Happy New Year! I know it is not even September but with all of the new 2020 models arriving from Mercedes-Benz it seems like the future! We have already received the resigned GLE-Class, the refreshed GLC-Class and the 2020 E350.
We have quite a few models coming in the new year that you might not be familiar with just yet. In fact, there might be a few I am not totally familiar with just yet! The Future Models section at www.mbusa.com is a good place to start.
Our SUV line-up has grown substantially over the years. The G-Class has been around since the 70's but the first modern luxury SUV was the ML (now GLE) for 1997. Since then we have added a larger SUV, the GLS-Class, and two smaller models, the GLA-Class and GLC-Class. Well, it turns out there was still a little room and the GLB-Class is coming for 2020! I haven't seen it in person yet but it seems to have the interior technology from the new A-Class and a exterior with a few more corners than all of the other SUVs. That is good news for the square SUV fans!
This will be the first vehicle in the EQ sub-brand from Mercedes-Benz. It looks to be approximately GLC-sized but with a full electric drive system and impressive new technology. It is very powerful, charges quickly and will be a great option for customers looking for full electric capability.
The all-new GLS-Class should arrive late 2019. It is a little larger, a lot more luxurious and now available with Captain's Chairs! People have been asking for captains chairs since the beginning of time! We have already started our order list for the GLS450, GLS580 and the yet-to-be-announced AMG variant. Don't wait! The vehicle is currently being built and there might be a stampede when it is released to the dealership!
The all-new 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is due to arrive very soon! You can see lots of details at MBUSA.com. We do not yet have a firm launch date but it has bee suggested as "1st Quarter" and "Early 2019."
I am thinking the A-Class will be an excellent vehicle for folks who don't love the increased size of the C-Class but want something a little more traditional than the CLA. The new technology has been a major focus of the pre-launch campaign but is not the only strength of the A-Class. They styling is very much like the new CLS-Class, there are lots of great wheel options and it should be very efficient. I think there is something for everyone to love!
Here is the pricing announcement from MBUSA:
Today, we are pleased to announce the MSRP for the All-New 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan.
The A-Class Sedan introduces the game-changing new infotainment system called MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). Featuring a completely new user interface, natural speech recognition, touchscreen capabilities and a new Touchpad, MBUX represents a powerful user experience that also incorporates artificial intelligence to learn your habits over time and automatically adapt to changes in patterns of behavior.
The A 220 will start at an MSRP of $32,500, while the A220 4MATIC will start at $34,500.
The A 220 and A 220 4MATIC both feature a 2.0L inline-4 turbocharged engine that produces 188 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. This powerful and fuel efficient power plant is mated to a 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission. The extensive standard equipment for the A 220 and A 220 4MATIC includes a Panorama roof and the intuitively-operated MBUX multimedia system with intelligent Voice Control. The in-car experience welcomes a new era of connectivity with standard Smartphone Integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a high-resolution widescreen cockpit concept with a 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster and 7.0-inch touchscreen multimedia display. The exterior design is further refined with standard 17” wheels and LED headlamps and taillamps.
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class made its debut recently and was extensively covered by the automotive press. Normally this hatchback doesn't get any attention in the Untied States because it has never been sold here. However, this time is a little different.
No, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback is not coming to the US. However, the framework and technology will be translated to a more US-friendly sedan styled vehicle that we are expecting to be for sale by the end of calendar year 2018! The Concept A Sedan is featured in the Future Vehicle section of MBUSA and should give you a pretty good idea of what the A-sedan might look like.
Later on this A-Class architecture will be the basis for the next generation CLA and GLA-Class vehicles so we are getting a sneak peek into those models as well.
There are also a lot of great reviews of the A-Class hatchback that might help you understand the underpinnings of this new model.
Car and Driver - "When it comes to the user interface, infotainment, and telematics, the next A-class will be more advanced than the S-class. Or pretty much any other car in the market, for that matter."
AutoWeek - "The launch of the A-Class sedan will be a pretty significant step for Mercedes-Benz in the States; it's the first true sub-C-Class sedan model offered here (we're not counting the near-fastback CLA), which should present a tempting option for those who do not want to stretch their budgets to the now-opulent C-Class but still want a small four-door sedan with a three-pointed star."
Jalopnik - "The new A-Class is also apparently very safe: each piece of its body is made of high-strength materials and has a very rigid passenger cell, kind of like how Smarts are made."
I do not have any details yet on this model for the US but we have already started an order list!
The redesigned 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been heralded as the most technologically advanced vehicles available! New safety features, steering wheel touchpads, Car to X communication and more! The redesign made it more spacious than the previous generation. The interior is beautiful, with a very quiet cabin and high end surfaces. If there was one fault with the car it was the limited engine choices.
The 4-cylinder engine in the E300 is fantastic. It is plenty of power for daily driving and the 9-speed transmission gives it great acceleration. It is smooth, quiet and has excellent fuel economy! I have been on many, many test drives when people did not realize that that the E300 was a 4-cylinder at all. However, it is sometimes hard to convince a V6 driver that the 4-cylinder will be adequate.
The Mercedes-AMG E43 is also a great choice. The AMG-enhanced V6 delivers more power and a more aggressive feel. It has a sporty ride with amazing handling characteristics. For a client looking for a powerful and sporty E-Class this is a good option. However, it is aimed more at performance than luxury. We lacked a middle ground - more power, less sport.
Well, for 2018 Mercedes-Benz USA is correcting this issue! The 2018 E400 4matic sedan will be arriving in the 4th quarter of 2017! Here is what I know:
Starts at $58,900
Unique standard 18” wheel design
4MATIC all-wheel drive is standard
3.0 liter biturbo V6 engine delivers
329hp and 354 lb-ft of torque
Positioned between the E300 and the AMG E43
Our first 2018 E400 sedans are currently in production and should arrive in the US soon. There are still productions slots available for customization that will be ready before the end of the year. So, if you have been holding off on the E-Class, now would be a great time to take another look!
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!
Model year 2017 is going to be a great one! If you haven't been cruising the Future Models Page at MBUSA.com 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!
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!
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!