While we get the E-Class All-Terrain in America, the same can't be said for its little brother.
Mercedes lifted the wraps off the all-new C-Class back in February in sedan and wagon guises, but there are still several variants that have yet to break cover. Spy shots have shown that the development of the new C-Class Convertible is underway after rumors suggested it was being discontinued, and now our spies have spotted Mercedes testing a prototype of the upcoming C-Class All-Terrain. The larger E-Class has always been the only Mercedes model available as a high-riding All-Terrain wagon, but this is about to change.
While the prototype is still heavily camouflaged, the plastic cladding hiding underneath on the wheel arches indicates that this is the rugged All-Terrain version.
The side sills also look wider than the conventional C-Class wagon and the ride height has been raised, making it suitable for some light off-roading. Technical specifications are unknown, but the E-Class All-Terrain has a 1.14-inch higher ride height than the E-Class Wagon while offering up to 6.14 inches of ground clearance thanks to its active air suspension.
Under the hood, the engine options from the C-Class Sedan should carry over. In the US, the C-Class Sedan is only available with a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine good for 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.
A 4Matic all-wheel-drive system will be offered as standard in the All-Terrain for improved traction when hitting the dirt. While we don't get a look inside the interior, the C-Class All-Terrain will be equipped with a portrait 11.9-inch touchscreen with the latest MBUX infotainment system and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, just like its sedan sibling.
The Mercedes C-Class All-Terrain will debut at the International Motor Show in Munich this September. Since the wagon variant is only sold in Europe, it's unlikely that the C-Class All-Terrain will be available in America, sadly, meaning we'll miss out on yet another cool wagon. When it goes on sale, the C-Class All-Terrain will face competition in the form of the Audi A4 Allroad and Volvo V60 Cross Country.