One crazy Mercedes-Benz engineer takes one Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain, adds bits from a G550 4×4² and comes up with the completely mental Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain 4×4² …and it could make it into production.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain has been designed to take on the likes of the Audi A6 Allroad and the Volvo V90 Cross Country, you know the sorts of wagons that have all-wheel drive, slightly raised ride height and puffed up wheel arches – slightly more capability than the conventional wagons on which they’re based, you know the sort, they’re often seen parading around well-to-do suburbs.
The Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4² isn’t designed to swan around posh suburbs – although the G-Wagen seems to be the car of choice of rappers – it’s designed to go off-road.
Mercedes-Benz engineer Jürgen Eberle decided to pluck the portal axles from the G550, stuck them under the E-Class All-Terrain, raised the E-Class’ ride height to around 419mm, widened the tracks to 198mm and replaced the four-cylinder diesel with a 3.5 litre petrol V6 that produces 248kW and 479Nm of torque, the end result is the E-Class All-Terrain 4×4²
And, perhaps unsurprisingly, the E-Class All-Terrain 4×4² can go off-road. Its creators say that it can tread up to 497mm of water and clamber over 14 inch boulders.
Senior Mercedes-Benz executives are said to be so impressed with Mr Eberle’s mad creation that they’re pondering a limited production run. We think they should do it.