Will the Estate come to America? It's not a yes, but it's not a no.

Meet the new, more versatile cousin of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Called the C-Class Estate, this long-roof version of the upcoming compact sport luxury sedan carries on the long line of C-Class wagons that have graced European roads.

The C-Class Estate is notable not just for its larger cargo area and rear hatch, but for its slightly stretched wheelbase, which is 3.1 inches longer than its four-door counterpart. The wagon is also wider, by about an inch, and longer, by about 3.7 inches. That extra size translates to a cargo area that boasts 53.3 cubic feet of cargo volume with the rear seats folded, and 17.3 cubic feet with the back seats up. To further accommodate different load sizes, Mercedes also ditched the 60/40 split of the old C-Class Estate's rear seats for a more versatile 40/20/40 split.

Now, the big question on everyone's minds – will the C-Class Estate come to America? Well, we won't be holding our breath. We reached out to Mercedes-Benz USA, just to see if there was a chance of this wagon crossing the pond, and we got kind of what we expected.

"We cannot confirm the C-Class Wagon for the US market at this time," said spokeswoman Terry Wei. "However, like any savvy company we are constantly evaluating market needs and can always bring the car here should there be an opportunity for it." It's not a yes, but it's also not a no.

As for the C-Class Estate's mechanicals, there's a wide and varied range of diesel mills for the Euro-spec offering, which includes a diesel-hybrid called the C300 BlueTEC Hybrid. There are also a quartet of gas engines – three four-cylinder powerplants and a V6 – with power ranging from 156 horsepower to 333 ponies. There's also a gas-powered C350 Hybrid, for those that want fuel savings without opting for diesel power.

Pricing and availability haven't been released for our European customers quite yet. For those that want all the details on the new C-Class Estate, scroll down for the official press release and a short trailer that shows the new wagon in action.

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The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate: As multifaceted as modern life

Stuttgart – With the new Estate model Mercedes-Benz will expand the C‑Class family starting in September 2014. The Estate shines with a clear and at the same time emotional-sporty design, innovative technology, variability and a cargo volume enlarged even beyond that of the predecessor model. Its high-class, sophisticated interior makes modern luxury tangible with design highlights. With these qualities the Estate reinforces its reputation as a multifaceted lifestyle vehicle with outstanding properties for everyday use. In addition, with its many new assistance systems it not only offers the highest standards of safety, but thanks to intelligent lightweight construction, exceptional aerodynamics and new economical engines it also sets new efficiency benchmarks in its segment. The Estate model also provides the stage for the world première of the Mercedes connect me services, which, among other things, make it possible to connect to the vehicle from anywhere at any time and retrieve the current fill level of the tank online.

The new C-Class Estate combines a striking, dynamic design and high-class appointments with outstanding variability and a high level of utility. With its versatility it also adapts to a wide variety of requirements. As a stylish, sporty space vehicle it accompanies active, modern people on shopping sprees, on vacation or when playing sports, and is suitable for families in every respect. Consequently, it continues the tradition of the C-Class Estates, which all in their own time combined demands on lifestyle, sportiness and practicality in an estate car, in the fourth generation on a new level.

Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development: "The new C-Class Estate is not only extremely practical thanks to its large, variable load compartment. With its state-of-the-art technical features it also strikes out in new directions in its segment with regard to safety, efficiency and comfort. And both men and women drivers enjoy noticeably more driving pleasure".

Variable and practical

The dimensions of new C-Class Estate have grown considerably. With an 80‑millimetre increase in the wheelbase (2840 millimetres) compared with the previous model, the vehicle is 96 millimetres longer (4702 millimetres) and 40 millimetres wider (1810 millimetres). The resulting increase in space primarily benefits the rear-seat passengers who now enjoy 45 millimetres more legroom. There is also more shoulder room, elbow room and headroom than in the previous model.

The moderate growth spurt also involves the load compartment. The sporty rear of the new C-Class Estate provides a maximum load capacity of 1510 litres (according to ISO 3832). It thus surpasses its predecessor by ten litres. The load compartment volume behind the rear seats increased by five litres to 490 litres.

Variability and consequently functionality also increased significantly. The rear seats now have a 40 : 20 : 40 split instead of the 60 : 40 split in the predecessor. This opens up a wide range of possibilities to use the interior as five-seater, four-seater, three-seater or two-seater.

Practical details ensure that the load compartment is even more versatile and easier to use, and as a result it can be conveniently tailored to the individual transport tasks. The rear-seat backrests can be unlocked and folded electrically at the push of a button to create a enlarged level load compartment.

The exceptional loading convenience can optionally be further enhanced with the EASY PACK power liftgate and the likewise optional HANDS-FREE ACCESS system. It allows opening and closing the liftgate without touching it. All it takes is a motion of the foot in the area of the rear bumper.

Dynamic and of high value

The new C-Class sets visual highlights with a modern, dynamic design that at the same time exudes sensuous clarity, arouses emotions and, to top it all off, stages high-tech in perfect fashion. Customers can choose from two fronts – with the sports grille or – reserved solely for the EXCLUSIVE Line – the luxury grille with the Mercedes star on the bonnet.

Unusual for a vehicle with a focus on a high level of utility and functionality is the high-value interior of the Estate, which was adopted from the Saloon. With straightforward sportiness, thrilling flowing lines and high-grade materials on the level of a luxury vehicle, it realises a modern, luxurious and at the same time sporty ambience. In addition to the base model, there are also three distinct design and equipment lines each for the exterior and interior.

The Estate also bears the quality seal of the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation for a scientifically tested high level of allergy-friendliness. Mercedes-Benz is the only vehicle manufacturer to earn the ECARF seal.

Touchpad and head-up display

The touchpad in the new C-Class Estate developed by Mercedes-Benz marks an evolutionary step. As on a smartphone, all the head-unit functions can be operated using finger gestures. The 65 x 45 millimetre control surface of the touchpad is built into the handrest on the central control panel and bordered by a high-quality metal support – a design feature with a high-tech feel which exudes luxury at the same time.
A head-up display is also new feature in the C-Class Estate. As in a jet fighter, it projects important information directly into the driver's field of vision, ensuring that there is less distraction from the road ahead. The system informs about vehicle speed, posted speed limits, navigation instructions and DISTRONIC messages.

Less weight, more comfort

Thanks to innovative solutions, the body shell of the new C-Class Estate weighs less, provides the basis for outstanding vehicle handling and best noise and vibration comfort with exceptional rigidity, and offers a high level of crash safety. With an aluminium content of 49 per cent and up to 65 kilograms less gross vehicle weight the Estate is the lightweight-construction leader in its segment.

Efficient and lively engines

The powerful and efficient petrol and diesel engines with ECO start/stop function comply with Euro VI emissions standards and ensure sporty performance and driving pleasure. Compared with the predecessor they in part consume in excess of 20 per cent less fuel.

The diesel models of the new C-Class are powered by the further advanced four-cylinder or the new small four-cylinder engine, which as BlueTEC models are all equipped with SCR technology (selective catalytic reduction). They cover an output range from 85 kW (115 hp) to 150 kW (204 hp).
In addition, Mercedes-Benz offers a diesel engine combined with a hybrid module. The C 300 BlueTEC HYBRID with four-cylinder diesel engine and compact electric motor generates a power output of 150 + 20 kW (204 + 27 hp) and despite its high power output runs on just 3.8 litres of diesel per 100 km/h in NEDC combined mode (equivalent to 99 grams of CO2 per kilometer).

Three BlueDIRECT four-cylinder petrol engines and one BlueDIRECT six‑cylinder petrol engine with power outputs ranging from 115 to 245 kW (156 to 333 hp) will initially be available for the new C-Class. The four-cylinder C 350 HYBRID with plug-in technology and a power output of 155 + 50 kW will follow in due course.

Agile and comfortable driving

Exemplary ride comfort coupled with outstanding dynamic vehicle handling – these are the hallmarks of the newly designed suspension of the new C-Class Estate. Thanks to a new four-link front axle it offers driving pleasure and ride comfort at the same time.
C-Class Estate customers will have a choice of two versions of the standard-specification steel suspension, which also includes a sporty set-up. As an alternative, Mercedes-Benz for the first time offers an air suspension in this segment. The AIRMATIC air suspension manages to bridge the gap between a high level of ride comfort and dynamic-agile handling. AIRMATIC also features all-round self-levelling for optimum ride comfort even with the vehicle loaded.

Choose your own driving experience

In the new C-Class Estate the driver can determine the desired driving programme at the push of a button. Depending on the equipment level, the driver can choose from various preconfigured drive programmes and one the driver can design personally to a large extent. The following characteristics are available: "Comfort", "ECO", "Sport" and "Sport+". The additional "Individual" option enables drivers to configure their vehicle to suit their own preferences.

Like the Saloon, the new C-Class Estate is equipped with an electric parking brake. This brake is released automatically when the driver ends parking mode with the aim of moving off.

As is customary, the new C-Class is also available with 4MATIC all-wheel drive.

Steering with a sporty character

All models of the C-Class family will in future feature the electromechanical Direct-Steer system as standard. It combines road-speed dependent power assistance from the speed-sensitive power steering system, with a steering ratio that varies according to the given steering angle. The power steering assist provided by the rack-and-pinion steering gear is controlled as needed, thereby contributing towards efficiency.
Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive: the intelligent car

It is the declared aim of Mercedes-Benz to make the highest standard of safety available to everyone. For this reason the Estate adopts almost all new assistance systems from the S- and E-Class, which have been enhanced with significant functions. The assistance systems increase both comfort and safety. Mercedes-Benz calls this Intelligent Drive.

The C-Class Estate is fitted as standard with ATTENTION ASSIST, which can warn the driver of inattentiveness and drowsiness. It offers an adjustable sensitivity level and can provide drivers with information on their level of fatigue and the amount of driving time that has elapsed since the last break.

Also part of the standard equipment is COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS. In addition to the adaptive Brake Assist system, which helps to protect against collisions at speeds above 7 km/h, this system now features an additional function: when a danger of collision persists and the driver fails to respond, the system is able to carry out autonomous braking at speeds of up to 105 km/h (200 km/h in conjunction with DISTRONIC PLUS), thereby reducing the severity of collisions with slower or stopping vehicles. The system also brakes in response to stationary vehicles at a speed of up to 50 km/h, and is able to prevent rear-end collisions at up to 40 km/h.

New assistance systems with enhanced functions are optionally available, combining data from various sensor technologies as part of the Intelligent Drive concept to enhance comfort and safety:

DISTRONIC PLUS – relieves the burden on the driver in keeping a safe following distance

DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot relieves the burden on the driver in keeping a safe following distance, even in stop & go traffic. Steering Assist is new and helps the driver with lateral control of the vehicle, even in gentle bends, and offers a tailback vehicle following function.

BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist boosts driver braking depending on the situation, if necessary up to full brake application and, for the first time, can also react to crossing traffic and pedestrians.

Active Lane Keeping Assist warns of unintentional lane departures by means of pulsed vibrations of the steering wheel and in the presence of solid lane markings corrects the vehicle's track with one-sided brake application. It now also intervenes with one-sided brake applications in the presence of broken lane markings if the adjacent lane is occupied by, for example, oncoming traffic, fast overtaking or overtaken vehicles.
The multitude of optionally available assistance systems also include, among others Active Parking Assist, which enables automated parking with active steering and brake intervention in both parallel and end-on parking spaces
Traffic Sign Assist with wrong-way warning function, which warns of speed limits and also alerts the driver to no-overtaking zones and no‑entry signs

Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus, which allows the high-beam headlamps to be kept on permanently by masking out other vehicles in the light cone of the high-beam headlamps

Airbags for safety

In addition to 3-point safety belts with pyrotechnical belt tensioning and belt-force limitation for driver, front passenger and those in the outer rear seats, numerous airbags serve to protect the vehicle's occupants in an accident. These include:
combined thorax/pelvis sidebags for driver and front passenger
an optimised windowbag
sidebags for the outer rear seats (optional)

a kneebag for the driver

The front-passenger's seat can furthermore be equipped with an automatic child seat recognition system. This automatic front-passenger's airbag deactivation, introduced first by Mercedes-Benz, uses a pressure sensor in the seat cushion to detect whether an infant or child seat was placed on the front-passenger's seat and automatically deactivates the front-passenger's airbag. Contrary to other systems that require the airbag to be deactivated with a key, this system prevents incorrect operation. As no special transponder is required, the system works with all rear-facing child restraint systems.

Climate control: signals from space

The further advanced climate control system provides improved control quality, performance, efficiency and air quality. The new Estate is the only vehicle in the segment to offer tunnel detection via satellite navigation. It uses the map data from the navigation system and the GPS location data to close the air recirculation flap automatically when the vehicle enters a tunnel, subsequently re-opening it when the vehicle emerges from the tunnel.

Another highlight contributing to a feel-good atmosphere is the AIR BALANCE package with active fragrancing, air ionisation and more efficient filtration than is available on the standard model.

Vibrant infotainment experience

Like the Saloon, the new Estate offers a completely new multimedia generation with intuitive operation, featuring elaborate animations and visual effects which present all the functions in a clear and highly attractive manner. The Estate is furthermore also equipped with the Frontbass system. This avant-garde acoustic systems uses the space within the cross-member and side member in the body structure as a resonance chamber for the subwoofers. The result is a listening experience almost on a par with that enjoyed in a concert hall. A Burmester® surround sound system is optionally available.

The navigation system presents its contents in interactive mode. Its features include an animated compass, a "Drive Show" with information for passengers similar to the on-screen presentations on board airliners and Google Maps displayed on the head unit. COMAND Online is now also able to provide more accurate real-time information about the situation on the roads when it receives its traffic data via the internet by means of the "Live Traffic Information" service.

Internet and diverse data sources

A Bluetooth-compatible mobile phone with data option is all it takes to make even the Audio 20 system internet-capable. This enables the internet to be surfed without restrictions when the vehicle is stationary.

In conjunction with COMAND Online, Mercedes-Benz Apps such as Weather, GoogleTM Local Search with StreetView and Panoramio, destination/route download and Facebook can be used while on the move. Audio and video playback is possible from various sources. For example, via Bluetooth®, from an Apple iPod® or iPhone®, from an SD card, USB stick or CD/DVD (with Audio 20 CD or higher and with COMAND Online).

COMAND Online with hotspot functionality

COMAND Online not only offers a larger display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels and a special bonded glass cover such as is familiar from consumer devices like the iPhone® or iPad. It also enables digital TV/radio reception, for example, and offers fast hard-disc navigation, automatic tailback avoidance via up-to-date and accurate "Live Traffic Information", an integrated WLAN hotspot functionality and the LINGUATRONIC voice-operated control system.

Telephony via Bluetooth® as standard

The standard Audio 20 USB system as well as Audio 20 CD and COMAND Online all offer basic telephony as standard, which links up a mobile phone to the vehicle via a standardised Bluetooth® interface.

Vehicle online with Mercedes connect me

Mercedes-Benz will introduce a new package of services in Europe under the name "Mercedes connect me" with the new C-Class Estate. The "Mercedes connect me" services can be used via a KOM module with its own SIM card integrated into the vehicle. The available services include accident, maintenance and breakdown management, for example. Likewise, customers can connect to their vehicle from anywhere and at any time via "Mercedes connect me" and, among other things, retrieve the fill level of the tank or start, stop or programme the auxiliary heating system.


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      joe shmoe
      • 7 Months Ago
      I'm an american, and I like this wagon. I wonder why the rest of america hates wagons.
        Jonathan
        • 7 Months Ago
        @joe shmoe
        Because they're not "cool". People see wagons as what they're parents hauled them around in to soccer practice. Suvs are new and exciting. I'm sure my generation will hate suvs (born 1991) because that's what OUR parents drove, and we'll go back to wagons or something new...
          Jorge
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Jonathan
          This. It's what I've always theorized. It's funny that Europe has always had the wagons, but their new generations are still in love with them. I think in the Americas the American car companies are to blame for making bad wagons. According to a very limited survey among friends, those who grew up with Volvo or other european wagons seem to still love them, but those who grew up with 70s and 80s American wagons seem to hate them.
          jonwil2002
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Jonathan
          The other problem is that the SUVs and crossovers get classed as "trucks" under CAFE which means they have different (and easier to meet) fuel efficiency standards (and other loopholes like being able to make it flex-fuel compatible and effectively have it not count towards CAFE at all) whereas wagons do not have those loopholes and benefits.
          Autoholics Anonymous
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Jonathan
          @Jorge Don't forget the '00's Taurus wagon where the kept the "jelly bean" '90's rear hatch design. If it wasn't for the frumpy back side and a few other shortcomings of the cost cutting that "Jacques the Knife" Nasser led too I would have actually recommended it to some family members as a dirt cheap alternative to an SUV. For it's age it actually is very comparable to an Explorer in payload capacity and cargo volume.
      W196R
      • 7 Months Ago
      I'm an American and would love a C63 version of this in the states. I'll be the first in line with cash in hand.
        imag
        • 7 Months Ago
        @W196R
        Absolutely. I would have gotten the last C63 if it they had brought the wagon over.
      cgm9999
      • 7 Months Ago
      Wow, that's a looker. Beautiful color, too. Really like how the rear-end has that wide, hunkered-down, ready-to-pounce look that German cars used to always have, too. Seriously, if you don't need the extra ground clearance of of CUV/SUV, this is the automotive equivalent of a trusty Victorinox. Luxurious? Check. Handsome enough to chauffeur around business superiors and be parked in front of a 5-star hotel? Check. Lighter, sportier, and more efficient than a comparable CUV/SUV? Check. Able to swallow furniture after a trip to IKEA? Check. A great selection of engines to include diesel and twin-turbo V6 gas options? Check. All weather capability and safety? Check. Seriously, what a cool car.
        -hh
        • 7 Months Ago
        @cgm9999
        I'd love to have this car in the USA for many of the reasons you state: it is utilitarian without being a big/tall SUV ... its still a sporting _automobile_. Granted, I do understand how MB USA doesn't want to promise a non-SUV vehicle like this, because of the US Consumers' interests. But this reluctance is also why I'm now reluctantly leaving MB behind after more than a decade as a happy customer...and buying a (fellow German) competitor's product. Sure, MB USA might point to the GLA - and I did look at it. But the GLA copies BMW by using Run-Flat tires ... for us, that is a non-negotiable 'REJECT' and why BMW was crossed off my list too. Too bad, as the 335i Touring and Grand Tourismo were both very promising. The two final contenders on my shopping list were the Audi Allroad and the Porsche Macan. Doesn't really matter to readers which one I chose, because what should matter to Mercedes is that they've lost a Mercedes customer because products like his aren't being sold by MB USA ... Mercedes simply isn't offering me an honest equal for my current Mercedes, so I'm forced to go elsewhere.
          cgm9999
          • 7 Months Ago
          @-hh
          Hmm, while I agree with your hatred of run-flats, I don't quite get your reasoning for rejecting a whole car simply because it comes with run-flats. My 335i came standard with run-flats. What did I do? Drove aggressively until I wore them out (what a fun way to enjoy a crappy product, I might add) and replaced them with some excellent Michelin Pilot Super Sports. With a tread wear rating of only 140, it took just one summer season to rid myself of those crappy tires. Problem solved. Seriously, the cars we're talking about are $40k-$60k and up; the idea that $800 dollars worth of tires breaks the deal for you (which, I have to add, will have to be replaced eventually anyways, regardless) is baffling to me. Rejecting an otherwise ideal car simply because it comes with run-flats is like rejecting a perfect house because you don't like the color of the walls - just repaint them and you've got your dream house. I'm picky with my tires, too. Rarely, if ever, does a car come with the ideal tires for my tastes. Instead of cry about it, I just drive like a hooligan until I can justify my favorite set of rubber.
      imag
      • 7 Months Ago
      Another thumbs up on this. I am not a fan of the BMW, and the Allroad is more of a CUV than I want. This is *perfect*.
      PiCASSO
      • 7 Months Ago
      Yes, please!
      Jack
      • 7 Months Ago
      I'am in the market for a wagon now and wish the C Class were available. With the right marketing MB could sell in quantities they need!! The new size of the C Class is perfect for the American market. I have a MB E55 and love it!!
      CarLover
      • 7 Months Ago
      Looking good MB. You know what to do. Bring it to the US!
      ammca66564
      • 7 Months Ago
      That car with a 3.0 diesel would be perfection.
      CarCrazy24
      • 7 Months Ago
      Gorgeous, and a diesel hybrid wagon sounds just about perfect to me. Hope this makes its way here to the US, even in the same relatively low numbers as the E-class wagon.
      ForcedInduction90012
      • 7 Months Ago
      Bring it MBUSA
      Rieku Ame
      • 7 Months Ago
      Love this car and would love to have it in the US. Unfortunately, most my country is SUV/CUV brain washed. I think that there should be more advertising for wagons and wagon vs. SUV/CUV comparos. Maybe my country just needs to be educated. Both have their merits but the merits of wagons are virtually unknown to my fellow citizens.
        Larry Litmanen
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Rieku Ame
        I think you need to be educated. Wagons are great but until you will be able to buy a Camry wagon or an Accord wagon for exactly the same price and trip as CR-V or Rav-4 they will not sell.
      CBR1000 Racer
      • 7 Months Ago
      I don't hate it; it's actually a pretty good looking commute car.
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