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Auto Expo 2018: Mercedes E-Class All Terrain Showcased. The All Terrain is the raised version of the Mercedes E-Class estate and was first revealed at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Mercedes has confirmed that the E-Class All Terrain will go on sale in India later this year and the raised estate car will rival the Volvo V90 Cross Country and is expected to be priced at around Rs 65 lakh ex-showroom.
The Mercedes E-Class All Terrain was showcased in E 220d guise and it is this variant that will make its way into India.
The Mercedes E 220d All Terrain is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that cranks out 191bhp and 400Nm of torque which is sent to all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic gearbox. The Mercedes E 220d All Terrain sprints from 0-100kph in 8 seconds and the estate keeps on accelerating till it tops out at 232kph.
The Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain is based on the E-Class sold in Europe and not the long wheelbase variant on sale in India. This means that the wheelbase of the All Terrain is shorter by 140mm which will be felt in the rear seats. However, the estate body style means that the E-Class All Terrain's boot is a whole lot larger than the one on the luxury sedan.
The E-Class All Terrain rides up to 29mm higher than the regular E-Class estate which is partly thanks to the larger wheels (19 or 20-inch wheels) that feature bigger sidewalls raising the height of the car by 14mm.
The remaining 15mm increase comes by raising the ride height using the air suspension setup that comes as standard in the E-Class All Terrain.
Regarding design, the E-Class All Terrain features a few distinct design cues that separate it from the regular E-Class other than the obvious estate design.
These changes include a grille borrowed from Merc's SUV lineup, two-tone front and rear bumpers the latter of which includes integrated trapezoidal exhausts, along with body cladding all around and roof rails.
The interiors of the E-Class All Terrain are similar to the ones found on the E-Class sedan with dual displays replacing the instrument cluster and the infotainment display along with leather upholstery. However, the All Terrain gets aluminium and carbon fibre trim along with stainless steel pedals.
DriveSpark's Thoughts On The Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain Showcased At Auto Expo
The Mercedes E-Class All Terrain is a rugged version of the Mercedes E-Class estate and brings with a new driving mode —All Terrain- which raises the ground clearance to 141mm and tweaks the electronics of the estate to maximize its off-road ability. This should make it popular among the Indian luxury car buyers who prefer to take the family around but prefer not to scrape their cars on the rough and tough roads that plague India.