Class-style layout with the latest technology. We expect the new E-Class to boast improved aerodynamics, more modern lighting fixtures with all-LED graphics, different styling for regular and conventional Models under the AMG brandas well as a cleaner coating similar to the one recently discovered Mercedes-Benz GLC.

The rear looks more streamlined than before, and the taillights are still horizontally positioned, part of them mounted on the large tailgate. Camouflage hides the long-roof body’s window line, which will likely continue the same theme, accentuating the long rear overhang.

The new E-Class will sit on an upgraded version platform of the current modelas it is expected to be the last Mercedes with an internal combustion engine before the EV-only era arrives. Most, if not all, powertrain options will have some form of electrified assistance to meet the stringent Euro 7 regulations, including mild hybrids and plug-in hybrids. Unlike the C-Class, which only had four cylinders in the last generation, the larger E-Class will retain the inline-six engine options in the lineup. As for the performance-oriented AMG variants, we expect the 53e and 63e to use plug-in hybrid setups with more grunt than the outgoing E63 S with V8 engine.

The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate is due to debut in 2023 alongside the sedan. It is interesting that his main opponent is v BMW 5-Series Touring – also gets a new generation around the same time. It is unclear whether Mercedes will continue to manufacture jacks All-terrain E-Classbut the Coupe and Cabriolet models will be discontinued, in favor of CLE.

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