E-CLASS GOES OFF-ROAD
The E-Class All-Terrain 4×4² is a vehicle that combines ultimate on-road luxury with serious off-road ability. Too bad it’s a one-off.
The regular Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain is an elegant station wagon that despite the All-Terrain moniker, is rather sedate. This one-off creation is something very different, however. Dubbed the E-Class All-Terrain 4×4², the vehicle’s transformation ensures that it earns its name and can really tackle off-road terrain.
According to Autocar it was inspired by the G500 4×4². According to lead design engineer and off-roading enthusiast Jurgen Eberle, the aim of the project was to see what they could create by grafting the G500 4×4² portal axles on in place of the standard E-Class All-Terrain’s multi-link set-up. The pair of portal axles increased the ride height to an impressive 406mm (compared with the standard car’s 160mm). This also increased the wading depth of this All-Terrain 4×4² to 500mm (from 280mm).
The overall track was also widened by 203mm and a set of 20-inch wheels were fitted and shod with chunky 31inch 285/50 R20 off-roading tyres. Special wheel-arch extenders had to be 3D-printed and attached to the car to house these, increasing its width by almost 200mm.
Power comes from the standard 143kW four-cylinder diesel engine mated with the 9G-tronic nine-speed automatic gearbox. It also features Mercedes-Benz’s 4Matic all-wheel drive system, but is without a lowrange gearbox or locking differentials.