You probably don’t have to be a Mercedes-Benz specialist to predict what changes would be applied to the C-Class wagon in the process of transforming into a rugged all-terrain vehicle. We got our first glimpse of the lifted wagon about a year ago and saw another camouflaged prototype earlier this month. Today we can share a new batch of spy shots with the All-Terrain C-Class which is still not ready to unveil its final design.
As you can see in the gallery below, the raised wagon has a new plastic trim which is to protect the bodywork from rock chips and other debris, as the driver is supposed to get out of paved roads with this vehicle. Of course, you can’t see the plastic coating clearly, but its outlines are visible even with all the camouflage film in place. Our spy photographers report that some minor bumper modifications are also hidden under the disguise.
Obviously, it won’t be a hardcore off-road beast but rather a practical wagon with a bit more capability on the trails. We don’t know how much more ground clearance is expected, but the larger E-Class off-roader with the now standard air suspension has an additional 5.8 inches of ground clearance at full load compared to the Class Wagon. E. Nothing can be confirmed at this point, but we would also expect a similar number for the rugged C-Class.
The powertrain options are shrouded in mystery as well, though it’s probably safe to say that the off-road version will to a large extent mirror the standard E-Class engine lineup. Depending on the market, you will be able to choose from a selection of gasoline, diesel and hybrid engines.
Mercedes unveiled the new C-Class in February this year and we expect the more robust variant of the premium Mercedes wagon to arrive early next year. We have no idea if it will be available in the US but we hope to find out more very soon.