2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain revealed

Brett Davis

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its first off-road version of the E-Class, called the E-Class All-Terrain. It’s looking to swipe sales from the Audi A6 Allroad and upcoming Volvo V90 Cross Country.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain

This is Merc’s new jumped up version of its large wagon. It features various body trimmings that give it a more adventurous look, such as black wheel arch extensions, black side skirts, and unique 19- or 20-inch alloy wheel options with taller multi-terrain tyres.

Underneath, the All-Terrain driving mode raises the body by 20mm via the Air Body Control suspension. This mode is operable at speeds below 35km/h. Revisions are also made to the traction and stability control systems, with active yaw control and skid control tweaked for optimum off-road traction.

Switching to this mode also brings a range of gauges to the driver’s view, such as live steering angle, suspension position, a compass, and current angle of the vehicle. It also shows lives throttle and brake position.

Mercedes says the ground clearance is 29mm greater than the regular E-Class wagon, offering an overall clearance of 121mm to 156mm, depending on what suspension mode is selected.

The new model will be launched, at least initially, as the E 220 d 4MATIC. It comes with a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel producing 143kW and 400Nm, offering a combined cycle fuel consumption of 5.1L/100km. Acceleration from 0-100km/h takes 8.0 seconds.

Mercedes Australia is yet to officially confirm the All-Terrain’s local market potential. It will be shown to the public for the first time at the Paris motor show next week.

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