Mercedes-Benz has started rolling out a wider range of engines for its E-Class estate and GLC Coupé crossover ranges, mirroring the offerings for the E-Class saloon and regular GLC ranges. Minor specification updates have also been made.
Of most interest to UK buyers will be the new diesel engine options, with the E-Class estate getting a new E200d version of the latest OM654 four-cylinder diesel engine. Rated at 150hp, it becomes the new entry-level model for the range and sits under the 195hp E220d version available from launch. Buyers will pay about £1,500 less for the lower-output version.
Both the E-Class estate and GLC Coupé are also now available to order with the familiar 260hp 350d 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine found in other Mercedes-Benz models.
All E-Class estate models are now available to order with Mercedes’ traditional rear-facing third-row seats in the boot. Only suitable for children under 115cm (3ft 9in) tall, the seats fold away into the boot floor when not in use.
A load securing kit is also optionally available for all E-Class estate models, using familiar rails and a telescopic bar to keep luggage in one place during your journeys.
The E-Class saloon recently scored a five-star crash test rating from Euro NCAP, and the same safety features and systems are available on estate versions. The GLC SUV also scored five stars when tested last year, and again there is no reason to suggest the Coupé version would achieve a lesser result.
Mercedes-AMG versions added to the line-up
Both vehicles are now available with a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine in the Mercedes-AMG E 43 estate and GLC 43 Coupé, both with 4MATIC all-wheel drive. The engine produces 400hp in the E-Class estate but is detuned to 367hp in the GLC version.
A carbon fibre package is also available for the E 43 estate and saloon models, although £1,755 for some carbon fibre mirror casings seems somewhat indulgent. At least the saloon version also comes with a carbon rear lip spoiler as well.
All models listed above are available to order now, with the first vehicles expected to arrive in December.