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For Model Year 2016 Mercedes-Benz is renaming/reorganizing some of our models. If you think of the C/E/S as the building blocks and then the GL as a prefix for SUVs, SL as a prefix for roadsters and CL as a prefix for coupes, I think it makes sense!
My chart isn’t perfect. I left out the S-Coupe and E-Coupe that are staying the same. Also, the B-Class is a strange case and doesn’t fit here. It is a work in progress! We’ll get it eventually.
Next year Mercedes-Benz will be introducing the GLE-Class Coupe. What’s that, you say? Well, the GLE name means that it is the midsize SUV, currently known as the M-Class, and the coupe designation is like the 4-door coupe styling in the CLS-Class and the CLA-Class.
All of the details are now in the Future Vehicles Section at MBUSA.com. It is scheduled to arrive in the US in August of 2015.
The Paris Motor Show is happening now and Mercedes-Benz brought a great selection of new releases!
Visit the Paris Motor Show site for a good video of Dr. Z presenting the vehicles and do some Googling to see great pictures!
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!
““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?
This vehicle hit the Future Vehicles section at MBUSA.com recently:
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:
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.”
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.
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.
“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.”
“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.”
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!
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!