As part of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class update, the German brand has revealed the rugged All-Terrain estate variant. With trim-specific body cladding, what Mercedes dubs "Air Body Control" – essentially, the same fancy air suspension from SUVs like the GLE and GLS – and standard 19-inch wheels with all-season, run-flat tyres (or available 20-inch wheels), the off-road-ready estate adds a unique element to the lineup previously unavailable.
Powering the E-Class All-Terrain estate is the same turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six engine with EQ Boost found in the E450 and E53 AMG models. Here, that inline-six engine produces 362 bhp (269 kilowatts) and 369 pound-feet (500 Newton-metres) of torque. The E-Class estate also uses the same nine-speed automatic transmission as in the saloon, and sends power to all four wheels.
Gallery: 2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain
Inside, the All-Terrain model borrows the same MBUX infotainment setup, too, complete with a 12.3-inch central touchscreen as well as a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and the latest sensitive central controller. Active safety equipment carries over from the standard E-Class saloon, including tech like adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, active steering assist, automatic emergency braking, active blind-spot assist, and a 360-degree camera. The E-All-Terrain also gets the same updated cabin from the E-Class saloon, fresh with new colours and materials.
The only thing we don't know (yet) about the rugged All-Terrain model is how much it will cost when it goes on sale in the UK. The outgoing model costs about £63,000. Expect more details as the entire facelifted range makes its way closer to launch later this year.