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Topic: Future Models
2017 Model Year Arrivals!

S550 Cabriolet Atlanta

Quite a few of our 2017 models have arrived but there are still a few we are waiting for.

The first 2017 SLC and SL models with refreshed exteriors are here. I will try to get some side-by-side pictures soon!

Several of the SUV models have revised package structures for 2017. The vehicles themselves are the same but packages were renamed.

The C-coupe, S-Cabriolet and GLE43 are all doing quite well!

We are still waiting for the GLC-coupe, redesigned E-Wagon and the 17 C-Class and S-Class vehicles. Coming soon!

Mercedes-Benz at the 2016 Atlanta Auto Show!

I went, I saw, I was impressed!

Model Year 2017 is on the Way!

Future Models

Model year 2017 is going to be a great one! If you haven’t been cruising the Future Models Page at get over there and start planning! The S-Class Cabriolet is sure to have a wait list, the C-Class coupe is a knockout and the new GLS-Class is going to get me a million GL-Class trade-ins! Order early!

Self Driving Mercedes-Benz? Almost!

I am often asked when we will have “self-driving cars.” I say that we do! A Mercedes-Benz equipped with the Driver Assistance Package has just about all it needs to drive by itself. Yes, it still requires a little input from you but it can handle the hard stuff!

When I started with Mercedes-Benz in 2003 Distronic was a $3000 option that only worked at highway speed and could only keep you a set distance behind the car in front of you. Today the Driver Assistance Package costs just about the same and has a suite of features that sound like the future! Radar Adaptive cruise control that works to a complete stop, Steering Assist, Autonomous braking with Collision Prevention Assist and Cross Traffic Detection, and on and on!

F 015 Luxury in Motion from Mercedes-Benz

I have had a few questions about this vehicle recently. It is currently a concept car and is not scheduled to be produced. The concepts and technologies are being tested and shown as a demonstration of what could be…down the line. It looks like the future is a little early!

Model Year 2016 Mercedes-Benz New Nomenclature

Mercedes Nomenclature

Does this help?

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.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe

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 It is scheduled to arrive in the US in August of 2015.

  • 362-hp biturbo V6 engine
  • 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive
  • DYNAMIC SELECT multimode drive program
  • Intuitive head unit with 8-inch display screen
  • COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST with autonomous braking
  • Available DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist
  • Touchpad and safety equipment upgrades
  • Standard 21-inch wheels; optional 22-inch wheels
  • The Paris Motor Show

    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 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 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

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