E-CLASS GOES OFF-ROAD

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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.

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