What is it?
The Mercedes-Benz E 350 d All Terrain is a not entirely unexpected addition to the E-Class line-up that has been conceived to compete with the long-established Audi A6 3.0 TDI Allroad quattro and the more recent Volvo V90 D4 Cross Country.
Due in mid-2017, the new high-riding five-seater builds on the standard E 350 d Estate, receiving standard Air Body Control suspension and 19in wheels that provide it with a nominal 29mm increase in ride height. It also has Mercedes’ 4Matic four-wheel drive, among other features to help extend its ability away from the bitumen and make it an attractive alternative to the myriad of dedicated SUV offerings on sale.
The E 350 d All Terrain is visually differentiated from the latest E-Class Estate by a series of exterior styling changes, all of which aim to provide it with a more rugged appearance than its road-biased sibling.
Included in the exterior makeover is a redesigned front bumper with a central chrome look kick plate, an altered grille with uniquely styled blades, black plastic cladding within the wheel arches, integrated roof rails, beefed-up sills underneath the doors and a new rear bumper with chrome-look protection within the lower section as well as integrated trapezoidal tailpipes.