Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain: New Wagon So Rugged, It's Almost An SUV

Oct 03, 2016 04:30 AM EDT | Sovan Mandal

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The new Mercedes All-Terrain is finally here, which comes across as a nice alternative to the Volvo V90 Cross Country or the Audi RS6 Avant. The E-Class All-Terrain is also for those who are looking for a rugged station wagon sort of a vehicle while steering clear of a crossover or a SUV and is all set to go on sale in Europe in the coming weeks, Left Lane News confirmed.

Naturally, the new E-Class station wagon has served as the base car for the All-Terrain version as well, albeit with some modifications to the suspension and elsewhere. The plastic body claddings and skid plates completes the exterior make-up, all of which imparts a tough no-nonsense type of a look to the car.

That is no mean talk considering that the car also benefits from the GLE so far as the latter's rugged driving capabilities are concerned. That includes the All-Terrain driving set-up of the Merc SUV as well as the standard 4Matic.

Also, while the new E-Class All Terrain offers 29-mm higher ride height compared to its regular counterpart, drivers also have the option to select from three air suspension settings to suit their driving. That way, the ride height can be increased from 35 mm to all the way up to 156 mm if the terrain so demands.

Further aiding in the off-roading capability of the new E-Class All Terrain is a few in-cabin enhancements. Those include indicators to show off such details like steering angle, position of the air suspension, angle of inclination and angle of slope, position of the accelerator/brake position along with even a compass as well, Motor1 reported.

Powering the car will be a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine rated at 194 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque available from as low as 1,600 to 2,800 rpm. The zero to 62 mph comes up in eight seconds coupled with a top speed of 144 mph. A more powerful diesel option is also in the way though Merc refused to commit to a specific time limit for the same.

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