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“…all staffers who drove it made note not only of the car’s amazing return on the gallon but also how much they enjoyed the performance along the way.”
“If you need further proof that a turbodiesel is the ideal powerplant for a big luxury car, look no further than the E350 Bluetec”
“Still, one might question whether that real-world mpg is good enough to eclipse a $1,200 price premium and, arguably, the incrementally higher maintenance fees associated with keeping the diesel-combustion process relatively clean…If you consistently achieved as high an average as we did during our time in the diesel E-class, the break-even point shrinks to just 3.2 years.”
“When two tons of luxury sedan can get more than 30 mpg indicated in mixed driving with no extension cords, weird clunks or CVTs needed,” one editor explained, “I have to ask why so many manufacturers (and so many Americans) are wedded to the idea of hybrid/electric propulsion.”
Read the full review at Autoweek.com.
The second generation 2013 GL-Class is scheduled to arrive in the US in September. I am really excited about the new exterior and interior, the improved fuel economy and some of the new options! Everything is preliminary at the point and subject to change but here is what we know so far!
New Standard features:
The interior of the new GL-Class is a big improvement. It looks plush and luxurious! The MB-Tex interiors are now perforated for comfort but still do not allow for Ventilated Seats. The Leather and designo interiors are not perforated unless Ventilated seats are ordered. The designo interiors are STUNNING! I am very impressed!
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Premium1 Package: GL350/GL450 $3500, GL550 Standard
Premium 2 Package: GL350/GL450 $5850, GL550 Standard
Lighting Package: GL350/GL450 $1290, GL550 Standard
Appearance Package: GL450 only $1340
On/Off Road Package: GL450/GL550 $2850
Active Curve System: All $3950 (Limited Availability)
3-Zone Automatic Climate Contol: GL350/GL450 $1450, GL550 Standard
Lane Tracking Package: GL350/GL450 $850, GL550 Standard
Driver Assistance Package: GL350/GL450 $2950, GL550 $2100
Parking Assist Package: GL350/GL450 $1290, GL550 $320 – Delayed Availability on All
Parktronic with Active Park Assist – GL350/GL450 $970, GL550 Standard
Wood/Leather Steering Wheel – GL350/GL450 $590, GL550 Standard
Multi-contour driver/passenger seat with massage and comfort headrest – GL350/GL450 $1100, GL550 Standard
Heated/Ventilated front seats (requires leather) – GL350/GL450 $570, GL550 Standard
Panoramic Sunroof – GL350/GL450/GL550 $1090
Heated Steering Wheel – GL350/GL450/GL550 $225
Trailer Hitch (7500 lbs) – GL350/GL450/GL550 $550
20″ Twin 5-spoke wheel – GL350 Only – $750
Power Easy-Entry 2nd row (delayed) – GL350/GL450/GL550 $400
Illuminated Running Boards – GL350/GL450 $670, GL550 Standard
Rear Seat Entertainment – GL350/GL450/GL550 $1970
Rear Heated Seats – GL350/GL450/GL550 $620
Keyless-Go – GL350/GL450 $650, GL550 Standard
Special Order Options:
Adamptive Damping System – GL350/GL450 $800, GL550 Standard
2nd Row Seat Pass-through – GL350/GL450/GL550 $160
Rear Sunshades – GL350/GL450/GL550 $380
Night View Assist Plus (requires lighting package) – GL350/GL450/GL550 $1780
Bang & Olufson Sound System – GL350/GL450/GL550 $6400
MB-Tex wrapped lower dash – GL350/GL450/GL550 $300
Black headliner (only for black MB tex and leather) – $0
The first GL450s and GL550s have been scheduled for production. Order now to make sure you get the options and colors you want! The vehicles should arrive in early September.
This concept vehicle from Mercedes-Benz hints and upcoming designs and technology. This vehicle is about the size of a C-Class with the swooping looks of a CLS-Class. It could be a research vehicle or it could be the first showing of a new niche that Mercedes-Benz will be entering. Either way, it is facinating!
Here it is! The 2013 SL550 was in my showroom today for a training class! It looks beautiful in person. The interior is even more luxurious and comfortable. There are tons of little features and touches that make it the perfect roadster! We are expecting it to arrive in showrooms in just a few weeks. Don’t forget, if you want one of the special Launch Edition vehciles you’ll need to reserve one soon!
This new 2013 SL550 actually has more torque and the same zero to 60 time as the 2012 SL63 AMG!
Nico Roseberg won the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend for Mercedes AMG Petronas! Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton finished 2nd and 3rd respectively for McLaren Mercedes Formula 1! That is three Mercedes-Benz engines in the top three spots! It was a thrilling race with lots of passing and 2nd through 10th place finishing within 20 seconds of each other!
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is scheduled to arrive in July. While the 2012 model was the major refresh, there are some differences for 2013. Since most of the options and packages are the same, I am focusing on the differences in this post. As always, info can change before launch and there will be small differences from the European Spec images here.
Sport Package (code 956) Sedan and C350 Coupe – $2300
Sport Package PLUS – C250 Coupe Only – $2800
Driver Assistance Package - Sedan Only – $2950
Dymanic Handling Package – C250/C350 Sedan and Coupe $1530
Becker Map Pilot – For Sedan and Coupe with Audio 20 Head Unit (small radio) – $800
Special thanks to Mike for getting me the Sport Package pictures a few days early!
The new smart, 2013 SL65 AMG, refreshed 2013 GLK-Class and the all new 2013 GL-Class were shown at the NYIAS this week!