Mercedes-Benz revealed the C-Class All-Terrain, with the harsh reality that it’s only destined for a European audience, so far. SUVs and crossovers are good for rough terrain, but tackling those obstacles in a wagon adds some class. The C-Class All-Terrain style is on point. Sleek body panels join at the front for a black vertical grille with lower ducting on either side. The back slopes down with a steep incline for a classic station wagon design.
All-Terrain gets new suspension
Along with standard all-wheel drive, the All-Terrain gets 17-inch wheels standard with 19s as options and a stronger suspension. It’s been fitted with larger steering knuckles, as well as self-adjusting dampers that emphasize comfort. With the new suspension, the car also gets a 1.6-inch lift over the standard estate version, but still provides a much more stable ride.
A C-Class tuned for off-roading
This wagon comes with two off-road modes. The one labeled “Offroad” is tuned for dirt, gravel, and sand, while the “Offroad + DSR” operates best in severe terrains, including steep hills (downhill speed regulation). These modes are designed to work under 31 mph, and if the speed increases past that they will shut off. The car’s incline, decline, and steering angle will show up on the car’s infotainment screen.
C-Class may get sedan’s powertrain
The All-Terrain comes with either a gasoline or diesel-powered four-cylinder, both with 48-volt assist for better mileage. Those are the options as far as Europe is concerned. If the car makes it across the pond, U.S. markets can expect the same or similar powertrain as is available in the revamped C-Class. The 2022 C300 uses a 2.0-liter inline-four for 255 horsepower with the same 48-volt hybrid system.
Lots of cargo space for adventures
The C-Class All-Terrain has a maximum of 53-cubic feet of storage area and can tow up to 3,968 pounds with trailer assist. E-Class All-Terrains start at $67,600 while the sedans start at $54,520. The C-Class starts at $41,600, so if the All-Terrain were to end up in North America, it could start at as much as $55,000, but it’s pure speculation. Until Mercedes-Benz announces its official arrival, the C-Class All-Terrain in North America remains a pipe dream.
What to expect if the All-Terrain comes to America
If the C-Class All-Terrain does show up in North America, it may feature some of the many amenities the E-Class has to offer. The E-Class will adjust cabin temperature and find directions from voice commands and alert the driver if it’s hit while parked. It also boasts several driver assistance features, including a cruise control that will actually slow down for a freeway offramp.
Both cars are based on the same platform, so in terms of suspension and handling the cars may behave similarly. The C-Class All-Terrain would make a great addition to Mercedes-Benz in North America. However, with the E-Class All-Terrain on the shelves, it might not make much sense. If the C-Class powertrain speaks to more customers, it could be worth it, but for now North American can enjoy what it has.