Some have proclaimed them dead. SUVs and crossovers would have killed station wagons for good, but the fact is that they are alive and kicking, as the Volvo V90 Cross Country has recently demonstrated. It will be presented at the Paris Motor Show, a stage in which another D-segment station wagon will appear for the first time. Coincidence or not, Mercedes-Benz has also chosen Paris to reveal its new E-Class All Terrain.
The main difference the E-Class All-Terrain presents when compared with regular versions of the station wagon is the increased ground clearance. It is 2.9 cm higher, with a total ground clearance that can vary from 12.1 cm up to 15.6 cm. It is much lower than the Volvo V90 Cross Country, which has a 21 cm distance from the ground. This can be the difference between getting stuck or trespassing an obstacle.
The only engine available for the E-Class All-Terrain will be a turbodiesel. More specifically a newly developed 2.0 4-cylinder that is able to deliver 143 kW at 3,800 rpm and 400 Nm from 1,600 rpm up to 2,800 rpm. It will be the E 220 d 4MATIC version of the car. Mercedes-Benz will later offer a 6-cylinder turbodiesel version of the All-Terrain and both models will have the 9G‑TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission as standard.
This is almost a statement that puts the All-Terrain as an Europe only product. It may even reach other markets, such as the USA, but that would require at least one petrol engine to make it competitive.