ATLANTA -- The new Mercedes-Benz E-class All-Terrain wagon is a maybe for the U.S.
"We're still debating that and thinking about it," Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Dietmar Exler told Automotive News at the groundbreaking for the new North American headquarters here. "It's a very, very exciting vehicle, and we're taking a look at overall production, volumes that we have to have and business case and so on. So we'll see. Decision not finally made."
If the business case is justified for U.S. sales, Exler didn't rule out a 2017 launch. The car will go on sale in other markets in spring 2017. Mercedes showed the All-Terrain for the first time late last month at the Paris auto show.
It essentially is a more rugged E-class wagon with higher ground clearance designed to take on the Audi Allroad and Volvo Cross Country variants.
The E-class All-Terrain comes with standard 4Matic all-wheel drive and revamped styling elements on the front, side and rear. It will launch with a four-cylinder diesel engine with a six-cylinder diesel to follow, Mercedes said.
In the U.S., the redesigned E-class sedan went on sale this summer. The redesigned E-class wagon, on which the All-Terrain is based, will go on sale in the U.S. in early 2017.