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Month: July 2010
New CL63 AMG – Video

The S63 and CL63 have been updated to include AMG’s newest motor, the direct-injected 5.5 liter twin turbo. Along with the engine stop start system found in the S400 these new models provide more horsepower with increased fuel economy. It will be interesting to see if the addition of the stop start system will eliminate the wonderful rumble the current cars produce at start-up or if everyone around will now hear this every time an AMG fires up to leave a stop light. Another great benefit of going to a twin turbo setup is that it will be much easier to increase power output over the coming years or much sooner for with a quick visit to Kleemann or Renntech. The new motor’s increase to 571hp and 663 lb-ft of torque should keep you entertained for a while but it’s good to know that there is more power available when you’re ready.

Mercedes-Benz New Direct Injection V6 and V8 Engines


This a good overview of how our new line of direct injection engines will increase fuel efficiency and performance.

2011 ML350 Arrived at Atlanta Classic Cars!

My first 2011 Ml350 arrived yesterday and I wanted to see the small changes for myself.

The Lighting Package isn’t new but I rarely see it on the lot. The LED Running Lights are the best indication that this car has it.

2011 Mercedes ML350

Here are the new Side View Mirrors – more like the sedans with the directional LED flashers and smaller mounting area for better visibility.

2011 Mercedes ML350 backup camera

Here  is an image from the Rear View Camera. It has been reprogrammed to have less of a “fish-eye” effect.

2011 Mercedes ML350 Power Lifegate

No change to the function but the button for the Power Rear Tailgate now makes it clear that the button will also stop the tailgate in any position.

That’s it. The 2011 ML350 is just about identical to the 2010.

2011 Mercedes-Benz Pricing and Release Dates

Here are the current estimated pricing and release dates for the 2011 Mercedes-Benz models. As always, this information is subject to change and change without notice!

Model  Retail Release  Pricing 
C-Class   
C300 SPORT/LUXURY  July/August  $33,990/$35,900 
C300 SPORT/LUXURY 4MATIC  July/August  $37,490/$37,900 
C350 SPORT  July/August  $39,990
C63 AMG  July/August  $58,200
CL-Class   
CL550 4MATIC  November  TBA
CL600  November  TBA
CL63 AMG  November  TBA
CL65 AMG  November  TBA
CLS-Class  
CLS550  July  $74,000
CLS63 AMG  July  $99,050
 E-Class Sedan  
 E350 BlueTEC SPORT/LUXURY    July/August    $50,900  
 E350 SPORT/LUXURY    July/August    $49,400  
 E350 4MATIC SPORT/LUXURY    July/August    $51,900  
 E550 SPORT/LUXURY    July/August    $57,100  
 E550 4MATIC SPORT/LUXURY    July/August    $59,600  
 E63 AMG    July/August    $87,600  
 E-Class Wagon  
 E350 4MATIC WAGON SPORT/LUXURY    May 21, 2010    $56,200  
 E-Class Cabriolet  
 E350 CABRIOLET    May 10, 2010    $56,850  
 E550 CABRIOLET    May 10, 2010    $64,800  
 E-Class Coupe  
 E350 COUPE    July    $48,850  
 E550 COUPE    July    $55,450  
 G-Class  
 G550    October    $105,750  
 G55 AMG    October    $124,450  
 GL-Class 
 GL350 BlueTEC    August    $60,950  
 GL450 4MATIC    July    $61,950  
 GL550 4MATIC    August    $84,450  
 GLK-Class  
 GLK350 2WD    July    $35,500  
 GLK350 4MATIC    July    $37,500  
 M-Class  
 ML350 BlueTEC    August    $50,490  
 ML350 4MATIC    July    $48,990  
 ML350 2WD    July    $46,490  
 ML450 HYBRID 4MATIC    July    Lease Only  
 ML550 4MATIC    July    $57,590  
 ML63 AMG 4MATIC    July    $92,590  
 R-Class  
 R350 BlueTEC    August    $51,740  
 R350 4MATIC    August    $50,240  
 S-Class  
 S400 HYBRID    October/November    TBA 
 S550    October/November    TBA 
 S550 4MATIC    October/November    TBA 
 S600    October/November    TBA 
 S63 AMG    October/November    TBA 
 S65 AMG    October/November    TBA 
 SL-Class  
 SL550    February 16, 2010    $102,600  
 SL63 AMG    February 16, 2010    $139,050  
 SLK-Class  
 SLK300    July    $47,650  
 SLK350    July    $53,300  
 SLS AMG  
 SLS AMG    May 10, 2010    $183,000  
2011 Mercedes-Benz Vehicle Highlights

Here are some of the changes that are coming to the 2011 models.

C-Class

  • Sport sedans now feature LED Daytime Running Lamps and black headlamp inlays
  • Enhanced P1 package includes split folding rear seat and rear sunshade
  • Heated Seats removed from Premium 1 Package
  • New Lighting Package with Bi-Xenons and active curve illumination
  • New standard 17” wheel for C350 sport

CL-Class

  • Refresh! New bumpers, hood, fenders, grille, headlamps, and taillights
  • LED daytime running lights standard
  • Driver Assist Package updated with Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist
  • New standard 18” wheel
  • Magnetite Black exterior color added (black base with metallic flake)
  • Sahara Beige/Black interior color added

CLS-Class

  • Sport body styling, sport steering wheel and 18” AMG wheels now standard

E-Class

  • Bluetec arrives in late summer with 17” run-flats, sport or luxury
  • Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist added to Driver Assist Package in E350/E550 sedans
  • E63 gets alcantara headliner and stitched dash as standard
  • Diamond White available starting in October production
  • Wagon is standard with rear view camera and power liftgate
  • Coupe gets new 18” AMG wheel in Appearance Package
  • Cabriolet introduced with AIRCAP, AIRSCARF and trunk pass through

SUV Family

  • New Mirror Design
  • Blind Spot Assist Available (not on GLK)
  • New Rear View Monitor reduces fish-eye effect
  • Compass in rear view mirror – M/GL/R
  • Diamond White paint available in October (not GLK)
  • Barolo Red and Sand Beige discontinued (M/GL/R)

GL-Class

  • GL550 gets a facelift
  • New head restraints in 2nd and 3rd row
  • Passenger seat memory added to P1

GLK-Class

  • Driver Knee and front passenger airbags added as standard (9 total)
  • LED daytime running lamps in lighting package
  • Eco mode replaces Comfort mode
  • Pearl Beige paint replaces Sand Beige paint

G-Class

  • New wheel design
  • Night Black paint added (matte)
  • Tail lamp covers and turn signal covers deleted

M-Class

  • LED daytime running lamps with bi-xenon headlamps
  • ML63 gets new hood and headlights

R-Class

  • Refresh!
  • New from the A-pillar forward – fenders, grille, hood, bumpers, LEDs
  • New 19” wheel
  • New LED tail lamps
  • New Rear bumper
  • New seat design

S-Class

  • S63 gets all-new 5.5 litre direct injection bi-turbo V8
  • Contrast stitching with Premium and Exclusive upholstery
  • Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist added to Driver Assist Package
  • Optional Bang & Olufsen BeoSound surround-souns system with 15 speakers, 1200 watts and 16-channel digital signal processing
  • Magnetite Black exterior color added (black base with metallic flake)
  • Sahara Beige/Black interior color added

SLK-Class

  • Sport Body Cladding added as standard
  • Quartz Blue paint added
  • No SLK55 AMG