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Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class – SUV and Coupe

new Mercedes X6

For 2016 Mercedes-Benz will have two versions of the mid-sized SUV. The GLE-Class SUV and Coupe. Pictured above is the current ML-Class and the GLE-coupe. Similar size, but very different styling.

2016 GLE-Class SUV

This is a mid-cycle refresh to the current M-Class. There are upgrades to the interior and exterior but it will be very recognizable as the traditional SUV. It will be available in many variants: GLE300d, GLE350, GLE400, GLE550e, GLE63 AMG

2016 GLE-Class Coupe

This is a whole new version of the mid-size SUV. This GLE had coupe-like lines, AMG styling and is meant to stand out. The GLE-Coupe will only be available as the GLE450 AMG Sport and the GLE63 AMG.

Does that help? There seems to be a lot of confusion about why we are turning our ML into a coupe! We aren’t…there are two!

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 AMG Sport Coupe at Atlanta Classic Cars!

Mercedes X6 competitor

Here it is! The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class stopped by for a training class this week. It was my first opportunity to see the new coupe version of the soon to be refreshed M-Class (now GLE-Class).

Mercedes GLE X6And here it is next to the standard version of the 2015 M-Class. Quite a difference! Note the 22″ wheels on this particular model. 21″ is standard!

GLE-Class

GLE ML X6

I was not sure I was going to like this model as I DO NOT like similar SUV/Coupe models on the market now. However, now that I have seen it in person it is definitely growing on me! This car is bigger than the pictures make it seem. The rear end comes almost to my shoulder!

The interior is beautiful! It is a very sculpted and coupe-like cockpit with very elegant finishes. My trainer specifically pointed out that the matte finish wood reduces interior glare.

GLE350 GLE450 ML350 replacement

So, there you have it! have you been looking for a super powerful SUV? With coupe styling? And 22″ wheels? I’ll have it starting in August!

What’s a GLE? The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is coming!

The GLE-Class is replacing the M-Class for 2016. There will be both a “normal” version and the “coupe” version. Here is a good video featuring the “normal” version.

Mercedes-Benz GLE – Formerly Known as the M-Class

2015 Mercedes-Benz ML400 4Matic – Coming this August!

v6 mercedes ML

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz ML400 4Matic will be arriving in August as a replacement for the current ML550. This new model will be a bi-turbo V6 with a long list of standard features and have improved fuel economy over the current V8. The only V8 variant for the US will be the ML63 AMG which will be manufactured in very limited numbers for 2015.

  • Engine: M276 3.0L V6 biturbo with Direct Injection
  • 329 Horsepower and 354 lb-ft of Torque
  • Navigation map updates included for 3-years with COMAND with Navigation
  • No more 6-disc changer! – Single disc CD/DVD standard
  • Premium 1 and Lane Tracking Packages Standard
  • Keyless-GO, harman/kardon, Ambient Lighting Standard

2015 GL450 New V6 biturbo Engine – 362 Horsepower, 406 lb/ft Torque

I just received an update on the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL450 and the latest information says:

“New 3.0L V6 biturbo engine in GL450 – same hp, same torque, improved Fuel Economy!”

The current 2014 GL450 is listed at 362 horsepower and 406 lb/ft of torque. That is a heck of a V6!

So, is this the same engine that will be in the new ML400? No word yet…but it seems likely!

2015 Mercedes-Benz SUV Updates!

2015 ML, GL, G and GLA

Here is some 2015 Mercedes-Benz SUV info I just picked up:

GLA-Class

  • Dealer Ordering Info expected in April
  • Managed by the same team as the CLA-Class so expect similarities

GLK-Class

  • Model Year 2015 is the last year for the current body style
  • 10% of all GLK-Class sales in the US are the diesel variant

M-Class

  • ML250 bluetec replaces the ML350 bluetec in August
  • ML400 replaces the ML550 in August – Last Chance for the big V8!
  • ML400 is a bi-turbo V6 with great power and great fuel economy. Long list of standard features.
  • 15% of all M-Class sales in the US are the diesel variant

GL-Class

  • GL450 gets the bi-turbo V6 to replace the current V8
  • 21% of all GL-Class sales in the US are the diesel variant

G-Class

  • Jade Green added
  • G63 outsold the G550 55% to 45% in 2013
Mercedes-Benz in Alabama – AL.com Article

off-road mercedes

The Mercedes-Benz factory in Alabama is a marvel – A little bit of Germany right here in the southeast, assembling some of the best cars in the world! Here is a look behind the scenes with AL.com. There is a video, pictures and an interesting article.

They even made a joke:

“Mercedes’ Tuscaloosa County plant is having a major growth spurt right now, as it prepares to launch production of the C-Class sedan next year. But there won’t be any trips to the off-road test track for that model.

“You could go 70 percent downhill – once,” Grossmann joked. “Then it’s done.”

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2014 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class and IIHS Crash Test Video

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is the first to earn the IIHS Top Safety Pick+, including the new frontal-offset crash test!

Check out the calm in the cabin and the :30 mark compared to the mayhem that is happening to the car!

2014 Mercedes-Benz Model Pricing is Released – CLA-Class, C-Class, CL-Class, CLS-Class, E-Class, G-Class, GL-Class, GLK-Class, M-Class, SL-Class, SLK-Class and SLS AMG

Mercedes-Benz 2014 models

Pricing for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz models is out…for everything except the S-Class. Here you go!

CLA-Class

  • CLA250 – $29,900 - September/October release date
  • CLA250 4Matic – $31,900 – March 2014
  • CLA45 AMG – $47,450 – November

C-Class

  • C250 Sport Sedan - $35,800 – August
  • C250 Luxury Sedan – $36,250 – August
  • C250 Coupe – $38,200 – July
  • C300 4Matic Sport – $39,400 – August
  • C300 4Matic Luxury – $39,850 – August
  • C350 Sedan – $42,100 – August
  • C350 Coupe – $43,850 – July
  • C350 4matic Coupe – $45,850 – July
  • C63 AMG Sedan – $60,250 – August
  • C63 AMG Edition 507 Sedan – $70,000 - August
  • C63 AMG Coupe – $62,750 – July
  • C63 AMG Edition 507 Coupe – $72,500 – July

CL-Class

  • All release dates are August/September
  • CL550 4Matic – $116,600
  • CL600 – $162,000
  • CL63 AMG – $154,600
  • CL65 AMG – $215,500

CLS-Class

  • CLS550 – $72,100 – Out Now!
  • CLS550 4Matic – $74,600 – Out Now!
  • CLS63 AMG – $99,500 – August
  • CLS63 AMG S-Model – $106,500 – August

E-Class

  • E250 Bluetec – $51,400 – September
  • E250 Bluetec 4Matic – $53,900 – September
  • E400 Hybrid – $56,700 – Out Now!
  • E350 Sedan  – $51,900 – Out Now!
  • E350 4Matic Sedan – $54,400 – Out Now!
  • E350 Coupe – $52,200 – Out Now!
  • E350 Coupe 4matic – $54,700 – Out Now!
  • E350 Cabriolet – $60,200 – Out Now!
  • E350 4Matic wagon – $$58,600 – Out Now!
  • E550 4Matic Sedan – $61,400 – Out Now!
  • E550 Coupe – $59,000 – Out Now!
  • E550 Cabriolet – $67,300 – Out Now!
  • E63 AMG 4Matic Sedan – $92,770 - August
  • E63 AMG 4Matic S-Model Sedan – $99,770 – August
  • E63 AMG 4Matic S-Model Wagon – $102,370 – August

G-Class

  • G550 4Matic – $114,200 – October
  • G63 AMG 4Matic – $135,700 – October

GL-Class

  • All release dates are July
  • GL350 Bluetec - $63,000
  • GL450  - $64,550
  • GL550 – $89,000
  • GL63 AMG – $118,560

GLK-Class

  • GLK250 Bluetec 4Matic – $38,980 – August
  • GLK350 – $37,480 – July
  • GLK350 4Matic – $39,480 – July

M-Class

  • All release dates are July
  • ML350 Bluetec 4Matic – $51,790
  • ML350 2WD – $47,790
  • ML350 4Matic – $50,290
  • ML550 4Matic – $59,450
  • ML63 AMG 4Matic – $97,250

SL-Class

  • All release dates are August/September
  • SL550 – $106,700
  • SL63 AMG – $147,300
  • SL65 AMG – $214,500

SLK-Class

  • All release dates are July
  • SLK250 – $43,525
  • SLK350 – $56,225
  • SLK55 AMG – $68,925

SLS AMG

  • SLS AMG Coupe GT – $201,500 – July
  • SLS AMG Roadster GT – $208,000 – July
  • SLS AMG Black Series – $275,000 – August

 

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