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.
This summer I will be taking the wagon on a roadtrip with Rally North America through New England! This is a scavenger hunt style rally with checkpoints and track visits along the way. A requirement of participation is raising money for charity. This year the charity is Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life threatening illnesses and their families. It will be a great trip for a worthy cause.
If you would like to know more about the Rally Series you can visit Rally North America here. We participated in a similar rally two years ago along the Blue Ridge Parkway and had an excellent time! There are still a few opening if you want to sign up! I think the wagon is going to look fantastic with racing stripes and numbers. I went with the classic #722 for this event. If you remember, the C43 AMG went for a classic Bumblebee look with #43.
Would you like to help me reach our fundraising goal? You can visit our donations page here! Every penny goes to Camp Sunshine and if we meet the $125,000 event goal that will send 50 kids to camp! I will also accept vehicle sponsorships that come with decals and advertising! You know everyone is going to take pictures of a well-wrapped E63 station wagon traveling through the Northeast! Get some prime real estate for your logo!
Also, we do intend to extend our rally past the finishing point in Maine. I have my eye on Nova Scotia! Any recommendations for things to see in that area? I look forward to loading the wagon onto a ferry or two! The rally is in July so I am hoping that Canadian summer is not too cold. While I gre up in western New York I am now a southerner and fear the snow!
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I just happened to have these two cars on the lot at the same time and felt like they deserved to be seen together. I often can't tell the size or scale of a vehicle when it is featured by itself. Also, having two 4-Door coupes in our line-up is bound to confuse the issue so let's put them together and see how different they really are!
The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT63S is the Performance Car. This is a 630 horsepower monster with a 3/1 second 0-60 estimate. It is also quite a looker! This particular car features the carbon ceramic brakes, race seats and 21" cross-spoke wheels. The vehicle will be available in the GT53, GT63 and GT63S variants. It will be a direct competitor to the Porsche Panamera and I think it will be bringing a lot of traffic to the showroom!
The 2019 CLS-Class is an evolution of the 4-Door coupe we pioneered with the original CLS in 2006. The CLS460 is an Inline 6 cylinder with EQ boost and there will also be a CLS53 AMG. This car is more of the comfort car of the two. It is a little cushier, the cockpit is a little more open and it is tuned to be a little smoother.
I think they look very different in person. The GT63 looks beefy. The fastback design is very attractive and the hood is both wide and tall. The CLS is actually a touch more conservative which is not a normal thing to say about the CLS! I compared it to an E-Class in a previous video and it looked quite aggressive. Parked side-by-side they look like family, but definitely different.
Both cars are expected to arrive in the US "4th Quarter." That is a vague amount of time that indicates they hope to get them out before the end of the year. I hope it is soon!
A new color has arrived! Mojave Silver Metallic (Color Code 859) is available on quite a few Mercedes-Benz models for 2019. This GLC300 is the first one that I have seen in person. I know we have an E400 cabriolet due in this color soon. It is not necessarily replacing any specific color but adding something new to the spectrum.
Colors are obviously very difficult to capture accurately and can be seen quite differently by different people both in person and online. I feel like these pictures are accurate to what I see in person but maybe your screen is brighter or darker! Let me try to describe it.
My first thought was that it was a slightly more modern Pewter (color code 723) which was our most popular silver back in the early 2000's. Someone else said it reminded them of Smoke Silver which preceded Pewter. It is not nearly as gold as Pearl Beige but is a warm color. It is a touch lighter than Palladium Silver without any of the blue tones. Is this working? Can I describe a color by referencing a bunch of other colors?
It is very overcast today which is making it a little darker. If the sun were out it would be a little more silver and a little less taupe. I also think the black accents from the Night Package and the black interior make it look different than if it had silver accents or a silk beige interior.
I will try to park it with a few other vehicles in the same color family for comparison. I think I'll wait until the sun comes out to get that grouping done. This is going to be a very popular color across our line-up. My customers really missed Pewter when it went away. I look forward to seeing more examples.
The BMW X6 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class coupe are clearly competitors. They are niche vehicles and generally fill the "I want an SUV but I don't want it to look like a kid-taxi" space. We happened to get a set of similar cars on the same day and I couldn't resist filming them together.
These are both pre-owned cars so they do not have the latest styling, tech or engines. However, as a side-by-side comparison I think they work!
Mercedes-Benz Production Facilities For US CarsBremen, Germany
C-Class sedan, estate, coupe, cabriolet
E-Class coupe, Cabriolet
GLC and GLC coupe
SL and SLC
Also future electric vehicles
S-Class and S-Class coupe
Future electric cars
CLA, CLA shooting brake
GLE and GLE coupe
Graz, Austria (Magna Steyr)
G-Class produced by Magna Steyr GmbH
East London, South Africa
Parts Manufacturing PlantsStuttgart
Produces engines, axles, transmissions for MB production
Also the location of Daimler worldwide headquarters
Produces axles and other components, steering columns
Production of engines and Remanufactured engines
3 VPC centers in North America
Baltimore, MD (12-16 days from Germany)
Brunswick, GA (16-18 days from Germany)
Long Beach, CA (28-31 days from Germany)
In short, Mercedes-Benz vehicles are produced at many locations around the world. Factories are often added to serve the needs or a particular model or market. The Tuscaloosa factory is the second largest exporter of vehicles from the US! MBUSA is also bringing Sprinter production to South Carolina. In the past we have reassembled the Sprinters in the US but not manufactured them here. The new factory will allow for a much faster delivery timeline of our vans.
Production itself in a marvel! I have been to several Mercedes-Benz factories and it is amazing to see both the robot assembly lines and the ones still done by people. I have seen a giant robot arm swing a dashboard through a door opening with just 2mm to spare. They said it couldn't be done by human hands! I have seen an AMG engine builder hand assemble a V8 piece by piece in a quiet factory in Affalterbach.
The logistics of building these German engineered cars around the world and shipping to the dealerships by ship, train and transporter is mind boggling!
Model Year 2019 is just around the corner! Mercedes-Benz is beginning to firm up the offerings of engines and options and has recently announced the E-Class.
E300, E400, E53 and E63 will be the choices for the sedan. We had heard rumor of an E350 but that has been canceled. If you ordered an E350 with your dealer you need to revise your order info!
From MBUSA: For MY19, the E-Class Sedan will continue with the 2.0L inline-4 cylinder E300, and the previously announced E350 Sedan will not be available.
Now you know!
Have you ever wondered how a Mercedes-AMG would handle itself around Road Atlanta? Are you an owner of a Mercedes-AMG vehicle? Are you a member of the AMG Private Lounge?
On May 19, 2018, from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mercedes-Benz USA and the AMG Private Lounge Team would like to welcome Mercedes-AMG owners and their guests to an afternoon of all things AMG at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA.
Don’t miss what will be one of the largest gatherings of Mercedes-AMG vehicles in Georgia, e.g. part car show and part AMG experience. Mercedes-AMG owners will have a chance to try our cars on the autocross track plus an opportunity to hot lap Road Atlanta with AMG Driving Academy Pro drivers!
There is no cost to attend the event but you must be an AMG Private Lounge member and you must register for the event by Friday, May 11, 2018 at 12 PM EDT.