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2017 Mercedes Benz E 220 d All Terrain - Design and Driving
From unpaved tracks to rock climbing or steep serpentine roads to a snow-bound ski lodge – the new E-Class All-Terrain takes routes where conventional estates often have to give up effortlessly in its stride thanks to greater ground clearance with large wheels and 4MATIC all-wheel drive as a standard feature.
And it also cuts a fine figure thanks to its striking look with powerful flared wheel arches and SUV radiator grille.
The market launch will follow in the spring of 2017.
The new model features all of the intelligent luggage space solutions of the E-Class Estate, for example the standard-fit cargo position of the rear seat backrests: it is now possible to position the backrest at an approximately 10-degree steeper angle.
This creates an additional 30 litres of cargo volume – making a total of 670 litres – while still allowing full use to be made of the five seats.
In addition, the rear seat backrest folds down in a 40:20:40 split as standard, opening up plenty of potential configurations between transport capacity and seats.
To release the backrests, there are electric switches located in the luggage compartment and to the right and left next to the backrests.
All E-Class innovations relating to safety, comfort and convenience are available.
The All-Terrain will be launched in the guise of the E 220 d 4MATIC (143 kW/194 hp) with the newly developed four-cylinder diesel engine.
A short time later a variant with a six-cylinder diesel engine will follow.
Both models come with the new 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission as standard.
Thanks to styling elements with an off-road look, such as the twin-louvre grille featuring an SUV style or the black wheel arch covers, the All-Terrain has a powerful and robust appearance which also distinguishes it from the classic estate.
Dynamism and modern luxury unite with superiority that leaves no doubt as to the status of this model and follow the current design idiom.
The All-Terrain has DYNAMIC SELECT as a standard feature.
This enables five transmission modes to be selected with different engine, transmission, ESP and steering characteristics.
A special model-specific feature is the All-Terrain transmission mode, which offers settings for off-road driving and was derived from the GLE.
The even more comfortable suspension configuration and the large wheels with higher sidewalls noticeably further increase ride comfort on rough roads compared with the E-Class.
Selecting the All-Terrain transmission mode with the transmission mode switch raises the chassis in conjunction with the standard AIR BODY CONTROL by +20 mm up to a speed of 35 km/h.
The thresholds for ESP, active yaw control and acceleration skid control (ASR) are adjusted accordingly.
The All-Terrain transmission mode has a special indicator in the vehicle display.
Information displayed there includes the steering angle, the vehicle level (position of the air suspension), the angle of slope and the angle of inclination, the accelerator/brake position and a compass.
The E-Class All-Terrain is 29 millimetres higher than the E-Class Estate – 14 mm are ascribed to the tyres with a larger height/width ratio and 15 mm to the normal driving level of the air suspension.
Thanks to air suspension three levels from 0 to +35 mm are possible.
Independent of the transmission mode, the highest level can also be selected manually with the level button on the centre console.
The ground clearance is 121 to 156 mm, depending on transmission mode and driving speed.
"No E-Class has ever been as versatile as the All-Terrain.
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", says Ola Källenius, Member of the Daimler management board responsible for Sales and Marketing of Mercedes-Benz Cars.
"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."
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