Although wagons have been a staple of Mercedes’ range for decades, the German automaker has reportedly lost faith in the body style and will ditch all of them from its lineup by 2030.
Automobilewoche reports that Mercedes-Benz will leave the E-Class T-Modell to be the last of the Mohicans. But it won’t survive past 2030. That is after the premium carmaker retired the CLS Shooting Brake with the CLA Shooting Brake to follow suit, before 2025.
Once the wagons will be extinct species, Mercedes will be steering personnel and financial resources towards developing electromobility. The German manufacturer will need them to develop entirely new platforms and technologies. Autonomous driving will also swallow up much money. In this context, there is no room for the estates.
Besides, the demand for SUVs has been skyrocketing for the past few years. That body style comes with the advantages of better visibility, comfort and safety. Integrating battery packs in their architecture is also easier to perform.
Meanwhile, the German rivals of Mercedes-Benz have no plans of dropping their wagons from their lineup. Furthermore, Porsche has recently launched the Taycan Cross Tourismo, Audi is marching with the Audi RS 6 Avant and BMW is working on its first-ever M3 Touring.
The wagons Mercedes-Benz is currently selling
Mercedes-Benz is currently selling the Mercedes-Benz C-Class estate, the E-Class Estate, plus their All-Terrain siblings. All of them also have performance-orientedAMG versions.
The latter come with the space of wagons can provide, yet with a ground-clearance that only SUVs can offer. The CLA Shooting Brake is still part of the lineup, but its days are numbered.
The Germans mostly refer to this body style as “T-Modells” with the “T” standing for “tourism” and “transport”.
Following the demise of the wagons, the sedans will live a long and happy life with mandatory electrification. Mercedes is already offering mild-hybrid variants, plug-in hybrids and two electric sedans: the EQS and the EQE.