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Mercedes-Benz C-Class All-Terrain wagon "on the table"

The technology from the E-Class All-Terrain can be readily packaged into an all-wheel drive version of the C-Class luxury wagon.

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed a high-riding ‘All-Terrain’ version of its C-Class wagon is under serious consideration, with discussions on-going at the German giant’s Stuttgart HQ.

Speaking to CarsGuide at this week’s New York International Auto Show, chief engineer for the C-Class, Christian Früh, said the technology from the E-Class All-Terrain can be readily packaged into an all-wheel drive version of the C-Class luxury wagon.

According to Herr Früh, “In fact, the idea for the All-Terrain started in the generation before [the current] C-Class. I loved it always, but it was never calculated as a big success, and we didn’t do it.

  • There’s good potential for an All-Terrain C-Class here in Australia. There’s good potential for an All-Terrain C-Class here in Australia.
  • The wagon accounts for 10 per cent of our C-Class sedan sales. The wagon accounts for 10 per cent of our C-Class sedan sales.

“And now we started it for the first time in the E-Class, and it’s done very well. It’s a good success, and we’re of course thinking about it also for the C-Class. It’s designed into this current platform, the platform can do it. Next generation as well,” he said.

A veteran of high mileage touring in Australia, Herr Früh believes a C-Class All-Terrain would be perfect for local conditions.

Mercedes-Benz claims the C-Class as Australia’s second best-selling medium sedan, with more than 8500 registrations in 2017. And according to the company’s head of public relations and corporate communications, David McCarthy, there’s good potential for an All-Terrain C-Class here.

“With E-Class wagon we were edging towards 100 sales per annum, but the addition of the All-Terrain has boosted that to 140, which is a pleasing improvement,” he said.

With E-Class wagon we were edging towards 100 sales per annum, but the addition of the All-Terrain has boosted that to 140. With E-Class wagon we were edging towards 100 sales per annum, but the addition of the All-Terrain has boosted that to 140.

“The wagon accounts for 10 per cent of our C-Class sedan sales, and although it’s not an ultra-high priority, I think there’s a market for the car,” Mr McCarthy added.

Check out all the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class price and spec here.

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