The E 220 d 4Matic All-Terrain is to the usual Mercedes-Benz E-class sedan what the V90 Cross Nation is to the Volvo S90 sedan. That’s to say, the All-Terrain is the rugged all-wheel-drive-equipped, property model of the E-class. The All-Terrain is a novel providing as is, however what makes it that bit extra particular nonetheless is that it marks the India debut of the BS-VI-compliant model of Mercedes’ latest-gen OM654 2.Zero-litre diesel engine that debuted on the E 220 d sedan final yr. Notably, identical to the facelifted S 350d’s new three.Zero-litre OM656 diesel unit, the revised OM654 can meet BS-VI emission norms even when powered by lower-grade BS-IV gasoline. Domestically-assembled Mercedes automobiles will get the engine replace towards the top of the yr.
What’s it like on the surface?
The All-Terrain could be based mostly on the usual wheelbase E-class (versus the locally-assembled long-wheelbase sedan) however being almost 5m lengthy, it’s nonetheless a variety of automobile. After all, it’s the part aft the B-pillar that typifies the All-Terrain. The rear overhang is lengthy however the massive 19-inch wheels and plastic cladding on the decrease part of the bodywork and bumpers maintain the All-Terrain’s tail from wanting ungainly. Additionally neatly built-in onto the rear bumper is the scuff plate that encircles the dual (albeit dummy) exhaust ends. Up entrance, the All-Terrain will get a bespoke styling remedy (vis-à-vis the E-class sedan) with its bolder, twin-louvre grille and completely different bumper.
All stated, whereas the All-Terrain is well-turned out, the extent to which you’ll admire its look, stays a perform of your openness to the property physique model usually.
What’s it like on the within?
In the event you’ve been in any new-gen E-class earlier than, you’ll get a way of familiarity within the All-Terrain’s cabin. The graceful, flowing dashboard is shared with different variations of the E-class although the absolutely digital show supplied on Es bought overseas has been given a miss on the All-Terrain for India; the speedo and tacho dials are analogue models. Nonetheless, there’s a real top quality to the automobile’s look contained in the cabin and virtually all of what you contact feels wealthy.
You don’t sit any larger within the driver’s seat than you’ll in an E-class sedan so the view to the surface is respectable however not what you’d name commanding; and ingress/egress is comparable, too. Passenger-seat consolation, nevertheless, is great and people seated on the again have it good, as nicely. Certain, there’s much less rear legroom than within the long-wheelbase sedan, and the seat recline perform and smooth pillow headrests from the sedan don’t make it to the All-Terrain both – however your rear passengers will nonetheless not have motive to complain. If something, it’s the excessive centre tunnel that could possibly be a trouble for the center passenger.
Judged as an property, the All-Terrain impresses with its large baggage bay. Normal baggage capability is 640 litres and adjusting the rear backrests by 10 levels frees up one other 30 litres of area. Utterly folding the 40:20:40-split rear seat backrest takes the automobile’s cargo quantity to 1,820 litres. There’s additionally a sizeable storage bay below the boot ground. Sadly, there’s no provision for a spare wheel which implies the area saver spare (which was not on the check automobile) will inadvertently eat into prime actual property within the boot.
The All-Terrain comes moderately well-specced as commonplace – with air suspension, a panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting, three-zone local weather management and an electrically operated tailgate – though a Volvo V90 Cross Nation does provide an entire lot extra.
What’s it wish to drive?
The All-Terrain will get commonplace air suspension with three ranges for the trip peak. The trip peak will be raised by as much as 35mm on the contact of a button – however with a most floor clearance (laden) of 156mm, that is no SUV. The All-Terrain didn’t floor on any of the gentle off-road stretches we ventured onto; however the reality is that we have been additionally extra-mindful of the automobile’s clearance always. The two.9m-long wheelbase additionally means the All-Terrain just isn’t essentially the most maneuverable of automobiles you may enterprise into the wild in. What does its work nicely is the 4matic all-wheel drive system that apportions torque between the entrance and rear axles, based mostly on obtainable traction. The Merc didn’t lose its footing – neither within the tough, nor on the rain-drenched tarmac – on the journey dwelling. There are 5 drive modes on provide (together with an ‘All-Terrain’ mode and ‘Particular person’ mode) and do alter the driving expertise.
There’s a touch of firmness to the All-Terrain’s trip which is sort of the other of the air-suspension-equipped E 350 d sedan that’s setup smooth to the purpose of just about being floppy. The All-Terrain rides with nice composure and physique actions are well-contained in any respect speeds, successfully making the driving expertise extra involving than the E-class sedans. A fluid steering and neat dynamics assist to this finish and, as talked about, there’s at all times the choice to customize steering and suspension settings to your liking.
The All-Terrain’s 2.Zero-litre diesel engine makes the identical 194hp and 400Nm of torque seen within the E 220 d sedan. Efficiency and refinement ranges are additionally comparable. The engine is clean in the way in which it delivers its energy; and although it’s not outright punchy like a like-sized BMW diesel, the Merc unit feels robust. The nine-speed auto is slick in its shifts as nicely but it surely does are likely to journey, at instances, whenever you ground the throttle. A tug on the steering-mounted paddles does assist efficiency, nevertheless. Mercedes claims a Zero-100kph time of 8sec for the E 220 d All-Terrain – which is affordable for a automobile that weighs an upward of 1.9 tonnes (1,900kg).
Ought to I purchase one?
In isolation, the E 220 d All-Terrain is a relatively good bundle. It’s distinct, luxurious, greater than nice to drive, and in addition presents each little bit of the practicality that estates are well-known for. It’s no off-roader however the all-wheel drive additionally brings in a level of added usability that no E-class sedan can match.
The difficulty is, consumers keen to pay the estimated Rs 65 lakh (estimated, ex-showroom) value for the automobile, produce other choices to select from, too – least of all of the better-equipped and higher-specced Volvo V90 Cross Nation. In the identical value bracket, you may have a full-fledged SUV from a premium marque (even inside Mercedes, itself) with all the trimmings which have made this style of auto so well-liked in India.
Good as it might be, then, the All-Terrain just isn’t the primary Merc – and even the primary automobile, for that matter – that springs to thoughts for anybody with a procuring price range of about Rs 65 lakh.