Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain has been unveiled in Paris to great fanfare. The first-ever raised estate in Mercedes’ history goes after the Audi Allroad and Volvo Cross Country, guns blazing. LIVE REPORT.
“No E-Class has ever been as versatile as the All‑Terrain. The new model combines a striking look in SUV style with the intelligent space concept of the estate. This is coupled with lots of innovative safety features and the multi-award-winning E‑Class interior”, says Ola Källenius, Member of the Daimler management board responsible for Sales and Marketing of Mercedes Benz Cars.
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. The grille stands out as it now consists of two wide plastic slats. 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.
Also new is the (derived from GLE) All-Terrain driving program in Dynamic Select, capable to optimize traction and comfort on bad roads. It adjusts the ESP, Active Yaw Control and ASC and lifts the suspension to its maximum 156 mm setting.
In the interior, the new Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain comes with special stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs and all-terrain lettering pinned to the floor mats and door steps. Standard equipment is based on the Avantgarde trim level. The cockpit is decorated with aluminum and carbon fiber details. Otherwise, the All-Terrain is identical to the E-Class T-Modell, complete with the optional dual 12.3-inch TFT screens and steering mounted touch pads.
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.