Mercedes-AMG’s ju­nior war wagon

E43 Es­tate prom­ises 0-100km/h in 4.7sec

Motor (Australia) - - THE NEWS -

MERCEDES-AMG has locked crosshairs on Audi’s S6 with the re­veal of its new E43 Es­tate.

Join­ing a range of ‘AMG-lite’ ve­hi­cles tak­ing up arms against Audi’s S brand and BMW’s M Per­for­mance, the E43 Es­tate prom­ises pooch-scar­ing grunt and couch-car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity.

With a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 loaded in its nose, the es­tate makes 295kW/520Nm. Har­nessed by all­wheel drive and Merc’s nine-speed auto, it’ll also hit 100km/h in 4.7sec.

Adap­tive sus­pen­sion and 19-inch wheels are at the core of its dy­namic pack­age, while low wheel off­sets and badge-less guards keep its sleeper cred in­tact.

One thing less sub­tle is its chock­ers equip­ment list, sport­ing a 12.3-inch in­fo­tain­ment screen, auto LEDs, and auto-drive tech.

Merc plans to land the car and its sedan coun­ter­part here early in 2017, with pric­ing cur­rently un­con­firmed.

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