Mercedes toughens up E-Class range with new All-Terrain

Mercedes has announced a tough new variant of its E-Class Estate will be on display at the Paris Motor Show. Available in early 2017, the E-Class All-Terrain is the latest of several off-roading estates, including the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack and the Audi A6 Allroad.

New E-Class All-Terrain will take on the likes of Audi's A6 allroad and the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack.

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It’s designed to offer the same high levels of comfort and space as the standard estate but, thanks to a four-wheel-drive system and a 29mm increase in ride-height, it adds a reasonably amount of off-road ability.

The All-Terrain will sit 29mm higher than its two-wheel drive siblings thanks to a combination of suspension tweaks and chunkier tyres. The wheels have increased in size too, with 19 and 20in varieties replacing the 17 and 18in offerings found on the standard estate.

Chunkier bumpers and a new grille mark the new car out and give it SUV-like appeal.

From the front, the All-Terrain is set apart by a new grille that’s similar in design to ones found on Mercedes’ SUV range. The bumpers have changed too, thanks to a protruding area of chrome and black plastic that give the body a chunkier look.  Meanwhile, wheel arches are flanked by chunky plastic protectors too – another hints that this E-Class has off-roading pretensions.

It's business as usual inside, with the standard cars refinements seeing minimal change.

Things are almost identical to any other E-Class on the inside, apart from a trim that includes aluminium pieces and metal sports pedals. Standard equipment inside also includes satnav, a reversing camera, electric tailgate, heated seats, ambient interior lighting and DAB radio.

Its off-roading ability is all thanks to new software created using the GLE SUV’s existing system as a base.  It uses Mercedes’ Dynamic Select package, allowing the drivers to select ‘All-Terrain’ mode, which raises the air suspension by a further 20mm at speeds under 21mph.

Dynamic Select features All-Terrain mode which raises the air suspension.

In all, the driver than raise the suspension by up to 35mm if necessary. A special skid control is used too, while off-road information such as incline angles and steering direction is displayed on a digital screen in the cab.

From launch, the E-Class All-Terrain will be seen in E220d guise with 194bhp. This gives a 0-62mph run of 8 seconds flat and combined fuel economy of 55.4mpg – impressive considering the car weighs more than a standard E-Class fitted with the same 2.0-litre 220d engine.

The E-Class All-Terrain will debut at the Paris Motor Show and hit UK dealers next year.

It’s not confirmed if a more powerful engine will be available in time, but the All-Terrain E220d will hit showroom floors in the first half of 2017, so expect lease prices to be released around the same time.

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