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2016 Mercedes-Benz Model Names, Launch Dates

For Model Year 2016 lots of Mercedes-Benz models are getting new names. I have detailed this once before with a chart but I thought I would add a little more detail.

The sedans are the basis for the new names. The SUVs start with the GL pre-fix and add the associated sedan for size. The 4-Door coupes get the CL prefix and the 2-door roadsters get the SL prefix.

Obviously there are exceptions:

  • The G-wagon stays as-is. No one tells the G to make changes!
  • The SL cannot be the SLS so it stays as the SL-Class.
  • The GL and SLK will not change until next year when they get refreshed/redesigned.

Launch Schedule for new 2016s: (subject to change and change without notice)

  • C-Classes – August/September
  • E-Class – Available now
  • CLS-Class – July
  • S-Class – August (Mercedes-Maybach S600 available now)
  • SL-Class – July
  • SLK-Class – July
  • CLA-Class – October
  • GLA-Class – October
  • GLC-Class – November (pictures this month!)
  • GLE-Class – August/September
  • G-Class – October
  • GL-Class – August
  • AMG GTS – Available Now

As always, keep an eye on the MBUSA Future Models Section for the latest info!

Mercedes-Benz Hold Braking or Brake Hold Video

Do you use HOLD braking in your Mercedes-Benz? I use it all the time. Constantly. And if I happen to be driving a car that doesn’t have it I feel exhausted by having to hold my foot on the brake pedal through a whole red light!

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 AMG Sport Coupe at Atlanta Classic Cars!

Mercedes X6 competitor

Here it is! The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class stopped by for a training class this week. It was my first opportunity to see the new coupe version of the soon to be refreshed M-Class (now GLE-Class).

Mercedes GLE X6And here it is next to the standard version of the 2015 M-Class. Quite a difference! Note the 22″ wheels on this particular model. 21″ is standard!

GLE-Class

GLE ML X6

I was not sure I was going to like this model as I DO NOT like similar SUV/Coupe models on the market now. However, now that I have seen it in person it is definitely growing on me! This car is bigger than the pictures make it seem. The rear end comes almost to my shoulder!

The interior is beautiful! It is a very sculpted and coupe-like cockpit with very elegant finishes. My trainer specifically pointed out that the matte finish wood reduces interior glare.

GLE350 GLE450 ML350 replacement

So, there you have it! have you been looking for a super powerful SUV? With coupe styling? And 22″ wheels? I’ll have it starting in August!

Enthusiast Review of the Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe!

Ben is a Mercedes-Benz driver and a Mercedes-Benz fan! He has recently begun reviewing our vehicles and posting them to his YouTube channel and Facebook page. Take a look at this review of the S550 coupe. There is also a review of the Mercedes-Maybach S600 in the works! Thanks for being a fan Ben!

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Mercedes-Benz Voice Control Video

It is amazing how far voice control has come in the last few years! The newer systems understand a wider variety of prompts and seem to be listening better. I rarely need to repeat myself or fight with her about what I REALLY said. Here is a quick video of a couple of commands given in a 2015 S550 (that has the Metallized Ash Wood Trim). Try it!

Mercedes-Benz European Delivery Program – Center of Excellence Delivery

Sindelfingen mercedes

On my most recent European Delivery adventure I picked up a 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 coupe. This vehicle is just one of a handful of vehicles (AMG and S-Class) that qualifies for a special Center of Excellence Delivery experience! The CoE is in the same building as the standard pick-up but offers a few extras…

First, your new car is unveiled to you by your personal guide in a secluded section of the building! This guide will spend as much time as you would like going over the features of the vehicle and helping you prepare for your trip. He helped us enter several navigation destinations, arrange the luggage and then personally pulled the vehicle outside for departure!

mercedes restaurantSecond, amazing food! The Center of Excellence service a gorgeous four course lunch in one of the showrooms while you take in the beauty of the surrounding vehicles. There were several other couples and families taking delivery at the same time but it felt like we had the place to ourselves. They were also able to quickly provide a vegetarian option even though it was not on the menu.

Finally, because it is in the same building as the standard deliveries you can still take pictures with the giant star, take the factory tour and shop in the gift shop. It is special, but not entirely separate from the standard experience.

When arranging your European Delivery of an AMG or S-Class your salesperson must make a special request for the Center of Excellence. There are a limited number available each day so requesting early is important.

I can personally handle your European Delivery experience wherever you live in the country. Call me!

Summer Entry with your Mercedes-Benz SmartKey!

This is a great way to let the hot air out of your car before you get in or roll up the windows after you have gotten out.

Unlock = Open

Lock = Close

2015 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition1 Arrives at Atlanta Classic Cars!

new C63 atlanta

It’s here! The all-new 2015 C63 AMG has arrived at Atlanta Classic Cars. This stunner is an Edition1 version with special exterior flourishes and  red accented interior. It sounds as good as it looks! More C63 AMGs are expected later this month. Are you ready?

The interior features red carbon fiber and red diamond stitching.

Of course the engine is hand built by one of the world famous AMG engine builders in Affalterbach!

And just for a little comparison I parked it next to a C400 to see how much more aggressive it looked. 100% more aggressive!

Changing the Battery in Your Mercedes-Benz SmartKey – I’m on YouTube!

I posted this video on my Facebook page the other day and lots and lots of people watched it. So, I went ahead and posted it on my YouTube Channel. You didn’t know I had a YouTube channel? That’s because I have never uploaded a video there before! So, now you have another place to follow me. Please visit my YouTube channel and Subscribe. I will do my best to start posting useful videos!

Happy New Year! It is 2016 in Mercedes-Benz World!

The first of the 2016 models have arrived at Atlanta Classic Cars and there are a lot more on the way! Now is the time to do your research, see what’s new and get in an order if you want to be the first one to have the latest and greatest!

The AMG GTS is here!

AMG GTS

The first 2016 E-Classes have arrived!

The 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 is on the showroom floor!

Atlanta Maybach

There are also a flurry of releases just on the horizon. Check out the Future Vehicles section at MBUSA.com for the best pictures and current information.

Don’t be that last to know about the C63 AMG, GLE-Class and coupe, SLC-Class and more!

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