Mercedes dropped the details on the E-Class All Terrain ahead of it’s official debut at the Paris Auto Show

Here in the U.S., we don’t really find station wagons all that exciting, so our automakers typically stray away from the body style. Luckily, wagons, or Estates as they call them, are about as popular in Europe as SUVs are here in the U.S., so automakers like Mercedes and Audi just so happen to have a few Estates in their U.S. lineups as well. With the tenth-gen Mercedes E-Class breaking cover at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, the E-Class Wagon was announced about six months later. We knew an All-Terrain version of the Wagon was also coming, but we had no idea when. Well, now we know that it will make its debut in Paris next to the standard E-Class Wagon and, even better yet, Mercedes has already dropped all the juicy details.

While this All-Terrain model is every bit the E-Class it is derived from, there are enough unique features to make it stand out while exposing the car’s true ruggedness. To start off, you’ll notice it has a completely different grille compared to standard E-Class Wagon. Furthermore, the lower fascia is completely different, featuring a rugged-looking insert that covers most of the air dam and smaller corner air intakes that look to house small LED fog lights.

On the sides, you’ll find ruggedized body cladding where the side skirts would be as well as cladding around the wheel arches. In the rear, the cladding from the wheel arches transitions into the cladding that covers the rear fascia. The insert around the tailpipes has been painted silver like the insert on the front fascia and also has a ruggedized appearance. The All-Terrain is available with three different sets of wheels that measure 19- or 20-inches in size. The sidewalls of the tires are larger on this model to help provide more ground clearance, while the suspension system also contributes to a slightly higher ride height.

Inside, the All-Terrain gets some model-specific features too, including aluminum-carbon looking trim, stainless steel stop and go pedals, and floor mats that are embroidered with the All-Terrain wording. The interior is based on the AVANTGARDE interior with features from the EXCLUSIVE and DESIGNO interiors will also be optionally available sometime after the car’s official launch. As with the E-Class Estate, the All-Terrain gets the 40:20:40 folding rear seat and a decent handful of driver comfort and safety features.

Greasy bits include the Air Body Control System, which comes standard on the All-Terrain, and allows the suspension to adjust from the standard ride height to as much as 1.377 inches higher, depending on the driver’s personal preference or the driving program selected. In all, the All-Terrain sits 1.14 inches higher than the standard Estate and has a ground clearance that ranges from 4.76 inches to 6.14 inches.

At launch, the E-Class All-Terrain will be available as an E 222d 4MATIC, which means it comes standard with all-wheel drive and a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, diesel drinker. Power output is rated at 194 horsepower and 295 pound-feet. That’s enough to push the All-Terrain to 62 mph in about eight seconds on the way to a top speed of 144 mph. Shortly after launch, Mercedes will launch a six-cylinder diesel model. Both models will use Mercedes’ common 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission for shifting duties.

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Why it Matters

You’ve really got to give Mercedes credit for doing so much to differentiate the All-Terrain from the standard E-Class Estate. It could have easily raised the suspension a few inches, threw on some meatier tires, and called it a day. Instead, the Germans took the time to add lots of model-specific features that you can’t get on the Estate. And, while I would never take something like a Mercedes E-Class off road, The All-Terrain at least has the equipment and ruggedized features to protect it should you go down a less traveled path. Pricing for the All-Terrain is unknown at this time, but should become available in early 2017.

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Stuttgart. 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.

Technical data at a glance:

E 220 d 4MATIC
Number of cylinders/arrangement 4/in-line
Displacement (cc) 1950
Rated output (kW/hp at rpm) 143/194 at 3800
Rated torque (Nm at rpm) 400 at 1600-2800
Combined NEDC fuel consumption (l/100 km) 5.1–5.2
Combined CO2 emissions (g/km) 137-139
Efficiency class A
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s) 8.0
Top speed (km/h) 232
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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