The Mercedes C-Class All-Terrain takes the codes of SUVs to assert itself as the adventurer of the family, in station wagon format
New Mercedes C-Class All-Terrain 2021 – The new Class C station wagon, revealed last spring, puts on the backpacker outfit, building on the experience of the E-Class All-Terrain which inaugurated the genre at Mercedes. With the arrival of this raised version on the D segment, the Etoile finally hasa range of adventurous breaks able to compete with Audi’s Allroad family, precursor of the genre.
It’s never too late to do it right and Mercedes hears clearly get back one step ahead of the aging Audi A4 by multiplying the versions, from its launch. No sooner is it marketed in its classic finishes than the new C-Class station wagon already raises its trim level by 4 cm to face rough roads. Aesthetically speaking, in the absence of rubber boots, she wears larger wheels varying in diameter from 17 to 19 ”, and adorns himself witha specific radiator grille topped with new shields. There is no shortage of raw plastic protections, at 360 °, in particular to dress the wheel arches and other sills.
Off-road driving modes
Compared to the Class C station wagon, this All-Terrain variant revises its running gear with a four-link front axle with slightly larger steering knuckles when, at the rear, the multi-link axle is suspended from an axle subframe. Are added specific driving programs. the mode Offroad is designed for slightly uneven terrain such as dirt roads, gravel or sand when theOffroad+ with DSR (Downhill Speed Regulation) is recommended for slightly more difficult and steep terrain.
Lall-wheel drive is obviously standard and the towed load reaches a maximum of 1,800 kg. A partially electric coupling device with a swivel ball and ESP trailer stabilization is available as an option. This safety device intervenes automatically in critical situations from 65 km / h. When undesirable oscillations are detected, they are damped by braking interventions alternated on the different wheels. Most of the time, this is enough to reduce dangerous vibrations. If necessary, the system also reduces speed: this is done by reducing the engine torque and braking the vehicle at all four wheels.
A trailer assistant for maneuvers is also available in conjunction with this option and the Parking package with panoramic cameras. The trailer assistant for maneuvering automatically regulates the steering angle of the towing vehicle up to a speed of 5 km / h and up to a slope of 15%. It is activated when stationary when reverse gear is engaged and by pressing the parking aid button.
Gasoline and diesel
In terms of engines, two 48 V micro-hybridized 4-cylinders are available in gasoline (204 hp) and diesel (200 hp), exclusively coupled to a 9-speed automatic transmission. The marketing of the new Mercedes C-Class All-Terrain range will take place end of 2021, at a base rate estimated at around € 60,000.
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