Mercedes-Benz expanded its rather exhaustive portfolio in India by driving in the new E-class All-Terrain. The new car from Mercedes-Benz has been priced at Rs 75 lakh (ex-showroom, all India). The E-class All-Terrain is the first estate offering from the German automotive giant in India and further expands the E-class line-up. With this new addition, the new E-class portfolio in India now boasts three different body styles – the long-wheelbase sedan (standard model), the standard wheelbase sedan (AMG E 63) and the new estate.
This is the second model after the recently launched C-class facelift to feature Merc's new BS-VI-compliant four-cylinder diesel motor, with the E-class sedan scheduled to get it later this year. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine makes 194hp and 400Nm of torque. Transmission duties are handled by a 9-speed automatic transmission that transfers powers to all four wheels using Mercedes’ 4Matic system. Similar to the Mercedes-Benz S-class, the OM654 engine on the All-Terrain complies with the upcoming BS-VI emission norms despite running on the existing BS-IV fuel. There are five drive modes on offer including an ‘All-Terrain’ mode and an ‘Individual’ mode.
The new estate is based on the standard-wheelbase E-class; however it is about 116mm shorter in length (at 4,947mm) and has a 158mm shorter wheelbase (at 2,939mm). More importantly, the longer rear overhang has helped liberate 640 litres of boot space. And if you think that isn’t adequate, folding the rear seats expands boot space to 1,820 litres. Adding to the visual appeal are the 19-inch alloy wheels, while the plastic cladding on the lower section of the bodywork and bumpers visually differentiate it from the E-class sedan.
The interiors are similar to the standard E-class and include the Comand infotainment system, air suspension, a panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting, three-zone climate control and an electrically operated tailgate. Although the estate doesn’t feature the seat-recline function and soft pillow headrests seen on the sedan.
The Mercedes-Benz E 220d All-Terrain competes against the Volvo V90 Cross Country, which carries a sticker price of Rs 65.31 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India).