Following swiftly after the debut of the E-Class Estate, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled an interesting new model called E-Class All-Terrain at the Paris motor show. Similar in concept to Audi’s A6 Allroad, the newcomer boasts rugged body styling, a 29 millimetres raised ride height for better ground clearance, and standard fitment of the company’s 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. Initially to be sold exclusively with the 192bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine found in the E 220 d, a six-cylinder diesel unit will follow shortly after, with both powerplants paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. C02 emissions are confirmed at 137g/km, with 55.4mpg possible on the combined fuel economy cycle for the E 220 d 4Matic All-Terrain model. The beefed up model is marked out by chunky wheel arches, sill protectors and bumpers finished in black plastic and matt chrome, as well as a prominent two-bar grille and central star, similar to that found on the company’s SUVs.
A selection of 19- and 20-inch alloy wheels are available with higher sidewalls, to give a robust look. Inside, there’s aluminium carbon-effect trim that is exclusive to the All-Terrain model, as well as metal pedals and floor mats that bear the All-Terrain logo. Mercedes-Benz’s Dynamic Select system is fitted as standard, which allows drivers to choose from five driving programmes that alter the engine, transmission and steering characteristics. In addition, there’s an All-Terrain specific setting which raises the air suspension by 20 millimetres at speeds of up to 21mph, and alters the settings for the active yaw control, electronic stability programme and traction control. The latest addition to the E-Class range will arrive in UK showrooms next spring, with prices and final specifications set to be revealed early in the new year.