There used to be a time when all the other car makers copied Mercedes-Benz design and technologies. But the tables have turned since the beginning of the 21st century and it’s Benz copying innovations of other brands. First they nick BMW’s iDrive and then their SAC design, now they are copying Audi’s Allroad with the new Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain.
Even though the brand has a whole range of SUVs and crossovers they still thought there might be a market for a jacked-up, souped-up E-Class. Or maybe they just wanted to give Audi a little headache and stop them from having the Allroad market all to themselves. In any case, the Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain is pitched as a versatile family car with technologies derived from the company’s most serious off-roaders – a true all-rounder.
The All-Terrain E-Class benefits from high-end tech features such as 4MATIC all-wheel drive as a standard, extra ground clearance, and AIR BODY CONTROL multi-chamber air suspension, and it comes with black wheel arch covers and black side skirts for that off-road-y look all-terrain enthusiasts seem to like very much. There is also 19 and 20 inch rims, aluminium-carbon look trim that is exclusive to the All-Terrain, stainless steel sports pedals and floor mats with All-Terrain lettering, as well as 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats.
Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain will be launched in the spring of 2017 with E 220 d 4MATIC model packing a 200 hp four-cylinder diesel engine. Later on more petrol and diesel units will be added, but there is as yet no talk of an AMG version.