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The all-wheel-drive estate will be a rival for the Audi A6 Allroad; it will go on sale next year after making its debut at the Paris motor show

Our spy photographers have spotted the upcoming Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate All Terrain ahead of its arrival at the Paris motor show this autumn.

A contender for the Audi A6 Allroad, the E-Class All Terrain model will go on sale in 2017.

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As shown by these spy pictures, the estate will feature variable-height air suspension – a development of Mercedes’ Air Body Control system - that will allow it to be raised for mild off-roading, and to be lowered at higher speeds.

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It will have revised exterior design touches that include more rugged bumpers, plastic underbody protection and additional cladding for the wheel arches.

The entry-level E 200 model is expected to have a price of around £40,000. It's thought it will have the same range of turbocharged four-cylinder and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines as the new E-Class saloon and estate do.

Michael Kelz, the E-Class's chief engineer, has previously said: “It won’t be as good as an SUV off road, but it will be able to go farther than most owners will expect.”

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Apparently, the soft-roader segment is particularly important in Europe, where buyers in some countries still want extra utility without the visual aggression of a full-size SUV or crossover. Kelz revealed that there are no plans to sell the E-Class Estate All Terrain in the US.

As Mercedes already has six off-roaders on its roster, the All Terrain seems like an intelligent alternative - and another niche covered.

We first broke the news of the new E-Class all-wheel-drive estate back in February

Mike Duff

Mike Duff
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Mike has been writing about cars for more than 25 years, having defected from radio journalism to follow his passion. He has been a contributor to Autocar since 2004, and is a former editor of the Autocar website. 

Mike joined Autocar full-time in 2007, first as features editor before taking the reins at Being in charge of the video strategy at the time saw him create our long running “will it drift?” series. For which he apologies.

He specialises in adventurous drive stories, many in unlikely places. He once drove to Serbia to visit the Zastava factory, took a £1500 Mercedes W124 E-Class to Berlin to meet some of its taxi siblings and did Scotland’s North Coast 500 in a Porsche Boxster during a winter storm. He also seems to be a hypercar magnet, having driven such exotics as the Koenigsegg One:1, Lamborghini SCV12, Lotus Evija and Pagani Huayra R.

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Moparman 14 July 2016

Like an all-female choir...

An SUV is merely a jacked-up estate with all wheel drive (usually as an option). So this, and the All Road, are somewhat jacked-up estates. No more or less practical and only slightly more parsimonious with fuel. In other words these are useless vehicles and why you don't see many on the road, especially in the States.