Mercedes Unveils new E3504MATIC Wagon at New York Auto Show

10 Apr 2010 | 2,831 views | No Comment
This is the year of the “E”--the Mercedes E-Class. 2011 mercedes e350 wagon Arguably Mercedes’ most important model, both to the bottom line and to the indelible image that this line has in the minds of upscale consumers, Mercedes has been hard at work introducing a strong family of new models, including a four door sedan, coupe, convertible, and now, at this week’s press days event at the New York International Auto Show, the 2011 E Class wagon  is  being unveiled. The family resemblance is obvious, what with the racy yet classic front end, the familiar “pontoons” over the wheel wheels of the latest generation models, and the low, sleek profile that has been carried over into wagon form in the 2011 E350 4MATIC wagon. Word has it that the wagon is quite cavernous, and Mercedes says the car can carry a grandfather clock and still hold three occupants--and comfortably so. The nice thing about the new E35- 4MATIC is that it has a third row seat-- a growing “must” feature these days. There is a standard third row seat that folds up from the luggage compartment  floor, and it adds two more places to the five seat configuration for the wagon. Mercedes says the car is equipped with a load leveling air suspension, which means you’ll never see the rear end of this car scraping the ground because of heavy cargo in the back. 2011 mercedes e350 wagon The 4MATIC all wheel drive system is, according to a news release, “is cleanly integrated into the automatic transmission so it fits right into the standard body and utilizes the existing front suspension. Fuel efficiency has been improved, due to a number of innovative measures that minimize the energy needed to turn the extra gears and shafts.” As is the case with the other E Class models, the wagon can be had in either Sport or Luxury configurations, and there are special trims and features to help emphasize the distinctions between those two models. You’ll also see some of the same innovative safety features found on the other E Class models, including Attention Assist which flashes a “Time For A Rest?“ message when it picks up the early signs of sleepiness on the part of the driver. Between 50 and 112 mph, the system identifies the erratic steering corrections drivers make as they begin to get drowsy and triggers an audible warning, and a "Time for a Rest?" message with a coffee cup icon in the instrument cluster. Then there’s Lane Keeping Assist, which alerts the driver by simulating rumble strip vibration in the steering wheel if the car drifts from its lane without the turn signals on. At any speed above 37 mph, the system recognizes lane markings, thanks to a small camera in the windshield and a computer that analyzes the video images. Other safety features include Adaptive Highbeam Assist. There’s an optional Parktronic system that includes a parking guidance function. The guidance system has ten ultrasonic sensors that, at low speed, scans available parking spaces and displays a “P” in the dash if the car can fit into that space. All E-Class models are equipped with "basic" PRE-SAFE - the world's first system that can sense and take protective measures before a crash. The PRE-SAFE system first automatically tensions the seatbelts if the car senses an impending collision. PRE-SAFE uses resettable electric tensioners in addition to the existing pyrotechnic belt tensioners. In addition, if the front passenger seat is overly reclined or forward, PRE-SAFE automatically moves it to a more favorable crash position. If the seat cushion angle of the front passenger seat is too shallow, it is also re-adjusted to help prevent submarining. If the vehicle skids (often a precursor to rollover), the system closes the sunroof and side windows. If a crash is averted, the electric belt tensioners automatically relax and are ready to deploy again. If necessary, PRE-SAFE reacts to fishtailing (or oversteer) as well as "plowing" (or understeer) by using existing sensors for ESC stability control to measure steering angle, vehicle yaw and lateral acceleration. Emergency braking can also trigger PRE-SAFE, which monitors sensors for the Brake Assist system as well. Standard interior equipment includes a premium leather-covered steering wheel with integrated multi-function switches and a Direct Select electronic shift lever mounted on the steering column. 14-way adjustable power front seats feature stylish divided seat cushions that cover steel seat frames featuring their own suspension. An optional Drive-Dynamic multicontour seat for the driver uses a series of air bladders and mechanical bolsters in the bottom cushion and seat back to offer impressively variable seat adjustments. To provide extra support during spirited driving, the Drive-Dynamic seat inflates the right-side bolster in a left turn (or the left bolster in a right turn). Also standard is a COMAND system featuring a large seven-inch color display screen with a standard in-dash, six-disc CD/DVD changer and a Bluetooth interface that allows a phone still in a pocket or purse to be operated through the car's audio system. A standard rear-view camera displays the area behind the car whenever it's in reverse. The COMAND system can also display maps and directions for the optional GPS navigation system, which can be set up to display Sirius real-time traffic information and Zagat restaurant ratings. The system can also be equipped with an optional iPod/MP3 interface, Sirius satellite radio, HD radio, and an advanced voice control system for audio, navigation and phone systems. Using a console-mounted controller, the central display can be operated by either the driver or front passenger.

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