This week, a rarity among the mainstream and luxury sections beautifies my garage in the kind of a wagon from Mercedes-Benz. This time, its the Mercedes-Benz E450 All-Terrain wagon that mesmerizes many as I drive it around town and on the highway.
The brand-new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is refreshed for the 2021 model year and with that, the E450 wagon gets a special treatment to not just fit the revitalized mold but likewise go the way of SUVs and, dare I say, Subaru, with its plastic wheel arch cladding. Such an appearance isnt what you expect out of Mercedes-Benz but in some way, they make it work, and the way it works is rather smart in still keeping the flexible trip quality and exceptional luxury appointments that you expect out of a brand-new E-Class. The wagon side of things, just as its done in a conventional sense with Mercedes, doesnt detract much from its drivability in expecting a luxurious sports sedan experience.
Theres an abundance of the expected tech functions throughout the E450 All-Terrains control panel, that include the highlighted features of heated/ventilated front seats, massaging front seats, heated back (2nd row) seats, manual rear seat sunshades, soft-close doors, color heads-up display screen, 12.3-inch configurable gauge cluster, the current 12.3-inch touchscreen MBUX infotainment system with “Hey Mercedes” voice reaction, augmented truth for the navigation system, wireless phone charging, 64-color ambient interior LED lighting, panorama roof, power rear cargo privacy cover (opens and closes with power liftgate) and a full array of active security functions (lane departure warning/change help, blind-spot screens, forward collision alert/emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert/active brake help, adaptive cruise control/w route-based speed adaptation). Usage of the touch-capacitive wheel buttons can be a variety as you make certain to accidently move or push throughout a few of the touch points, which include both touch-slider locations and buttons.
Powered by Mercedes most current modular engine, a moderate hybrid setup, the E450 All-Terrain wagon is poised out on the roadway and takes well benefit of the 48-volt system. When the engine shuts down, the setup keeps devices running at complete capacity for long durations of time at the traffic light. The engine option, with a total output of 362 horse power and 369 lb-ft of torque, is the most current 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6-cylinder that gets a temporary power boost from the mild-hybrid system that can add as much as 21 additional horse power to the mix when such power is demanded. The engine is mated to a 9-speed transmission and sends power to all 4 wheels producing a smooth and smooth experience in power shipment. The only significant difference in the mild-hybrid setup in the E450 wagon compared to something like the AMG E53 Sedan is that the wagons version does not have a real power-filler to include low-end torque but still adds the horse power when the appropriate level of the throttle is applied. The system really makes for a rather fuel-efficient experience with real-world attainable EPA-estimates of 22 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 24 mpg integrated. When youre not pushed to conserve fuel and make a dash to 60 mph from a dead stop, expect it to take just 4.4 seconds, which is outstanding for any “wagon” based upon a mid-sized sedan.
Summarizing the performance elements of the E450 All-Terrain wagon, you can quickly say its more of a road conqueror than an off-roader in spite of its capability to literally rise to the occasion with its adjustable air suspension. In the default Comfort drive mode, the E450 Wagon flight really luxurious without much unwanted body motion with rather numb and effortless steering– its a quiet, separating, nearly S-Class, experience.
Mercedes knows how to do wagons laced in luxury and decent efficiency, and the brand-new E450 All-Terrain takes such an unique segment to new heights essentially hidden by any other brand name. Its finest to keep in mind that the E450 All-Terrain wagon begins at just $67,600, but youre going to desire some of the desirable options that you see here on my lavishly appointed test car, since 7-seats– and you can be just like a modern-day Clark Griswold with a number of additional rewards, sans the wood panels.
The interior of the brand-new Mercedes E450 All-Terrain wagon takes much of the new design from the updated E-Class. That technically makes the E450 All-Terrain wagon a 7-passenger. The jump seats are the nostalgic parts of the E450 All-Terrain, bringing back the numerous memories of myself jumping into my aunts old 1970-somthing Ford LTD wagon– I can even remember that distinct vinyl seat odor.
The styling of the E450 All-Terrain wagon is pleasing with a great classiness to the overall appeal. My test lorry having a long list of choices, consists of the bigger 20-inch wheels, which add a stylish styling to the look and its driving character over lower-trims of the E-Class sedan with the basic wheel plan. I was able to make it to a regional tire shop and have actually the tire changed after travelling 45 miles per hour for about 8 miles without much difference in the trip till making a sharp turn into the stores plaza.
Powered by Mercedes most current modular engine, a mild hybrid setup, the E450 All-Terrain wagon is poised out on the road and takes well benefit of the 48-volt system. The only significant distinction in the mild-hybrid setup in the E450 wagon compared to something like the AMG E53 Sedan is that the wagons variation does not have a real power-filler to include low-end torque however still adds the horsepower when the correct level of the throttle is used. The interior of the brand-new Mercedes E450 All-Terrain wagon takes much of the brand-new style from the updated E-Class. The jump seats are the nostalgic parts of the E450 All-Terrain, bringing back the numerous memories of myself jumping into my aunts old 1970-somthing Ford LTD wagon– I can even keep in mind that distinctive vinyl seat smell. Mercedes knows how to do wagons laced in luxury and decent efficiency, and the brand-new E450 All-Terrain takes such an unique segment to brand-new heights basically unseen by any other brand.