The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain has been revealed ahead of its official debut at the Paris motor show next month.
Using the same recipe adopted by Audi with its A4 and A6 Allroads and Volvo's recently-revealed V90 Cross Country, the E-Class All-Terrain combines the elevated toughness of an SUV with the spaciousness of a wagon.
Silver front and rear skid plates adorn the bumpers, while the wheel arches, skirts and bumpers are all covered in grained black plastic cladding – adding to the all-terrain aesthetic.
The E-Class All-Terrain comes equipped with 4Matic all-wheel drive as standard, increased ground clearance (up 29mm) over the regular E-Class wagon along with adjustable air suspension.
Dubbed Air Body Control, the air-suspension system can be adjusted between 0mm and +35mm, with maximum ground clearance rated at 156mm.
Wheels can be optioned in three exclusive designs, in 19- and 20-inch diameters, while the thicker tyres account for 14mm of the added ground clearance over the regular E-Class.
At launch, the E-Class All-Terrain will only be offered in E220d four-cylinder turbo-diesel form, powered by a 2.0-litre oiler producing 143kW of power and 400Nm of torque.
0-100km/h takes 8.0 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 232km/h.
Fuel use is rated at 5.1-5.2L/100km on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), with the variation likely to be dependent which wheel package is selected.
A six-cylinder diesel variant will follow, likely to be the E350d, which in sedan and wagon form is powered by a 190kW/620Nm 3.0-litre turbo-diesel.
Like the E-Class sedan and wagon, all E-Class All-Terrain variants will employ the company’s nine-speed automatic transmission.
Inside, the E-Class All-Terrain gets model-specific aluminium-carbon look trim, along with stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs and floor mats with All-Terrain branding.
The E-Class All-Terrain’s interior is based on the sporty Avantgarde interior package, which includes chrome highlights, three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, and is available in three colour schemes.
While final specifications are yet to be released, expect the more rugged E-Class wagon to come equipped with the dual 12.3-inch displays for the driver’s instrument cluster and navigation system along with the driver assistance package.
David McCarthy, senior manager for public relations at Mercedes-Benz Australia, told CarAdvice that the E-Class All-Terrain is a very likely starter Down Under after June 2017 – though a final decision is yet to be made.
“Other E-Class Estates are also in the mix, but a decision on them hasn’t been made yet [either],” he added.
Stay tuned for more details on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain as part of our Paris motor show coverage in the coming weeks.
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