Mercedes’ new E-Class All Terrain is set to rival the Audi A6 Allroad; more crossover models to follow
22 February 2016

The upcoming Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate will spawn a high-riding Audi A6 Allroad rival when it goes on sale later this year.

The E-Class All Terrain is set to be the first in what a high-ranking source has described as “a range of new crossover models” that will be added to Mercedes’ line-up in the coming years.

Due to be launched in October, the plush new four-wheel-drive estate will be pitched as an alternative to Mercedes’ dedicated SUVs. A £40,000 price for an entry-level E200 model is expected.

The starting point for the E-Class All Terrain is the yet-to-be-revealed fifth-generation E-Class Estate. Both models will share the same aluminium and steel body.

Recent spy photographs confirm that the E-Class All Terrain is visually differentiated from its regular estate sibling by a series of unique exterior styling touches, includingmore rugged front and rear bumpers with plastic bash plates, additional cladding within the wheel arches, integrated roof bars and an individual wheel design.

Also planned is a series of unique interior trim combinations, according to insiders privy to early production examples of the new estate.

Read: Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet breaks cover

The E-Class All-Terrain will initially be offered with the same limited range of turbocharged four-cylinder and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines as the latest derivatives of the more traditional E-Class saloon, which was revealed at the Detroit motor show earlier this year. A petrol-electric plug-in hybrid version is also planned.

All engines will be mated to Mercedes’ 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic gearbox. Drive will be apportioned to each wheel via the same four-wheel drive system as that of more road-biased versions of the E-Class 4Matic.

In an effort to match the variable ride height properties of the A6 Allroad, Mercedes plans to equip the E-Class All Terrain with its latest air suspension, the so-called Air Body Control system.

Featuring two chambers of varying size within the spring struts on each of the front wheels and three chambers on the spring struts of each rear wheel, Air Body Control will enable the driver to choose between different levels of ground clearance while providing automatic self-levelling, along with a highway function that lowers the body at high speeds to increase aerodynamic efficiency. 

Our Verdict

Mercedes-Benz E-Class
The E-class more than lives up to traditional Mercedes values

The E-Class is a refined and relaxing return to old Mercedes qualities

Join the debate

Comments
14

22 February 2016
A car pretending to be a car pretending to go off-road.

22 February 2016
Norma Smellons wrote:
A car pretending to be a car pretending to go off-road.
Completely agree it's pointless but still like it! If they did an E63 AMG version it might be ludicrously fun and like a executive version of a Impreza wagon !

jer

22 February 2016
I think the taller sidewall, slightly more travel makes more sense on UK broken roads. I say this because I'm amazed how much noise and fidget from 30 profile 20" on my car compared to 19" with higher profile. Sure you get a bit more front end bite but a lot more jiggle. These all roady things are essentially an estate with standard air suspension, slightly higher tyre profile and added value plastic. Ideally I'd just spec the estate with different profiles of tyre and ride height options.

22 February 2016
methinks that the MB designer has an Audi A6 allroad as wallpaper on his PC....

22 February 2016
They're doing it because it's an easy derivative to make that has some market demand. They can charge a premium for it because it's niche so they make higher margin.

22 February 2016
Most of the posts above seem to be looking at the narrow-minded view that this car was purposely made for the British market? Which is lacking very challenging snowy conditions- but wakey wakey, on mainland Europe and the Americas where this car would most certainly have a ready market, it makes sense. In Europe they prefer an estate and diesel compared to us Brits, and they go skiing a lot so this car is actually a sensible move by Mercedes, one person used the term niche, but is is not, All-Road just gives better handling in the the snowy conditions. Watch this space it would outsell Audi.....

22 February 2016
Factczech wrote:
Most of the posts above seem to be looking at the narrow-minded view that this car was purposely made for the British market? Which is lacking very challenging snowy conditions- but wakey wakey, on mainland Europe and the Americas where this car would most certainly have a ready market, it makes sense. In Europe they prefer an estate and diesel compared to us Brits, and they go skiing a lot so this car is actually a sensible move by Mercedes, one person used the term niche, but is is not, All-Road just gives better handling in the the snowy conditions. Watch this space it would outsell Audi.....
As long as Mercedes continue with their shocking customer service, I wonder how many will stay loyal to the brand. After 7 brand new Mercedes in a row, I would never buy or recommend one in my lifetime ever again. Just bought a Q7 which will be delivered end of this month and very impressed with my S3 and Audi customer service

TS7

22 February 2016
Factczech wrote:
In Europe they prefer an estate and diesel compared to us Brits...
You'd think, therefore, we'd get the full range of petrol engines this side of the English Channel. We don't, and I'm not just referring to the 'hard to engineer for rhd when mated to 4x4' units either.

22 February 2016
Factczech wrote:
Most of the posts above seem to be looking at the narrow-minded view that this car was purposely made for the British market?
No. But don't let that fact get in the way of your patronising drivel.

22 February 2016
You complete tool. He's right and you are wrong.


Pages

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI S line
    First Drive
    28 June 2016
    We've driven the facelifted version of the ever-popular Audi A3 Sportback in 2.0 TDI guise on UK roads for the first time
  • Audi Q2 1.4 TFSI S-Line
    First Drive
    26 June 2016
    The Audi Q2 is the German brand’s smallest SUV yet. Can it impress in production guise on European roads?
  • Ford S-Max Vignale
    First Drive
    24 June 2016
    The Ford S-Max Vignale is the company's premium executive express. Can it really be worth the extra over the standard S-Max?
  • Volkswagen Scirocco GTS
    First Drive
    23 June 2016
    Still a really fun and likeable coupé but the extra power doesn't justify the VW Scirocco GTS's high price
  • Ford Fiesta ST200
    First Drive
    23 June 2016
    Fresh from testing it abroad, we've just got our hands on the Ford Fiesta ST200 for a blat on UK roads