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.