Mercedes reveal all-terrain E-Class estate
In some ways, the only surprise is that it’s taken this long. In the late 90’s Mercedes was leading the new SUV wave with the M-Class. Since then, Audi Allroads and Volvo Cross Countrys have taken control of the 4×4 estate market. That is about to change…
Pictured above is the new E-Class Estate All-Terrain. With an extra 35mm of ground clearance, 4Matic all-wheel drive, rufty-tufty bumpers, plus the cavernously spacious boot synonymous with the E-Class. All this managed despite it actually weighing less, and lacking the aerodynamic bluffness and dubious image of a two story soft-roader. There’s a lot to like about this E-Class.
It’s not especially good looking, plastic wheel arches and square-jawed bumpers have that effect. Inside, you find the familiar S-Class ambience with a multitude of screens and tech.
Focusing more on heavy-duty engineering, it’s hasn’t come as a surprise that 4Matic all-wheel drive is standard, so are 19-inch (or 20-inch if preferred) wheels wearing slightly taller than a standard E-Class. Also included is Mercedes Dynamic Select system of driver modes as standard, and when All Terrain mode is selected, the ride comfort improves noticeably compared to the original E-Class.
The E220d engine coughs up 190bhp of power; this is most likely the best four-cylinder turbo diesel in production today. Following on its heels will be the 255bhp, 457lb ft E350d V6 version. There are no plans for a V6 or V8 AMG version.
It’s expected that the new E-Class All Terrain will be priced just under £50,000.