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2016 Mercedes CLA and GLA get more power, quicker

By Chris Bruce

Unlike in Europe, Mercedes-Benz doesn’t have hyper hatches like the Audi RS3 to compete against in North America, at least not yet. However, the company isn’t letting its high-performance compacts get behind the times anywhere in the world with the announcement that the CLA45 AMG and GLA45 AMG in the US are getting practically the same raft of upgrades as the ones across the pond. Both models go on sale in October in US dealers.

Like its European counterpart, the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder in the diminutive AMGs receives upgrades to produce 375 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque (the 381 hp rating over there is in metric ponies). That’s an impressive 20-horsepower and 18 lb-ft bump over the current version of the mill. Beyond just the boost in output, quicker acceleration comes from revised, more aggressive ratios in third through seventh gears.

The latest AMGs make great use of their upgrades, too. The 2016 GLA45 now clocks the run to 60 miles per hour in 4.3 seconds, a staggering half-second quicker than the 2015 model. The CLA45 slices 0.3 seconds off its time to make the sprint in 4.1 seconds, which gives the sedan the same acceleration as a SL63 AMG.

In addition to the powertrain tweaks, the 2016 models get a few other added luxuries. As in Europe, they receive the Dynamic Select System that uses a rotary knob select from multiple driving modes. Inside, there’s standard keyless start, dual-zone climate controls, and Mercedes‘ latest infotainment unit. A “Turbo 4Matic” badge on the fender now hints at the vehicles’ performance potential.

The new Dynamic Plus Package is the major addition to the options list. It combines a limited slip differential at the front, AMG Adaptive Suspension, Race Mode, Performance Steering Wheel, and pushes the top speed to 167 mph. At the same time, the AMG Driver’s Package is discontinued, and the AMG Performance Studio Package is dropped on the CLA45.

2016 Mercedes CLA and GLA get more power, quicker originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 14 Jul 2015 15:00:00 EST.

Mercedes previews new S-Class convertible

By Noah Joseph

Mercedes keeps on expanding its flagship S-Class with more models, and will soon add one more to the roster. But before it does, it’s giving us this teaser of what’s to come with an advanced look at the upcoming new S-Class Cabriolet.

The convertible model will be based closely on the S-Class Coupe we already know, only with a folding roof. Expect that dropping top to be constructed of several layers of fabric (as opposed to a folding metal top) with a glass rear window (instead of plastic) to keep it luxuriously isolated and insulated from the outside world when it’s up, and let the wind and sunshine in when down. The Cabrio will bring the array of body-styles in the S-Class range up to six, with the convertible joining the existing coupe and four wheelbase lengths of sedan. Expect powertrain options to closely mirror those of the coupe, including S550, S63, and eventual S65 AMG models driving the rear wheels or all four.

Slotting in above the E-Class Cabriolet, the new convertible S-Class will be Daimler’s “first luxury four seater cabriolet since 1971.” It’ll compete in rather rare company against the likes of the Bentley Continental GTC, Aston Martin DB9 Volante, Maserati GranTurismo Convertible, and even the upcoming new Rolls-Royce Dawn when it arrives. And judging from the timing of this preview rendering’s release, we anticipate it’ll arrive soon.

Mercedes previews new S-Class convertible originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 17 Aug 2015 14:16:00 EST.

 

Mercedes updates G-Class including new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8

By Noah Joseph

 

Mercedes has been building (or having Magna Steyr build) the G-Class for an unfathomable 36 years now. Needless to say, the legendary off-roader wouldn’t still be around if not for the occasional update here and there, and that’s just what the German automaker announced today.

The list of enhancements to the iconic Geländewagen is almost as long as its lifespan, but the most salient point here is the introduction of a new engine. The revised G550 introduces a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, based on the high-performance engine in the Mercedes-AMG GT and C63, but retuned: in this application, it produces 416 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque (compared to 453 hp and 440 lb-ft in the GT or 503 and 480 in the GT S). We’d expect that engine to gradually make its way into other models as well.

Though the G500 is the only one with a completely new unit, the other engines in the lineup have also been updated. The G350d bumps from 211 hp and 398 lb-ft to 245 hp and 442 lb-ft, the AMG G63 jumps from 536 hp to 563 (torque remains constant at 560 lb-ft), and the top-of-the-line, twelve-cylinder G65 (which we’ll be getting Stateside for the first time) now produces 621 hp and a massive 738 lb-ft. Those figures result in a 0-62 time of 8.9 seconds for the diesel, 5.9 for the G500, 5.4 for the G63 and 5.3 for the G65 – which are altogether might impressive for a vehicle as big and boxy as the G-Wagen. All but the G65 now feature stop/start systems to help reduce fuel consumption too.

Benz also revised the suspension tuning (while offering optional active dampers) and reprogrammed the ESP, ASR andABS systems. Inside there’s a new instrument cluster, the non-AMG models get new bumpers and flared wheel arches, and there’s a bright new array of colors available for the AMG models, which can also be ordered in a new special Edition 463 featuring unique trim inside and out.

The revised models will be arriving at US dealers in November, however the diesel model will not be making the transatlantic journey to our shores. The data in the press release below (as well as the images in the gallery above) pertain to the European models, with the correct output figures for the US models amended in the text above.

Mercedes updates G-Class including new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 04 May 2015 10:45:00 EST.

 

New Mercedes-Benz pickup to be called GLT?

By Brandon Turkus

 

The Mercedes-Benz pickup will allegedly be called the GLT, and it won’t be “a fat cowboy truck.” That’s according to the head of MB’s truck project, former AMG boss Volker Mornhinweg, quoted by Car.

We already knew that Mercedes would be teaming up with Renault-Nissan for its double-cab pickup, but until Car sat down with Mornhinweg, we were unsure of how the vehicle would be targeted. Aside from being neither fat nor cowboy like, the exec shed some light on the German brand’s mindset behind the new truck.

“We are not going to develop a fat cowboy truck for North America. After all, the big three – FordGM/GMC and Ram – already own about 90 percent of that market which typically absorbs in excess of two million units per year,” Mornhinweg told Car. “In this cutthroat environment, newcomers like us would invariably fight an arduous uphill battle. That’s why our focus is on a smaller and lighter pick-up truck which is already perceived as premium product in South America, Africa and the Middle East.”

While Mornhinweg wasn’t the one to let slip on the new Mercedes truck’s name, Car reports that it will wear the GLT badge. There’s no mention of where the publication came up with that title, though, aside from “rumors.” We’ve reached out toMercedes-Benz for comment on the truck’s name, and should they get back to us, we’ll be sure to update this post.

New Mercedes-Benz pickup to be called GLT? originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:32:00 EST.

 

Mercedes-Benz pickup could come to US

By Chris Bruce

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Mercedes-Benz pickup could come to US originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 07 Apr 2015 11:30:00 EST.

 

Mercedes-Benz C-Class named 2015 World Car of the Year

By Steven J. Ewing

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class named 2015 World Car of the Year originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 02 Apr 2015 09:59:00 EST.

 

2016 Mercedes-AMG G65 coming to US this fall, priced from $217,900*

By Noah Joseph

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2016 Mercedes-AMG G65 coming to US this fall, priced from $217,900* originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 01 Apr 2015 11:45:00 EST.

 

BMW doubles i8 production to meet demand

By Danny King

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BMW doubles i8 production to meet demand originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 28 Mar 2015 08:51:00 EST.

Mercedes boosts production of hot-selling models including 2014 S-Class

By Jeffrey N. Ross

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Mercedes-Benz is having a hard time keeping up with demand for its C-Class, GLK-Class and the all-new 2014 S-Class, so it announced that a new plan to boost production capacity. This all comes as Mercedes expects to set an all-time production record of more than 1.49 million vehicles globally.

Thanks to strong sales in China, the S-Class is on a tear, racking up 7,617 global sales, and Mercedes said that it will lengthen the shifts at its plant in Sindelfingen, Germany to keep pace. Workdays were already extended 30 minutes this year and special Saturday shifts were added four times in 2013, but 2014 will see workdays stretched an additional 74 minutes.

As for the C- and GLK-Class, the assembly plant in Bremen, Germany began special shifts last month that extend through the end of this month; Mercedes also added that its Tuscaloosa, AL worked some Saturday shifts this year. Finally, the automaker’s powertrain plant in Untertürkheim, Germany has been tasked with working longer hours to keep assembly plants supplied with drivetrain components. Scroll down for the full Mercedes press release.

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Mercedes boosts production of hot-selling models including 2014 S-Class originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 20 Dec 2013 08:30:00 EST.

Mercedes may be working on a new electric-car platform dubbed ‘Ecoluxe’

By Jonathon Ramsey

A report in Autobild claims that Mercedes-Benz is throwing more then $2 billion at an electric car family of vehicles with a program called “Ecoluxe.” It would challenge the Tesla Model S and Model X with four offerings, the top of the range being a pair of seven-seaters that could have as much as 610 horsepower.

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Mercedes may be working on a new electric-car platform dubbed ‘Ecoluxe’ originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 26 Dec 2014 09:01:00 EST.