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The 2017 E-Class Due This Summer

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the all-new 2017 E-Class. There are great pictures and details available in the Future Vehicles section at MBUSA.com.

  • Yes, the only engine at launch is the 4-cylinder with 241 horsepower and the same torque as the V6.
  • No, no pricing yet. Probably closer to the launch date.
  • Yes, it looks like a mixture of C-Class and S-Class with some new twists thrown in!
  • No, I haven’t seen it yet. My training is June 9th and that is likely the first time I’ll see it.
  • Yes, you can order one now.
Mercedes-Benz at the 2016 Atlanta Auto Show!

I went, I saw, I was impressed!

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Debut

Mercedes-Benz and Apple CarPlay Annoucement!

Apple CarPlay® is designed to allow the same clean, simple interface that users enjoy on their iPhone® to be also shown on their vehicle’s display.

Functionality of Apple CarPlay® includes:

  • Making and receiving calls (Phone)
  • Reading and dictating text messages (Messages)
  • Navigation to and from locations (Maps)
  • Music streaming (Beats 1, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Sticher, Rdio)
  • Podcast and audio book streaming (Audiobooks.com, Audible, MLB At Bat, CBS Radio News)
  • Use of Siri voice-control across the CarPlay® platform

CLA, GLA, B-Class from December 1 Production: Smartphone Integration Package $350 or Included with Multimedia Package

E-Class, CLS-Class from December 1 Production: Included with premium 1 Package

GLE-Class from January 8 Production: Included with premium 1 Package

Aircap Demonstration Video in the E-Class Cabriolet!

I filmed this yesterday driving up and down Meadow Church Road. Aircap really is a difference maker in the convertible experience.

Four Shades of Grey – Palladium vs. Selenite vs. Mountain vs. Steel

For 2016, Selenite Grey has been made available on many models and Palladium Silver has been discontinued. I was trying to describe this color as the New Palladium but the more I looked at it, the less Palladium it looked. So, I pulled together all of my greys and here is what I came up with!

From Left to Right: Palladium Silver S550, Selenite Grey E350, Mountain Grey CLA250 and Steel Grey C300

Selenite

I think Palladium is lighter and has more gold than Selenite.

Steel gray

If you compare the Steel C300 (closest) to the Mountain Grey CLA250, the Steel looks very blue and the Mountain looks a touch brown.

I think this is the best light/angle I captured to show the different colors.

I hope there is a color or paint expert out there that can tell me how to explain these! Until then it will remain light grey, medium grey and dark grey.

Happy New Year! It is 2016 in Mercedes-Benz World!

The first of the 2016 models have arrived at Atlanta Classic Cars and there are a lot more on the way! Now is the time to do your research, see what’s new and get in an order if you want to be the first one to have the latest and greatest!

The AMG GTS is here!

AMG GTS

The first 2016 E-Classes have arrived!

The 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 is on the showroom floor!

Atlanta Maybach

There are also a flurry of releases just on the horizon. Check out the Future Vehicles section at MBUSA.com for the best pictures and current information.

Don’t be that last to know about the C63 AMG, GLE-Class and coupe, SLC-Class and more!

2015 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S 4Matic with designo Amaretto Leather

E63 Atlanta

Mercedes-Benz generally offers 3-5 interior colors from which to choose. Your classic black, tan and grey with the occasional red or brown for variety. But, perhaps you have had all of those colors and are ready for something new, something unique, something you won’t see in every car. Well, then the designo program is for you! Give us a few extra weeks and we will hand-stitch your interior with some very special leather.

This 2015 E63 AMG S-Model was ordered for a client a few months ago with the designo Amaretto leather. I have not seen this color in person before and I would say that the color swatch does not quite convey what a vibrant color it is!

E63 orange leather

orange leather mercedes

E-Class designo

Please pardon my poor quality photos. It is raining and the customer is on the way to pick up the car so I had to make do with a couple of quick pictures. I do love the peek of something special through the back window!

E63 with orange leather

Automobile Magazine has a Mercedes-Benz Wagon Enthusiast on Staff!

Mercedes wagon

I am a wagon fan. Always have been. We had numerous Volvo wagons when I was a kid – always called The Brick – and the classic E-Class wagons – called the Cool Bus. There is something special about having a row of seats to yourself.

It turns out I am not the only fan! US sales of the E350 wagon have been increasing! As a nod to this small group of wagon enthusiasts, Automobile Magazine has recently published quite a few articles about the E350 wagon, the E63 AMG wagon and the non-US CLS-Class Shooting Brake. All of these articles were written by the same author, Marc Nordeloos.

From: Hot Euro Wagons: Jaguar XFR-S vs. Mercedes CLS63 AMG vs. Audi RS6

“The brilliance of the Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake is that it  offers nearly all of the comfort of the Audi while being far more special to drive quickly.”

“It’s important to remember that the CLS Shooting Brake is a four-door “coupe  wagon” and not a traditional station wagon. Still, if cargo capacity is not one  of your top priorities, the lovely design will far outweigh any of these  complaints.”

From: Interview: Mercedes-Benz Wagon Master Joe Stauble

“There is something special and unique about an E-Class Estate. Customers  recognize this, and it draws them to this product.”

“We have loyal customers who really appreciate the cargo capacity and the driving  dynamics over an SUV. I think there is definitely a niche that would warrant  future variants.

From: The Ultimate Winter Rides

“When you’re done being a rally star in your near-600 hp station wagon, slip the  transmission back into Comfort mode, set the suspension to the softest setting,  and click both the heated and massaging seat buttons. You’ll be hard pressed to  beat the comfort in an S-Class. Add a set of rubber winter mats, and it’s as if  the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG wagon was destined to effortlessly plug through  winter.”

From: Cars I’d Buy With My Own Money – Part 2 (the Over-$40,000 Edition)

“Of all the cars on the list, this is the one I actually do own.”

“There’s just something about a Mercedes that impresses when you live with it.  You don’t fully appreciate this during a brief test drive. I love the fact that  there are three rows of seating, allowing car-pooling without resorting to an  SUV. Plus, who doesn’t love a rear-facing third row seat?”

That’s it! The Rear Facing third row. I’ve obviously outgrown it but I have such fond memories of sitting back there getting big rigs to honk, making faces at other kids and road-tripping like a queen ensconced in a carriage!

So, Marc and I are clearly huge wagon fans…how about you?

2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-Model 4Matic Wagon – AutoWeek Review

E63 AMG S-model

I don’t think I have ever read such a positive review! As far as I know there is only ONE E63 AMG S-Model Wagon in Atlanta. You could join a very exclusive club!

Full AutoWeek Review Notes

“This 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-Model 4Matic Wagon is the rare six-figure car that  in my opinion is worth the money. Rare? In fact, at the moment, I can’t think of  another one.”

“I’ve driven far more expensive cars that didn’t offer the E63 AMG wagon’s level  of visceral engagement.”

“The E63 AMG wagon is an exclusive, attractive, high-performance family machine  that looks insanely badass and delivers on every front.”

“But its torque, power, traction and utility make the E63 one of the baddest creations available to well-heeled enthusiasts. Its existence alone makes me  wish I fit that description.”

“But this, this glorious, coddling, cosseting, bahn-burning, screaming machine.  Every moment with this Benz only reminds you how lucky you are. And that feeling  counts for a lot.”

“It’s sinister looking and will make you chuckle when you push the engine start  button and the engine barks to life with a thunderous exhaust note. Give the  right pedal a couple of jabs and the chuckles become laughs. The first  expressway acceleration run with the throttle pinned brings more laughs along  with amazement about what the car can do and that a company would actually build  something like this.”

E63 Silk Beige

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