Mercedes Benz has launched the E-class all- terrain which is based on the estate version of the E-class but comes with crossover styling. The car gets double bar radiator grille upfront along with flared wheel arches and large 19-inch alloy wheels. It also gets body cladding all round with chrome strips along with front and rear skid plates.
Living up to the crossover theme of the car, the E-class all terrain comes with 4MATIC all-wheel drive and 156mm ground clearance that can be further raised by 35mm by pressing a button.
The cabin is finished off in high quality and in a sense has the familiarity of the E-class sedan’s dashboard. However the view from the driver’s seat isn’t all that different as you don’t sit higher like you would expect, but the E-class all-terrain being an estate brings you space and it comes with 640 litres of luggage holding capacity that can be extended to 1,820 litres if at all you wish to make use of the 40:20:40 rear split seat folding function.
Under the hood is a brand new BS6 spec 2.0 litre motor that has been borrowed from the standard E220. The engine makes 194bhp and 400 Nm of torque and comes mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifts.
Priced at Rs 75 Lakhs (ex showroom), the all-terrain isn’t everyone’s daily toy, but meant for those who want a touch of exclusivity and style with space and mild off-roading capability. The Mercedes E-class all-terrain will battle it out with the Volvo V90 Cross Country which is its only other rival at the moment.