Just imagine how cushy it is to be Jonathan Schopp, Mercedes-Benz’s product manager of the E-Class. His Monday mornings of product managing must go something like, “OK boys, so, the new E-Class, then… How about we do a saloon, a coupé, and, oh, I don’t know, an estate?” Job done.
Of course it’s not that simple, but the point is, these days manufacturers’ new car launches are as predictable as the calendar. And when you’re Mercedes-Benz, one of Germany’s Grossen Drei along with Audi and BMW, chasing portfolios of some 60 models across dozens of segments, you pretty much have to launch a car a week. This time it’s the Mercedes-AMG E 63 Estate’s turn.
The new Affalterbach hauler will first show itself publicly at next month’s Geneva motor show before sales commencing from April, with deliveries of the half-million-dirham estate scheduled for this summer.
Mercedes claims a new standard in boot capacity for the segment, with at least 640 litres of room with the seats up, even if you’ll only ever put a half-dozen cupcakes in the back. Drop the seats and the cargo capacity swells to 1,820 litres, the largest in class.
Yes, even with 612bhp (more than the AMG GT R supercar) from a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8, the name of the game here is practicality with rear seat backs that split 40:20:40 at the push of a button, practicality of course being the reason why you’d buy the E 63 Estate in the first place, in S flavour of course, with 850Nm of torque from 2,500rpm. You know, for stuff.
With 4Matic all-wheel drive as standard (non-S model gets 571bhp and 750Nm of torque, boo) the hottest estate on the market sprints from 0-100kph in 3.5 seconds, which is practically insane, so there goes that
Affalterbach has gone as far to include an electronically controlled rear differential on the S, featuring a handy drift mode for those tricky-to-get-out-of empty carparks and things. Really, it’s a practical family car the whole family will love.