Mercedes-Benz E-class All-Terrain - Mercedes challenges Audi's Allroad

Rugged new model gives buyers an option between the E-class estate and the larger GLE

Mercedes-Benz has finally seen fit to launch a rival for Audi’s Allroad and Volvo’s Cross-Country models, in the form of the new E-class All-Terrain.

True to formula, the E-class All-Terrain mixes all-wheel drive underpinnings with a practical estate body, a raised (and adjustable) ride height, and distinctive styling features that hint at a readiness for the challenges of light off-road driving.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

A single power unit will be available from launch. The E220d uses Mercedes’ new 2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel, in this application developing 191bhp at 3800rpm and 295lb ft of torque between 1600-2800rpm.

That’s sent through a 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission - used throughout the Mercedes range - to a 4Matic all-wheel drive system with Dynamic Select. The latter features five different driving modes, one of which is an All-Terrain mode specific to the car and similar to that used in the GLE.

Selecting it has the effect of raising the Air Body Control suspension by 20mm up to speeds of just over 20mph. The traction control and ESP settings are also adjusted accordingly. The driver can control the suspension independently in a 35mm range, and the All-Terrain itself already sits 29mm higher than a regular E-class estate, thanks to 14mm of extra diameter in the tyres and 15mm from the air suspension’s standard level setting.

That realises a ground clearance of 121mm to 156mm depending on the mode selected. The higher-riding body is further enhanced with plastic body cladding, a skid-plate style appearance to the front and rear bumpers, and a choice of unique alloy wheel designs.

Inside, the All-Terrain is denoted by “aluminium-carbon look trim”, and a set of stainless steel-finished pedals. Final UK specification is yet to be confirmed, but Mercedes has revealed that a six-cylinder engine will be joining the lineup at a later date. The first UK cars will arrive in spring 2017.

Recommended

Range Rover D350 Autobiography 2020 review – new straight-six diesel a great fit
Land Rover Range Rover

Range Rover D350 Autobiography 2020 review – new straight-six diesel a great fit

17 Oct 2020
2020 Jaguar F-Pace revealed – new engines, interior and tech
Jaguar F-Pace

2020 Jaguar F-Pace revealed – new engines, interior and tech

15 Sep 2020
2021 Land Rover Defender upgrades – new six-cylinder diesels to replace four-pots
Land Rover Defender

2021 Land Rover Defender upgrades – new six-cylinder diesels to replace four-pots

9 Sep 2020
New powertrains and tech for MY21 Land Rover Discovery Sport
Land Rover Discovery Sport

New powertrains and tech for MY21 Land Rover Discovery Sport

26 Aug 2020

Most Popular

Aston Martin DB4: review, history and specs
Aston Martin

Aston Martin DB4: review, history and specs

1959 was a watershed year for Aston Martin. As the DBR1 swept all before it on the track, the first customers were taking deliveries of the all-new DB…
11 Oct 2020
SSC Tuatara hypercar hits 331mph, making it the world’s fastest production car
News

SSC Tuatara hypercar hits 331mph, making it the world’s fastest production car

Over a decade after SSC last entered the record books, its Tuatara has claimed the title of world’s fastest production car
19 Oct 2020
Hot Cupra Formentor spied testing – with a five-cylinder warble
Cupra

Hot Cupra Formentor spied testing – with a five-cylinder warble

Is Cupra about to get hold of Audi’s brilliant five-cylinder petrol engine?
19 Oct 2020
Alpine to become high-performance Renault offshoot
Alpine

Alpine to become high-performance Renault offshoot

Heated-up Renaults but no A110 replacement for Alpine as it follows in Cupra and Abarth footsteps
21 Oct 2020