New Mercedes C-Class All-Terrain spotted: price, specs and release date

August 02, 2021 by

The first-ever All-Terrain version of Mercedes’ C-Class estate has been spotted with minimal camouflage. Here’s how the new Volvo V60 Cross Country and Audi A4 Allroad alternative is shaping up.

  • Mercedes C-Class All-Terrain estate spotted
  • First All-Terrain C-Class model ever
  • Protective cladding on the body
  • All-hybrid & mild-hybrid engine lineup
  • Practical, 490-litre boot
  • Priced from circa £40,000
  • Will debut at the IAA motor show in Munich in September

There’s never previously been a Mercedes C-Class All-Terrain model, but given our apparently insatiable passions for all things rugged and SUV-like, it’s coming soon.

These latest spy pictures show the C-Class All-Terrain with minimal camouflage, and the finished item will be shown off in a few weeks at the IAA motor show in Munich. It’ll be an alternative to the likes of the Audi A4 Allroad and the Volvo V60 Cross Country.

New Mercedes C-Class All-Terrain design

In style terms, peering beneath the camo, you can see that — as with the E-Class — the Mercedes C-Class All-Terrain will get the inevitable black plastic cladding to protect the wheelarches, doorsills, and the edges of the boot from bumps and scrapes.

Theoretically, they’re there to protect against rocks and trees when off-roading, but for most people they’ll be more useful by far for keeping car-park dings away. There’s also a grille with two chrome bars at the front, which brings the C-Class All-Terrain into line with Mercedes’ even taller SUVs, such as the GLC.

New Mercedes C-Class All-Terrain engine and driving

Mercedes’ 4MATIC four-wheel drive system, which sends most of its power, most of the time, to the rear wheels but which can divert power to the front wheels when it detect that you’re slipping or sliding, will be fitted to the new C-Class All-Terrain as standard. It’s optional on other C-Class models.

Air suspension – which will allow for a variable ride-height when tackling tricky terrain, as well as improving the on-road ride comfort – will also be available.

Mercedes hasn’t said yet how much higher off the ground the C-Class All-Terrain will sit compared to a regular C-Class, but the E-Class All-Terrain gets an extra 29mm of ground clearance (with the air suspension pushing that up by another 20mm at maximum height) so you can expect the C-Class All-Terrain to have a similar level of loftiness.

Unlike the E-Class All-Terrain, which comes with a choice of just two diesel engines, it’s likely the C-Class All-Terrain will be available with a petrol engine — most likely a 204hp 1.5-litre turbo four-cylinder engine from the C200.

There should also be a C220d diesel (which uses a 200hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine) and both engines will benefit from Mercedes’ fuel-saving EQ mild-hybrid assistance. There may also be the option of one of the standard C-Class’ plug-in hybrid models, either a petrol C300e or a diesel C300de. A 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic gearbox will be standard.

New Mercedes C-Class All-Terrain interior

The new All-Terrain should share the standard C-Class’ interior, shown above

The Mercedes C-Class All-Terrain will be practical, with the same 490-litre boot as the regular C-Class estate. You can expand that to 1,510-litres by folding the back seats down.

Inside, the C-Class All-Terrain will carry-over the cabin from the standard saloon and estate models, which means you’ll get an interior that apes that of the new S-Class luxury saloon, with a big digital instrument panel (in a choice of ten or 12-inch sizes) in front of you, and a bigger (and adjustable) screen in the centre of the dash, which can be optionally upgraded to a full 12-inches across.

The All-Terrain will also pick up other tech items from the standard C-Class range, such as a 360-degree camera system (which watches the road ahead when you’re driving, shows you the world around you when parking, and which can even act as a sentry when parked), along with radar-guided cruise control, lane-keeping steering, and a ‘digital light’ system that can project warning signs onto the road ahead.

New Mercedes C-Class All-Terrain price and release date

Mercedes is keeping schtum on UK prices for now, but you can expect the C-Class All-Terrain to start from around £40,000 if it’s to be competitive with alternatives from Audi and Volvo. Further details should be announced when the finished car is revealed at the IAA Munich Motor Show in September 2021.

If you can’t wait for this new car to go on sale, compare the latest Mercedes C-Class and C-Class estate deals or check out the top 10 best estate cars on sale right now. 

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