The handsome new Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon was revealed just recently and new reports have been flowing in to suggest Merc wants to make an Audi allroad competitor out of the new long-roof.
According to AutoCar, Mercedes wants to give the new E wagon some extra ground clearance, plastic underbody cladding–which would be interestingly reminiscent of the original W124 wagon, even though that wasn’t a semi-lifted crossover–and all-wheel drive. So basically, they want to make a Subaru Outback out of the standard E Wagon.
Tentatively called the Mercedes E-Class All Terrain, the new model will also get some special visual appointments and bespoke wheels to better separate the All Terrain version from the normal version. There will also be a considerable price premium for this special model.
The suspension too will be of the air type, which is part of the reason why there will be price premium. This will allow for greater versatility for the car’ use, so when drivers are on normal roads, the ride height will be reduced for better handling capabilities, while vice-versa, when the going gets unpaved, the driver can raise the ride height.
This new E-Class All Terrain also leaves potential for a C-Class variant to compete with the A4 allroad. But of course, Mercedes had nothing to say about that.
– By: Chris Chin