What happens when you let a top Mercedes engineer indulge his wildest fantasies? The Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain 4×4², that’s what. The name of that engineer is Jürgen Eberle, by the way. The initial goal of his pet project was to add a 1.5 inch suspension lift and minor body touch ups to the standard E-Class All-Terrain. Somewhere along the way he decided to toss in massive tires and the same portal axles found on the G500 4×4² juggernaut. A brilliant off-road monster was thus born.
The path from concept to execution came with a slew of obstacles, but Mercedes was up to the task. In true team spirit, various departments stepped in to help Eberle in his quest. Special wide fenders were 3D printed, a matte grey wrap was designed, and a unique driveshaft was created in less than two weeks. Most importantly, a new multi-link suspension system was crafted on which the portal axles could be mounted.
Eberle’s frivolous vision soon became a reality. Decked out in sleek grey and hovering 420 mm above the ground, the All-Terrain 4×4² is as luxurious as it is formidable, and able to plow through 500 mm of water (a slight drop from the G-Class). The front and rear fenders are beautifully wide but never to the point of intrusion. The giant tires are visually prominent, giving the vehicle some monster truck appeal. Indeed, there’s definitely a mad scientist vibe going on between the E-Class body and G-Class specs.
Under the hood is a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine that delivers up to 333 hp. A premium 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission hosts a hydrodynamic torque converter to achieve the top shelf in smooth sound, seamless gear-shifting and reduced fuel consumption. It all sounds like the stuff of fantasy and, alas, it will remain that way. After all, the All-Terrain 4×4² was conceived for pleasure and not production. Nevertheless, we still get excited just reading about it.