After Volvo introducing the latest V90 Cross Country last week, now it’s Mercedes’ turn to reveal a new wagon AWD to the world. Named E-Class All-Terrain is the first-ever crossover wagon from German carmaker. And as everyone knows that it is prepared to with Audi A6 Allroad and Volvo V90 Cross Country.
Based-on the newest generation of E-Class Estate, the All- Terrain comes up with masculine look. The All-Terrain is 29 mm higher than the regular E-Class Wagon. Moreover, the driver can lift its ground clearance up to 156 mm thanks to air suspension Air Body Control. The bigger wheels make the car looks tough.
Mercedes’ designers have done some changes for styling aspect to meet the theme of the car. Up front, the AWD station wagon has two-fin grille with a big three-pointed-star logo in the center that has become identity of Mercedes SUVs line up. Furthermore, the automaker added black plastic cladding, a front skid, and a rear skid. There’s no change at the rear part. The LED taillights design are still the same to its sibling.
In order to be able to handle off-road, Mercedes’ engineers put 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system to the E-Class All-Terrain. Moreover, the driver can choose All-Terrain driving mode in Dynamic Select when the road gets worse and the system will adjust the ESP, Active Yaw Control, lifting the chassis by 20 mm at speed up to 35 km/h. Interestingly, the All-Terrain mode has special indicator in the display. It will show steering angle, vehicle level, the angle of slope, the angle of inclination, the accelerator/brake position, and a compass.
For the powertrain, Mercedes offers E220d with 2.0 liter diesel producing 194 hp. Its performance can reach 100 km/h from zero in 8 seconds. Another choice of engine is E350d six-cylinder diesel will be launched later. Both engines will be mated to a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission as a standard.
2018 Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain will make its world premiere at 2016 Paris Motor Show and to go on sale in Spring 2017.
Text: Andhika Pradityo