Mercedes-Benz has launched a new variant of the C-Class which is an off-road-oriented model and seems to perform as such. Introducing the C-Class All-Terrain which rides on an improved 40mm of suspension travel, larger steering knuckles and bigger wheels (in sizes from 17 to 19 inches), which Mercedes says makes the car better suited for poor road surfaces.
In addition to bumping up the ride height, Mercedes-Benz has fitted the four-link front suspension with slightly larger steering knuckles. The car also features two new Dynamic Select driving modes; Offroad and Offroad+ with hill-descent control or, as Mercedes calls it, Downhill Speed Regulation.
As an option for folks who plan to go exploring, Mercedes offers the Digital Light system that adds three powerful LEDs to each headlight. When the driver activates one of the off-road driving modes, these lamps activate to illuminate a wide-angle ahead for maximum visibility. It only operates at up to 31 miles per hour (50 kilometres per hour).
Inside, the All-Terrain comes as standard with an Avantgarde interior, incorporating a round silver-trimmed steering wheel and sports seats with either black, macchiato beige or siena brown upholstery. Unique to the All-Terrain is the dedicated off-road screen on the freestanding 10.25-inch digital instrument display and the optional 12.3-inch variant, showing the vehicle’s inclination, steering angle, coordinates and compass. The wealth of technologies from the standard C-Class are available here, of course, many of which have been derived from the latest W223 S-Class. These include the Digital Light headlamps with guideline and warning projection, the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX), a massive 11.9-inch portrait centre touchscreen and an improved Driving Assistance Package.
Buyers have a choice of two turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrains, both of which come as standard with a 9-speed automatic gearbox. The petrol model develops 254 bhp, while the diesel has 261 bhp. Both units also have a belt-driven starter-generator, which can deliver an extra 20 bhp boost when required.