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Topic: ML-Class
2011 Mercedes-Benz Vehicle Highlights

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


  • 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


  • 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


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


  • 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)


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


  • 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


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


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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Sport Body Cladding added as standard
  • Quartz Blue paint added
  • No SLK55 AMG
ML450 HYBRID – Fuel Door Button

2010 ML450 Hybrid Fuel Door Release Button

I had been very curious about the fuel filler flap release button on the ML450 HYBRID that the local Mercedes-Benz technical specialist has been driving. I finally got an answer!

In order to comply with the PZEV emissions standards – zero evaporative emissions – this button triggers the fuel tank to depressurize before the cap is removed so that vapors don’t escape. The ML 450′s increased fuel efficency means that the fuel tank isn’t opened as often as it would be in a non-hybrid so increased pressure could build up and therefore needs this extra step!

Just a little Mercedes minutiae…that I enjoy!

2010 ML450 HYBRID – Lease Available in December

2010 ML450 Hybrid Under Hood

Mercedes-Benz has just told us that the 2010 ML450 HYBRID is now scheduled for release in December. It will be a very limited production vehicle due to the limited availability of the necessary batteries. Also, “In order to maximize availability and ensure that we have a sufficient replacement inventory to guarantee the highest level of customer satisfaction, the ML450 HYBRID will be available as lease only without the ability to purchase.” They expect that the ML450 HYBRID lease payment will carry a premium over the ML350 4Matic of $20-$120 per month. Actual payments will be released when the vehicle is released in December.

The order banks are open and there are currently vehicles available. Now is a good time to get on board if you want to lease one of the most technologically advanced green cars in the market!

One Millionth M-Class

2009 ML350 BlueTEC White

Last week the 1 millionth M-Class built in Vance, AL rolled off the line. The one that set the record was a ML350 BlueTEC that is heading to a dealer in Phoenix. This is a great acheviement, and we plan to see many future M, R, and GL-Class vehicles make their way to Atlanta Classic Cars from this plant. Maybe someday the ML420 and GL420 (V8 diesel) models that pass through our dealership from Vance on their way to the rest of the world will get to stay a while.

Featured 2009 ML550 at Atlanta Classic Cars

- Update – This ML550 has been sold.
If you are even thinking about an ML550 this is the one you should get! Immediately! This car is well-equipped, gorgeous and it will be a great deal! It is technically a new vehicle – it has never been titled – but the warranty started 10 months ago and it has 8175 miles. We can add an extended warranty that will cover it up to 100,000 miles if that would be a benefit to you. Please let me know if you are interested! We only have one, it can’t be replaced, and it will sell fast!

2009 ML550
Arctic White / Cashmere Interior

Premium 2 Package:
-Voice Control
-IPod/MP3 Adaptor
-Rearview Camera
-Memory Seats
-Autodimming Mirrors
-Power Folding Mirrors
-Sirius Satellite Radio
-Sirius Live Traffic
-Harman/kardon Upgraded Sound
-Power Liftgate
AMG Sport Package:
-19″ AMG Wheels
-Aluminum Running Boards
Trailer Hitch
Heated Front Seats
Pre-Wired for Rear Entertainment

Original MSRP: $64,675
Special Price: $54,675

The 2010 C, ML, GL, and S Have Arrived at Atlanta Classic Cars!

It is an exciting time here at the dealership…the 2010 models are arriving! There is nothing I enjoy more than parking a 2009 next to a 2010 and looking for the differences. Some models have only tiny changes this year and some have the “refresh” – which is usually new bumpers, lights, a few buttons and new wheels. I have included a few pictures of the changes that jumped out at me.

2010 ML550

Mercedes 2010 ML550 Front Bumper Lights

2010 GL550 – New Bumpers, New Wheels, New Lighting

 Mercedes 2010 GL550

Mercedes 2010 GL550 Wheels

2010 GL450 – New Bumpers, New Wheels, New Fog Lights

Mercedes 2010 GL450 Wheels

Mercedes 2010 GL450 Bumper

2010 C300 – New Laurel Wreath Center Cap in Optional 18″ wheels

Mercedes 2010 C300 Wheels

2010 S550 – Full Refresh – New Lights, Bumpers, New Wood Steering Wheel

Mercedes 2010 S550 Front Bumper Lights

Mercedes 2010 S550 Rear Bumper Lights

Mercedes 2010 S550 Rear Bumper Lights

Mercedes 2010 S550 Wood Wheel

2010 E-Class – New Color – Quartz Blue

Mercedes 2010 E-Class Quartz Blue

2010 ML63 AMG – 10th Anniversary Package

Mercedes-Benz in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the original ML55 AMG! The all new 10th Anniversary Package was created by the AMG Performance Studio in Affalterback and uses colors and materials that have never been available before! The 10th Anniversary Package (Code P38) can be ordered on any 2010 ML63 that is currently in production. The package will cost $5,950 and includes:

2010 ML63 AMG 10th Anniversary Edition

- Unique hood with powerdomes
- Front and rear skid plates painted in Himalaya Grey
- AMG front grille painted in Himalaya Grey
- 21″ AMG 5-spoke wheels painted in Himalaya Grey
- Front foglamp surrounds painted in Himalaya Grey

 2010 ML63 AMG 10th Anniversary Edition Interior

- Sport seats in two-tone AMG premium leather
- Door panels in two-tone AMG premium leather
- AMG performance steering wheel in two-tone leather
- Anthracite poplar wood trim

Please do let me know if you are interested!

2010 ML450 Hybrid at Atlanta Classic Cars!

2010 Mercedes ML450 Hybrid

A 2010 ML450 Hybrid was dropped off at the dealership yesterday! It was picked up by one of the Mercedes-Benz technical executives but I was excited to get a sneak peak. It looks a lot like the 2010 ML350 that was dropped off right afterwards but it does have a few striking differences.

2010 Mercedes ML450 Hybrid New Hood

Sculpted Hood – It has a very angular power dome hood that looks fantastic. It had to be that way to make room for the 180 pounds of extra electronics under the hood.

2010 Mercedes ML450 Hybrid engine cover

Under the hood – The engine cover is pretty extreme. The battery is in the back where the spare tire would be so this has run-flats.

2010 Mercedes ML450 Hybrid Fuel door release

Fuel Door Release Button – I don’t yet know why this is the only Mercedes that has one!

I was able to go for a test drive and the ride is fantastic! Much like the diesel, if you didn’t know it was hybrid you really wouldn’t notice any difference in the way it drives. It is obviously a little quieter when the gas motor is off but with the radio on you can’t tell when it turnes the engine on and off. The power was fantastic. It didn’t feel heavy or lacking in any way. The brake feel is different than our other vehicles because they are electric but it stopped just fine.

2010 Mercedes ML450 Hybrid insturment cluster display

I look forward to introducing the first Mercedes Hybrid to a new group of clients!

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.

Release Date
Base Price
C300 Sport/Luxury
C300 Sport/Luxury – 4MATIC
C350 Sport
E350 BlueTEC
March 2010
E350 4MATIC Sport/Luxury
Late August
E550 4MATIC Sport/Luxury
Late August
GL350 BlueTEC
ML350 BlueTEC
ML350 2WD
R350 BlueTEC

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

ML550 Off-Road Pkg. Versus a Horse

Living in Atlanta, where we hardly even get snow, it’s easy to forget just how capable our SUVs are off-road. To see the landing of the jump at the end check out the making of this video.

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