Mercedes will enter a new niche segment with the new E-Class All-Terrain, designed to blend SUV ability with estate style. The new Mercedes will go up against the Audi A6 Allroad and pending Volvo V90 Cross Country which will be released next year alongside the new Mercedes.
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Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain styling
The All-Terrain’s raised body gets new protective panelling on the front end along with a chunkier grille. The All-Terrain is protected from any unforgiving territory with the plastic cladding surrounding the car. At the rear, a chromed rear bumper houses the two exhausts and shields other mechanical bits from damage.
Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain interior
On the whole, the interior will be similar to the standard E-Class. Details of UK trim grades are yet to be announced, but expect regular E-Class trim levels to be replicated for the All-Terrain. The new model benefits from great flexibility with 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats to increase overall load capacity.
Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain driving and engines
Mercedes latest 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel will send power to all-four wheels to give extra traction and grip on slippery ground. With 194hp, the engine hits 62mph from rest in eight seconds yet delivers 55.4mpg fuel economy and emits a relatively low 137g/km of CO2.
A six-cylinder diesel offers extra power if you want a little more performance. Mercedes’ smooth shifting nine-speed automatic gearbox is standard shuffling through the gears in a relaxing fashion.
There are five selectable driving modes to chose from. One imported from the GLE SUV – the All-Terrain programme – reconfigures the engine, gearbox and traction control systems to best handle off-roading.
The above works in tandem with standard fit air-suspension – a £1,495 option on the regular E-Class. The clever setup not only brings a softly sprung ride but offers height adjustability to increase or decrease ground clearance to a maximum of 156mm. The All-Terrain sits 29mm higher than the regular E-Class thanks to taller tyre sidewalls which should further improve ride quality.
Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain price and release date
No official pricing has been stated but an equivalent Audi A6 Allroad costs from £46,505, carrying an £11,410 premium over the A6 Avant, the Mercedes E-Class Estate’s direct rival. The E-Class All-Terrain won’t represent as big a jump in trim as the A6 Allroad so entry-level pricing around £45,000 seems possible.
Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain latest news (updated June 2016)
Mercedes will produce an off-road-inspired version of the E-Class Estate, rumoured to be called All Terrain. The new model will compete against the Audi A6 Allroad and the upcoming Volvo V90 Cross Country, and will fall between the regular E-Class and full-fat SUVs within Mercedes’ lineup.
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Mercedes E-Class All Terrain styling
The standard E-Class Estate’s body will gain a number of SUV-based touches to help it the look prepared for the great outdoors. This means it’ll probably feature additional black plastic cladding around the wheelarches and bumpers to give it a more rugged appearance. The car will ride higher than the standard estate to improve ground clearance, while extra panels beneath the body will help protect vital components from harm in the rough stuff.
Mercedes E-Class All Terrain driving and engines
The raised ride height will come courtesy of height-adjustable air suspension – optional on the regular E-Class but probably standard on the All Terrain. This will enable it to raise up when needed to improve off-road ability, yet allow the body to hunker down on the road to improve stability and fuel efficiency during a high-speed cruise.
Under the bonnet, the All Terrain will share its engine lineup with the regular E-Class. Currently that means there will be a pair of diesel engines (one four-cylinder, one V6), with petrol models likely to appear, too. A plug-in hybrid will be fitted to the E-Class in the future, and this will also probably find its way into the All Terrain.
Mercedes E-Class All Terrain price and release date
Prices have yet to be confirmed but, using Audi’s rival – the A6 Allroad – as a comparison, the new E-Class All Terrain could to cost around £6,000 more than the equivalent E-Class saloon. In other words, expect to pay around £42,000 for the E 220 d. The new model is due for release before the end of 2017.