With emissions from 137g/km CO2, the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain is more efficient than you might imagine – helped by the fact that ‘4×4 estate’ crossover body styles are more aerodynamic than large SUVs.
Compared to a standard Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate, the E-Class All-Terrain features greater ground clearance and 4MATIC all-wheel drive and it 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.
The All-Terrain will be launched as an E 220 d 4MATIC (194 hp) with the newly developed four-cylinder diesel engine. A variant with a six-cylinder diesel engine will follow. Both models come with the new 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission as standard.
It seems to have taken a long time for Mercedes to bring out a vehicle to rival the Audi allroad (and the recently announced Volvo V90 Cross Country) – and BMW hasn’t responded with a jacked-up 5 Series Touring yet either.
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.
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 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 ground clearance of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain is 121-156mm, 29mm higher than the E-Class Estate – 14mm of which is due to the tyres’ larger height/width ratio and 15mm is due to the air suspension.