Mercedes though may just have the edge on the competition because the 7-seat family hauler will be one of the most tech’d out vehicles out there. That’s because the 2017 E400 4MATIC is based on the new E-Class, the most connected car in the world.
The E-Class features a new, very advanced semi-autonomous driving system called DRIVE PILOT, and yes, it will be offered on the Wagon. The E-Class is also the first to offer Car-to-X communication which means it can communicate with other cars to send and and receive info about traffic and road hazards.
In the space department, the E400 can seat up to seven people. The 40-20-40 split rear bench comes standard and electric switches allow the backrests to release.
Under the hood, the E400 isn’t too shabby either. The new sportier-styled wagon comes with a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine good for 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. That power is sent to all four wheels through a new 9-speed automatic transmission.
The Luxury model features the classic Mercedes radiator grille with the star on the hood, and the Sport model comes with a central star on the sports radiator grille. The rear features thinner taillights, a roof spoiler with an LED brake light, two reflectors and a wider tailgate handle.
Inside, two optional wide, high-resolution 12.3-inch displays can merge to create a widescreen cockpit. Drivers can control the multimedia system by swiping touch control buttons on the steering wheel. This feature also just debuted on the E-Class Sedan earlier this year. A touchpad on the central console can also recognize handwriting. Other technology includes ambient lighting that offers 64 color choices.
The 2017 wagon is expected to arrive in U.S. dealerships early next year and we don’t expect pricing until close to then. However, for reference, the 2016 E350 starts at around $60,000.
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