Mercedes-Benz has unveiled this mad E-Class All Terrain 4x4² concept. Based on the E-Class All Terrain, the SUV concept is the creation of Jurgen Eberle, a design engineer from Mercedes-Benz, and his team. Eberle took the regular E-Class and used the G500 4x4²'s portal axles. The standard E-Class All Terrain uses a multi-link suspension.
The Mercedes All Terrain SUV concept comes with 4Matic
Using the G500 4x4²'s suspension components has resulted in the E-Class All Terrain SUV concept getting a massive 420mm ground clearance, up from 160mm of the regular car. The wheels are also huge 20-incher wrapped in 285/50 section. To accommodate these wheels, Eberle had to fit in carbon-fibre wheel arch extenders. These were also 3D printed and the subsequent result was an increase in the overall track by 200mm. Parking issues, anyone?
It can clear most of the things that the rough throws at it. Notice the carbon-fibre wheel arches
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class All Terrain 4x4² SUV concept, however, isn't your run-of-the-mill off-roader. Having enough ground clearance and a wading depth of 500mm alone doesn't warrant that it will clear the ruts as is evident from the video being circulated. It lacks a low-ratio gearbox and locking differentials. The only armour it comes with for the wild is Mercedes' 4Matic system.
The SUV looks huge and is properly on stilts
This one has a ground clearance of 420mm
While the regular E-Class All Terrain uses diesel engines, the motor bay of this SUV has been modified to fit in a 330PS/480Nm 3.5-litre V6. It is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. Will this SUV make it to production? Well, a lot of people are massively interested in this Volvo V90 Cross Country competition. If it makes it to production, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All Terrain 4x4² SUV will be massively expensive and a one-off. Also, we will like an AMG version, wrapped in this matte grey paint scheme. However, as of now, it looks like one engineer's dream will remain a concept and not become a production reality.