Report: W214 Mercedes E-Class Wagon Confirmed for U.S.

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky

Mercedes-Benz has submitted its intended U.S. lineup with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the 2024 model year and the E-Class wagon is back on the list. With the W214 generation having just been introduced, everyone has been wondering which versions of Mercedes’ midsize model would make it to our shores. But it looks like we’re only getting the All-Terrain variant for now. 

This remains good news for E-Class fans. But the more hardcore driving enthusiasts probably wanted to hear that the German brand had the standard E-Wagon ready and was preparing to ship it stateside along with an elongated AMG. While that certainly remains a possibility, it’s likely not going to happen this year. At present, the lifted All-Terrain is all anybody can have. 

We certainly understand that Mercedes felt it needed to give the E-Class some faux ruggedness to better compete with the Volvo V90 Cross Country or Audi A6 Allroad. Modern design trends have made everyone crossover crazy. However, it’d be nice to have something a little more focused on the fundamentals that made people love the E-Wagon in the first place. 

Still, the dynamics of the W213 E-Class All-Terrain has been agreeable and we’re hoping the same holds true for the W214.

Car and Driver was the first outlet to report on Mercedes’ EPA certification submission — noting that the coupe and convertible variants are poised to be shifted to the CLE-class:

On the other end of the E-class spectrum, it looks as though the coupe and convertible models bite the dust for 2024. Don't shed any tears yet, though, as the very same EPA document indicates the two body styles are set to don the CLE-class moniker come next year. The document also indicates Mercedes has no intention of renaming the current two-door E-class models, and instead, the brand will affix the name to an all-new generation of mid-size coupe and convertible, as evidenced by the model codes listed in the document: C236 and A236.

If the information in this document holds, then it appears the CLE-class will come with three different powertrain options. Benz-badged CLEs will bear the moniker CLE300 (likely indicating the use of the C300's 255-hp four-cylinder powertrain) and CLE450 (surely an indication it'll share the 375-hp six-cylinder setup of the E450). An AMG-fettled CLE53 is also listed and presumably carries over the 429-hp straight-six powertrain of today's E53, albeit likely with a few more horses.

The manufacturer has stated that it's not at liberty to share information about forthcoming products, so there’s no scoop on the standard wagon or any prospective AMG E63. We can’t even confirm that the above information will pan out. But it’s likely that the manufacturer wouldn’t have gone through all the trouble to submit with the EPA if it didn’t intend on selling the included models. 

It’s a relatively safe bet that you’ll see the E-Class All-Terrain (equipped with the M256-30DETC turbocharged, straight-six engine) as the 2024 model-year lineup begins filling dealer lots. 

[Image: Mercedes-Benz]

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Matt Posky
Matt Posky

A staunch consumer advocate tracking industry trends and regulation. Before joining TTAC, Matt spent a decade working for marketing and research firms based in NYC. Clients included several of the world’s largest automakers, global tire brands, and aftermarket part suppliers. Dissatisfied with the corporate world and resentful of having to wear suits everyday, he pivoted to writing about cars. Since then, that man has become an ardent supporter of the right-to-repair movement, been interviewed on the auto industry by national radio broadcasts, driven more rental cars than anyone ever should, participated in amateur rallying events, and received the requisite minimum training as sanctioned by the SCCA. Handy with a wrench, Matt grew up surrounded by Detroit auto workers and managed to get a pizza delivery job before he was legally eligible. He later found himself driving box trucks through Manhattan, guaranteeing future sympathy for actual truckers. He continues to conduct research pertaining to the automotive sector as an independent contractor and has since moved back to his native Michigan, closer to where the cars are born. A contrarian, Matt claims to prefer understeer — stating that front and all-wheel drive vehicles cater best to his driving style.

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  • VoGhost VoGhost on Apr 30, 2023

    I consistently find the women driving e-class wagons very attractive.

  • Wjtinfwb Wjtinfwb on Aug 30, 2023

    Good news. Probably the car I'd choose if I was told I could buy one last new car but would have to keep it and live with it every day for the rest of my life.

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