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?
China’s Geely Buys 10-Percent Stake In Mercedes Parent Daimler
Chinese automaker Geely has acquired a 10 percent stake in Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler, becoming it largest single shareholder.
Geely has owned Volvo Car since 2010 and has a controlling stake in Lotus; the investment of around $9 billion further expands its interest in European automakers.
Daimler expressed optimism about the acquisition in an interview with , with spokesman Joerg Howe stating:
“[Geely chairman] Li Shufu is a Chinese entrepreneur Daimler knows well and regards highly in terms of his competency and focus on future developments. Daimler already has a strong footing in China. We have a very strong partner with our existing cooperation with BAIC Motor.”
They two companies have yet to announce any collaborative projects or intellectual property sharing, but the investment could provide Geely with more opportunities to expand its global reach in an automotive industry that’s moving towards electrification and autonomous vehicles.
Genesis Claims Top Spot From Audi In Consumer Reports Rankings
Genesis, Hyudai’s luxury brand, has entered Consumer Reports’ brand rankings with a bang, claiming the top spot from Audi. The two are the only brands to achieve ‘recommended’ ratings for every model in their respective lineups.
In all fairness, Genesis only has two models to Audi’s ten, so this isn’t exactly an apples-to-apples comparison. In fact, the mismatch makes Audi’s placing all the more impressive, with Consumer Reports stating:
“This is an especially impressive feat for Audi, which makes 10 models for the US market spanning categories from small cars to three-row SUVs. Genesis, with just two models tested, had less to get right to earn its place at the top of the list.”
BMW, Lexus and Porsche round out the top five. Kia grabbed sixth place, beating Subaru, Tesla, Honda and Toyota.
Chrysler gained the most points thanks to high road-test and reliability scores for the latest Pacifica minivan, while Buick and Acura dropped by the most due to falling reliability scores.
New, 2019 Porsche 911 Teased, Looks The Same
Porsche has released the first official teaser photos of the all-new, 2019 Porsche 911 (992), and things appear to be the same on the outside.
Presented in camouflage, the 992-generation of the iconic German sports car will have a very similar exterior design to its predecessor’s, but spy photos indicate a distinctively different interior that’s far more modern yet “timeless”, featuring a large center digital screen like the one offered in the new Cayenne and Panamera.
August Achleitner, lead engineer and director of the 911 model line, stated:
“Even where the public might be expecting a bigger ‘wow factor,’ in the long run a certain aesthetic reserve pays dividends… We know where we’re from and where we want to go. The decisive factor is that the 911 generates a driving feeling that no other car can impart.”
It won’t launch with an electrified powertrain like several reports have suggested, but there is a chance that a hybrid version could arrive later on.
Yes, the new 992 Porsche 911 doesn’t not look “all-new” from the outside, but why mess with a good thing, right? Expect a much better car in every other way, shape or form when it goes on sale sometime in the second half of 2018.