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“Sure-footed four-corner traction: Standard. Height-adjustable rear AirMatic suspension for deep-snow ground clearance: Standard. Luggage-rack rails ready to accept your Thule ski-rack: Standard…Seating for seven (okay, five and two-halves): Standard. Iconic style and a hood ornament that commands respect from the apres-ski club valets: Standard. Could there be a more perfect vehicle than the new Mercedes E-Class wagon for driving up to Deer Valley, Whistler, or Hochgurgl, Austria?”
“With all systems on, the car faithfully cleaves to the driver’s intended driving line — at least to the extent that physics can allow (which is impressively high when the various electromechanical traction assistants are abetted by a set of Continental ContiWinterContact footwear).”
“The seat is still comfortable, however, offering oodles of headroom and a panoramic view of the passing Alpine scenery. Another cool feature: once the rear doors have been opened and closed, a screen on the driver’s information display indicates which (if any) seat belts have been fastened.”
“The 2011 E350 4Matic wagon goes on sale in June, 2010 (all-wheel-drive sedans are available now) at a price that’s yet to be determined, but if the price difference relative to the sedan stays roughly the same as it was on the W211 generation, it should drop to $54,500 or so.”
You can read the full Motor Trend report Here.
The 2009 E350 is expected to arrive in the US this July. Mercedes will be continuing with the choice of Sport or Luxury in this model.
2009 E350 Changes
All-new COMAND system (same as on MY09 SL/CLS)
o Bluetooth interface (previously required a $500 adaptor)
o In-dash SD Memory Card reader
o In-dash 6 CD/DVD changer w/ Video playback capability
o Enhanced harman/kardon LOGIC7 5.1 surround-sound system
o 40 GB HD Navigation w/ Birdseye View (P1)
o Enhanced Voice control for audio, telephone & navigation (P1)
o 4GB Music Register (approx. 1000 songs) (P1)
o Traffic guidance, Gracenote Database, ZAGAT Guide (P1) (this is amazing!)
o iPOD/MP3 interface, HD Digital Radio (P1)
2009 E350 Sport
321 AMG Sport Package Replaces the 333 Sport Package!
321 – Sport Package
o Sport front and rear bumper
o AMG 18″ 5-spoke wheels w/ all-season tires
o Sport steering wheel w/ gearshift paddles