From unpaved tracks to steep serpentine roads – the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain takes routes where conventional estate wagons often give up effortlessly in its stride, thanks to greater ground clearance and 4MATIC all-wheel drive as a standard feature for the All-terrain.
“No E-Class has ever been as versatile as the All-Terrain,” says Ola Källenius, Member of the Daimler management board responsible for Research and Development of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “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.
“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.”
The All-Terrain has DYNAMIC SELECT as a standard feature. This enables five transmission modes to be selected with different engine, transmission, ESP® and steering characteristics. A special model-specific feature is the All-Terrain transmission mode, 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 transmission mode with the transmission mode switch raises the chassis in conjunction with 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 transmission mode 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.
The E-Class All-Terrain is 29 millimetres higher than the E-Class Estate (not currently available in Australia) – 14 mm are ascribed to the tyres with a larger height/width ratio and 15 mm to the normal driving level of the air suspension.
With styling elements lending an off-road look, the All-Terrain has a powerful appearance. The most eye-catching feature of the striking front is the SUV-style twin-louvre grille with a Mercedes-Benz star integrated in the centre. The distinctive front bumper and the panelling in underride guard-look, electroplated in silver-chrome, also contribute to the robust look. In the side view the black wheel arch covers are a distinctive feature that emphasise the all-terrain character. Special features of the interior include stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs, plus floor mats with All-Terrain lettering. The equipment of the All-Terrain is based on the AVANTGARDE interior line.
The All-Terrain will be launched in Australia in the guise of the E 220 d 4MATIC, with the newly developed 1950cc four-cylinder diesel engine (143kW at 3800rpm and 400Nm at 1600-2800rpm) and the new 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission as standard.
Other standard features will include leather upholstery, Driver Assistance Package PLUS, KEYLESS-GO with hands-free access, an ECO start-stop feature, the widescreen cockpit layout, LED MULTIBEAM headlamps, roof rails, underbody protection, and 20-inch, five twin-spoke alloy wheels.
Due to be launched in June 2017, the Mercedes-Benz E 220 d All-Terrain will be priced from $109,900 (MRLP).
PRICES EXCLUDE ONROAD COSTS.