The wait is (almost) over! 2017 Mercedes E-Class T-Modell shows up almost undisguised before Geneva premiere, courtesy of Auto-motor-und-sport.de.
Exclusive pictures show a fluidic silhouette eerily reminiscent of the posher CLS Shooting Brake’s window line. The boxy shape of the current E-Class T-Modell has been abandoned for the sake of style, something Volvo has also been doing with its latest V90 large wagon. Also worth of note: the particularly large sunroof which extends as far back as possible over the rear seats.
Inside, no big surprises. Closely following its four-door brother, the 2017 Mercedes E-Class T-Modell features a revolutionary dashboard, dominated by two large displays, each with 12.3-inch in diagonal. Visually the two screens merge seamlessly under a common cover glass and a single scoop in a cockpit, which seems to float freely. The standard E-Class versions will get traditional analogue dials and an 8.4 inch central infotainment screen.
Under the bonnet we expect a similar engine range to the one already announced for the sedan with the all-new 2-liter diesel engine sitting at the core of the new line-up. Codenamed OM654, the new unit comes in two flavors: 150 hp for the E 200 d (not available right from the outset) and 143 kW / 195 hp for the E 220 d launch model with a combined NEDC fuel consumption of 3.9 liters per 100 kilometers.
During the course of 2016, Mercedes will extend the line-up with new six-cylinder petrol engine (codenamed M256) and diesel engine (codenamed OM656). New from the ground-up, these units have already entered pilot production at the factory in Unterturkheim. For the time being, E-Class fans will have to console themselves with two four cylinder versions with output ranging from 184 HP (E 200) to 245 HP and a six cylinder with 333 HP (E 400).
Last, but not the least, Mercedes is betting on diversity. T-Modell and sedan variants aside, the new E-Class family will be one of the largest in the model’s history. A Coupe (March 2017), a Convertible (September 2017), plus the the successor to the CLS (March 2018) are all set to join the rejuvenated range.