Shocking: Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain may not come to the US

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Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain may not come to the United States after all. As shocking as that might sound, Daimler execs are still pondering whether to offer the rugged E-Class Estate in North America.

What seemed like certainty, given the rising popularity of high-riding estates, especially in heavy winter states like the ones up north, is now up in the air and a firm decision regarding the first-ever E-Class All-Terrain is yet to be made.

“We’re still debating that and thinking about it. It’s a very, very exciting vehicle, and we’re taking a look at overall production, volumes that we have to have and business case and so on. So we’ll see. Decision not finally made”, Mercedes-Benz USA CEO, Dietmar Exler, has revealed to AutomotiveNews.

Low-volumes (not so low, really) haven’t stopped Volvo or Audi from bringing their V90 Cross Country and A6 Allroad stateside. And they have found a good audience among soccer moms with deep pockets. If Mercedes does follow suit and brings the E-Class All-Terrain to the US market, expect to see the rugged estate in North America sometimes in 2017, probably not sooner than the second semester.

In Europe, the All-Terrain will celebrate its market launch in spring 2017 in E 220 d 4Matic guise with 194 hp. The 220 d can sprint to 100 km/h in 8 seconds, reaches a top speed of 232 km / h fast and consumes only 5.1 l/100 km on average. The 9-speed 9G-Tronic transmission is standard. The six-cylinder E 350 d with 258 hp will join the range in 2017.

The all-new All Terrain is basically a T-Modell with 35 mm raised ground clearance, flared wheel arches, plastic body protections (front and rear underrun elements included) and standard 4Matic AWD system. Also standard is the Air Body Control multi-chamber air suspension which offers the choice of three ride heights. In normal circumstances, the All-Terrain is 29 mm higher than a normal T-Modell. 14 mm of which are due to the larger wheels and 15 mm to the larger air cushion. An increase of 35 mm is the maximum possible, but only at speeds of up to 35 km/h. The ground clearance of the Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain varies accordingly between 121-156 mm.