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Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain India-Launch Details: Mercedes-Benz India has confirmed that the new E-Class All-Terrain — the estate-version of the brand's mid-segment saloon — will be launched in the country on September 28. The E-Class All-Terrain is already available in global markets and is an off-road variant of the E-Class wagon.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain is just as long as its name and is based on the E-Class SWB (Short Wheelbase) model. The current E 220 d and E 350 d which are available in India are LWB (Long Wheelbase) models. The only SWB E-Class variant we have in the country is the range-topping (and insanely powerful) Mercedes-AMG E 63 S.
Coming back to the E-Class All-Terrain, the wagon or estate has got noticeably higher ground clearance and some extra cosmetic elements to justify its off-road capability. Up front, the pair of grille slats have got some slits while the silver skid plate takes up the majority of space on the bumper.
The side profile shows how high and long the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain rides. The wheels arches have got a black cladding to aid the rugged character while silver rails form the roofline arching towards the slanted rear. The wagon rides on a set of 19-inch five-spoke alloy wheels.
The rear design isn't that aesthetically pleasing compared to the E-Class saloon but obviously serves the purpose with the extra luggage space it offers. The LED tail lamps are connected by a narrow chrome garnish while the wheel arch claddings extend and meet on the bumper. The rear skid plate houses the dual exhausts.
The interiors will showcase a nicely laid-out dashboard and a host of luxury features, in typical Mercedes fashion. The dual digital displays which form the instrument console and the infotainment system, combined with the leather, wood and chrome details form one of the best interiors in the segment. The ambient illumination further creates a sense of occasion.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain will come powered with a new BS-VI-compliant 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, in E 220 d format. The same unit will also be used in the upcoming C-Class facelift. The engine produces 194bhp and 400Nm of torque while being mated to 9-speed automatic transmission.
The output is sent to all four wheels through Mercedes's 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. The E-Class All-Terrain has got five driving modes, including a dedicated 'All-Terrain' mode.
Thoughts On The Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain
The new E-Class All-Terrain was first showcased in India at Auto Expo 2018. Though a rarity, the Indian market actually requires such practical forms of luxury vehicles due to the varied terrain conditions found across. We expect the ‘E-Terrain' to carry a price tag of around Rs 65 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi); providing a good competition to the Volvo V90 Cross Country.