Mercedes-Benz E-Class takes the high road with new All-Terrain model

Article by Christian A., on September 29, 2016

Station wagons are becoming more handsome than ever judging from the latest all-road models whipped out by Audi, Volvo and Subaru. Joining the fray is none other than the new Mercedes Benz E-Class All-Terrain, which is set to take the centre stage at the 2016 Paris Motor Show coming this October. Let’s have a quick tour and see what the fuss is all about.

The German company has done a pretty amazing job by creating an all-road estate that almost resembles an SUV. So what is there to expect? Aside from its rugged-style front grille, the new off-road vehicle features 4MATIC all-wheel drive, flared wheel arches, bigger sets of wheels plus AIR BODY CONTROL suspension, thereby increasing its ground clearance like never before.

The ALL-TERRAIN is in fact the most versatile version to ever come out of this segment. At least that’s how Daimler management board member Ola Källenius perceives the new E-Class’ All-Wheel Drive model. Moreover, the rugged styling makes it more like a typical sport utility vehicle than a traditional station wagon but offers the same amount of space needed for those long weekend trips with the whole family.

Add to that the E-Class’ award winning interior and many of its advanced safety features. But more than anything, the All-Terrain’s multi-chamber air suspension and standard all-wheel drive make it a much safer alternative to an SUV.

These days, some of us need more than just a car. Other than SUVs, we’re looking for something that’s capable of carrying more things and more passengers while flexible enough to take to anywhere we want. From what we can see this early, this “show stopping” all-road performer would represent probably much more than what Mercedes Benz considers as “modern luxury” and “dynamism” in one. Now, we don’t have to do away with a family wagon that’s generally useful but is far from sexy. The new Mercedes Benz All-Terrain is about to change that.

Exterior Design

New Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain is a far cry from the conventional estate wagon we have seen all these years. Apparently, the “off-road” element steals the spotlight with its strong and full-body appearance. All these incredible features define Mercedes Benz’s design philosophy with more sense and clarity than it has ever done in the past.

Certainly, the black wheel arch side covers highlight the new E-Class’ “off-road driving spirit”. The same cross country characteristics continue to appear all the way to the load sill protector, side skirts with chrome tips as well as the exclusive sets of 19-inch and 20-inch alloy wheels in three various designs.

Just as with any Mercedes, a large portion of the front end always makes an interesting visual element especially with the luxury brand’s iconic emblem sitting perfectly at the middle. Aside from the stylish two-fin grille, the 3-part bumper is also guaranteed to grab “undivided” attention starting from the upper section (in same body colour) up to the lower edge of the bumper that’s made of black-grained plastic down to the chrome plated underbody panels.

The new Mercedes Benz E-Class All-Terrain bears the same versatility and load capacity usually available to all E-Class models. This includes the standard 40:20:40 split folding seats as well as the cargo seat’s position at the back. The all-road vehicle also offers all the latest technology available to ensure convenience, comfort and safety.

The initial batch is expected to arrive in the UK by the 2nd quarter of the following year but the prices and complete details will come around the first quarter of 2017. Exclusively made interior packages are also available including floor mats, sports pedals (in stainless steel) and aluminium carbon inspired trims and so much more. Other than its EXCLUSIVE ALL-TERRAIN package and AVANTGARDE interiors, the DESIGNO edition has been added on the line-up to bring you more options to choose from.

If we are to compare it with the Estate version, Mercedes Benz’s E-Class All Terrain is 29mm higher off the ground and provides a more impressive overall ground clearance of 121mm and 156mm. The larger height/width ratios as well as the air suspensions’ normal driving level make up most of the 14mm-15mm height increase. Beyond that, you can set the adjustable air suspension at three different levels starting from zero up to +35mm. Without using the All-Terrain driving programme, the centre console is also useful in manually setting the suspension to your desired level of performance.

Powertrain

The all-roader will come with Mercedes Benz’s newly enhanced 194hp E-220 4MATIC four-cylinder diesel engine. We can also expect a brand-new 6-cylinder diesel variant to come out real soon. Any of which will be paired with the latest 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission.

Other standard features include the DYNAMIC SELECT with 5 programmable driving modes to work with different steering, ESP, transmission and engine set-up. On rough roads, you can select the model-specific All-Terrain driving (identical to all Mercedes Benz GLE models). Meanwhile, the big wheels with higher sidewalls and adjustable suspension bring in a new improved riding comfort.

The ASR, active yaw control and ESP threshold will adapt simultaneously after switching to the ALL-TERRAIN driving programme. During this stage, the AIR BODY CONTROL helps in raising the chassis by +22mm up to 35km/h speed rating. When active, this mode setting will show on the display indicator along with other useful figures coming from the compass, brake/accelerator, the slope and incline angle as well as the current vehicle level and steering position.

Press Release

NEW MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS ALL-TERRAIN: VERSATILITY AND AGILITY IN A STRIKING OUTFIT

From unpaved tracks to steep, serpentine snow-bound roads, the new E-Class All-Terrain can tackle routes where conventional estates have to give up, thanks to greater ground clearance and 4MATIC all-wheel drive. Rugged styling and flared wheel arches also give it a tough look. The E-Class All-Terrain makes its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show 2016. The first cars will arrive in the UK from spring 2017, while pricing and specification will be announced in early 2017.

“No E-Class has ever been as versatile as the All-Terrain. The new model combines a striking look in SUV style with the intelligent space concept of the estate. This is coupled with lots of innovative safety features and the multi-award-winning E-Class interior,” said Ola Källenius, Member of the Daimler management board responsible for Sales and Marketing of Mercedes Benz Cars. “With 4MATIC all-wheel drive as a standard feature and increased ground clearance thanks to the AIR BODY CONTROL multi-chamber air suspension, the All-Terrain is a flexible all-rounder – for unpaved roads, family and leisure time.”

Thanks to off-road styling elements the All-Terrain has a powerful and robust appearance which also distinguishes it from the classic estate. Dynamism and modern luxury unite to make the All-Terrain an ambassador for the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy of the sensuous clarity that defines modern luxury.

An eye-catching feature of the front is the SUV-style two-fin grille with the star integrated in the centre. The distinctive front bumper and lower panelling, electroplated in silver-chrome, also contribute to the robust appearance. The top part of the three-part front bumper is painted in the body colour and the lower part comes in grained black plastic.

At the side, the black wheel arch covers are a distinctive feature that emphasise the car’s all-terrain character. This also applies to the black side skirt that features a chrome trip strip. Three exclusive alloy wheel sets in 19- and 20-inch formats with higher sidewalls give the vehicle a confident look, greater ground clearance and enhanced comfort on rough roads.

The All-Terrain also features a model-specific three-part bumper at the rear with the top part painted in body colour and the lower part in grained black plastic. Further features typical of an SUV include robust load sill protection and an underbody guard electroplated in silver-chrome.

The interior includes aluminium-carbon look trim that is exclusive to the All-Terrain, stainless steel sports pedals and floor mats with All-Terrain lettering. The equipment is based on the AVANTGARDE interior line, while EXCLUSIVE and designo appointments are optionally available [UK details are to be confirmed]. The new model boasts all the load compartment flexibility of the E-Class estate, such as the rear seat cargo position and a standard 40:20:40 split-folding rear seat back. All E-Class innovations relating to safety, comfort and convenience are available.

The All-Terrain will be launched as an E 220 d 4MATIC (143 kW/194 hp) with the newly developed four-cylinder diesel engine. A short time later a variant with a six-cylinder diesel engine will follow. Both models come with the new 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission as standard.

Figures for version with 9G-TRONIC,

The All-Terrain has DYNAMIC SELECT as standard. This enables five driving programmes to be selected with different engine, transmission, ESP® and steering characteristics. A special model-specific feature is the All-Terrain driving programme, which offers settings for off-road driving and was derived from the GLE. The even more comfortable suspension configuration and the large wheels with higher sidewalls noticeably further increase ride comfort on rough roads compared with the E-Class.

Selecting the All-Terrain driving programme with the driving programme switch raises the chassis via the standard AIR BODY CONTROL by +20 mm up to a speed of 35 km/h. The thresholds for ESP®, active yaw control and acceleration skid control (ASR) are adjusted accordingly. The All-Terrain driving programme has a special indicator in the vehicle display. Information displayed there includes the steering angle, the vehicle level (position of the air suspension), the angle of slope and the angle of inclination, the accelerator/brake position and a compass.

Thanks to air suspension three levels from 0 to +35 mm are selectable. Independent of the driving programme the highest level can also be selected manually with the level button on the centre console. The E-Class All-Terrain is 29 millimetres higher than the E-Class Estate – 14 mm of which is due to the tyres’ larger height/width ratio and 15 mm to the normal driving level of the air suspension. The ground clearance is 121 to 156 mm.

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