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2019 vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 Comparison Video

The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class was introduced in 2016 as a replacement for the outgoing GLK-Class. It has been an incredibly popular SUV for us! It is not too big, not too small and feels very luxurious. The styling has been less polarizing than the more square GLK. Compared to other vehicles at this price point it seems more spacious, more elegant and much smoother. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 has arrived with a mid-cycle refresh. These are just a few changes to the current body style to keep it fresh and modern. It should stay just about the same until it is due for a complete redesign in 2022 or so.

I found a 2019 to park next to it to visually demonstrate the differences. It’s easy to read the list of changed but it doesn’t really come together for me until I can see them together. I think a few people will notice the updated exterior elements but the deciding factor will be the technology on the inside. Take a look at the head lamps and grille shape to see the exterior changes. On the inside we have updated to the new MBUX system with Hey Mercedes voice control and the touch screen.

  • Smartphone Integration (Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto) becomes standard
  • New M264 2.0L Inline-4 Turbocharged Engine with power output increase +14hp to 255 hp
  • LED Headlamps & Taillamps become standard 
  • Updated steering wheel w/ haptic feedback touchpads and cruise control buttons 
  • Next-Generation Infotainment System “MBUX” now standard incl. “Hey Mercedes” 
  • New key design 
  • SD-Card Pre-Wiring removed from standard equipment 
  • 10.25” Center Touchscreen now available and is standard 
  • Blind Spot Assist (234) now standard

In other SUV news, the Mercedes-Benz GLB is due late this year. This will be bigger than the GLA, smaller than the GLC and have a third row option. From the images I have seen it is also a little more square than any of our other offerings. If you really loved the old GLK, the GLB might be the SUV for you!

Comparing the 2019 and 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Roadsters!

The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT has arrived and there are a few differences between the years. I made a quick video and took some still photos so you will be able to spot them easily. I’m ready to impress someone with how quickly I can tell them apart. I hope you get the same opportunity!

2020 AMG GT Roadster

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT is on the left and the 2020 is on the right. Both of these vehicles are Selenite Grey with the Pepper Red leather. From the exterior you can spot the headlights, taillights and exhaust. The headlights have a different shape to the LED element. The 2020 has more of a C shaped highlight. The taillights are a slightly different shade. The 2020 AMG GT has the double round exhaust tips as compared to the trapezoidal tips on the 2019. (The GTC gets a double trapezoid and the GTR has a large center exhaust.) The AMG Performance Exhaust is now standard on all models. It has previously been optional on the GT.

2020 AMG GT exhaust

On the inside you’ll notice the screens, buttons and keyless start button are all different. The analog instrument cluster has been replaced with a 12.3″ digital screen. The center screen is now 10.25″. The biggest different to me is that the 2019 has the round dials on the center V8 cluster and the 2020 has the new haptic touch screens. The steering wheel in the 2020 now has the Drive Unit pods, touchpads and more silver trim.

2019 GT Roadster

2019 GT Roadster

2020 AMG GT Roadster

2020 AMG GT Roadster

There you go! The 2020 GT was updated just slightly to have the latest and greatest technology. You can now identify it from the front, back and interior! Also for 2020 the GT S was eliminated. The GT R roadster and the GT Pro were added. Got it?

  • GT – coupe and roadster
  • GT C – coupe and roadster
  • GT R – coupe and roadster
  • GT Pro – coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE350 and GLE450 with Third Row Seating

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is a complete redesign and is due to arrive in the showroom this week! This has been a highly anticipated redesign for us. I was lucky to get to go to a pre-release training in Jacksonville last week and this video is from that training. I spent the day with our trainers learning the new MBUX technology as well as an hour driving the GLE450 on the road. It is quieter, more luxurious and very advanced technologically!

My first impressions are that it is an evolution, not a revolution on the outside. The headlights and taillights are modern, mirroring the new A-Class and CLS-Class. The vehicle is 4.5″ longer, including 3″ on the wheelbase. This give the second row passengers quite a bit of leg room. The interior is where the major upgrades have occurred. The new dashboard layout is beautiful and gives it an entirely fresh appearance. The MBUX system (which is Mercedes speak for the nav/radio/Bluetooth/voice systems) in intuitive and very cool!

There are two models for the 2020 Model Year. The GLE350 4matic with a 4-cylinder engine and a GLE450 4matic with the inline-6 will both be available at launch. A 2WD GLE350 will be available later. There will be no AMG variants for the 2020 model year but I am sure they will turn up for 2021. No word on 43/53/63 availability.

Pricing will be similar to GLEs from previous model years. We have been playing around with different combinations and I am getting GLE350s in the $59-$62,000 range and GLE450s in the $68-$75,000 range. Of course there are outliers! Wait until you see my $95,000 GLE450 with every option!

This GLE is also a very good preview for the redesigned GLS-Class that we expect to see before the end of 2019. Having a third row option in the GLE will be nice but it will not replace the utility of the full size GLS and the additional space that allows.

The video is just a quick sneak peak with more coming soon!

Compare the 4-Door Coupes: 2019 GT63S and the CLS450!

I just happened to have these two cars on the lot at the same time and felt like they deserved to be seen together. I often can’t tell the size or scale of a vehicle when it is featured by itself. Also, having two 4-Door coupes in our line-up is bound to confuse the issue so let’s put them together and see how different they really are!

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT63S is the Performance Car. This is a 630 horsepower monster with a 3/1 second 0-60 estimate. It is also quite a looker! This particular car features the carbon ceramic brakes, race seats and 21″ cross-spoke wheels. The vehicle will be available in the GT53, GT63 and GT63S variants. It will be a direct competitor to the Porsche Panamera and I think it will be bringing a lot of traffic to the showroom!

The 2019 CLS-Class is an evolution of the 4-Door coupe we pioneered with the original CLS in 2006. The CLS460 is an Inline 6 cylinder with EQ boost and there will also be a CLS53 AMG. This car is more of the comfort car of the two. It is a little cushier, the cockpit is a little more open and it is tuned to be a little smoother.

I think they look very different in person. The GT63 looks beefy. The fastback design is very attractive and the hood is both wide and tall. The CLS is actually a touch more conservative which is not a normal thing to say about the CLS! I compared it to an E-Class in a previous video and it looked quite aggressive. Parked side-by-side they look like family, but definitely different.

Both cars are expected to arrive in the US “4th Quarter.” That is a vague amount of time that indicates they hope to get them out before the end of the year. I hope it is soon!

We Got a Used X6 and GLE450 in the Same Color on the Same Day!

The BMW X6 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class coupe are clearly competitors. They are niche vehicles and generally fill the “I want an SUV but I don’t want it to look like a kid-taxi” space. We happened to get a set of similar cars on the same day and I couldn’t resist filming them together.

These are both pre-owned cars so they do not have the latest styling, tech or engines. However, as a side-by-side comparison I think they work!

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster at Atlanta Classic Cars!

*I misspoke in the video at one point. The GT R is only a coupe.

The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster came by for training today! This car is just beautiful. The proportions are perfect, the colors are exactly what I would pick for myself and it sounds as good as it looks! Unfortunately, this one is just visiting. We are lucky to have had two AMG training sessions this month alone!

So, what is a GT C? We have looked at the GT and GT S before. You certainly can’t have missed the GT R! The Beast of the Green Hell has been everywhere lately! The GT line-up now includes coupes and roadsters with various levels of power and appearance. The visual clues are easiest to see in the fenders and trim elements.

There are currently four versions of the GT available:

  • GT coupe and roadster – 469 hp and 465 lb/ft of torque. $112,000/$124,400
  • GT S coupe – adds power – 515 hp and 494 lb/ft of torque. $132,400
  • GT C coupe and roadster – adds power, wide body rear, rear-axle Steering – 550 hp and 502 lb/ft of torque. $145,000/$157,000
  • GT R coupe – adds power, wide body front, carbon fiber body work – 577 hp and 516 lb/ft of torque. $157,000

There is certainly no bad GT in the group! The deciding factors for most people would be looks or power. All four versions have hand-built one man, one engine V8s from Affalterbach. All four now feature the Panamericana grille. The roadster versions are power folding soft tops.

  • So, you want to drive it every day, put the top down but don’t need all that power =  GT roadster for you!
  • You like a weekend monster that the valet will park up front: GT R for you! (Magno matte green Hell of course!)
  • Daily driver with a kick: GT S coupe

See? It’s kind of a fun game to match your GT to your situation! I am sure there will be someone who daily drives the GT R but gernally that’s not how this game is played.

2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 Refresh at Atlanta Classic Cars!

Our MBUSA trainer stopped by to show us the 2018 Mercedes-AMG S63! The 2018 S-Class is what we call a mid-cycle refresh. The sheet metal is the same but there have been tweaks to the bumpers, lights, wheels, technology and engines. This refresh should last for three more years. The S-Class is generally on a seven year body style cycle.

On the exterior of the vehicle the headlights and taillights are the most noticeable changes. The new Multibeam headlights feature a three eyebrow look that is very striking. They are also ultra-wide for better road coverage. The taillights feature the same crystal effect as the E-Class and GLC-Class.

Inside the S-Class, the steering wheel is an obvious change. It is now a 3-spoke wheel with touchpads and new style buttons. On the left side of the wheel there are cruise control buttons and on the right there are voice and radio controls. There are also some new ambient lighting colors and leather choices. The COMAND system has been upgraded to version NTG 5.5. This is the same as the 2018 E-Class with a few functional differences. I will admit that it has taken some time to get used to the new system but the more cars it is in, the more practice I get and the more I like it.

Under the hood every S-Class has something new. The S450, now available, is the first V6 we have had in years! With 362 horsepower and 369 lb/ft of torque it should be perfect for those who want all of the luxury but do not need all of the power. The S560 features the V8 biturbo with 463 horsepower and 516 lb/ft of torque. 0-60 is estimated at 4.5 seconds which is amazing for a vehicle of this size. The new S63 is now 603 horsepower and 664 lb/ft of torque. It is silky smooth and blindingly fast!

The first of these refreshed models should be arriving shortly!

Mercedes-Benz E300 Parking Pilot Demonstration Video

My friend Ben Wayne came by the other day to film Parking Pilot in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300.

Active Parking Assist helps you size up parallel-parking spaces as you drive by, using sensors in the bumper to determine if a spot can fit your car.  It then expertly steers the car into the space while you control the brakes and gear selection.  In any low-speed maneuver, PARKTRONIC’s ultrasonic sensors in the front and rear bumpers help detect nearby objects within the system’s field of view.  Audible signals and illuminated displays in the cabin help you navigate tight spaces with confidence.

The system is able to scan for adequate parking spaces at speeds below 22 mph.

Certain vehicles also have the ability to steer the vehicle out of the parking space.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 Facelift!

GLA250 new bumpers

Our first 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLAs have arrived with a facelift! The changes from the 2017 model are not dramatic but they are obvious when you park them side-by-side.

The photo above features, from left to right, the 2018 GLA250 Ice edition, 2018 GLA250 non-sport, and a 2017 GLA250 from my loaner car fleet for comparison.

What’s New:

  • 8″ display screen standard, no Multimedia required
  • New Instrument Cluster design
  • Front and Rear Bumpers redesigned
  • New Wheel designs
  • Standard Rear View Camera
  • Sail Pattern trim replaces aluminum
  • Parking Assist Package Available
  • LED replaces bi-Xenon in headlamp upgrade
  • Handsfree access added to Premium 1
  • Android Auto available, in addition to Apply CarPlay
  • harmon/kardon moved to stand-alone option from Premium 1
  • New Paint: Canyon Beige (Goldish orange-y in pictures)
  • Ice Edition – 400 units – See video for details

GLA250 facelift

From the rear of the vehicle you can see that the nearest vehicle, 2018 GLA250 Ice Edition, has the AMG sportline exterior with additional bumper elements. It also has the night package with black accents on the wheels, roof rails, window trim and mirrors.

GLA led tail lights

The tail lamps on the Ice Edition are different from the other 2018 models as well but I cannot find any mention of that in the ordering guide. They are more rounded, darker and have the stardust effect like the 2017 E-Class. When a few more GLAs come in I should be able to tell if it is unique to the Ice Edition, the AMG sportline cars or some other item. If anyone knows, send me an e-mail!

I also made a video for comparison purposes. I think the white cars do a good job of showing differences. Please subscribe to my YouTube Channel if you like it!

This is the first facelift for the GLA, which was introduced in the US for 2015. It should stay like this for another three years and then will likely get a full redesign. I hope to see the first 2018 GLA45 soon!

US AMG Driving Academy at Road Atlanta!

Road Atlanta AMG GTS

The AMG Driving Academy was at Road Atlanta this week. I was able to attend the BASIC training and I am now a certified Race Car driver! Ok, that might be a stretch but I did improve my skills and get to see a lot of amazing AMG vehicles!

Mercedes AMG at the track

The day consists of training modules designed to improve your skills as well as lots seat time doing hot laps in a variety of AMG vehicles. There was a wet skid pad to improve oversteer and understeer reactions. The not-yet-released Mercedes-AMG E63 was used in an ABS stopping exercise that will really make you appreciate how well the cars stop. A small autocross course used the CLA45 for a timed lap.

C63 AMG

There was also a huge stable of AMG vehicles on display! The GT-R, GT C roadster and the GLC63 were all at the track, despite being weeks from a US release date. That was very exciting for me! It’s a track day and a car show!

GTR Hell Green

I was able to do hot laps around Road Atlanta in the GTS coupe, E63 sedan, C43 sedan, C63 coupe and the SL63. Top speed on the back stretch was just north of 120 mph, which felt fast until I rode with the professionals. I did a few taxi rides in the GTS and a very fast lap in the SLS black series and I know we were a little over 140 mph!

Driving Academy

The AMG Driving Academy Instructors are awesome! They are both very skilled and very patient with my lack of skill. They can coach you to be being a better driver while still keeping the race line and gong 120 mph!

The AMG Driving Academy still has 2017 dates remaining at Leguna Seca, Lime Rock Park and Circuit of the Americas. If you purchased an AMG vehicle in the last 12 months you are entitled to a free BASIC training session. I highly recommend you take advantage of this perk! If you are thinking about an AMG or are a motorsports enthusiast, this event is for you! It is an incredible amount of driving time in a lot of very expensive AMG vehicles.

 

FAQs:

  • What car do I drive?

All of them! In 8 hours I drove 10 different cars ranging from the 4-cylinder CLA45 up to the new 603 horsepower E63. You will rotate out of all of the vehicles for the skills sections and for track laps.

  • Can I drive my car?

No! And you don’t want to! Track conditions are hard on your brakes and tires. Use the ones that AMG provides and feel good that your car stays safe on the sidelines!

  • Is it worth it?

Uh, yeah. Even as a dealership employee I never get a chance to drive these cars the way they are meant to be driven. Experiencing the acceleration, braking, cornering and poise of the AMG vehicles can only be done on the track. The combined value of the vehicles and the instruction is a value at twice the price!

  • How do I sign up?

Website. New AMG owners provide their VIN to use the credit.

Next year, I’m thinking Advanced Class at COTA!

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