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by Sam Rawlings

New spy photos this week have confirmed that, as expected, the incoming E-Class line-up will feature a wagon version of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG E63.

Last year CarAdvice brought you similar photos of the new E-Class sedan getting the same AMG enhancements, with little doubt that the wagon would soon follow. Now, here it is, in all its (camouflaged) glory.

As far as styling goes, the wagon is expected to be a carbon copy of the sedan – aside from the stretched load-hauling rear end, which will likely mean a slightly lengthened wheelbase.

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The new E-Class range, only recently launched overseas (see our review here), is built on a stretched and widened version of the rear- and all-wheel-drive MRA platform currently on show in the C-Class and GLC SUV.

In top-shelf AMG form, we can likely expect power to be provided by a version of the new 4.0 Litre twin-turbo V8 currently doing service in the AMG GT coupe and the latest C63 mid-sizers.

In its current form, the engine’s most powerful applications deliver 375kW of power and 700Nm of torque. However, being the larger brother (and more powerful sibling to the recently revealed 295kW E43 sedan) we could expect AMG to extract as much power as possible out of the engine if it finds itself under the bonnet of the E63 wagon.

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By comparison, the current and outgoing AMG E63 S produces 430kW of power and 800Nm of torque from it 5.5 Litre turbo-charged V8 – it stands to reason that AMG will be looking to better those figures.

Wagon fans can likely expect to see the E63 Estate make its global debut later this year, but not before the regular E-Class wagon, which might appear at the 2016 Paris motor show in October.

Watch for more to come in the months ahead.




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