At $109,900 plus on-roads the new Benz E-class All-Terrain will cost you twice as much as a Subaru Outback.
Is the E-Class All-Terrain twice as good as a Subaru Outback? Benz would like to think so.
Standing 29mm higher than a standard E-Class wagon with the requisite bits to look the part the All-Terrain is due for launch in June.
The increased ride height is achieved with chunkier tyres and the higher default setting of the air suspension, but like the Outback it’s strictly a dirt roads only proposition – you can’t go banging down fire trails in this one.
In Australia the car will be powered a 2.0-litre four cylinder turbo diesel with 143kW and 400Nm of torque, the latter available from 1600 revs.
It’s paired with the new 9-speed auto as standard.
Dynamic Select is standard with a special All-Terrain mode that offers settings for off-road driving and was derived from the GLE.
Selecting this mode raises the chassis 20mm, up to a speed of 35 km/h, altering settings for active yaw and acceleration skid control at the same time.
In All-terrain mode a special indicator shows steering angle, position of air suspension, angle of slope and inclination, and the accelerator/brake position, with a compass showing direction of travel.
Headlining the macho makeover is an SUV-style twin-louvre grille, with a distinctive front bumper and chromed lower fascia, with the obligatory plastic wheel arch flares that mark it as an off roader.
In Australia, it’s the only way you’re going to lay hands on an E-Class Estate as the the standard wagon is not currently available.
“No E-Class has ever been as versatile as the All-Terrain,” Ola Källenius, Member of the Daimler management board responsible for Research and Development of Mercedes-Benz Cars, said.
“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.”