In other words, the All-Terrain is Mercedes-Benz’s Allroad, if you are familiar with the series of station wagon conversions sold by the four-ringed brand from Ingolstadt.
Mercedes-Benz will showcase the E-Class All-Terrain at this year’s Paris Motor Show, while market launch will happen in the spring of 2017. The German manufacturer from Stuttgart has also added the Air Body Control system to this version of the E-Class Estate, which provides a variable ground clearance that is increased thanks to the multi-chamber air suspension.
The manufacturer claims that the suspension of the E-Class All-Terrain makes this car become a flexible all-rounder, since it can drive on serpentine roads just as well as it can handle unpaved roads.
The new crossover based on the E-Class Estate comes with exclusive wheel designs, which are offered in 19-inch and 20-inch formats, but come with tires with high sidewalls to support comfort on rough roads.
As you can discern in the photo gallery, the wheel arches received black ornaments, as have the side sills, and the lower parts of the front and rear bumpers.
Both front and rear bumpers also have chrome trim matched with matte silver elements. The front grille has two fins instead of the usual solution, and those fins are finished in “Iridium silver.”
Inside, the All-Terrain gets the best of the E-Class range, as it has a mix of aluminum and carbon fiber ornaments. The equipment level is based on the Avantgarde line, and customers can order additional elements from the Designo and Exclusive ranges. Just like the regular E-Class Estate, the rear bench is foldable in three as standard, and it has multiple storage spaces and solutions.
The E-Class All-Terrain comes with the Dynamic Select as standard, which allows the driver to choose from five driving modes that change how the engine, ESP, steering, and transmission will respond. The GLE inspired the settings for the All-Terrain driving setup.
At speeds of up to 35 km/h (21 mph), the ride height is raised by up to 20 millimeters (0,78 inches) on top of the standard ground clearance, and the ESP, acceleration skid control, and active yaw are changed accordingly.
Compared to the standard E-Class Estate, the All-Terrain is 29 mm (1,14 inches) higher. The height was raised with both the wheel and tire combination, and with the air suspension. Both have increased the ground clearance between 121 and 156 mm (4,7 in to 6,14 in).
Mercedes-Benz will launch the all-new E-Class All-Terrain with a new four-cylinder diesel engine. The engine variant will be named E 220d 4Matic, and will provide 194 HP.
Peak torque is 400 Nm (295 lb-ft), and is available between 1,600 rpm and 2,800 rpm. Fuel economy is rated at 5.1 liters/100 kilometers in the standard NEDC combined cycle.
It will take the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain 220d 4Matic eight-seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph). Top speed will be 232 km/h (144 mph), more than enough for a four-cylinder diesel on an all-rounder crossover based on an estate.
After the initial market launch, the brand will also offer a six-cylinder diesel unit, and both have a nine-speed automatic transmission as standard. There is no word on a gasoline engine option or a hybrid, but we would not rule those out for the lifecycle of the E-Class All-Terrain.