A luxury manufacturer like Mercedes Benz may not have to focus on releasing models designed for other road conditions but the new E-Class all-terrain is a soft-roading variant on the most popular full sized wagon.
There are multiple offerings in the segment from Volvo, Audi and other manufacturers. Mercedes Benz E-class All-Terrain model joins the list. The car will be unveiled at the 2016 Paris auto show and before its reveal, we know its specifications and there are official pictures that you could look into. The E-class wagon has limited off-road capabilities like unpaved mountain roads. Just don’t try to push it further because Mercedes cars have their limits when it comes to handling uneven surfaces.
The new all-terrain model features a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine. The four-cylinder engine renders a cool 194 horsepower with 295 lb feet of torque. The power delivered by the engine is evenly spread to all four wheels made possible by the 9G-Tronic nine-speed transmission setup. The brand has also confirmed that they are working on a six-cylinder diesel edition which should be out in the near future.
Designed to withstand rugged usage, the E-Class All-Terrain is covered in durable plastic trim. The front bumper is completely modified, so does the rear bumper and the ride height is adjusted with the help of larger wheels. Buyers have the option to go for a 19-inch or 20-inch wheels. True to its name, the underside of the engine is duly covered by a skid plate. It secures the engine against any impact while riding on steep mountains.
The all-terrain edition of the E-class is 1.1-inches higher than the regular model because of the standard air suspension and large wheels. It increases its overall ground clearance. There are three different modes to choose from – Comfort, Sport and Eco modes. A dedicated All-Terrain mode is also found in the car which pushes the ride height further by 0.8-inches. Minor changes will be made to the traction, transmission and stability control to match the new ride height.
Mercedes has confirmed that the particular E-Class model will arrive in the UK by spring 2017. However, there is no word on its availability in the United States. The official debut of the car will take place at the 2016 Paris auto expo where the brand might choose to reveal all the important details including pricing and availability of the car in your region. Check out the pictures below.