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Mercedes-Benz Plug-In Hybrids – Coming Soon!

Mercedes hybrid

Mercedes-Benz has been building hybrid vehicles for quite awhile. We have sold limited numbers of ML450 Hybrid and S400 Hybrids in the US. Recently Mercedes-Benz has announced that they will be adding to our Plug-In Hybrid choices!

Automotive News Article

““On average we will bring a new plug-in hybrid to market every four months,” said Johannes Reifenrath, head of product strategy and planning at Mercedes-Benz Cars.”

“The S 500 plug-in will offer the performance of a V-8 with the consumption of a four-cylinder engine, according to Mercedes. Additionally, it will give motorists the option to drive emissions free for up to 33 kilometers when its 8.7 kilowatt hour lithium iron-phosphate battery is fully charged, which takes anywhere between two to four hours.”

“Part of the savings from the S-class plug-in comes from its predictive energy management system that uses GPS data and radar sensors to calculate a route-based adaptive strategy for when to best drive electrically, use the combustion engine only, or both in combination.”

More choices is a good thing, right?

Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUV – Coming Soon?

Mercedes X6

This vehicle hit the Future Vehicles section at MBUSA.com recently:

  • 333-hp,  V6 gasoline Engine
  • 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive
  • 9G-TRONIC PLUS nine-speed automatic transmission with torque converter lock-up, twin-turbine damper with centrifugal pendulum and DIRECT SELECT gearshift
  • Dynamic Select Control with four different transmission modes
  • “Alu Beam” paint finish, reminiscent of the groundbreaking Silver Arrows of the 1930s and 1950s
  • Frameless side windows
  • Integrated, illuminated side sills
  • BAS PLUS and PRE-SAFE® Brake
  • 22-inch wheels

Some or all of this could make it into production next year. What do you think? I’m almost sure this is an answer to a question no one is asking but maybe I am mistaken! It looks great from this angle:

Mercedes X6 competitor

Mercedes-Benz GT AMG – Interior Pictures

Mercedes sports car

As you may have seen everywhere on the interent recently, Mercedes has released the first official interior pictures of the upcoming GT AMG! This will be the second vehicle that AMG has created from scratch. It is not a replacement for the SLS, it is the next in the series! We have no information on pricing, official exterior shots, release date or availablilty. I would say your best bet is to put down a deposit with your local dealer ASAP and then wait for your amazing vehicle to arrive!

Press Release Highlights:

The technological substance of the Mercedes-AMG GT underscores our high aspirations with regard to driving dynamics, agility and sportiness. Following the global success of the SLS AMG, the new GT is the second sports car developed fully independently by Mercedes-AMG. An initial exclusive look at the design of the interior shows what is in store for our customers: a GT sports car in its purest form.” -Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH

“The dashboard places an extreme emphasis on width, creating an impression of a powerful wing. This effect is supported by the four central spotlight-style vents and the individual vents at the left and right ends of the dashboard. The dominant centre console presents a correspondingly dynamic character: its shaping reminiscent of a NACA air intake and the employed materials suggest that it has been adopted directly from motor racing.”

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

Everyone Reviews the 2015 GLA45 AMG!

Silver GLA45

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG will arrive later this year and Mercedes-Benz invited journalists for a test drive this week. Here’s the first impression.

From Autoweek:

“In many ways, the AMG is a more pleasant everyday driver than the CLA45 AMG. The GLA delivers the same rousing performance, but offers a more comfortable ride, better for daily commuting.”

“…the transverse four-cylinder is most impressive from 4,500 rpm and up, where its character hardens and delivers explosive qualities on a planted throttle. It also sounds fantastic: a raspy growl under load and the occasional exhaust crackle.”

From Edmunds:

“We tried it on some rocky terrain and it happily traverses trails and loose gravel roads without feeling overly fragile or vulnerable. Whether you like it for its looks or its capabilities, the GLA fitted with the off-road package is uniquely appealing.”

“It adds more cargo space, a higher seating position for better visibility and even some rough road ability if you need it. Not bad considering it has the same footprint, similar styling and should likely deliver equivalent mileage numbers.”

GLA45 amg

Mercedes-Benz Minivan – Coming to the US?

Mercedes-Benz makes a lot of vehicles that don’t come to the US. Trucks, busses, tiny hatchbacks and a couple of vans. Now that Sprinter is in the US and doing well there may be more vans on the way!

Here is an intro to the V-Class that is arriving in Europe this spring. Car and Driver online

Will it come to the US? I hope so! I love the M-Class and the GL-Class but they just don’t work for families with lots of car seats or a big carpool to run. This would certainly fill a niche!

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Revealed!

2015 Mercedes C-Class

Mercedes-Benz has just released official pictures and some details about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The vehicle is expected to launch in the US in Fall of 2014. You can visit MBUSA.com or the MBUSA Facebook page for all of the details.

What do you think? I can see so much S-Class in there!

Key Highlights

  • All-new design, including Sport and Luxury trims with unique exterior and interior styling
  • More powerful engines: 235-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 and 329-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6
  • 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive
  • All-new suspensions delivering greater response and ride comfort
  • Available AIRMATIC air suspension with selectable and custom ride settings
  • Optional Sport Package with aggressive bodywork and lowered, sport-tuned suspension
  • All-new, roomier interior with an even higher degree of luxury and craftsmanship
  • Next-generation technology suite with touchpad interface, free-standing central display and mbrace2 connected car system
  • PRE-SAFE® anticipatory occupant protection system
  • ATTENTION ASSIST® driver-drowsiness monitor and COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS
  • Available “Intelligent Drive” safety and assistance technologies, including Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, and DISTRONIC PLUS adaptive cruise control with Steering Assist
Mercedes-Benz and the LA Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz brought a lot of exciting vehicles to the LA Auto Show this year! Check out the Mercedes-Benz Facebook page or Pinterest for lots of galleries.

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Interior Pictures!

C250 Interior 2015

Mercedes-Benz published some pictures of the 2015 C-Class interior this week. You can see a lot of CLA-Class in there and some S-Class! Visit the Mercedes-Benz Facebook Gallery for more pictures and some details!

2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedans Released, CLA-Class and S-Class Coming in September!

Mercedes C-Class

The 2014 C-Class sedans have been released for sale as of August 20, 2013. The vehicles that are waiting at the port should be shipping to the dealerships soon!

2014 Mercedes coupe

The 2014 CLA-Class and 2014 S-Class are currently scheduled to be released on September 20th 2013! That is just one month away!

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