TERRITORY previously dominated by Audi Allroad variants will see a new Mercedes-Benz competitor next month.
The high-riding Mercedes-Benz E-Class 220d All-Terrain arrives in June priced from $109,900 plus on-roads.
Like most of the Mercedes range, the All-Terrain will have Dynamic Select which enables driving modes to be changed, but model-specific functionality borrowed from the GLE large SUV has been included for off-road capability.
It also comes with larger wheels and higher tyre sidewalls for improved beaten track ability, while air suspension can raise the chassis by an extra 20mm at speeds up to 35kmh.
E-Class All-Terrain is 29 millimetres higher than the E-Class Estate (not currently available in Australia).
Only one engine will be available at launch, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine (143kW at 3800rpm and 400Nm at 1600-2800rpm) partnered to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
"No E-Class has ever been as versatile as the All-Terrain,” said Ola Källenius, Member of the Daimler management board responsible for research and development of Mercedes-Benz Cars.
"The new model combines a striking look in SUV style with the intelligent space concept of the estate. This is coupled with lots of innovative safety features and the multi-award-winning E-Class interior.
"With 4MATIC all-wheel drive as a standard feature and increased ground clearance thanks to the Air Body Control multi-chamber air suspension the All-Terrain is a flexible all-rounder - for unpaved roads, family and leisure time.”
All-Terrain comes with a twin-louvre grille with a Mercedes-Benz star integrated in the centre. The distinctive front bumper and the panelling in underride guard-look are designed to "contribute to the robust look”.
In profile the black wheel arch covers designed to emphasise the all-terrain character.
Special features of the interior include stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs, plus floor mats with All-Terrain lettering.
Other standard features will include leather upholstery, Driver Assistance Package Plus, Keyless-go with hands-free access, start-stop feature, the widescreen cockpit layout, LED Multibeam headlamps, roof rails, underbody protection, and 20-inch, five twin-spoke alloy wheels.
While Mercedes-Benz prepares to launch its All-Terrain, Holden has also revealed it's plans for a plush high-riding wagon next year.
The 2018 Commodore Tourer is has been labelled the love-child of Bear Grylls and James Bond by Holden.
With 20mm of extra ground clearance compared to a standard Commodore, it's designed with "rugged outdoor styling”.
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