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New Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain Goes Off-Road After Volvo V90 Cross Country




Like the Volvo V90, the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon has recieved a rugged, off-road makeover, resulting in the aptly-named E-Class All-Terrain.

That’s right, yet another posh wagon that can get dirty and blurs the line between wagons and utility vehicles. The E-Class All-Terrain is distinguished from the regular E-Class Estate by a unique front grille and lower fascia, protective plastic body cladding and, of course, higher ground clearance of up to 6.14 inches.

Distinct interior touches include optional aluminum-carbon trim, rubber floor mats, and stainless steel pedals.

The E-Class All-Terrain is powered by a 194 horsepower four-cylinder diesel engine, while a more powerful six-cylinder diesel engine will offered later on in its lifecycle. Both engines work in tandem with a new 9G‑TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission and a 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.

There is a driving setting called — wait for it — All-Terrain that raises the standard air suspension by a few inches at speeds of up to 20 mph, tweaks the ESP, and displays off-road-focused menu items in the instrument cluster, such as the vehicle’s steering angle, its incline, and the position of the air suspension.

European sales of the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain begin in the spring of 2017. There are currently no plans to sell it in the United States or Canada. Do you want one?


Mercedes-AMG Will Not Make Standalone SUV



Mercedes-AMG GLC SUV

It’s no secret that the Mercedes-AMG brand was created in large part as a response to Porsche. It has a 911 and Panamera competitor in the form of the GT Coupe and GT Four-Door Coupe, respectively, and could eventually get a smaller sports car that rivals the Boxster and Cayman, but what about an SUV?

With SUV and crossovers now the bread-and-butter of all major automotive brands, including Porsche, one would think Mercedes-Benz’s performance sub-brand would be scrambling for one, but that is not the case. The firm is open to designing more cars in-house in the coming years, but none will be a standalone Mercedes-AMG SUV.

In an interview with , AMG boss Tobias Moers stated:

“There was a clear space in the market for the four-door GT, but we already have many excellent AMG SUV derivatives and it makes no sense to steal from them just so we can make our own car.”

That’s too bad…

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Lincoln Will Build Five Vehicles In China By 2022



New Lincoln Aviator SUV

China, with a population of over 1.3 billion people, is now the most important market for the world’s automakers, including Lincoln.

The American firm, which currently makes all its vehicles in the United States, plans to build at least five new models in the country in an effort to increase sales, avoid potential import tariffs, and up its presence.

Ford Motor Co. previously confirmed that it will build a new SUV in China in 2018, and that SUV will likely be the new Lincoln Aviator. According to sources, the Aviator will arrive in late 2019 or early 2020, and it will be followed by the replacements for the MKC crossover and MKZ sedan.

The Nautilus will also be produced in China by 2021 and could be followed by a small coupe-like crossover that’s set to enter production by 2022.

Lincoln spokeswoman Angie Kozleski told :

“Our localization plans to support the China market are on track and will serve to further drive Lincoln’s growth in China.”

Lincoln’s increased focus on China is no reason to think it will stop making cars in North America. Like other automakers, the firm simply needs to be able to build in China, as well, in order to be competitive globally.

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New, 2019 Audi A6 Avant Proves Wagons Can Be Sexy



New, 2019 Audi A6-Avant (Wagon)

Following the introduction of the brand-new Audi A6 sedan at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Audi wasted no time to the take the wraps off the Avant (wagon) version, and it looks great.

Like the sedan, the A6 Avant receives an evolutionary design with a wider grille. It looks more dynamic thanks to designers giving it more prominent wheel arches, a sportier roof line, and restyled taillights connected by a trim piece. It’s a simple and clean look that manages to ooze class.

The interior benefits form the most significant changes and borrows technology from the A7 and Audi’s flagship, the A8. The dashboard and the user interface are nearly identical to the A7’s, featuring two driver-oriented screens that run the infotainment system and a third screen for the digital instrument cluster. As with the A6, the top screen goes black to blend into the rest of the dashboard when the car turns off and turns on automatically when it detects a door open.

Geared more towards buyers that need extra space, the new A6 Avant boasts 20 cubic feet cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 59.3 cubic feet with them down. Audi claims class-leading front and rear elbow room, as well as knee room for rear seat passengers.

In Europe, the 2019 Avant will be offered with a turbocharged 3.0-liter TFSI V6 with 340 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque and a 3.0-liter TDI (diesel) V6 rated at 286 horsepower and 457 pound-feet. The former is paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission, while the latter shifts through an eight-speed automatic. Both spin the four wheels via Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system and benefit from a standard 48-volt mild hybrid system that enhances fuel efficiency.

While its unlikely that the new, 2019 Audi A6 Avant will be offered in North America, there’s is a chance that an A6 Allroad could be offered to rival the Volvo V90 Cross Country.

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