2017 Mercedes-Benz E400 4Matic Wagon is a sexy crossover alternative

With much of the US market content to drive crossovers and SUVs, the wagon is becoming scarce. Not everyone wants a big SUV though and for those buyers seeking a wagon with luxury, three-row seating, and power underfoot Mercedes-Benz has announced that the 2017 E400 4Matic Wagon will land in US dealerships in early 2017. The wagon will come in two styles with the Luxury model getting classic styling and a hood ornament, the Sport model will get sleeker sport bumpers and grille.

The E400 Wagon will pack a 3.0L biturbo V6 engine under the hood making 329hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. The power will go to all four wheels via the Mercedes 4matic all-wheel drive system and a 9G-Tronic 9-speed automatic transmission. The three row seating arrangement inside the car will seat up to seven people with the standard folding rear-facing seat in the cargo area.

Mercedes packs a lot of standard safety equipment into the car with Pre-Safe Sound that gives a short interference signal if the car detects an imminent collision that claims to save your hearing in the event of an accident. Drive Pilot technology with Distance Pilot functions at up to 130mph in ideal conditions.

Active lane-change assist has radar and camera systems to help change lanes safely and can actually help steer into the lane if it is clear. The car also has active brake assist with cross-traffic function.

Pre-Safe impulse side technology can inflate the seat side bolster to move the occupant up to 2.75-inches away from the side impact zone when a collision is detected. Inside the car has a 12.3-inch infotainment display. Air body control is available providing a multi-chamber air suspension on all corners.

Buyers can opt for a warmth and comfort package with heated door armrests, center console, steering wheel, and rapidly heating front seats. The car will land in US dealerships in early 2017 with pricing to be announced closer to launch.