Mercedes-Benz is going all guns blazing. The German carmaker has already launched more than 10 new products in India this year. These spurt of launches don’t seem like they will abate in sometime. We definitely aren’t complaining. The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class All Terrain has been now launched in India at Rs 75 lakh. This price is ex-showroom, pan-India. This is nearly Rs 15 lakh over the price of a standard E220d. Bookings have started while deliveries will being sometime in November.
What is the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All Terrain?
It is your standard E-Class but has mild off-road capability. Now, you will argue that the GLE is built for the same purpose. However, customers apparently prefer the comfort and form of the E-Class than the GLE. Hence the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All Terrain was born. Mercedes says that the Dynamic Select button even comes with All Terrain transmission modes. These essentially raise the height of the E-Class, thereby enabling it to tackle the rough a bit more easily. In terms of cosmetics, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All Terrain also has an SUV-like radiator grille, 19-inch light weight alloys and black plastic cladding.
Overall, the E-Class now looks like a station wagon and an attractive one at that. There are the usual creature comforts that you associate with the E-Class. This includes an air suspension. reclining rear seats, huge cargo space as well as more.
New engine for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All Terrain?
No! The engine is the tried and tested 190PS/400Nm 2.0-litre BS-VI compliant diesel. It is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. Mercedes claims a 0-100kmph time of 8.0s while the top speed is in excess of 230kmph. Expect a fuel efficiency around 15kmpl.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class All Terrain competes with the Volvo V90 Cross Country and the Audi RS6 Avant. The Audi is the only one here with a massive petrol engine though. India traditionally hasn’t taken a liking to station wagons, however the growing number of vehicles being introduced by carmakers means we are on the path of change.