Exterior design: Dynamic proportions, powerful-looking at the rear

Sep 13, 2016
Stuttgart

The Estate is more sporty and elegant than ever: inspired by the sensually pure aura of the Saloon, the roof of the Estate forms a powerful arch culminating at the dynamically inclined rear window.

The new E-Class Estate appears modern, confidently stylish and dynamic, and looks like the Saloon model through to the B-pillar. From the long bonnet, a silhouette emerges that flows across the long stretch of roof with its sporty curve into the powerful rear of the Estate with its dynamically designed rear window. Short overhangs, a long wheelbase and large wheels make for impressive proportions. In conjunction with the high beltline, the low, stretched side windows make the vehicle seem longer. Flowing into the greenhouse, the sidewall's positively exaggerated lines extend towards the rear. For the first time, roof rails are organically integrated as part of the standard equipment. This too emphasises the Estate version's athletic nature.

Completing the exterior form, the rear end has broad shoulders over the rear wheel arches for a sophisticated, sensual look. A roof spoiler with a third brake light (LED) defines how high the broad, functional tailgate can open. From a visual perspective, horizontal lines at the tail end and the rear window both emphasise width, as do the horizontally aligned, two-piece LED tail lights with integral chrome trim. Complementing the form, LED reflectors in a crystal look underscore the vehicle's character by creating a design highlight by day and night. The reflector has been moved to the bumper, allowing a lower tail light installation height. On the tailgate, the wide, chrome-plated handle acts as the visual centrepiece.

As on the Saloon model, the powerful front end differs depending on the chosen design and equipment line. The base version features the Mercedes luxury radiator grille with the star on the bonnet, as does the EXCLUSIVE Line with a slightly different design. The AVANTGARDE Line and AMG Line can be recognised by the central star on the sports radiator grille. Each variant of radiator grille gives the E‑Class a distinctive character, be that elegant with an emphasis on status or dynamic.

The design and equipment lines also differ at the rear: the base model features a rear bumper with a black lower section while the Lines have a multipiece rear bumper with a continuous chrome wing and symmetrically arranged tailpipe trims integrated into the bumper. As standard, all Estate models come with a load sill guard in stainless steel.

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