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Preview of the new Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain

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The new Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain will feature in Paris and will be on sale by spring 2017.

The Mercedes E-Class range is turning tough with the introduction of the new Mercedes All-Terrain to take on the likes of the Volvo V90 Cross Country and the Audi A6 Allroad.

The new Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain will have its debut at the Paris Motor Show and will go on sale next spring. In the same vein as the Volvo Cross Country, the new Mercedes aims to combine the efficiency, styling and practicality of a quality family estate with off-road capabilities provided by rugged exterior trim, a higher ride height and four-wheel-drive.

New Mercedes is the height of ruggedness

The All-Terrain stands 29mm higher than the E-Class Estate thanks to bigger 20-inch or 19-inch wheels with larger sidewalls. These add 14mm of height and boost the normal air suspension level whilst driving by 15mm.

The new Mercedes also has an SUV-style grille incorporating a change in bumper design to enhance its tough appearance. This is reinforced by the car’s new side skirt and wheel arches in black plastic. The All-Terrain’s rear has a tri-section bumper with black plastic, chrome and body coloured sections. Inside, stainless steel and aluminium are part of a new range of materials to adorn the new Mercedes, together with All-Terrain lettering on the floor mats.

A Dynamic standard feature for the new Mercedes

The new Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain comes with a Dynamic Select system as standard in a bid to boost its off-roading capabilities. It has five driving modes, which include an All-Terrain-specific, suspension-raising option. The Dynamic Select system is based on software used in Mercedes’ GLE SUV and alters the vehicle’s suspension settings and engine to improve performance and comfort levels. The All-Terrain selection sees the suspension raised by 20mm but only until the car reaches 21mph.

Skid and active yaw control are also adjusted to improve the off-roading experience and there is a targeted off-road display to highlight important information such as the angle of incline and the steering input. There is also the choice of manually raising the suspension to 35mm above the normal level to cope with really rugged terrain.

Trim for the new Mercedes

Trim levels for the new Mercedes All-Terrain are shared with equivalent E-Class cars, meaning that standard features include LED headlights, satellite navigation, electric tailgate, ambient interior lights, a reversing camera, DAB radio and heated seats, together with the big 19-inch alloys.

At launch, there will be just one model of the new Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain available; the E 220d 4MATIC. This has a 2.0 diesel engine, producing 194bhp and offering 400Nm of torque. The CO2 emissions go up to 137g/km compared to the 109g/km produced by a normal E-Class Estate fitted with the same 2.0-litre engine and overall economy is reduced from 67.3mpg in the estate to 55.4mpg in the All-Terrain.

Extra traction boosts 0-62mph time

The All-Terrain is heavier than the Estate as a result of its four-wheel-drive capabilities but it does boast extra traction, meaning that, at eight seconds, it is only three-tenths of a second slower than the Estate when travelling from zero to 62mph. Its maximum speed, meanwhile, is 144mph, a reduction of 2mph compared with the standard Estate.

The future will see the launch of an E350d model, offering extra torque and power but full details have yet to be released. It is known, however, that it will share the nine-speed automatic transmission that is now fitted throughout the E-Class range.

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