The 'allroad': it’s the SUV for buyers who don’t necessarily want an SUV, and, if recent 'roundabout' comments from Mercedes-Benz can be used as a guide, we could soon be seeing one with a three-pointed-star on the snout.
We’re talking about the all-wheel-drive jacked-up station wagon, with the handling characteristics of a 'regular' wagon but with the underbody protection, tyres and raised stance to also handle light off-road duties.
But, never reluctant to add yet another new model to its line-up, Mercedes-Benz is now considering if the same jacked-up AWD treatment could be applied to its C-Class or E-Class wagons (2WD C-Class pictured, top of page).
Speaking with media at its recent GLC SUV launch in Europe, Mercedes-Benz’s Thomas Weber said the potential was there for its existing wagon models.
“Would you laugh with such a car as this?,” Weber said.
“I will turn the question around and say 'are we at the end of the body styles and different variants?' No, we are not at the end. With the ability to be faster, more flexible, more also computer-based with less hardware, we are able in the meantime to do more variants for less money.”
Weber said that as Mercedes has the compact, midsized and large SUV markets covered, along with the emerging ‘four-door coupe SUV’ segment (think BMW X6 and Benz’s new GLE Coupe), that there’s also scope to also tackle SUV wagons.