Mercedes has unveiled a new sub-species of the E-Class family retaining the same level of luxury synonymous with the E-Class badge while being endowed with a greater all-terrain prowess than normal.
The E-Class All-Terrain range is composed of three derivatives, namely;
- Mercedes E 220 d 4MATIC
- Mercedes E 450 4MATIC
- Mercedes Plug-in Hybrid E 300 de 4MATIC
In terms of performance, it’s the E450 4MATIC offshoot has the highest power output (280 KW/ 500 N.m), allowing it to accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h in 4,7 seconds. As for the E 300 de, it has a maximum all-electric driving range of 85 to 102 km and relies on the same powerplant architecture as the E 220 d 4MATIC, as well as the same combustion engine output (145 kW/ 440 N.m).
Distinguishing the E-Class All-Terrain from the “regular” E-Class Estate are several features which allow for better performance in an all-terrain setting. The All-Terrain model utilises Mercedes’ 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system and Mercedes AIRMATIC air suspension system. Additionally, the E-Class All-Terrain’s ground clearance has increased and rides up to 48 mm higher than the standard E-Class Estate. The exterior and interior both feature the firm’s AVANTGARDE equipment package.
Additional features that aid in the All-Terrain exploratory nature are an off-road driving programme, an “off-road” screen and a 360-degree camera, which allows the driver to see the road ahead and below the vehicle. Visual differentiators include a bespoke bumper, high gloss front and rear optical underride guards, a matt dark grey radiator grille and wheel claddings. The cabin is characterised by features such as a 12,3-inch driver display, a 14,4-inch central display, heated seats for the driver and front passenger, and an electric folding second row.
The E-Class is available in South Africa but solely as a sedan, its more practical alternative will not feature in the local lineup which means that neither would this raised wagon.