Mercedes considering Audi allroad-fighting wagon

Mercedes hasn\'t decided if the jacked-up wagon will be based on the C- or the E-Class.

Mercedes-Benz has revealed it is considering introducing a rugged, high-riding station wagon aimed squarely at Audi's allroad models.

The project is at the embryonic stage of development and executives haven't decided if the jacked-up wagon will be based on the C-Class or on the next-gen E-Class. Regardless, the wagon will stand out from its regular-production counterpart thanks to a noticeably raised ground clearance, black plastic trim on the wheel arches and on the rocker panels as well as brushed aluminum trim on both ends.

Power will come from the gasoline- and diesel-burning engines sourced directly from the Mercedes-Benz parts bin. Robert Lesnik, Mercedes' director of exterior design, recently told Australian magazine Drive that the wagon will come standard with the company's time-tested 4Matic all-wheel drive system.

Beefy skid plates will protect vital mechanical components on both ends of the car, and the wagon could ship with Mercedes' AirMatic air suspension system.

Mercedes hasn't revealed when its high-riding wagon will arrive. If it's based on the existing C-Class we wouldn't be surprised to see it unveiled at next year's edition of the Geneva Motor Show, but an E-Class-based model is at least a year away from making its official debut.

Similarly, whether the wagon will be sold on our side of the Atlantic - where wagon sales are steadily declining - is an open question.

Rendering courtesy of TopSpeed.

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