It has been a year and a half since the Mercedes-Benz All-Terrain saw the light of day as an all-rounder, ready to tackle rough surfaces with the toughness of an SUV and the elegance of a limousine. Yet, the car is just getting the potent diesel engine that it deserves, in the shape of the Mercedes-Benz E 400 d All-Terrain.
The executive estate sent into the world to fight the Audi A6 Allroad and the Volvo V90 Cross Country is getting a stronger diesel engine later this year. It is set to receive the twin-turbo 2.9-liter inline-six, claims MercedesBenzPassionBlog, a power unit that already made its way under the bonnet of the E 400 d sedan, the S 400 d and the new CLS 400 d. The engine provides 335 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque for each of the cars.
So far, the only diesel-powered E-Class All-Terrain models are the one set in motion by the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder 190-horsepower unit used for the E 220 d and the 3.0-liter V6 with 254 horsepower of the E 350d. The power is sent to both axles via a dual-clutch 9-speed automatic gearbox, which will also make it into the E 400d.
Plastic cladding on fenders, all-wheel drive and adjustable Air Body Control pneumatic suspension will also fit the standard E 400, as the car will stand 39 mm higher above the ground than the standard T-Modell, while the big-sized wheels give it some extra 14 mm, providing the car with a maximum ground clearance of up to 156 mm.
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