Mercedes enters the class of high-end mid-class station wagons. The new C All-Terrain targets the Audi A4 Allroad or the Volvo V60 Cross Country.
Mercedes-Benz has started selling the current generation C-Class in two body versions. However, there were reports previously that the show, modeled after the larger E-Class All-Terrain, would also be complemented by a plastic-wrapped station wagon. With raised chassis. These reports are now confirmed when the first-ever Mercedes-Benz C All-Terrain is officially launched.
A new competitor to the Audi A4 Allroad and Volvo V60 Cross Country takes the elements of these station wagons into light terrain. Thus, the novelty, based on the C-class station wagon, received specific protection of the plastic body and a modified chassis with a clearance increased by 40 mm.
The new fenders made of exposed plastic widened the body by four millimeters to 4,755 mm, while the extended wheel arches are 1,841 mm wider, or 21 mm compared to the original station wagon. Then the height is 1494 mm.
Off-road capabilities are also supported by the standard all-wheel drive system and specially tuned chassis. Specifically, the four-link front suspension has slightly larger steering knuckles, and the larger wheels help increase ground clearance. A comfortable body with a negative damping system, which adapts to the surface under the wheels, is also standard.
The drive mode switch is also specific to the C All-Terrain. There are two new modes available for off-road driving. Off-Road is designed for driving on dirt, gravel or sandy roads, Off-Road+ is suitable for heavy terrain with steeper exits and inclines, thanks to the Hill Hill Assist. The dynamic selector adjusts not only the engine and transmission settings, but also the steering, ESP and all-wheel drive behaviour.
The engine lineup includes, without further details, both petrol and diesel mild hybrids, paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.
The Mercedes-Benz C All-Terrain will go on sale later this year. The audience will have the opportunity to see it for the first time in the future Munich Motor Show.
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