Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain

Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain Crashes the Off-Road Wagon Party

Not everyone wants a luxury SUV or a crossover because they find them to be too big or common. But the idea of a higher ride height and all-wheel drive capability does interest them. Is there a luxury vehicle for them?

There is and it is called an off-road wagon. Volvo and Audi have been at the forefront with their Cross Country and allroad models. But now, a new manufacturer is throwing their hat into the ring.

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the E-Class All-Terrain before its public debut next week at the Paris Motor Show. Starting with the basic E-Class wagon, Mercedes increased the ride height by 1.14 inches. An air suspension can raise ground clearance even higher to help the All-Terrain through some difficult terrain. The All-Terrain also features a special version of Mercedes' 4Matic all-wheel drive system with a new mode called 'All-Terrain'. This mode raises the air suspension by a couple of inches at speeds under 20 mph, tweaks the stability program, and brings up an off-road-focused menu in the instrument cluster providing key information such as the direction of travel and the angle of the vehicle.

The exterior features a new front grille, new bumpers, and plastic cladding on the wheel arches and rocker panels. Inside, the All-Terrain is the same as the standard E-Class wagon aside from stainless-steel pedals and rubber floor mats.

At launch, the E-Class All-Terrain will only come with a 2.0L turbodiesel-four with 192 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. This will be paired with a nine-speed automatic. A more power six-cylinder diesel is expected in the future.

Mercedes is planning to start shipping the E-Class All-Terrain to European markets in early 2017. Don't hold your breath for this wagon coming the U.S.

Pic Credit: Mercedes-Benz

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