On sale this September with a luxurious interior and 400 horsepower

Mercedes has finally released the estate version of its tenth-generation E-Class, and to go with it, the AMG E43 4Matic variant. In typical Mercedes fashion, the new E43 Estate features a more aggressive front end with the standard AMG grille, a set of stylish wheels on the side, and a nice diffuser element with revised exhaust outlets in the rear. Inside, you’ll find a black interior with red accents, sport seats, lots of leather, and a multifunction configurable double color display that features its own AMG graphics. Under the hood, you’ll find AMG’s 3.0-liter Biturbo engine with a significant increase in horsepower and torque over the standard model, plus a nine-speed automatic transmission that feeds power to all four wheels.

Tobias Moers, the Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, said, “In recent months we have considerably expanded our model range for performance-oriented customers with our new 43 models, creating numerous new ways of entering the world of Mercedes-AMG. The new E43 4Matic Estate adds a particularly versatile alternative for business and recreation to this portfolio.”

It’s no secret that the station wagon segment has seen better days, with the current market only offering a handful of wagon or estate models to choose from. Be that as it may, brands like Audi, Subaru, and in this case, Mercedes, have all managed to continuously give a breath of life into the estate market. The announcement of the E-Class wagon was a pretty big deal, bringing yet another model to the E-Class lineup, but now that Mercedes has also announced the E43 Estate, the lineup gets even better with a new performance wagon for a pretty bland market. So, let’s take a good look at the new Mercedes-AMG E43 Wagon and how it breathes new life into the market.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-AMG E43 4Matic Estate.

  • 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 4Matic Estate
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    9G-Tronic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    401
  • Torque @ RPM:
    383
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.7 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • size:
  • Purpose:
  • body style:
  • Overall:
    8.8/10

Exterior

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Up front, the new E43 4Matic Estate features the traditional Mercedes-AMG diamond radiator grille with chromed pins, a single chrome louver, and a high-gloss black insert. Down below, there’s an aggressive air dam with a single louver. At each corner, there’s a wide-mouth air inlet that features two small louvers that Mercedes claims to create a “link to motorsport.” The headlights and hood carry over from the standard E-Class wagon, as do most of the features on the side profile.

Up front, the new E43 4Matic Estate features the traditional Mercedes-AMG diamond radiator grille with chromed pins, a single chrome louver, and a high-gloss black insert.

The biggest changes offered on the side are high-sheen, 19-inch, AMG five-twin-spoke, light-alloy wheels, and the "BITURBO 4MATIC" emblem positioned ever so subtly on the front fenders. The window trim on the side of the E43 is black, as are the roof rails – two components that are chrome and silver, respectively, on the standard model.

Moving to the rear, the same taillight units and chrome strip that runs across the hatch carries over from the standard model. Down below, the fascia carries the same design, but the rear diffuser offers a more aggressive look in flat black. At each corner, there are revised exhaust outlets, which are also in a black finish. They are the same shape as the exhaust outlets on the standard model, but feature a vertical louver in the middle to create a dual exhaust outlet at each corner. The E43, as you probably expect, features the same weird curvature up top as the standard model, which slopes downward as you get closer to the rear.

Interior

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Inside the E43 Estate, the first big thing I notice is the consistency in the trim. The interior is primarily black with red accent stitching on the steering wheel, seats, floor mats, center console, and door trims – pretty much anywhere you find a soft-touch material. There’s a silver insert on the face of the dash and on each door trim panel, both of which line up perfectly to create one of the best-looking wraparound effects I’ve seen in recent years. As one would expect, the E43 Estate has a three-spoke, flat-bottom steering wheel with silver trim on the spokes and various wheel-mounted controls for the infotainment and driver information systems.

All upholstery is done up in Artico man-made leather/Dinamica microfiber, but Nappa leather with trim strips in Dinamica microfiber is available as an option

The front seats are a sporty design, with increased lateral support. All upholstery is done up in Artico man-made leather/Dinamica microfiber, but Nappa leather with trim strips in Dinamica microfiber is available as an option. The door trim panels and the dashboard also get the Artico treatment. To round out the interior even further, there are aluminum sports pedals with black studs, a black roof liner, and red seat belts.

The biggest news here is that massive widescreen cockpit with a high-resolution, multifunction double color display. It can be individually configured, and has its own AMG graphics. The system can be used to display a number of driving dynamic parameters, and with the AMG-specific control panel on the center console, the drive can use different keys to select the functions for manual transmission mode, the AMG ride control, and three-stage ESP.

Mercedes hasn’t released any information specific to the AMG E43 Estate’s interior cargo room or passenger room, but I suspect the same figures carry over from the standard model. I would expect no less than fold down rear seats for additional cargo room, and some kind of rear-seat infotainment system or control for rear passengers. The model goes on sale as early as September 14, 2016, so we’ll surely get more details about the interior at that time.

Drivetrain

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Under the hood, the E43 Estate is graced with AMG’s 3.0-liter, Biturbo, V-6 engine, which has been tuned to deliver 401 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. This level of output is attainable thanks to the addition of new, larger turbochargers that now deliver a boost pressure of 15.95 psi, and come installed close to the engine to provide a more spontaneous response under load. Furthermore, the cylinder walls have been coated with Nanoslide technology that has undergone even further development in the F1 V-6 hybrid turbo engines from Mercedes. This coating is tough and wear resistant, offering reduced friction and higher efficiency. The engine also utilizes a spray-guided fuel injection system that can run at up to 2,900 psi. You can recognize the AMG engine under the hood thanks to the red aluminum insert on the engine cover.

The E43 Estate is graced with AMG’s 3.0-liter, Biturbo, V-6 engine, which has been tuned to deliver 401 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque.

All that power output from the 3.0-liter is routed through a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission that was specifically configured for the E43 Estate. The shift times have been reduced, and the multiple downshift function allows for better performance on the fly. Furthermore, the different driving modes – Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus, and Individual – all offer their own configuration for the transmission, altering shift times, double declutching, and deactivation of different cylinders.

Once power is transferred through the nine-speed transmission, it flows through the 4Matic AWD transfer case that’s flange-mounted to the 9G-Tronic. It features rear-biased torque distribution with a front/rear axle split ranging between 31 and 69 percent. The best part is that with this separate 4Matic unit, there’s no compromise to passenger or cargo space inside the vehicle. The result of this configuration means the E43 can hit the 62-mph sprint in 4.7 seconds on the way to a top speed of 155 mph.

The other big news in the drivetrain department is the speed-sensitive sports steering system. It features a variable ratio, while providing precise and authentic feedback to the driver. Power steering assistance is available in both “Comfort” and “Sport” driving modes, while other modes require more manual torque to provide better feedback and control in various driving conditions. The car features perforated and ventilated disc brakes at all four wheels, with four-pot calipers up front, and single-piston calipers in the rear. All calipers feature red AMG lettering.

Prices

As of this writing, Mercedes has yet to release pricing information for the new E43 Estate. With the current E-Class sedan starting out at €45,303, or $51,462 at current exchange rates, 06/06/2016, expect the new E43 Estate to claim as much as €60,000 or $68,158.

Competition

Volvo V60 Polestar

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It might seem a little odd to throw out a Volvo as a competitor against Mercedes, but the brand has made huge strides to earn itself a position in the luxury car world. When looking at the E43 4Matic, the Volvo V60 Polestar promises to offer itself as a fair competitor. It features a sporty front end with a smooth side profile and an aggressive rear end. Inside, you’ll find plenty of soft-touch materials and a fit and finish that rivals its German competitor. The V60 Polestar has a 3.0-liter, turbocharged V-6 that delivers 350 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. This may be down a little from the E43 Estate, but the V60 doesn’t fall far behind in the 62-mph sprint, hitting the benchmark in 4.9 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155 mph. Pricing for the V60 Polestar starts at $61,300, which is a bit cheaper than I expect the E43 Estate to go for, making it a pretty fair proposition given how closely the two models are matched on the performance front.

Read our full review on the Volvo V60 Polestar here.

BMW 5 Series Touring

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The BMW 3 Series wagon is a bit too small to compete with the E43 Estate, but over in Europe, Bimmer has the 5 Series Touring as an exceptionally strong competitor. In current form, the 5 Series Touring is offered with a number of different engines, ranging anywhere from 140 horsepower up to 449 horsepower in the 550i touring. That said, if you want to have the AWD option that comes standard with the E43 4Matic Estate, you have to go with the 535i xDrive Touring model, which comes with 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, or the M550d with a six-cylinder diesel that delivers 381 horsepower and 545 pound-feet of torque. As of this writing, the 5 Series Touring starts at €44,000 for the entry-level 520i model, and climbs as high as €85,100 for the range-topping M55d xDrive model.

Read our full review on the BMW 5 Series Touring here.

Conclusion

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Here in the U.S, wagons don’t get a lot of attention anymore, but in other parts of the world, people seem to be fairly fond of them. At one time, the station wagon was a big hit here in the U.S., but we’re just so in love with SUVs these days the models don’t stand much of a chance. There’s no telling if the new E43 Estate will make it to U.S. shores, but there are several models from manufacturers like Audi, Subaru, and BMW that are available here. Unfortunately, they don’t exactly offer the same performance, but they do offer a functional body style. Even if the new E43 Estate doesn’t cross the pond, it’s sure to rock the estate market in other parts of the world for a few years to come. The performance is on point, it has great styling, and the interior is as elegant as it is functional. We may not be big fans of wagons here in the U.S., but you can’t deny that Mercedes has done a good job with the new E-Class Estate and the Mercedes-AMG E43 Estate.

  • Leave it
    • The rear end could be more aggressive
    • Will probably be expensive
    • Probably wont make it to U.S. shores

Press Release

Coinciding with the world premiere of the new E-Class Estate from Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG is presenting the new E 43 4MATIC Estate. With the powerful 295 kW (401 hp) 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine, 9G‑TRONIC automatic transmission with shortened shift times, rear-biased AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive and model-specific suspension, the first performance stage of this all-rounder boasts the AMG brand’s hallmark driving performance. The striking exterior design and more sporty interior underline the model’s membership of the AMG family, and immediately indicate what the new E 43 4MATIC Estate is mainly about: the driving performance that is a hallmark of the brand.

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"In recent months we have considerably expanded our model range for performance-oriented customers with our new 43 models, creating numerous new ways of entering the world of Mercedes-AMG. The new E 43 4MATIC Estate adds a particularly versatile alternative for business and recreation to this portfolio," says Tobias Moers, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

As in the case of the E-Class Saloon, Mercedes-AMG has also increased the output of the six-cylinder engine in the Estate model to 295 kW (401 hp) with the help of two larger turbochargers and specific software applications. The peak torque of 520 Newton metres is already available from 2500 rpm.

This package guarantees performance on a par with many a sports car: the new E 43 4MATIC reaches a speed of 100 km/h from a standing start in 4.7 seconds, while its top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.

Sporty and distinctive: the exterior design

With its striking exterior design, the new E 43 4MATIC Estate is immediately recognisable as a member of the AMG family. Three large apertures in the front apron emphasise its muscular and self-assured appearance. Two transverse fins and the front splitter are finished in silver chrome. A suggestion of a horizontal flic on the outer, black grilles emphasises the visual effect and creates a link with motorsport. The diamond radiator grille with chromed pins and the single transverse louvre in high-gloss black with inserts in highly polished chrome are further distinguishing features of the E 43 4MATIC Estate.

The side view is dominated by high-sheen 19-inch AMG five-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in high-gloss black. Other features include sporty side sill panels and the "BITURBO 4MATIC" badge on the front wings.

The rear end likewise has sporty touches, with two exhaust tailpipes in highly polished chrome with a centre bar conveying a particularly sporty impression. The rear apron trim in a diffuser look is in silver chrome, while the roof spoiler on the tailgate is painted in the vehicle colour.

Sporty look with model-specific details: the interior design

The interior reinforces the dynamic nature of the new E 43 4MATIC Estate with numerous individual details. Consistent use of trim in authentic materials, as well as uniform colours and materials from the dashboard to the interior door panels, produces a wrap-around effect which makes the driver feel at one with the Estate.

The predominant interior colour black has red highlights as an appealing contrast. The multifunction sport steering wheel in black nappa leather with area perforations, red contrasting topstitching and a flattened lower section is ideally suited to a brisk driving style. It features the new Touch Control buttons, which control the entire infotainment system without the driver’s hands having to leave the steering wheel.

The driver and front passenger find a secure position in the sports seats even when driving at speed, thanks to the improved lateral support. The upholstery in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre in black with red topstitching (optionally: nappa leather with trim strips in DINAMICA microfibre with red piping) has a distinctive pattern layout. To match the seat design, the door centre panels and the dashboard are finished in ARTICO man-made leather with red topstitching. Aluminium sports pedals with black studs, a black roof lining and red seat belts add further sporty highlights.

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The Widescreen cockpit with a high-resolution, multifunction double colour display can be individually configured and has its own AMG graphics. Numerous driving dynamics parameters can also be displayed here. In the AMG-specific control panel in the centre console, the driver is able to use separate keys to select the functions for manual transmission mode (Long-term M), AMG RIDE CONTROL adjusable damping and 3-stage ESP®.

High on power, low on consumption: the AMG 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine

The V6 biturbo engine boasts a high power output combined with low fuel consumption and emissions. The high power output of 295 kW (401 hp) is attributable, among other things, to new, larger turbochargers and the higher charge-air pressure of 1.1 bar. Installed close to the engine, the two turbochargers are especially spontaneous in their response.

The NANOSLIDE® coating on the cylinder liners has also undergone further development in the Formula 1 V6 hybrid turbo engines from Mercedes-Benz. Especially tough and therefore wear-resistant, this coating also reduces friction, thereby contributing to higher efficiency. The same applies to the spray-guided multiple injection with up to 200 bar fuel pressure. The AMG powerplant can be identified by the red aluminium insert on the engine cover.

9G-TRONIC automatic transmission with shorter shift times

The new E 43 4MATIC Estate is equipped with the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission, which Mercedes-AMG developers have specially configured for a more dynamic driving experience. They have managed to reduce the shift times of the 9-speed transmission by means of a dedicated software application. The multiple downshift function allows more spontaneous short bursts of speed, while the double-declutching function in "Sport" and "Sport Plus" transmission modes makes for an even more emotional driving experience. Defined ignition intervention additionally enables faster gear shifting than in "Eco" and "Comfort" modes.

"Manual" mode can be selected using a separate button in the centre console. The gear changes are based on the selected transmission mode, and the driver can now change gear using the paddles on the steering wheel. Moreover, the transmission stays in the selected gear and does not automatically shift up when the engine speed reaches the limit.

More agility: the sports suspension based on AIR BODY CONTROL

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For more agility, more neutral cornering characteristics and higher traction even at high speeds, the Affalterbach developers have designed an autonomous sports suspension on the basis of the AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension. The four-link front axle is fitted with special steering knuckles and load-bearing joints; all components have been optimised in terms of rigidity. A more negative camber on the front axle and on the multi-link rear axle enhances lateral dynamics. The elastokinematics of both axles have been designed to be more rigid in general. All these measures improve agility, and boost the dynamics.

The multi-chamber air suspension system with a sporty spring/damper setup and continuously variable damping adjustment combines excellent vehicle dynamics with a high level of ride comfort. A harder spring rate, for example when cornering and braking, effectively reduces rolling movements.

The damping at each wheel is automatically adjusted to suit the current driving situation and the condition of the road. This is done rapidly and precisely, using two separate valves for the rebound and compression forces in the dampers. The damping characteristics can also be preselected in three modes, "Comfort", "Sport" and "Sport Plus", allowing a wider spread between excellent long-distance comfort and sporty driving dynamics.

Thanks to all-round pneumatic level control, the E 43 4MATIC Estate has a constant ride height irrespective of the payload. To increase ground clearance, for example to negotiate steep entrances into underground car parks or on ramps, the vehicle level can be raised at the touch of a button when the engine is running, either when stationary or on the move. The level is lowered automatically when driving at higher speeds. This improves handling stability thanks to a lower centre of gravity.

Rear-biased and agile: AMG Performance 4MATIC

The standard-specification AMG Performance 4MATIC four-wheel drive features rear-biased torque distribution with a front/rear axle split of 31 to 69 percent. This configuration provides for enhanced driving dynamics and higher lateral acceleration on the road as well as improved traction when accelerating.

The single-stage transfer case of the four-wheel drive is flange-mounted on the 9G‑TRONIC as a separate system. The add-on solution makes it easier to modify torque distribution according to the model, thus allowing even more individual characteristics for the respective model series. The new system is also more effective by virtue of improved efficiency, reduced friction and a lower weight. Its compact design additionally means that it does not entail any space restrictions for passengers or luggage.

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Characteristics at the tap of a finger: AMG DYNAMIC SELECT

With the five DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes "Eco", "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport Plus" and "Individual", the driver can tailor the characteristics of the E 43 4MATIC Estate to individual preferences at the tap of a finger. The available range extends from efficient and comfortable to very sporty. This modifies key parameters, such as the response of the engine, transmission, suspension and steering. Independently of the DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes, the driver has the option of pressing the "M" button to switch directly to manual mode, in which gearshifts are executed exclusively using the shift paddles on the steering wheel. The suspension set-ups can also be selected as necessary.

The DYNAMIC SELECT "Sport" and "Sport Plus" transmission modes are configured with a clear emphasis on driving dynamics in the new E 43 4MATIC Estate. This results from an agile accelerator pedal characteristic with direct set-up and emotional gear shifting with reduced shift times, double declutching and deactivation of certain cylinders. The increased idling speed additionally enables the vehicle to move off particularly quickly, and provides for faster acceleration from a standing start.

In "Eco" mode, on the other hand, the ECO start/stop function and the gliding function reduce fuel consumption: when the driver releases the accelerator in a speed range between 60 and 160 km/h, the clutch is disengaged and the engine is decoupled from the powertrain. At the same time the electronics reduce the engine speed to idling level, and the driving resistance is reduced by the compression and frictional forces of the engine in overrun mode.

Direct and with clear feedback: speed-sensitive sports steering

The speed-sensitive sports steering features a variable ratio on the E 43 4MATIC. It stands out with its precise, highly authentic feedback. Steering power assistance is available in a choice of two modes – "Comfort" or "Sport". The relevant characteristics are automatically activated depending on the selected DYNAMIC SELECT transmission mode or can be personalised in "Individual" mode. Manual torque is increased in "Sport" mode, providing more feedback on driving conditions.

The large braking system with internally ventilated compound brake discs ensures reliable and quick deceleration of the saloon. Perforated and internally ventilated brake discs in size 360 x 36 mm with 4-piston fixed callipers and AMG lettering are fitted at the front, with perforated and internally ventilated discs in size 360 x 26 mm and single-pison floating callipers at the rear.

Optional features with a sporty emphasis

The optionally available features also emphasise the sporty character of the E 43 4MATIC Estate. These range from AMG Performance seats with increased lateral support through nappa leather upholstery and carbon-fibre trim in the interior to 20-inch bichromatic wheels.

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The new Mercedes-AMG E 43 4MATIC Estate will celebrate its world premiere at the same time as the Mercedes-Benz Estate model, on 6 June 2016 – the sales release date is 14 September 2016, with the market launch beginning in December 2016.

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