• May 4th 2009 at 9:27AM
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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Pullman patent drawings – Click above for a high-res image gallery

It's no great secret that the European Union's patent office has more leaks than a Soviet submarine, but up until now it's only been small cars that have been able to trickle out (see: the facelifted Mazda MX-5 and Nissan 370Z Roadster). But the dam seems to be giving way as a whole Mercedes limousine has managed to squeeze though and into the public realm, and our European compatriots at Autoblog Spanish have got the sketches to prove it.

Like the spy shots we've seen before, these patent sketches provide further proof that Mercedes is preparing to launch a stretched Pullman version of its new E-Class. Several extension options are apparently being prepared, ranging from a modest wheelbase extension all the way up to a full extra set of doors. Expect all manner of luxury equipment to find its way into the enlarged cabin, from entertainment systems and courtesy lighting to power reclining seats and fold-down picnic tables for that ultimate Grey Poupon experience. Click the thumbnails below to view the patent drawings in high resolution.

[Source: Autoblog Spanish]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Had an E-class 2.5liter stretch in Paris a couple years ago with a driver. Nice car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is nothing new for Mercedes. From the 50s up until to the end of the W124 production run in the early 90s Mercedes officially offered stretched, 6 door 8-seater versions of their middle-class product line. Most of these were used as Hotel Taxis etc. before being shipped to the middle east and used as Taxis there.

      Actual production for most of these cars was done by Binz, a coachbuilder located in Lorch near Stuttgart.
      • 6 Years Ago
      details can be found on the website under: Home->Patents->Category->Cars->Ugly->
      • 6 Years Ago
      My taxi driver in Cyprus uses stretched E Classes for the airport runs. They are OK but don't have the ground clearance bad roads and high kerbs necessitate.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow! Are any of you as excited as I am to see new plans for an E-class limo?

      No....I thought as much. Not really that interesting.

      Now, if M-B released a statement saying that they're working on new Maybachs and they won't look anything like "rehashed" Benzes, that would be interesting news.
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