Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain gears up for adventure

By Bob Nagy on September 30, 2016 11:01 AM

Adding a new dimension to the E-Class Wagon, the Mercedes-Benz All-Terrain made its public debut in Paris. Matching more aggressive SUV-influenced styling touches with standard 4Matic AWD and increased ground clearance thanks to its also-standard Air Body Control adjustable suspension, as well as an All-Terrain specific mode on its also-standard Dynamic Select system, the new E-Class All-Terrain gives M-B a legitimate rival to the likes of the Audi A6 Allroad and the new Volvo V90 Cross Country.

Visually, the new All-Terrain sets itself apart from the standard E-Class Wagon with bolder takes on the front and rear fascia treatments that include a new dual-fin grille insert plus faux skid plates and edgier soft-cap treatments at both ends. The side sills and wheel arches are both framed in grained black plastic and the All-Terrain rides on higher-profile tires wrapped around either 19-inch or 20-inch light-alloy wheels. Inside, the new All-Terrain adds a few distinctive cosmetics touches to the E-Class Wagon kit including exclusive aluminum-carbon-look trim elements, rubber-studded stainless steel sport pedals and specific All-Terrain floor mats. All of the standard wagon’s optional features, including the primo designo appointments are available.

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The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain is set to launch in Europe next spring with a new 2.0-liter/194-horsepower turbodiesel engine, adding an even more powerful 6-cylinder turbodiesel variant shortly thereafter. Both engines will work in concert with a 9-speed automatic transmission. For now, there are no plans to bring the All-Terrain to America. But depending on market demands, a U.S.-specific version could easily become part of the automaker’s E-Class Wagon lineup here as well at some point.

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