• Jun 6, 2009
2010 E Class wagon testing in Namibia - Click above for a high-res gallery

We find it cool that carmakers cart their rides all over the globe to carry out the most brutal testing in the most out of the way places. They must find it a little frustrating, however, that car mavens with cameras and internet connections lurk in even in the most remote locations .

According to AB reader Tom, he spotted a pair of lightly-camoed Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagons and a sedan "on the desert gravel roads between Walvis Bay and Solitaire in Namibia." The wagons are getting ready for their debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in a few months, and if the tailpipe application is accurate then the black one is likely a V8 – and yes, this does mean we want a blacked-out wagon E550 wagon. You can check out high-res pics of the trio below. Thanks for the images, Tom!




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      • 5 Years Ago
      Thats one evil looking station wagon.....something the devil would use for soccer practice
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice pictures and story Tom. Thanks for sharing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like how they put black tape on the already black D-pillar. What's that supposed to conceal??
        • 5 Years Ago
        You can't be too careful these days.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those, my friends, are rims. Mercedes, why have you only shown your aggressive side now?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah, really cool story!
      You'd like to see some Rhinos and then there are some new Mercedes E-Class T-Models emerging =)

      @Werkswagen:
      Suddhodana is right. It means just "company car". My uncle had the new e-class coupé as a Werkswagen some weeks before it was released for some testdriving.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not really surprising as Namibia was a German colony, they still have ethnic Germans there that speak German.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't correct your German as you didn't write any. I can correct your English though.
      somemone = someone
      • 5 Years Ago
      Germans, Afrika, 1944 license plate

      wait a minute...
      • 5 Years Ago
      "...a blacked-out wagon E550 wagon"?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wasn't aware that this car was still under wraps so much. I caught some pictures of it camouflaged in Stuttgart this weekend. Autoblog, if you're interested in them, shoot me an e-mail and I'll send them to you to add to the gallery.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As the one who took the pictures: I know absolutely nothing about new and upcoming cars. If Mercedes hadn't plastered the cars with black tape, I would never have known that I was looking at unreleased cars...

      The cars initially passed me at pretty high speed while I was stopped to take some pics of the scenery. Too much dust behind them to get any usable, so I decided to follow them for a better shot. Impossible with a heavy Nissan 4x4... So I was very surprised to see the guys roughly 1 hour later, stopped to take some scenic pictures themselves. :-)

      I still wanted some moving pictures as well, so while they were still doing their thing, I moved on until there was an intersection, some 40 miles further down the road. I suspected they would turn left there to drive back to Windhoek and they did.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Cool story! +1

        It's a different kind of safari :p

        Good point though, these cars sometimes attract much more attention by being taped like that, than if they were just driving along. Especially there :)

        Good job though!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Tom, thanks for the dedication to get those pics, very cool. I like the look of the new hood and lights. Are they taking a cue from BMWs back end, though? The trunk lines look familiar...

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