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The first of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Classes have arrived at the dealership. They are nearly identical to the 2013 models…but there are a couple of additions. The heated/cooled cupholders are part of the Premium 1 Package on the GL350/GL450 and standard on the GL550. I had seen this option few times in the past but never with the additional blue for cool and red for heat lighting scheme! It would look even more amazing at night with a clear container of liquid being cooled. Someone send me a picture…we can’t keep a GL on the lot long enough to take a picture at night!
I have been using the 2011 M-Class cargo tray in the back of GL-Class vehicles with the third row seat folded flat. It turns out that Mercedes-Benz just released a better solution…the Cargo Tray for the GL-Class! This tray is perfectly molded to every contour of the cargo area and has small doors to allow access to the tie downs.
Atlanta Classic Cars installed our first Illuminated Star on a 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 today! I was worried it would be a little too flashy but it is well done and fairly subtle. It really does add a WOW factor the the vehicle! It was hard to take good pictures in the daytime but I did want to show how the housing for the bulbs is a full star and circle behind the chrome emblem.
In April Mercedes-Benz will be launching the new Drive Kit Plus for the iPhone in the US market. It was introduced in Europe late last year in the A-Class. This system allows you to connect your iPhone to your Mercedes-Benz for a lot more than just phone calls and music!
This website has lots of details and demos about the features!
MSRP is expected to be under $1000 installed. Part numbers are not yet available.
The latest update for our NTG 2.5 COMAND system has been released. The release date is January 18, 2013 and the part number is BQ 646 0302.
This update is done through the service department by uploading a new software version from a disk. As much as 20% of the information on these maps can change from year to year so if you haven’t updated in a while you might see a big change!
This update is for:
Call you local service department to schedule an appoitnment!
Mercedes-Benz does not currently have a cargo tray available for the 2013 GL-Class that works with the third row seat folded flat. I have found that the cargo tray for the 2006-2011 M-Class fits perfectly side to side and leaves just a small gap behind the second row seats. Don’t get the mat for the 2012 or newer M-Class…it is much too wide. Contact your local parts department to order.
This video is on the Mercedes-Benz Accessories YouTube Channel…no word yet on price or availability of this item.
There are lots of ways to customize your Mercedes-Benz! These Sport Tail Lamps with clear lenses recently became available and we installed them in a 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. I parked a standard tail light car next to it for comparison. The clear lenses give it a very custom, European look in my opinion. I bet it would look very dramatic on a black car!
If you are interested in swaping your lights the part number is A2129061658 and the cost should be about $770 plus labor.
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One of the salespeople got his Lighting Adaptor for the iPhone 5 today so we tested it with the Mercedes-Benz iPod/MP3 Interface Cable in an E-Class. It works! The adaptor is the little white square in thepicture above. It charges the phone, it plays the music, no problems. Here is the link to your $30 solution.