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Mercedes unveils US-bound 2017 E-Class wagon

by Ronan Glon

Mercedes is out to prove that the wagon isn\'t dead yet.

Mercedes-Benz has introduced the next generation of the E-Class wagon, and announced plans to sell it in the United States.

The family-friendly E is markedly inspired by the smaller C-Class wagon that's sold in Europe and in Canada. It features a gently-sloping roof line accented by a set of cargo rails, horizontal tail lamps, and a roof-mounted spoiler. Up front, the wagon is all but identical to the brand new 2017 E-Class sedan that bowed earlier this year during the Detroit Auto Show.

Inside, the E-Class wagon boasts a 40/20/40-split second row, and it comes standard with a rear-facing third row that folds neatly into the floor when it's not in use. The list of standard features also includes a cargo cover that automatically retracts when the tailgate is opened, a self-leveling rear air suspension, and a tailgate that can be opened or closed at the touch of a button.

Of course, the wagon benefits from the same state-of-the-art tech features as its sedan counterpart. Notably, it can be configured with Mercedes' semi-autonomous technology, with a fully digital instrument cluster, and with Pre-Safe Sound, a new technology that emits a short signal through the speakers to protect the occupants' ears in the event of a crash.

On our shores, the wagon will launch as the E400. It will use a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine rated at 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission will send power to all four wheels, though performance and fuel economy figures haven't been published yet.

Buyers in Europe will have access to a wagon version of the E43, but the model won't be sold on our shores. However, Mercedes has all but confirmed that we're getting the next E63 wagon.

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E400 wagon will go on sale in early 2017. When it lands, it will square off against Volvo's sleek-looking V90.

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