Surely Mercedes has dipped its finger in every car type pie now!
It's pretty common knowledge now that Mercedes has a pretty comprehensive line-up of cars, so we won't delve into the oft-discussed topic of 'niche hunting' in the premium car market. What we will say, though, is that we're surprised it's taken Mercedes so long to reveal its own take on the off-road-biased wagon concept that's been around for decades now. But fill that gap it has, thanks to the new E-Class All-Terrain.
Set to rival the likes if the Audi A6 Allroad and the recently-revealed Volvo V90 Cross Country, the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain can perhaps be best summed up by that famous 'it does what it says on the tin' marketing slogan. Essentially, it's an E-Class wagon that can traverse rougher and uneven terrain, courtesy of the benefits of having standard-fit all-wheel drive and adjustable air suspension. It does appear, though, that the off-roading modifications don't go much further than that. Bar extra plastic bodywork cladding, new trim pieces and some under-the-skin tweaks, there doesn't appear to be a huge amount that truly differentiates the All-Terrain version from a regular E-Class Wagon.
Not that it'll affect us in the States too much, as Mercedes-Benz USA reportedly won't be importing the car to America - meaning those of you who want a brand new E-Class Wagon will either have to make do with the E400, or hold out for the E63 AMG Wagon. Of course, Mercedes may change its mind (hopefully we can get a clearer answer to that at the Paris Motor Show), but the fact the Mercedes will only be available with a 194-hp 2.0-liter diesel engine when it's launched in Europe sometime next year doesn't give us much hope of it being brought over to the United States. As we said earlier, fingers crossed we can get a definitive 'yay' or 'nay' answer to that particular query.