We’re not dealing with some digital artist’s renders, this E-Class All-Terrain derived in the G-Class inspired 4×4² is very much alive and kicking, though it’s actually not a factory-enabled option.
We all know Mercedes decided it should have a proper response to the Audi A6 Allroad after it presented the new generation E Class, which is why the All-Terrain was born – with rugged features, 156-mm (6.1-inch) ground clearance, and standard 4Matic all-wheel drive. But one imaginative engineer decided it wasn’t enough to make you crave for one instead of a more affordable mainstream SUV. He thus set up towards creating the hardcore 4×4² version – which is of course inspired by the crazy – in the good way – Mercedes-AMG G63 6×6, but even more so by the G-Class 4×4². Jürgen Eberle is the name of the creator, who needed just six months to get the job done – impressive in our book.
He outfitted the midsize wagon with even more plastic body cladding while the ground clearance was increased by 40 mm (1.5 inches), to almost 200 mm (7.8 inches). That would have left anyone satisfied, but he decided to also transplant the portal axles from the aforementioned G500 4×4² and thus completed the task with a huge ground clearance of 420 mm (16.5 inches). All other stats are equally impressive – wading depth is now 500 mm (19.6 inches), which is 50 mm (1.96 inches) more than the G and 220 mm (8.6 inches) more than the standard All-Terrain. It even comes with an engine swap – 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine from the E400 with 333 hp (245 kW) and 480 Newton-meters (354 pound-feet), which is not something you would get from Mercedes, which is only offering it in 220d and 350d versions.