MERCEDES is expanding the new E-Class range at this week’s Paris Motor Show with this Audi A6 Allroad-rivalling All-Terrain model. It’s due on sale in the spring, and like the Audi, the E-Class All-Terrain is designed to offer the practicality, style and efficiency of a large family estate, while adding some off-road ability thanks to four-wheel drive, a raised ride height and more rugged exterior trim. The higher stance is achieved through the use of larger 19 or 20-inch wheels with bigger sidewalls that add 14mm of lift, while also raising the level of the air-suspension by a further 15mm.
Setting the All-Terrain apart further is a new SUV-style grille -which incorporates a different front bumper design to emphasise its tougher looks – as well as black plastic wheelarches and a beefy side skirt design along the side of the car. The only model available from launch will be the E 220d 4MATIC, powered by a 194bhp 2.0-litre diesel. It’s paired with a nine-speed auto box and Mercedes’ 4MATIC four-wheel drive as standard. As a result, it emits more CO2 than the regular E-Class Estate with the same powertrain -137g/km against 109g/km – plus fuel economy of 55.4mpg is down over the standard car’s 67.3mpg.