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Mercedes-Benz's allroad-fighting wagon to land this year?

by Ronan Glon

The jacked-up wagon will be based on the E-Class.

Mercedes-Benz has once again hinted it's developing a rugged, high-riding station wagon aimed squarely at the Audi allroad.

Tentatively badged All-Terrain, the model will be based on the station wagon version of the all-new 2017 E-Class (pictured) that debuted earlier this week at the Detroit Auto Show. It 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 accents on both ends.

Power will be provided by gasoline- and diesel-burning four- and six-cylinder engines sourced directly from the Mercedes-Benz parts bin, and 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.

Australian website Motoring reports Mercedes' rugged wagon will be introduced alongside the regular wagon in June, and it will go on sale across Europe either later this year or early next year. Whether the wagon will be sold on our side of the Atlantic, where wagon sales are steadily declining, is an open question.

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