Mercedes know that expansion of SUV’s is happening really fast and they act accordingly. The fifth generation of E-class debuted at 2016 Detroit Auto Show as 2017 year model. Both in saloon and wagon version. Known as W213, it came with new platform and design based on S-class sedan. But to take on Audi A6 Allroad, from W213 they evolved a crossover which will come as 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-class All-Terrain. So let’s take a quick look at it.
2018 Mercedes-Benz E-class All-Terrain – Design
Well, it clear right away that base shape of this crossover remained identical to wagon model. But for this to really be an off-roader, some things were changed and upgraded. First of all, 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-class All-terrain has redesigned front and rear bumper. The front one has chrome details on top while the lower part comes with black plastic. In addition to higher ground clearance, there are wider wheels arches to support large alloy wheels that come in two sizes, 19 or 20-inch. We must mention that clearance came thanks to Mercedes’ Air Body Control multi-chamber suspension system. To make a car look more robust, carmaker replaced grille found on the wagon with an SUV-style two-fin element that has nice iridium silver. They really took the time to make it stand out from the crowd.
2018 Mercedes-Benz E-class All-Terrain – Interior
As for the inside, there is nothing spectacularly new. The whole cockpit looks identical to regular E-class. On the dashboard, there are two large TFT screens sticking together as we saw on S-class. Four A/C vents are found right between the center screen and console. It also comes with stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs, while floor mats have “All-Terrain” written on them. But the thing is that 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-class All-Terrain received brand new steering wheel. It comes with touch-sensitive buttons, and that’s world first. It can detect swipes, so you can control infotainment system by using your thumb as would you do on your phone or a tablet.
2018 Mercedes-Benz E-class All-Terrain – Drivetrain
Mercedes has a very wide variety of engines, gasoline and diesel ones. So you can expect more options to power your crossover. But surprisingly, All-Terrain will come with only two options and both are diesel as stated in Mercedes’ press release. The first one revealed is E220d while V6 will follow shortly after. So a 2.0-liter engine with 191 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque will do. As for the other one, we can take a wild guess and go for 3.0-liter V6. So with more volume, this one has 254 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Although the second one is just a speculation, both engines will come with a new 9G-tronic transmission. So with nine-speed automatic transmission and Mercedes’ 4Matic AWD system, we can say that 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-class All-Terrain will have good performance.
2018 Mercedes-Benz E-class All-Terrain – Price
And now let’s talk about price. Giving all into consideration, the number on the price tag shouldn’t stray too much from other models with 4Matic AWD. So for the base option, you’ll have to spend around €52.000. As for the American market, that number would be around $65.000. So we can say that 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-class All-Terrain is pricier than its main competitors. While we are at it. Main rivals are Audi A6 Allroad as we mentioned before, but threat also comes from new Volvo V90 Cross Country that was unveiled for 2017 model year.