- mercedes-benz has released photos of an all-terrain version of its c-class wagon. the car is scheduled to officially debut at the international auto show (iaa) in munich this september.
- mercedes says the c-class all-terrain, modeled after the successful e-class all-terrain, will strike a balance between the carlike handling of a wagon and the tall stance of an suv.
- this all-terrain will not be available in the u.s. market.
mercedes has released photos of its new off-road-friendly c-class all terrain. the new wagon is based on the already successful e-class all-terrain, which is essentially a regular e-wagon with a slight lift, plastic cladding, and some other cosmetic changes. unlike the e-class version, the c-based all-terrain won't come to the u.s.—wagons traditionally haven't been hot sellers here. but when it goes on sale in europe this fall, it'll offer customers there a slightly more rugged take on a compact wagon.
the new all-terrain is scheduled to make its official debut at munich's international motor show (iaa) in september, but mercedes has released some pictures of the car in its element. one shot shows the c-class with its two front wheels in the air as it crests a hill in what appears to be a quarry. that's probably about as much as customers can expect from the all terrain, which mercedes specifies in a press release will easily dispatch only "light terrain."
the c-class all-terrain will have 1.6 inches more ground clearance compared to the c-class wagon, and it'll be 0.2 inch longer and 0.8 inch wider than the regular wagon (the extra width is thanks to the new plastic wheel arch covers). with the rear seats up, the all-terrain will have a not entirely impressive 17 cubic feet of cargo space. with the rear seats folded, there will be space for 53 cubic feet of stuff. the all-terrain will be available with a choice of two turbocharged four-cylinder engines, one powered by gas, the other by diesel. both engines will use a 48-volt starter-generator system to improve fuel economy.