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2012 Mercedes-Benz Vehicle Highlights, Release Dates and Pricing

It is an exctiting time for Mercedes-Benz! We have lots of new engines, technology and vehicles for the 2012 model year. Here is a quick rundown.

2012 C-Class Sedan – C350/C300/C63 August/C250 October

  • Facelifted – more than 2000 new parts!
  • C250 with 1.8L inline 4-cylinder direct injected, turbocharged engine with 201 horsepower
  • C350 with 3.5L direct injected V6 with 302 horsepower
  • New standard equipment including automatic transmission, rain sensing wipers, auto dimming mirrors, garage door opener, compass, HD radio, Bluetooth audio streaming, ATTENTION ASSIST amd adaptive brakes with HOLD function
  • New paint and upholstery options
  • Parktronic available
  • New Lane tracking Package
  • LED daytime running lights standard fro both sport and luxury models
  • Color instrument cluster
  • Media Interface relocated to center console
  • Updated version of 7-speed transmission which provides better fuel economy

2012 C-Class Coupe – C350/C63 September/C250 October

  • Same redesigned interior and improved standard features as the C-Class Sedan
  • Standard Panoramic Sunroof
  • Steering Wheel Shift Paddles
  • 10-way power driver seat with memory
  • Split folding rear seats
  • Unique wheel 

2012 CL-Class – August

  • New colors – Lunar Blue and Andorite Grey
  • New 19″ AMG triple 5-spoke wheel

2012 CLS-Class – CLS550/CLS63 June/ CLS550 4matic August

  • All-New bi-turbo engines with direct injection 402 or 518 hp
  • World’s first fully-active all LED headlamps
  • Electromechanical steering system
  • Standard sport body styling
  • Standard Navigation, Pemium sound and SiriusXM

2012 E-Class Sedan – October

  • New direct injected engines – V6 with 302 hp and V8 with 402 hp
  • New wheels and steering wheels for some models
  • Wood/Leather steering wheel now availabel for both sport and luxury models
  • New Lane Tracking package
  • LED running lights for both sport and luxury
  • Color instrument cluster
  • Media Interface relocated to center console
  • Updated version of 7-speed transmission which provides better fuel economy

2012 E-Class Wagon – October

  • The E63 AMG wagon is coming!

2012 E-Class Coupe – E350 July/E550 October

  • New direct injected engines – V6 with 302 hp and V8 with 402 hp
  • LED daytime running lights standard
  • New wheel for E350
  • New interior colors – Red/Black and Natural Beige/Black leathers
  • New Lane Tracking Package
  • Standard shift paddles
  • Color instrument cluster
  • Media Interface relocated to center console
  • Electromechanical steering on V8

2012 E-Class Cabriolet – E350 July/E550 October

  • New direct injected engines – V6 with 302 hp and V8 with 402 hp
  • LED daytime running lights standard
  • New wheel for E350
  • New interior colors – Red/Black and Natural Beige/Black leathers
  • New Lane Tracking Package
  • Standard shift paddles
  • Color instrument cluster
  • Media Interface relocated to center console
  • Electromechanical steering on V8
  • New Red soft top option

2012 GL-Class – GL450/GL 550 August/ GL350 October

  • Acoustic Signal when locking/unlocking
  • Improved Rearview camera software
  • New ESP off icon
  • New garage-door opener concept (multicolor LEDs)
  • New paint colors – Dakota Brown & Pearl Beige
  • New rear chrome trim for rear control panels

2012 GLK-Class – July

  • Acoustic Signal when locking/unlocking
  • Improved Rearview camera software
  • new ESP off icon
  • New garage-door opener concept (multicolor LEDs)
  • Media Interfact port moves to center console
  • New 20″ 5-spoke wheel with Appearance Package
  • New Colors – Lunar Blue, Sapphire Grey, Diamond White & Cuprite Brown
  • Keyless-Go is reduced to $640 

2012 ML-Class – ML350s September/ ML550/ML63 2012

2012 R-Class – R350 gas August/R350 Bluetec October

  • New direct injected V6 with 302 hp
  • Acoustic Signal when locking/unlocking
  • Improved Rearview camera software
  • new ESP off icon
  • New garage-door opener concept (multicolor LEDs)

2012 G-Class – October

2012 S-Class – July/S350 September

  • New direct injected V8 with 402 hp means no Gas Guzzler tax
  • The S350 Bluetec arrives with an estimated 20 city/ 31 highway MPG
  • New colors – Lunar Blue and Andorite Grey
  • The Sport Package gets a new 19″ AMG triple 5-spoke wheel

2012 SL-Class – July

  • Premium 1 Package now standard
  • Limited production in anticipation for the all-new 2013

2012 SLK-Class – SLK350 July/SLK250 2012

2012 AMG

  • C63 AMG coupe arrives
  • E63 returnes with 5.5 litre biturbo with 518 hp and 25% better fuel economy
  • CLS63 AMG debuted in the spring
  • SLS AMG roadster arrives

This is a great time to be a Mercedes-Benz enthusiast!

2012 Mercedes-Benz G550 Options and Colors

The 2012 G550 is scheduled to arrive in the US October of 2011. This will be the only version offered for Model Year 2012. As always, the following information could change before launch.

Exterior Colors

  • Black
  • Arctic White
  • Metallic Flint Grey
  • Metallic Obsidian Black
  • Metallic Steel Grey
  • Metallic Iridium Silver
  • Metallic Palladium Silver

Special Order Colors – additional charges apply

  • designo Mystic Blue Metallic
  • designo Mocha Black Metallic
  • designo Graphite Metallic
  • designo Platinum Black Metallic
  • Capri Blue Metallic
  • designo Magno Platinum Black Matte
  • designo Magno Night Black Matte

Interior Colors

  • Black
  • Ash/Black
  • Chestnut/Black

Special Order Interior colors – additional charges apply

  • designo Black with Pebble Beige Stitching
  • designo Light Brown with Black Stitching
  • designo Porcelain with Black Stitching

Edition Select Package - $6900

  • Most exciting elements from the outgoing G55 AMG!
  • Molding in carbon design
  • AMG Flared Fenders
  • AMG Sport Twin Exhaust Design
  • Leather Covered Dashboard
  • Mercedes-Benz Illuminated Door Sills
  • designo Floor Mats and Edition Select Badging
  • Silver-Painted 5-Double Spoke Wheels
  • Interior in two-tone designo Black/Porcelian Leather with Pebble Beige contrast stitching

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
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

30 Years Of The Gelandewagen

Fans of the G-Class will enjoy this overview of the last 30 years of it’s design and production.

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.

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

Don’t Try This At Home!

The next time someone bets you that you can’t park your G-wagon on the roof a building

JUST SAY NO.
G55 AMG – Top Gear Review

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