What is the first thing to come to your mind when you hear about the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, stylish, practical, powerful and probably the most luxurious sedan on four wheels, right. But, this new All-Terrain concept from Mercedes-Benz is an E-Class? The recently unveiled E-Class All-Terrain Concept isn't the run of the mill sedan, but a proper SUV, according to the German carmaker. Jurgen Eberle, an engineer with the company came up with this wild idea of creating an SUV out of the E-Class. In the first phase, the E-Class All-Terrain's concept had 200 mm of ground clearance but Eberle wasn't satisfied. Although the plastic cladding and the rather outlandish wheel arches were retained, the ground clearance for the final concept was increased to 420 mm using portal axles borrowed from the G500 4X4^2. This also translated into a water wading capacity of 500 mm, pretty impressive for an E-Class. Compared to the production E-Class All-Terrain, the wheelbase as well as the front and rear track are also different. They now aid much better off-roading capabilities. The overhangs too have been reduced in order to take on the rough terrain with much better ease. However, the interiors still exude the luxurious aura that one would find in an E-Class sedan and a rugged interior hasn't been opted for.
Powering the E-Class All-Terrain Concept is a 3.5-litre V6 petrol motor that generates 328 hp and 480 Nm of torque mated to an automatic transmission. The concept sits on massive 285/50 section tyres with 20-inch alloy wheels. Inside the E-Class All-Terrain Concept, the car comes with all the bells and whistles one would expect. These include an infotainment system, automatic climate control, electrically adjustable as well as ventilated seats, steering mounted audio and phone controls.
Although Mercedes-Benz has only unveiled the E-Class All-Terrain as a concept car, however, if it hits production, it would be one of the wildest cars offered by the German carmaker. It would also be a worthy competitor to the Audi A6 Allroad Concept.