Mercedes' latest niche model is a car that wants to do it all.

Having made its debut a couple of months ago at the Paris Motor Show, the Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain is ready for its closeup with fresh imagery and videos showing the rugged wagon at work on difficult roads. Ready to go up against the Volvo V90 Cross Country and Audi A6 Allroad, Mercedes’ new all-rounder sits 29 millimeters (1.1 inches) higher than the regular E-Class Estate and the driver will be able to alter the ride height between 0 and 35 mm (1.3 inches) thanks to the air suspension. When the going really gets tough, the E-Class All-Terrain can feature a generous ground clearance of up to 156 mm (6.1 inches).

Besides getting a pair of stilts, the All-Terrain version can also be visually distinguished by its extra plastic body cladding, front and rear skid plates, along with some subtle changes inside the cabin. Speaking of the interior, Mercedes is installing a new indicator that will show the position of the air suspension, steering angle, a compass, along with the angle of inclination and angle of slope and the position of the accelerator/brake.

2017 Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain
2017 Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain

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Destined to go where no other E-Class Estate has gone before, the more competent version will go on sale next spring. However, only the E220d 4Matic version is going to be available upon launch, which means you’ll be stuck with a turbodiesel 2.0-liter engine rated at 194 horsepower (143 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters). It will do 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) in eight seconds and top out at 144 mph (232 kph).

Should that not be enough, Mercedes mentions a larger six-cylinder diesel will follow and it will be hooked up to the same nine-speed automatic transmission and all-paw setup as the four-cylinder variant.

There’s still no word about pricing, but prepare to fork out a premium over the equivalent E-Class Estate as a result of the upgrades.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

 

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