The luxury carmaker doesn't plan on building them forever.
Volvo made headlines recently when it announced that sedans and wagons will still play a role in the automaker's lineup, even as it shifts towards electrification. According to a new report from Automobilwoche, Mercedes has alternative ideas. The German publication predicts Mercedes-Benz will discontinue all wagon models by 2030, meaning beloved vehicles like the 2022 Mercedes-AMG E63 Wagon may only have until the end of the decade to exist.
The next-generation E-Class is reportedly slated to arrive in 2030, and will not spawn a wagon variant. Mercedes may keep the E-Class All-Terrain alive, as the latest C-Class was revealed in the high-riding wagon style. We could see the wagon purge start in 2025 when the CLA is replaced without a Shooting Brake variant.
Speaking earlier this month, Mercedes chief technology officer Markus Schafer said the German automaker is grappling with how to balance the space and practicality buyers love about SUVs with size and aerodynamics to achieve the best range possible. Mercedes may significantly change the shape of SUVs as we know them today, adopting a more coupe-like design to maximize aerodynamic efficiency.
We've often preached that the wagon body style is perfect for an EV because it bundles a long wheelbase, where carmakers can pack lots of batteries, with a lower ride height for maximum efficiency. Sadly, wagon sales have dwindled in recent years and it doesn't make sense for Mercedes to invest in a niche vehicle segment.
Mercedes may not see the value in offering an electric wagon, but Volkswagen has already teased a possible EV model with the ID. Space Vizzion Concept. VW has yet to make any production announcements regarding the Space Vizzion, though design elements from it may arrive on the upcoming Aero B sedan. For now, the only electric wagon models in the market belong to Porsche, the Taycan Cross Turismo and Sport Turismo. We hope other automakers will join Porsche by offering more long-roof EVs.