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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