The SUV alternative from Stuttgart is taking shape.
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 transformation process to a rugged All-Terrain vehicle. We got our first glimpse at the lifted wagon about a year ago and we saw another camouflaged prototype earlier this month. Today, we can share a new batch of spy shots with the C-Class All-Terrain which is still not ready to reveal its final design.
As you can see from the attached gallery below, the lifted wagon wears new plastic trim that has to protect the body from rock chips and other debris as the driver is supposed to go off the paved roads with this vehicle. Of course, you can’t see the plastic cladding clearly but its contours are visible even with all the camouflage foil in place. Our spy photographers report a few smaller changes to the bumpers are also hidden under the disguise.
Obviously, this won’t be a hardcore off-road beast but rather a practical wagon with a little more capability in the trails. We don’t know how much extra ground clearance is planned but the larger E-Class All-Terrain with the now-standard air suspension has 5.8 inches of extra ground clearance at full load compared to the E-Class Wagon. Nothing can be confirmed at this point but we expect a similar number for the rugged C-Class as well. For the full story, check out this article from Motor 1.