New Mercedes Benz E-Class All Terrain 2017
The E-Class All-Terrain is a variant of the E-Class Estate adapted to be able to travel more easily on dirt roads or snowy roads. The launch is only available with a 194 hp diesel engine, all-wheel drive and a 9-speed automatic transmission. Later, Mercedes-Benz will add to the range another Diesel variant with a six cylinders engine.
Its price is 66 550 euros, 5000 more than the E-Class Estate with the same engine, traction system and gearbox, but without the preparation to drive off the road. Its consumption is also higher (comparative tab). Its main rivals are the Volvo V90 CrossCountry and the Audi A6 allroad; The Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain is the most expensive.
Its body is 29 mm farther from the ground than any other version of the E-Class Estate. Of this value, 14 mm are due to the larger diameter of the tires (about 245/45 R19) and the rest – 15 mm – to the pneumatic suspension, which is standard).
The suspension with pneumatic springs allows to raise the height of the body up to 35 mm with respect to its normal position of operation and to lower it to circulate by highway. There is also a four-wheel drive system that Mercedes-Benz calls 4MATIC. The ground clearance varies between 12.1 cm and 15.6 cm, in both cases lower values than the Volvo V90 Cross Country cited in the previous paragraph (21 cm) or the Subaru Outback (20 cm).
As in all other versions of the E-Class Estate range, the E All-Terrain has the DYNAMIC SELECT system, whereby it is possible to choose among several preselected driving programs that modify the operation of the engine, gearbox, steering, Air conditioning and suspension. For the E All-Terrain, Mercedes-Benz has added a specific mode (also called All-Terrain) to drive off the road that raises the body by 20 mm – up to 35 km / h -, Stability and provides data that can be useful when driving on unpaved roads (acceleration and braking level, body tilt, angle of rotation of the front wheels or a compass).
The All Terrain E-Class fuel consumption is higher than the equivalent E-Class Estate, and lower performance.
In addition to the various mechanical changes, the E All-Terrain is distinguished from any other E-Class Estate because it has black plastic protections on the bumpers at both ends, at the wheel arches and at the lower perimeter of the bodywork. Alloy wheels have a specific design and can be 19 or 20 inches in diameter.
In the cabin, the differences are only decorative: there are moldings of aluminum and carbon fiber, steel pedals and mats with the inscription “All-Terrain”. The All-Terrain equipment is based on the AVANTGARDE equipment line.