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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!
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!
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.
“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.”
“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.“
“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.”
“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?
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!
“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.”
I was hunting for a car on the lot the other day and I noticed that we have quite a collection of interiors! I’m going to let these speak for themselves. Hover over the picture for the color name and click to enlarge! Check out the Mercedes-Benz designo page for more info on those exclusive leathers.
Here are some pictures of a 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 that just arrived for a client. This is the first car we have received in Anthracite Blue and I wanted to try to get some pictures for future reference. As always, color is hard to capture so I parked it next to an Indigo Blue E350 Bluetec and a Lunar Blue E350. I’m not sure it helped!
At first glance it looks Steel Grey to me. In the right light, if you are looking for it, you can see the blue.
This car also features the Deep Sea Blue designo Interior which is stunning!
That is my best attempt to capture this new color. If you are considering it I would recommend you like Steel Grey and then picture it a little blue.
Mercedes-Benz is famous for safety and technology. We have been innovating the automobile since we invented it more than 125 years ago! These days there are more Assist and -Tronic features than ever before and it can get a little confusing. Here is short rundown on the common systems. You can visit the Mercedes-Benz Safety Page for some videos and more in depth explanations.
Attention Assist aka “the coffee cup” – Observes driver for initial 20 minutes of driving (over about 30 mph) and looks for changes that would indicate drowsiness. Beeps and flashes a big coffee cup to alert when there is an issue. No intervention in driving. Newer models do not display the coffee cup icon full time.
Collision Prevention Assist (CPA) – A radar on the front of the vehicle looks for impending collisions and alerts by beeping if it sees a problem. It then does the math on necessary brake force to stop in time and primes the brakes and boosts braking power. This system cannot stop the car or slow the car without driver action. Standard on most 2014 models.
Blind Spot Assist – Uses radar in the rear of the car to look for vehicles in your blind spot. Yellow triangle in mirror up to about 20 mph indicates system is on but not functioning yet. The triangle turns red when blind spot is occupied and flashes red and beeps if you engage the turn signal during a red triangle. Active Blind Spot Assist is the same but will intervene by braking the car or using electromechanical steering to pull you back into your lane.
Lane Keep Assist - Uses a camera behind the windshield to monitor the lane lines and vibrates the steering wheel if you inadvertently cross the lane line. Will not alert you if you have the turn signal on or the steering angle is severe. Newer cars have more and less sensitive settings available. Active Lane Keep Assist is the same but will intervene by braking the car or using electromechanical steering to pull you back into your lane.
Distronic – Radar adaptive cruise control that keeps you a comfortable distance from the vehicle in front of you. Now functions down to 0 miles per hour. If engaged it can use 100% of the vehicle braking power to prevent an accident. Follow distance is adjustable.
Steering Assist – This system engages over 40 mph and uses the stereo cameras and electromechanical steering to keep the car centered in a lane or behind the vehicle in front. Will only operate for a few seconds if the driver removes their hands from the wheel…but we know they can drive themselves!
PRE-SAFE – If the car senses and impending collision it takes action to protect the passengers. It can cinch the seatbelts, adjust the passenger seat to a more favorable position, close windows and more to reduce injury. If no accident occurs the actions are reversed.
Pre-Safe Plus with Rear-Collision Protection – Looks behind the vehicle for an impending collision and actives Pre-Safe features as well as using the brakes to hold the car in place rather than being pushed into another vehicle or traffic.
Pre-Safe Brake with Pedestrian Recognition aka the soccer ball thing – If the vehicle sees a pedestrian it can automatically engage the brakes while alerting the driver with beeps.
BAS Plus with Cross-Traffic Assist – Uses the stereo cameras to look for cross traffic and can boost braking power when necessary.
Some of these features are standard, some are optional and some are only available on select models at this time. But, just like airbags that we patented in 1971, all of these safety features will probably become standard on every vehicle in the world eventually!
I grew up in E-Class wagons. We called them the “cool bus” and fought like crazy over the way back. I’ve always thought it was a shame that wagons are not more popular in the US. There are however a few devotees out there!
For example, Greg from Texas, contacted me before he ordered the beautiful Indigo Blue E350 pictured above. He was going all out with the features and an unseen color combination. I advised him to hold out for exactly what he wanted rather than settling for what was available on the lot and he is very happy with the result. You can read his very detailed options summary on the MB World Forums.
Autoweek also tested the 2014 E350 wagon recently and said things like “Thirty-something years later, this remains darn near the perfect car. The single car one would need for 99 percent of life’s needs.” You can read the full article at Autoweek online. I can hardly wait to see one in Cardinal red!
And what better testimonial than a guy who does a lot of miles over a very short period of time!
Call me! Let’s order a wagon!
“The truth is that while there is a price premium (roughly $5,300 on average) associated with the initial purchase cost of diesel vehicles, they typically get 30% better gas mileage and flaunt superior torque numbers and reliability ratings. The automotive analysis firm Vincentric estimates that driving a diesel car will save $2,117 in fuel costs over one year assuming annual rate of 15,000 miles.”
“But the purchase of something special, like the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 Diesel, is financially justifiable based on the total cost of ownership: the GL350 Diesel costs $8,315 less to own than its GL350 cousin.” (I think they mean GL450 cousin)
Read the full article online at Forbes.com
This is a very long and detailed comparison test of the 2014 BMW M5 Competition and the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-Model. Guess who wins…
Mike really loved his 2005 Mercedes-Benz E320 CDI that he bought as a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle in 2007…
It was a fantastic vehicle for his long commute and frequent travel. In the 6 years he owned it he put on about 210,000 miles and really enjoyed the fuel economy. In fact, over the last 40,000 miles he was averaging almost 33 mpg in mixed driving! That is excellent considering the car was rated at 23 City and 33 Highway by the EPA.
But, it was time to make a change and the all-new 2014 E250 Bluetec was calling his name! Now, this one is rated at 28 City and 45 Highway by the EPA. I can hardly wait to see what he gets in the real world!
Here’s to another quarter of a million miles! Thanks Mike!