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2011 Mercedes-Benz Vehicle Highlights

Here are some of the changes that are coming to the 2011 models.

C-Class

  • Sport sedans now feature LED Daytime Running Lamps and black headlamp inlays
  • Enhanced P1 package includes split folding rear seat and rear sunshade
  • Heated Seats removed from Premium 1 Package
  • New Lighting Package with Bi-Xenons and active curve illumination
  • New standard 17” wheel for C350 sport

CL-Class

  • Refresh! New bumpers, hood, fenders, grille, headlamps, and taillights
  • LED daytime running lights standard
  • Driver Assist Package updated with Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist
  • New standard 18” wheel
  • Magnetite Black exterior color added (black base with metallic flake)
  • Sahara Beige/Black interior color added

CLS-Class

  • Sport body styling, sport steering wheel and 18” AMG wheels now standard

E-Class

  • Bluetec arrives in late summer with 17” run-flats, sport or luxury
  • Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist added to Driver Assist Package in E350/E550 sedans
  • E63 gets alcantara headliner and stitched dash as standard
  • Diamond White available starting in October production
  • Wagon is standard with rear view camera and power liftgate
  • Coupe gets new 18” AMG wheel in Appearance Package
  • Cabriolet introduced with AIRCAP, AIRSCARF and trunk pass through

SUV Family

  • New Mirror Design
  • Blind Spot Assist Available (not on GLK)
  • New Rear View Monitor reduces fish-eye effect
  • Compass in rear view mirror – M/GL/R
  • Diamond White paint available in October (not GLK)
  • Barolo Red and Sand Beige discontinued (M/GL/R)

GL-Class

  • GL550 gets a facelift
  • New head restraints in 2nd and 3rd row
  • Passenger seat memory added to P1

GLK-Class

  • Driver Knee and front passenger airbags added as standard (9 total)
  • LED daytime running lamps in lighting package
  • Eco mode replaces Comfort mode
  • Pearl Beige paint replaces Sand Beige paint

G-Class

  • New wheel design
  • Night Black paint added (matte)
  • Tail lamp covers and turn signal covers deleted

M-Class

  • LED daytime running lamps with bi-xenon headlamps
  • ML63 gets new hood and headlights

R-Class

  • Refresh!
  • New from the A-pillar forward – fenders, grille, hood, bumpers, LEDs
  • New 19” wheel
  • New LED tail lamps
  • New Rear bumper
  • New seat design

S-Class

  • S63 gets all-new 5.5 litre direct injection bi-turbo V8
  • Contrast stitching with Premium and Exclusive upholstery
  • Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist added to Driver Assist Package
  • Optional Bang & Olufsen BeoSound surround-souns system with 15 speakers, 1200 watts and 16-channel digital signal processing
  • Magnetite Black exterior color added (black base with metallic flake)
  • Sahara Beige/Black interior color added

SLK-Class

  • Sport Body Cladding added as standard
  • Quartz Blue paint added
  • No SLK55 AMG
Mercedes-Benz European Delivery News

Mercedes-Benz European Delivery is always a popular option for taking delivery of a new vehicle! There are so many benefits!

The European Delivery Program Spring Special Promotion has begun. For a limited time customers who take delivery between May 1 and June 30, 2010 will receive a 2nd night hotel accommodation, courtesy of Mercedes-Benz. There is also available 2-for-1 airfare from Lufthansa through the Mercedes-Benz travel department.

Model Year 2011 European Delivery Launch Dates:*

E350 & E550 Cabriolet   May 17, 2010

CLS and SLK-Class   June 21, 2010

C, GLK and E-Class   July 19, 2010

SL550, SL63 AMG   February 22, 2010

S-Class   November 15, 2010

*Launch dates are subject to change should there be a delay in the US retail release dates.

The European Delivery Program would like 90-120 days notice but there are ways to speed up the process! Please get in touch if you are interested in the program. You should also read my European Delivery customer testimonial to get another take on the benefits of this program.

Mercedes-Benz SPLITVIEW Introduced for S and CL

Mercedes S-Class SPLITVIEW

There has been rumor for months that the SPLITVIEW Front-Seat Entertainment system would be coming to the US market for the S and CL. It is official! It is now an orderable option. If you have an S or CL on order you may be able to add this option depending on its order status.

SPLITVIEW allows the driver and passenger to view two different sources on the same COMAND screen. The driver can control all of the normal COMAND functions like radio, navigation and phone while the passenger can use headphones and a remote to watch DVD video on the same screen!

State law prohibits this system on vehicles registered in AL, AZ, CO, IL, LA, MD, MA, NH, PA, VT, VA, WA, WV and WI. But we can have it in Georgia!

SPLITVIEW – Code 867 – $700 – Order now!

If you purchase a car with this option, your dealer’s service department will still need to activate it for you once you have acknowledged that you understand the legal requirements for using it in your state.

2010 Mercedes-Benz Pricing and Release Dates

The 2010 GLK, E sedan and E coupe are already here and the rest of the 2010 models will be arriving soon. Mercedes-Benz has just given us the official pricing and release dates.


Model
Release Date
Base Price
C300 Sport/Luxury
July
$33,600/$35,300
C300 Sport/Luxury – 4MATIC
July
$37,100/$37,300
C350 Sport
August
$39,750
C63 AMG
August
$57,350
CL550 4MATIC
August
$110,400
CL600
August
$154,400
CL63AMG
August
$145,200
CL65 AMG
August
$207,170
CLS550
September
$72,400
CLS63 AMG
September
$97,950
E350 BlueTEC
March 2010
TBA
E350 4MATIC Sport/Luxury
Late August
$51,100
E550 4MATIC Sport/Luxury
Late August
$58,800
GL350 BlueTEC
September
$59,950
GL450 4MATIC
July
$60,950
GL550 4MATIC
August
$82,850
ML350 BlueTEC
September
$49,700
ML350 4MATIC
July
$48,200
ML350 2WD
July
$45,700
ML450 HYBRID
December
TBA
ML550 4MATIC
August
$56,750
ML63 AMG 4MATIC
August
$91,050
R350 BlueTEC
September
$50,800
R350 4MATIC
September
$49,300
S400 HYBRID
August
$87,950
S550
August
$91,600
S550 4MATIC
August
$94,600
S600
August
$149,700
S63AMG
August
$133,550
S65 AMG
August
$201,150
SLK300
October
$46,900
SLK350
October
$51,900
SLK55 AMG
October
$66,650


For those of you who have been trying to decide between a 2009 and a 2010 this should help.

2010 Mercedes-Benz Model Year Changes CLS, CL, SL, GL, R, SLK, G

Most of these models have had some major upgrades in the last few years so they will only receive relatively minor changes for 2010.

New on the 2010 CLS:
P15 – AMG Wheel and Sound Enhancement Package
– 19″ AMG twin 5-spoke forged light alloy wheels
– AMG high-end surround sound system with 12 studio loudspeakers, ICEpower amplifiers and 705 watt output
New paint: Palladium Silver
Pewter Paint deleted

 2010 Mercedes CL-Class

New on the 2010 CL:
New Direct-steer system
Improved selection of Sport mode for transmission and suspension
New mirrors with arrow-shaped LED indicators
New paint: Palladium Silver
New multi-color ambient lighting
New Night View Assist PLUS with pedestrian detection
New Active Body Control (ABC) with crosswind stabilization
Advanced Tire Pressure Monitoring system
Rear view camera (P2 Package)
Standard Bluetooth – no adaptor required
Sport Package PLUS one
– Sport bodystyling (front and rear bumpers, side skirts)
– 20″ AMG 5-spoke wheels with all-season tires

New on the 2010 SL:
Standard Bluetooth – no adaptor required
Direct-steer system

New on the 2010 GL:
GL320 Bluetec renamed GL350 Bluetec
Palladium Silver Paint is in, Pewter is out
Ventilated front seats now available in GL450 with Appearance package
Redesigned seat materials with piping

New on the 2010 R:
R320 Bluetec renames R350 Bluetec
Palladium Silver Paint is in, Pewter is out
7-seat option removed from Premium 1 – now stand alone option

 Mercedes-Benz 2010 SLK-Class

New on the 2010 SLK:
New 17″ twin 5-spoke wheels for SLK300
Diamond White Edition SLK300 gets 18″ AMG two-tone wheels
New color: 230 Indigolith blue (really Mercedes? Indigolith?)

New on the 2010 G:
Bluetooth connectivity and voice control
Rear park assist
Stainless steel grille guard in chrome
New paint: Palladium Silver

PCMCIA Adaptor Available from Mercedes-Benz – S, CL, C, GLK

Mercedes-Benz PCMCIA adapter

If you have a PCMCIA slot in your vehicle (S-Class, CL-Class, C-Class, GLK-Class) you need a PCMCIA adaptor to play music from a memory card. You plug the PCMCIA adaptor into the slot, then you can insert a variety of memory cards into the adaptor to access your saved music or podcasts.

This adaptor has been a little hard to find for some of my clients. Luckily, Mercedes has come out with their own. Called the PCMCIA Multi-Card Reader, it is priced at $102 and the part number is 6-7-82-3974. You should be able to order one from your local parts department.

A quick Google search will come up with cheaper readers that are meant to do the same thing, but these are meant to work with laptops and aren’t guaranteed to work with your car like the Mercedes version is. Also, I haven’t personally tested the Mercedes adapter with the larger SDHC cards so it may not read those.

XM & Sirius Merge – Listen To Both In Your Mercedes

Owners of 2008 and newer Mercedes can now add “The Best of XM” to their existing account. However, some vehicles will require a trip to the shop for updated software.

If you have a 2008 or 2009 S/CL-Class or a 2009 SL/SLK/E/CLS/M/R/GL-Class with a Command head unit your software update should be available mid-October.

If you have a 2008 E/CLS/SLK-Class with a Command head unit the software update is currently being tested and they are hoping to have it available by the beginning of November.

All other 2008 and 2009 vehicles should receive “The Best of XM” without a software update.

My Take On The 2009 Mercedes Model Updates

Now that the 2009 vehicles have arrived, I have had a chance to spend some time with each of them and I have noticed some of the quirks that show up every year. These are little changes that aren’t really announced but can be a bit of a shock to those of us to take the accessories very seriously.

My Biggest Loss –
The US has a new law that requires all window roll UP functions to be controlled by a button that you have to hold in the UP position. So, that means that tunnel mode, where you hold DOWN the recirculate button and all of the windows close, is out. So is remote roll up, where you hold the lock button on the key DOWN, to roll up all the windows at once. This was a very convenient function on the lot when I am in and out of cars all day, trying to keep them cool. However, it is being slowly phased out so some cars still work this way and some don’t!

2009 ML, GL, R-Class

  • Love AC power plug in the rear cargo area! Part of the Premium 1 Package and a great addition!
  • The new Rear DVD system can now play 2 DVD’s at the same time – one can be loaded in the DVD slot in the front of the car and one in the backseat!

2009 DVD Player
  • The 4 GB Music Register can store music that you have loaded onto the SD card or burned to a CD or DVD. It cannot store commercially purchased CDs. This is exactly opposite of the C-Class music register. Strange.
  • ML & GL have bigger mirrors for 2009. This had been a complaint on the previous years.

Old & New Mirrors

2009 C-Class
  • Compass in the rearview mirror is a nice addition. (Premium 1)
  • Memory seats are absolutely perfect!
  • Mocha/Almond interior is quite different from Savannah/Cashmere. I like that the Mocha/Almond is more neutral/less basketball colored. Very pretty!
  • Music Register is upped to 6 GB.

C-Class Mocha Almond Interior

2009 S and CL-Class
  • Bluetooth adaptor can be ordered with the vehicle for $200 less than it can be purchased at the dealership.

2009 E-Class

  • No charge 321 Sport Package on the E350 Sport is an amazing value. Wheels, bumpers, shift paddles for $0! Last year it was more than $2000! I know because I bought one… Be sure to order the Pano roof. My car is a white sport package with the Pano roof and it’s hot!
  • New navigation system has Bluetooth built in. That’s another $525 savings.

If I find any more I’ll keep you posted!

2009 MSRP Pricing for Mercedes ML, GL, R, C, E, CL, S, SL & SLK

The 2009 MSRP’s have just been released! If you combine these numbers with the options pricing, you’ll know how much a 2009 will cost. I don’t see any dramatic changes from the 2008 MSRP’s. If you are ready to place your order please do let me know!


2009 C-Class
Release Date
MSRP
C300 SPORT/LUXURY
July 16
$32,100/$33,850
C300 SPORT/LUXURY 4MATIC
July 16
$35,400/$35,650
C350 SPORT
July 16
$38,200
C63 AMG
July 16
$55,100
2009 CL-Class
Release Date
MSRP
CL550 4MATIC
July 16
$105,100
CL600
July 16
$148,900
CL63 AMG
July 16
$139,700
CL65 AMG
July 16
$199,700
2009 CLK-Class
Release Date
MSRP
CLK350 COUPE
July 16
$46,800
CLK350 CABRIOLET
July 16
$54,800
CLK550 COUPE
July 16
$55,500
CLK550 CABRIOLET
July 16
$63,500
2009 CLS-Class
Release Date
MSRP
CLS550
May 15
$68,950
CLS63 AMG
May 15
$94,550
2009 E-Class
Release Date
MSRP
E320 BlueTEC
July 16
$52,900
E350 SPORT/LUXURY
July 16
$51,900/$51,900
E350 4MATIC SPORT/LUXURY
July 16
$53,400/$51,900
E350 WAGON 4MATIC
July 16
$55,950
E550
July 16
$60,400
E550 4MATIC
July 16
$61,900
E63 AMG
July 16
$86,000
E63 AMG WAGON
July 16
$86,800
2009 G-Class
Release Date
MSRP
G550 4MATIC
October 10
TBD
G55 AMG 4MATIC
October 10
TBD
2009 GL-Class
Release Date
MSRP
GL320 BlueTEC
October 01
$56,750
GL450 4MATIC
July 22
$57,750
GL550 4MATIC
July 22
$79,500
2009 M-Class
Release Date
MSRP
ML320 BlueTEC
October 01
$47,250
ML350 4MATIC
July 22
$45,750
ML550 4MATIC
July 22
$54,450
ML63 AMG 4MATIC
July 22
$88,350
2009 R-Class
Release Date
MSRP
R320 BlueTEC
October 01
$47,950
R350 4MATIC
July 22
$46,450
2009 S-Class
Release Date
MSRP
S550
July 16
$86,950
S550 4MATIC
July 16
$89,950
S600
July 16
$144,450
S63 AMG
July 16
$128,350
S65 AMG
July 16
$194,950
2009 SL-Class
Release Date
MSRP
SL550
April 28
$95,900
SL600
April 28
$136,100
SL63 AMG
April 28
$132,000
SL65 AMG
April 28
$190,700
2009 SLK-Class
Release Date
MSRP
SLK300
May 01
$44,950
SLK350
May 01
$49,950
SLK55 AMG
May 01
$64,300

2009 Mercedes-Benz CL550 – Options and Changes – 4MATIC!

Mercedes CL550 4Matic

The CL550 is changing just a little bit…When it is released this fall it will be the CL550 4matic! All of the CL550′s produced with carry the 4matic all-weel drive system as a standard feature. Adding only 154 pounds to the chassis, this feature should only improve the handling of this stunning coupe. MotorTrend has already had a chance to drive and review this new model.

Other notable changes include:
* Standard Heated & Ventilated Seats (Formerly in P1)
* Standard Keyless GO (Formerly in P1)
* AIRMATIC Suspension replaces Active Body Control

Option Packages
264 designo Mystic White Edition
- Black Exclusive Leather
- designo Black Lacquer
- designo Porcelain
- Alcantara Headliner Charcoal
- designo Wood/Leather Steering Wheel
266 Distronic Plus Package
- Parking Guidance
- Distronic Plus
- Blind Spot Assist
321 Sport Package
- (772) AMG Bodystyling
- (780) 19″ AMG Five-Spoke Alloy Wheel
P2: Premium II
- (218) Dynamic Rear View Monitor
- (432) Driving Dynamic Front Seats
- (610) Night View Assist TBD

Stand Alone Options
iPod Integration Kit
Heated Steering Wheel
Black Ash Wood Trim
19″ 9 Double Spoke Wheel TBD

Interior Colors
Black Exclusive Leather
Black Premium Leather
Savanna / Cashmere Premium Leather
Cognac/Black Premium Leather
Grey/Dark Grey Premuim Leather

Exterior Color Options
Black(040)
Majestic Black(112)*
Jade Green(300)*
Capri Blue(359)*
Flint Grey(368)
Titanium Grey(494)
Barolo Red(544)*
Arctic White(650)
Pewter(723)*
Iridium Silver(775)*

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