The Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain has been out and about for hours only. The conventional estate converted into an all-road vehicle withstands the hardship from unpaved tracks to rock climbing or steep serpentine roads to a snow-bound ski lodge.
Greater ground clearance, large wheels and the 4MATIC all-wheel drive, all standardly fit, take the credit for the new E-Class All-Terrain going along routes where others give in.
Its striking styling, with powerful flared wheel arches and SUV-like radiator grille, glue the bold E to the ground, even though the car gets 35 mm additional ground clearance. Plastic arch protectors prevent against paint being peeled off against car park pillars or pebbles thrown by wheels when going off the tarmac.
Redesigned bumpers, primarily made of black plastic, together with a cosmetic underride protection panel provide aggressive looks for the off-road vehicle.
Effectively unchanged on the inside, the E-Class All Terrain guarantees all the comfort of the sedan and the estate variants, taking it to a whole new level on rough surface. The subtle changes include exclusive aluminium-carbon fibre look trim, stainless steel pedals and floor mats with All Terrain identification.
The car revealed last night will celebrate its world debut at the Paris Motor Show 2016. The market launch will follow in the spring of 2017.