MERCEDES BENZ E-Class T-Modell All-Terrain
Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
With more than 14 million units sold since the introduction of the E-Class on the market in 1946, the medium-sized vehicle was the most successful vehicle ever built by Mercedes-Benz.
Before being known as the E-Class, the medium-sized range was introduced with several other names. But it was the same class and kept for the same customers. The ascending demand for crossovers and SUVs made the German car-maker dare and offer a lifted version for the E-Class station-wagon, the T-Modell All Terrain.
In 2017, the manufacturer introduced an E-Class with higher ground clearance, specific bumpers, and side sills. In 2020, it introduced the facelifted version. A two-slats grille supported the big, round badge placed in the middle of the front fascia. The car was fitted with roof-rails as standard and, depending on the options, a panoramic glass-roof could have been added.
The interior was fitted with high bolstering to enhance lateral support. Depending on the trim level and options, they were covered in fabric or man-made ARTICO upholstery. The rear bench seat-back was split-folding to enlarge the loading capacity. The E-Class T-Modell All-Terrain was fitted with two wide screens for the instrument cluster and the infotainment system for the dashboard.
The E-Class T-Modell All-Terrain was available with up to seven engine versions, gasoline, or diesel. The standard transmission was the 9G-Tronic gearbox, and it sent the power in all four corners.
Mercedes-Benz unveiled a surprising version of the E-Class T-model (station wagon) in September 2016, and the sales started in 2017.
Audi and Volvo finally received an answer from Mercedes-Benz for the A6 Allroad Quattro and the V90 Cross Country. The German carmaker from Stuttgart announced the All-Terrain version of the E-Class station wagon and promised a comfortable, luxurious ride.
Mercedes-Benz enhanced the design of the All-Terrain version with a few off-road specific elements such as an aluminum-like shield under the front bumper and black plastic moldings on the wheel arches. The body-colored front bumper was a sign that the carmaker wouldn’t advise its customers to take the car through some bushes or hard, rocky areas. On the sides, Mercedes installed additional rigid plastic protections under the rocker panels and, at the back, it left unpainted the lower part of the bumper. Due to its long rear overhang, it considered that it was possible to scratch it. The car featured protecting panels under the floor to avoid costly damages.
Inside, it was business as usual, with two large displays at the front for the digital instrument panel and the infotainment display. The wood grains on the dashboard and door panels matched the car’s luxurious status. Its front bucket seats featured side bolstering, while the 40/20/40 split-bench from the back was fit for up to three adults but with limited legroom for the one seated in the middle.
The All-Terrain version received a standard all-wheel-drive system and air suspension. The car could travel without any risks on grass, unpaved roads, or gravel, thanks to its 156 mm (6.1”) ground clearance. For road use, that dropped to 121 mm (4.8”).