MERCEDES WAGONS TAME THE HIGHLANDS: Images: Newspress / Mercedes-Benz
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Merc crosses Scotland the no-road way

  • Coast-to-coast through the Scottish Highlands 
  • Mountains, mud and Mercedes for two days 
  • No attacks by free-ranging haggis reported
MERCEDES WAGONS TAME THE HIGHLANDS: Images: Newspress / Mercedes-Benz
MERCEDES WAGONS TAME THE HIGHLANDS:  The Mercedes convoy on its way across Scotland, coast-to-coast, without using a public road. Images: Newspress / Mercedes-Benz

A dozen Mercedes-Benz all-wheel drive vehicles have crossed Britain from its east coast to its west. Nothing special about that except…

…that they did it without using any public roads – a feat believed to be the first such traverse completed completely off-road.

MERCEDES WAGONS TAME THE HIGHLANDS: Images: Newspress / Mercedes-Benz
MERCEDES WAGONS TAME THE HIGHLANDS: Getting a muddy nose, Highlands-style. Images: Newspress / Mercedes-Benz

The 12 vehicles – a mixture of GLE, GLS and G-Class models – took two days to make the 104km crossing through the rugged Scottish Highlands.

The Mercs were all standard UK-specification cars fitted with road-legal ‘mud’ tyres; the only modification the removal of any side steps.

GELATINOUS MUD

Leading the expedition, Mercedes UK reported, was a G-Class – a model which, since 1979, has blended rugged go-anywhere ability with luxury.

Its permanent 4Matic all-wheel drive, low-range gearbox and three lockable differentials would ensure its ability to cope with the roughest of terrain – even the gravel, rock, wet grass, rivers and gelatinous mud of the Highlands.

The G-Class is hand-assembled in Graz, Austria, at the rate of only 15 per day.

Although the GLS’s quilted leather massage seats (standard on Designo units) might suggest the SUV is more about opulence than off-roading, Mercedes said, the off-road package proved it equally at home off the beaten track.

MERCEDES WAGONS TAME THE HIGHLANDS: Images: Newspress / Mercedes-Benz
MERCEDES WAGONS TAME THE HIGHLANDS:  No doubt the drivers would have tackled the lake as well but even a Mercedes off-roader doesn’t have that much of a wading depth. Images: Newspress / Mercedes-Benz

The package adds a centre differential lock, protective underbody panelling, low-range gearbox, manual mode for the auto transmission, off-road programming for the anti-lock brakes and traction control and three alternative ride heights for the standard Airmatic air suspension.

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It also adds to the standard Driver Select system’s ‘off-road’ mode with an ‘off-road plus’ mode for especially difficult terrain.

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“The stylish GLE might more commonly be seen on the High Street rather than in the Highlands,” Mercedes said, “but when equipped with the off-road package it makes light work of the toughest routes.

“Just like the GLS, the GLE also managed the entire route, including the rivers and muddy fields.”

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Perhaps Mercedes-Benz should re-write the words of the Scottish ballad to read:

‘You take the high road
and I’ll take the no-road
and I’ll be in Scotland
before you’

For more information about the G-Class, GLS, GLE or any other vehicle among the rest of the Mercedes-Benz range, including the growing number of 4MaticATIC models, visit Mercedes-Benz UK  or, to find a South African dealer for more information or a test drive, visit Mercedes-Benz SA .      http://www.mercedes-benz.co.za

MERCEDES WAGONS TAME THE HIGHLANDS: Images: Newspress / Mercedes-Benz
MERCEDES WAGONS TAME THE HIGHLANDS: …and, it seems the forested mountains, too. Images: Newspress / Mercedes-Benz

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