A number of off-road-inspired parts differentiate the C-Class All-Terrain from a regular C-Class Estate. For example, it offers 1.5 inches (40 mm) of additional ground clearance and has been outfitted with a unique front grille, front and rear skid plates, and flared wheel arches. The new body parts mean the All-Terrain is slightly larger than the Estate, stretching 0.15 inches (4 mm) longer and sitting 0.8 inches (21 mm) wider.
The German automaker has developed a unique array of 17 to 19-inch wheel designs for the All-Terrain and as all models are based on the Avantgarge exterior trim level, they feature various polished aluminum accents. Trim on the B-pillars and bars of the rear side windows is finished in high-gloss black and should customers want, they can also specify the Night Package that adds more high-gloss black accents.
In addition to bumping up the ride height, Mercedes-Benz has fitted the four-link front suspension with slightly larger steering knuckles. The car also features two new Dynamic Select driving modes; Offroad and Offroad+ with hill-descent control or, as Mercedes calls it, Downhill Speed Regulation.
The car has also been modified to make it more credentialed at towing. For example, it can be optioned with a partially electric trailer hitch and swiveling ball-head and ESP trailer stabilization system as an optional extra. There is also an available trailer maneuvering assistant that automatically regulates the steering angle of the towing vehicle at speeds of up to 3.1 mph (5 km/h) to help with low-speed maneuvering. It can tow up to 1,800 kg (3,968 lbs).
Fitted as standard on all C-Class All-Terrain models is the carmaker’s 4MATIC all-wheel drive system that can send up to 45 per cent of power to the front wheels and 55 per cent to the rear axle. In terms of engines, the car is offered with either a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine with an integrated starter-generator and a 2.0 four-cylinder diesel with an integrated starter-generator and a 48-volt electrical system.
Mercedes-Benz will showcase the C-Class All-Terrain to the public at the upcoming International Motor Show in Munich next month. The car will not be offered in the U.S. and European pricing has yet to be announced.