Off-roading was not intended to be a sport for luxury.
But Mercedes engineer Jürgen Eberle decided to throw out the playbook when designing the all-new Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain 4×4² Luxury Wagon. It takes its cues from the standard All-Terrain, which here meant a very literal interpretation of the word “all.”
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Under the hood, the Wagon is packing a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 capable of 328 horsepower from the E400 wagon. But it’s not like any other wagon out there courtesy of a portal axle setup.
When Eberle came out of the lab, this piece of madness had carbon fiber flared fenders, body cladding, 16-inches of ground clearance, an additional eight inches of width and 31-inch tires. That’s more clearance than a Humvee, for the record. But all of this is going to give the driver the power and stability of a Jeep Wrangler.
A one-off concept for now, there’s no word if the 4x4 will go into production. But the response so far has been for the most part positive. And given Benz’s history of releasing limited-edition runs of offbeat models, it’s not unheard of that this weird grocery-getter might very well see the light of day.