DRIVETIME: MOTORING: LEFT BEHIND; BRITAIN RULED OUT.
They will join 4Matic versions of the smaller C-Class and the luxury S-Class, which have been available in left-hand drive countries for some time.
Each of these permanent four-wheel drive models requires significant restructuring to accommodate the additional drive, and it is simply not feasible to achieve this for right-hand drive models.
A spokesman for Mercedes-Benz in the UK said: "The C-Class and S-Class have been available with four-wheel drive in mainland Europe for some time and soon the E-Class will join them.
"Unfortunately it is a mechanical impossibility for right-hand drive models, and they will definitely not be coming to the UK.''
This is music to the ears of arch-rival Audi, which has successfully managed to engineer four-wheel drive into all of its right-hand drive models, including even the mighty A8.
It means that the only four-wheel drive offering here from Mercedes is the large M-Class model, which faces increasingly tough competition from the likes of BMW's X5, the Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg, Volvo XC90, Lexus RX300 and a host of others.
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|Publication:||Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)|
|Date:||Aug 8, 2003|
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