Subscribe:
Chilton’s Repair:
Sponsored Ads:
Car Charger:
Sponsored Ads:
AutoBarn.com:
Auto Europe:
SuperTune Auto Parts:
Autel MaxiLink Auto Diagnostic Tool OBD2 Car Code Scanner Reader ML319
$22.74
End Date: Thursday Dec-6-2018 9:47:41 PST
Buy It Now for only: $22.74
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Auto Meter Gauge Pod Pillar Dual Black 2 1/16 in. Full Coverage Chevy Each 12214
$96.11
End Date: Friday Nov-30-2018 9:31:00 PST
Buy It Now for only: $96.11
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Bell Sport Auto Racing Helmet SA2010
$135.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Nov-18-2018 15:13:31 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list

Auto Meter Pillar Gauge Pod Triple 2 1/16 GMC C1500 17101
$86.39
End Date: Friday Dec-7-2018 0:23:02 PST
Buy It Now for only: $86.39
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

2x Wireless Auto Doors LED Projector Car Ghost Shadow Light With Customized LOGO
$29.99
End Date: Thursday Dec-6-2018 17:50:25 PST
Buy It Now for only: $29.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Auto Meter 17106 Gauge Pod Dual 2 1/16" for Chevy GMC Pickup
$80.67
End Date: Saturday Nov-24-2018 3:55:19 PST
Buy It Now for only: $80.67
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Auto Meter Pillar Gauge Pod Triple 2 1/16 Ford Mustang 12121
$85.42
End Date: Friday Nov-30-2018 9:25:41 PST
Buy It Now for only: $85.42
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Bell Racestar 5 Auto Racing Helmet Large
$100.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Wednesday Nov-21-2018 20:27:18 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list

Mr. Gasket 9628 Alum. Auto Transmission Shifter Knob, Skull fits 5/16" to 1/2"
$29.55
End Date: Friday Dec-7-2018 7:50:20 PST
Buy It Now for only: $29.55
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Mr. Gasket 9627 Aluminum Round Auto Transmission Shifter Knob 5/16" to 1/2"
$26.00
End Date: Friday Dec-7-2018 7:51:00 PST
Buy It Now for only: $26.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Archive for the ‘Mercedes GLS’ Category

PostHeaderIcon New Mercedes-Maybach GLS Spotted Before Los Angeles Motor Show Debut

The first prototype of the Mercedes-Maybach GLS has been spotted testing in Germany prior to its debut at the Los Angeles motor show. This is the top-of-the-line Maybach model. Mercedes is planning to expand the Maybach line-up with lavish models, and what better way to do that than to add the GLS to a portfolio known mainly for stretched limos!

PostHeaderIcon 2019 BMW X7 vs 2019 Mercedes GLS

This is the battle of the heavyweights… quite literally. If there’s anything scarier than seeing two huge beasts on the road, it is seeing them race each other. Well, that is exactly what we will be doing here. We will be pitting two of the most luxurious SUVs on the market today, and the brands’ biggest offering as well in terms of size – the 2019 BMW X7 and the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG GLS63

Introduced in 2006 as the company’s first full-size SUV, the Mercedes-Benz GL developed from a longer version of the ML into a model of its own with unique features and an AMG version. Just like the ML, which became the GLE, the GL was renamed to GLS in 2016. Part of the brand’s revised nomenclature, the GLS badge signals that this vehicle is the SUV equivalent to the S-Class. On the market since 2012 in its second-generation, the GLS is about to get a big overhaul for the 2019 model year. Alongside the redesigned SUV, Mercedes will also launch a brand-new version of the AMG GLS63. Already spotted on public roads, the performance SUV will arrive sometime in 2019.

While the standard GLS has plenty of competition to go against, including the Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, Lexus LX, and the Land Rover Range Rover, the AMG version is almost alone on the market. The Range Rover is the only SUV available with a high-performance drivetrain, and it will remain the only option until BMW launches the X7 and its M version. From this standpoint, the AMG GLS63 will remain a unique full-size SUV on the market and will enable Mercedes-Benz to dominate the niche in the high-performance realm. Let’s see what the upcoming AMG GLS63 might have in store for us.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-AMG GLS63.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz GLS450 – Driven

It’s not often I get to say this, but a Mercedes-Benz might just be a better value than a Chevrolet — if, that is, you’re looking at supersize SUVs.

For decades, the Chevrolet Suburban and its GMC counterpart — now known as the Yukon XL — have been near-insurmountable behemoths atop SUV Mountain. They’re huge. They’re capable. They make great road-trip vehicles if you can afford to feed them a steady diet of unleaded.

But now enters Mercedes-Benz with its GLS450. It threw my preconceptions about the word “value” out the window. When I laid eyes on it, I expected this would be an expensive SUV, and it is: My tester came in at $80,790. Sure, you can buy a Chevy Suburban much cheaper than that, with the base price of a Suburban starting just a few dollars shy of $50,000. But pile on the options to match my Mercedes-Benz GLS450 tester, and the ‘Burban soon loses most of its price advantage.

On top of it all, the GLS450 is better suited to hauling people since it’s not hiding a pickup truck-based frame and axle underneath its big body. There’s more room in this big Merc for passengers in all three rows. A Suburban’s third row isn’t somewhere adults typically want to find themselves for an extended period. The GLS450’s third row is perfectly suited to adult-sized occupants.

For that reason, and because the GLS450 can tow almost as much as a Suburban/Yukon XL, I came away impressed. This is a stunning value in its segment.

Design Notes


2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 - Driven - image 750991
“The GLS450 is 202 inches long and 84.3 inches wide, according to Mercedes-Benz”

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 is a good-looking beast.

Formerly known as the GL Class, the GLS450 is 202 inches long and 84.3 inches wide, according to Mercedes-Benz. It stands a reported 72.8 inches tall and rides on a 121-inch wheelbase.

On that considerable footprint rides a stylish body with plenty of modern-day Mercedes-Benz design trademarks. There is, of course, the large Three-Pointed Star on the shield-shaped grille opening. Muscular bulges and dual ventilation ports on the hood hint at the Merc’s muscles.


2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 - Driven - image 750980
“The side view sees a tall, squared-off greenhouse with lots of glass area that makes the cabin light and airy”

The side view sees a tall, squared-off greenhouse with lots of glass area that makes the cabin light and airy. A slight upward tick in the bottom sill of the side glass gives a sense that this big SUV can hustle when asked. The strongest crease just below the door handles flows from the front fender to a secondary, Z-shaped crease that forms the rear fender line and eventually touches the front corner of the taillight lens. Roof rails are visible from the side, for those who want to haul cargo on the roof, safari-style.

The rear view of the GLS450 is a lot less controversial with most audiences than the GLC300 Coupe I drove a few weeks earlier. The big, boxy form factor makes for an upright hatch. The rear hatch glass appears to wrap around the D pillar a bit. A more tastefully sized Three-Pointed Star adorns the center of the hatch, just above a strip of chrome that accents the lozenge-shaped taillight lenses. Dual exhaust tips at the base of the design once again hint at the performance potential of the GLS 450.

Drive Notes


2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 - Driven - image 750965
“The cabin of the GLS450 is a bit of a throwback to the way I think of Mercedes-Benzes of my youth”

The cabin of the GLS450 is a bit of a throwback to the way I think of Mercedes-Benzes of my youth. The seats were understated in their design, covered in MB-Tex leatherette, yet nonetheless supremely comfortable. The front seats were heated, but disappointingly for an $80,000 SUV, not ventilated. In hot temperatures, I’d want seat ventilation. It’s an available option that was curiously missing from my otherwise seemingly loaded tester.

The dashboard design was a good mix of old-school Mercedes pragmatism and new-age technology.

There were twin analog gauges in the gauge cluster, separated by a color information display that handled everything from trip computer to navigation duties. A large color touchscreen display headed up the center stack, where it sat on top of some rather dated-looking radio and phone controls — including a phone dialpad not unlike one you might have seen in in the 1999 Mercedes-Benz S Class.


2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 - Driven - image 750954
“HVAC controls were more old-school than the last few Mercs I have driven”

HVAC controls were more old-school than the last few Mercs I have driven, with dual-zone climate control dials marked in temperature increments instead of displaying temperature independently of the dials. At least M-B didn’t bury HVAC settings in the screen above. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, I guess.

But the drive was serene. Airmatic fully independent air suspension ensured that quality remained no matter how the GLS450 was loaded, or how it was driven. There was a drive mode selector in the center console that allowed me to toggle between Sport, Comfort, Snow, and Off-Road modes in addition to a customizable Individual mode. Even in Sport mode, when one would assume the suspension was its stiffest, the ride remained controlled and luxurious over bumps.

Powering my tester was a 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine. Mercedes-Benz said it made 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. That power seems a bit small for a 5,335-lb behemoth, but it never felt slow. I’d daresay it felt downright athletic when given a heavy right foot.


2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 - Driven - image 750966
“Powering my tester was a 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine that made 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque”

That power traveled through a 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels as part of Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel drive system. 4Matic provided great grip that kept handling predictable when I decided to click over to Sport mode on a rainy backroad on my way home from work one evening.

Left in its default Comfort mode, though, the GLS450 proved to be great at schlepping my kids to school and the babysitter, and it was a superb grocery-getter — these are the chores for which I imagine most GLS450s will be used, in all honesty.

Front-seat occupants got 41.2 inches of headroom, 40.3 inches of legroom, and 58.5 inches of shoulder room. Second-row occupants — my kids, naturally — got 40 inches of headroom, 38.5 inches of legroom, and 58.3 inches of shoulder room. The third row, if used, had a surprisingly roomy 38.9 inches of headroom, 35 inches of legroom, and 50.5 inches of shoulder room. Fold the second and third rows, and you’ve got up to 93.8 cubic feet of storage back there.


2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 - Driven - image 750964
“Admittedly, I did fold the third row when I discovered the cargo area was quite small when the third row was in use”

Admittedly, I did fold the third row when I discovered the cargo area was quite small when the third row was in use. I needed the grocery space. Thankfully, stowing the third row is as easy as pressing a button just inside the cargo hatch. It whirrs away, creating a large, flat load floor in an instant.

Technology Notes


2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 - Driven - image 750952
“I was disappointed, however, that the package did not include Android Auto integration in addition to Apple CarPlay”

Mercedes included the $3,830 Premium Package on my tester, which brought with it COMAND navigation with three years of free map updates, Sirius XM satellite radio with six months of service, keyless entry and ignition, Apple CarPlay connectivity, blind spot monitor, lane keeping assist, ambient lighting with user-selectable color and door sill lighting, and a power-adjusting front passenger seat with adjustable lumbar support.

Overall, I’d call that package money well spent. I was disappointed, however, that the package did not include Android Auto integration in addition to Apple CarPlay. I test drove a Mercedes-AMG CLA45 about a year ago that had both. Why isn’t it available in this, “the S Class of SUVs,” as Mercedes calls it?

Also equal parts pleasing and confounding was the center console-mounted infotainment control device. There’s a large dial that is used to scroll through options on the infotainment screen, but there’s also a touchpad that arches up over the dial. If I rested my palm on the touchpad at all while using the control dial below it, the system often would pick up my palm’s touch as a “click” and I would end up selecting something on-screen that I didn’t want.


2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 - Driven - image 750957

But the touchpad’s handwriting recognition feature was a delight when trying to pull up phone contacts — a feature I’ve experienced in several other luxury marques. I came away thinking Audi does this better than Mercedes-Benz, with the touchpad integrated into the top of the dial and an easier-to-navigate infotainment system.

Mercedes-Benz mbrace mobile connectivity reportedly is available to owners of the GLS450. It offers a range of smartphone-connected features, including remote locking and start access, vehicle locating and tracking, remote diagnostics, and in-vehicle services such as Yelp and local search.

The Competition

Big SUVs from Europe’s and Japan’s premium brands might be the target, but viewed through the lens of the American SUV buyer, the GLS450 most clearly competes with the Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon XL mentioned at the beginning of the article.

Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Yukon XL


2015 GMC Yukon XL - image 527826

The GM twins are longer than the GLS450 by 22 inches, but they’re significantly less comfortable than the big Merc, especially if you ever have to haul people in that third row.

In a nutshell, the pickup truck-based underpinnings of the GM twins make them a lot less pleasing to drive. The GLS450 is a relative pleasure on a curvy road compared to the big ‘Burban.

While it’s true you can get a base Suburban a lot cheaper than a base GLS450 ($49,915 vs. $68,700), there’s a lot of additional content in the Mercedes that makes it worth it. The standard air suspension makes every GLS450 better-driving than even the best-equipped Suburban or Yukon XL. There’s only so much GM can do with a big SUV that’s riding on a heavy-duty truck frame.

The Suburban may win with budget-conscious shoppers in this segment, or for those who place towing capability at the top of their priorities. But really, very few customers of this segment honestly haul around trailers that much, and the Merc can tow up to 7,500 lbs when properly equipped — just 800 lbs shy of the Suburban’s 8,300-lb tow rating.

Read our full reviews on the 2017 Chevrolet Suburban and 2017 GMC Yukon XL.

Infiniti QX80


2018 Infiniti QX80 - image 744916

Hailing from Japan, the Infiniti QX80 is basically a really luxurious version of the Nissan Armada (or Patrol, for readers outside the U.S.)

The QX80 counters the GLS450’s air suspension with its own form of body control: hydraulics. The suspension automatically adjusts to driving conditions to provide better cornering and a smoother riding, according to Infiniti.

The interior of the QX80 does not disappoint for luxury-minded shoppers. A range of options include diamond-stitch seating surfaces and real wood trim that would not be out of place in the GLS450.

Infiniti’s 5.6-liter, naturally aspirated V8 may not be as refined as the GLS450’s twin-turbo V6, but it’s certainly muscular, pumping out 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. However, Infiniti utilizes a seven-speed automatic transmission that is down two gears to the Merc’s nine-speed. QX80’s powertrain and stout, truck-based underpinnings allow it to top the Suburban’s tow rating of 8,300 lbs by 200 additional lbs, beating the GLS450 by half a ton.

While it’s not quite as large as the GM twins above, the QX80 is still a little bit larger overall than the GLS450, at 208 inches long and 75.8 inches tall. It’s slightly narrower than the Merc, at 79.9 inches. Head- and legroom hews quite close to the GLS450 in the first two rows, with a minor advantage in second-row legroom going to the Infiniti, but the QX80 has the same problem as most truck-based SUVs: The third row suffers with just 36.8 inches of headroom and 28.8 inches of legroom.

Where Infiniti’s clearest advantage lies is in price. Its base price is about $5,000 cheaper than the GLS450. Unlike the GM twins above, that advantage actually grows wider as you tack on more options — because the base Infiniti is a lot closer to the equipment level of the base GLS450 than a base Suburban is. A QX80 Signature Edition with four-wheel drive and all the same options as my GLS450 tester comes out to an MSRP of $72,570 — a considerable $8,220 savings.

Read our full review on the 2018 Infiniti QX80.

Ford Expedition/Expedition Max


2018 Ford Expedition - image 704776

Ford does play in this segment with its rather large Expedition SUV and its lengthened sister, the Expedition Max. However, it is clearly still a Ford at the end of the day.

Newly freshened for the 2018 model year, the Expedition has recently gone on somewhat of a diet like the F-Series truck upon which it is loosely based. With a lighter body made possible by aluminum (previous generations of the Expedition were made of steel), it reportedly lost nearly 250 lbs of mass.

Unfortunately, that didn’t change how large the Expedition feels behind the wheel. Like the F-150 pickup truck, handling is not confidence-inspiring, and the steering feels overboosted and disconnected from the road.

Ford wins points for its powertrain expertise, however, with a twin-turbo V6 of its own displacing 3.5 liters and cranking out a stout 400 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque. In a drag race against the GLS450, the Expedition would easily win. Perhaps this powertrain is the secret in giving the Expedition the greatest tow capacity of our competitors, at 9,200 lbs — another win for Ford.

It won’t win on look and feel, however. To get the niceties of my GLS450 tester, you’d have to spring for a top-level Platinum Expedition, which can crest the Merc’s $80,000 price tag. That’s a lot for a Blue Oval product that doesn’t have “Shelby” in the name, especially considering the budget-friendly materials that will still be easily seen and felt in the Expedition’s cabin.

Read our full review on the 2018 Ford Expedition.

Conclusion


2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 - Driven - image 750987

The Mercedes-Benz GLS450 looks and feels like the S Class of SUVs, and its unibody construction beats the body-on-frame construction of most of its competitors by a large margin, if you care about hauling people or just enjoying the drive.

It’s not often you can say a Mercedes-Benz is competing on value, but that’s definitely the case here. Many of its competitors may start at cheaper prices, but they don’t have the equipment seen in the GLS450 at those prices. Once you pile on the options to make them comparable, you’re soon staring at $70,000 to $80,000. And if you’re looking at that kind of expense, why not buy the Mercedes?

It’s a question I think many shoppers of loaded SUVs in this segment should ask themselves.

Disclosure: Mercedes-Benz provided the vehicle, insurance, and a tank of fuel for this review.

References

Mercedes-Benz GLS


2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class - image 654044

Read our full review on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz GLS Grand Edition

Mercedes-Benz has dropped a new special edition for the 2018 GLS, its three-row SUV. It’s called the Grand Edition, and it brings a swanky new leather treatment to the interior and the choice between two sets of 20-inch alloy wheels. The Grand Edition can be had on the GLS 350d, 400, and 500, but is only offered in Europe. Sorry, Cowboy. Though Joe America can’t have this beast parked in his driveway, more of his cattle will be found inside.

As mentioned, the interior’s new extended leather treatment involves a leather-covered dashboard with real, open-pore wood accents and seats with quilted patterns and a porcelain and espresso color combination only found in the Grand Edition. Outside, those getting the Grand Edition can choose to get the Exterior Package, which includes a slightly more aggressive lower front fascia and AMG-style 20-inch wheels. All Grand Editions come with badges on the front fenders denoting their grandeur.

Continue reading for more details on the Mercedes-Benz GLS Grand Edition.

What makes the GLS Grand Edition special


2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS Grand Edition - image 736667
“Added comfort and exclusivity are often all it takes to push customers to upgrade.”

In reality, the Grand Edition isn’t all that different. Yes, there are “exclusive” wheels, new stitching patterns in the seats, and Nappa leather and wood on the dash, but that’s it. Then again, that’s all it takes to push customers to upgrade – added comfort and exclusivity.

While this isn’t Mercedes’ first time launching a Grand Edition SUV, there is speculation this might be the current GLS’ swan song. Spy shots have already surfaced of a large SUV draped in camouflage and wearing a three-pointed star. A new GLS would certainly be welcomed. Though its exterior aesthetics have aged rather well, the SUV’s interior – particularly its dashboard – is in serious need of an update. Just look at that center stack. It has telephone buttons like its 2003. An S-Class/E-Class treatment would definitely be a welcomed upgrade, digital dash and massive screens included.


2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS Grand Edition - image 736670

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS Grand Edition - image 736672
“Mercedes is offering the special edition trim on the GLS’ three main trims – the 350d, 400, and 500, all with 4Matic AWD”

But back to the 2018 GLS Grand Edition.

Mercedes is offering the special edition trim on the GLS’ three main trims – the 350d, 400, and 500, all with 4Matic AWD. The GLS 350d 4Matic is powered by a 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel making 258 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. The GLS 400 4Matic is powered by a gasoline-drinking 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 with 333 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. Topping the range is the GLS 500 4Matic motivated by a twin-turbo 4.7-liter V-8 with 456 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. All versions come with a nine-speed automatic transmission, and all horsepower specs are measured in PS, pursuant to European standards.


2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS Grand Edition - image 736673
“Adding the upgraded interior package of the Grand Edition costs £5,950, and the exterior package adds another £2,300”

As for costs and availability of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS Grand Edition, Mercedes has already opened the ordering books and models will be arriving in European showrooms in March of 2018. Adding the upgraded interior package of the Grand Edition costs £5,950, and the exterior package adds another £2,300. That currently equates to $7,764 and $3,001 respectively.

What do you think? Are the interior and exterior upgrades worth the extra cost? Let us know in the comments below.

References

Mercedes GLS


2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class - image 654033

Read our full review on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS.


2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class - image 713883

Read more Mercedes-Benz news.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes GLS-Class "850 XL" by Brabus

As the full-sized SUV in Mercedes-Benz’s lineup, there’s a lot of pressure on the GLS to appeal to a wide range of customers, ranging from the off-road types to those who have big families. The multi-purpose function of the GLS-Class extends to the tuning world where aftermarket tuners like Brabus determine a specific course of action on how to best approach the SUVs capabilities. For its part, Brabus did what it does best by giving the GLS an engine upgrade of a lifetime that ends with the SUV’s biturbo V-8 engine netting a 838 horsepower and 1,069 pound-feet of torque.

Those power figures are the unquestioned highlight of the program and is the biggest reason why the program is called the “850 XL.” But there’s more to this kit than the massive engine upgrade. It also features a comprehensive wide body aero kit, a new set of 23-inch wheels, and modifications to the interior that really spruces up the life between those doors.

It is an extensive kit and it’s indicative of what Brabus is capable of when it goes all-out on a tuning program. Some tuners exaggerate their tuning kits with names dripping in hyperbole. Brabus has no need for that because its works, both past and present, resoundingly speak for themselves. In the case of the 850 XL kit for the GLS, Brabus has once again developed a tuning program that deserves its own holler.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.


PostHeaderIcon Indian Man Denied New Mercedes; Dealership Fears He Could "Sell it to the Taliban."

50-year old Surjeet Bassi walked into the Prestige Motors Mercedes dealership in Bergen County, New Jersey on June 3, 2016 thinking that he would be able to trade in his Mercedes-Benz ML350 for a Mercedes GLS550. What happened next ended with Bassi filing a lawsuit against the dealership for what his lawyer claims as “blatant racial discrimination.”

According to The Times Herald-Record, the dealership refused to sell him the GLS550 over fears that he might ship the SUV to the Taliban. The report adds that the transaction was going smoothly as Bassi passed a credit check, showed his personal bank statements, paid a $1,000 downpayment, and switched the new GLS into his new policy with his insurance company. Then things took a turn for the bizarre when the dealership’s manager told him that he can’t sell the car because Bassi was from a “high-risk area” where people buy cars and export them to the Islamic fundamentalist and terrorist organization.

The manager wouldn’t budge on his stance despite Bassi arguing that he had lived in the area for 30 years, runs a medical transport company, and has no connection whatsoever with the Taliban. The Indian national even offered to sign a waiver, something he had done before, promising that was not going to export the car for three years. All his pleas ended up being for naught as the dealership’s manager refused to budge on his stance.

Needless to say, Bassi wasn’t going to take the case of discrimination lightly. His attorney, Michael Susan, immediately filed a lawsuit against Prestige Motors in the in the Southern District of New York on the basis of racial discrimination and a refusal to extend credit under the federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act. Prestige Motors has yet to issue a response on the matter.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Indian Man Denied New Mercedes; Dealership Fears He Could "Sell it to the Taliban."

50-year old Surjeet Bassi walked into the Prestige Motors Mercedes dealership in Bergen County, New Jersey on June 3, 2016 thinking that he would be able to trade in his Mercedes-Benz ML350 for a Mercedes GLS550. What happened next ended with Bassi filing a lawsuit against the dealership for what his lawyer claims as “blatant racial discrimination.”

According to The Times Herald-Record, the dealership refused to sell him the GLS550 over fears that he might ship the SUV to the Taliban. The report adds that the transaction was going smoothly as Bassi passed a credit check, showed his personal bank statements, paid a $1,000 downpayment, and switched the new GLS into his new policy with his insurance company. Then things took a turn for the bizarre when the dealership’s manager told him that he can’t sell the car because Bassi was from a “high-risk area” where people buy cars and export them to the Islamic fundamentalist and terrorist organization.

The manager wouldn’t budge on his stance despite Bassi arguing that he had lived in the area for 30 years, runs a medical transport company, and has no connection whatsoever with the Taliban. The Indian national even offered to sign a waiver, something he had done before, promising that was not going to export the car for three years. All his pleas ended up being for naught as the dealership’s manager refused to budge on his stance.

Needless to say, Bassi wasn’t going to take the case of discrimination lightly. His attorney, Michael Susan, immediately filed a lawsuit against Prestige Motors in the in the Southern District of New York on the basis of racial discrimination and a refusal to extend credit under the federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act. Prestige Motors has yet to issue a response on the matter.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon 2017 Mercedes GLS UK Pricing Announced

2017 Mercedes GLS UK-0

Even though we are still half a year away from the actual launch of the 2017 Mercedes GLS in the British market, the German automaker has gone ahead and revealed the official pricing of the car in the UK. So you have plenty of time to decided whether the new Benz SIV is wroth the £69,100 asking price.

That is, of course, for the entry-level GLS 350d 4MATIC AMG Line model. The 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine with 258 hp and 620 Nm of torque, and CO2 rating of199 g/km, is the only engine you get unless you want to go for the big boy toy that is the GLS 63 AMG. This one comes with a 585 horsepower bi-turbo 5.5 liter V8. The diesel units get a 9-G tronic transmission while the AMG comes with a SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-tronic.

So British buyers will have the choice of GLS 350d AMG Line for £69,100; GLS 350d designo for £78,095; and the GLS 63 AMG for a staggering £102,330.

2017 Mercedes GLS UK-1
2017 Mercedes GLS UK-2
2017 Mercedes GLS UK-3
2017 Mercedes GLS UK-4
2017 Mercedes GLS UK-5
2017 Mercedes GLS UK-6

Equipment-wise, the 2017 Mercedes GLS comes as standard with COMAND Online including an 8-inch screen and touchpad; AIRMATIC air suspension with adaptive damping; LED Intelligent Light System with Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus; leather upholstery; memory front seats; Harmon Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system; panoramic electric sunroof; parking package with 360° camera; lane tracking package including Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist; Keyless-GO comfort package; THERMOTRONIC climate control with three zones; three-colour ambient lighting; and heated seats in the front two rows.

The designo trim adds goodies such as designo nappa leather upholstery with diamond pattern quilting; heated and cooled front seats; a heated steering wheel; four-zone climate control including the third row of seats; temperature-controlled cup holders; and interior air ionisation with filter. Also included is the Active Curve System.

The post 2017 Mercedes GLS UK Pricing Announced appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

It has only been two model years since the second-generation Mercedes-Benz GL-Class went on sale, but in addition to a new name, the full-size SUV is getting an updated look inside and out. The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS, as it is called starting 2015, has been renamed to create a more coherent naming structure across the lineup (after the GLA, GLC and GLE), and as the name suggests, the GLS will stand as the S-Class of SUVs. No small shoes to fill there.

Even though it will hit dealerships with a new name, the GLS isn’t a brand-new SUV, but a revised version of the second-generation GL-Class. As with most Mercedes-Benz facelifts, updates aren’t massive, but the GSL received just enough features to keep it fresh for a few more years. Besides the revised exterior features, the full-size hauled also gained an overhauled interior and upgraded drivetrains.

The seven-seater will hit U.S. dealerships in 2016 in four engine specs, including a diesel version and a performance-oriented AMG variant.

Updated 11/04/2015: Mercedes dropped the official information on the 2017 GLS.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS.


PostHeaderIcon Official: 2017 Mercedes GLS

2017 Mercedes GLS-0

Mercedes-Benz revealed today the first official details and pictures of the replacement for the old GL-Class SUV, known from here on out as the Mercedes GLS. The name hints at what the manufacturer intended for the new SUV to be, which is a GL-Class with S-Class levels of luxury and refinement.

So in many ways, the 2017 Mercedes GLS is the automaker’s real answer to the Range Rover. It is a big and comfortable cruiser that offers exceptional comfort and luxury, boasts good dynamism and on-road performance, and if the going ever got rough, it is more than capable of holding its own against mother nature.

Mercedes GLS comes with a host of electronic and mechanical features to make such a package possible, including DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes, improved air suspension system (AIRMATIC) with enhanced damping system (ADS), and nine-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission. Engine-wise, you can choose between the 449 hp GLS550 4MATIC V8, the 362 hp GLS450 4MATIC V6, the 255 hp GLS350d 4MATIC diesel, and the range-topping 557 hp GLS63 AMG.

As for the looks, the GLS is basically a facelifted GL with a bold new grille, revised bumpers and new light graphics. The interior design is also very familiar, but you’d be hard pressed to find anything to complain about in the midst of all the leather, wood, aluminum and piano black accents.

2017 Mercedes GLS-1
2017 Mercedes GLS-2
2017 Mercedes GLS-3
2017 Mercedes GLS-4
2017 Mercedes GLS-5
2017 Mercedes GLS-6
2017 Mercedes GLS-7
2017 Mercedes GLS-8
2017 Mercedes GLS-9

The post Official: 2017 Mercedes GLS appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon Daimler CEO Confirms Maybach SUV; Dismisses Audi Q1 Competitor

SUVs are the talk of the automotive world these days, with offerings ranging from massive people haulers like the Escalade to jacked-up hatchbacks that offer little more than a little extra ground clearance and all-wheel drive. Regardless of how irritating they are to some purists, these are what buyers want, and manufacturers can’t build them fast enough. Recent rumors have been circulating around Mercedes possibly planning a Maybach- SUV and a subcompact crossover to battle the Audi Q1. But while a new report claims that the Maybach rumor is true, it also claims that the subcompact rumor is false.

The report comes from the folks at Motoring.com.au, who had a conversation with Daimler executive, Dieter Zetsche. According to the report, Zetsche said that with Rolls Royce and Bentley both rolling out their own SUVs, the time is absolutely right for Maybach to have one of its own. Unlike the Bentley and Rolls people-haulers, however, the Maybach will be reliant on the product cycle of the Mercedes GLS, which it will be based on. The Bentley and Rolls SUVs are stand-alone models built separately from their respective parent companies’ product lines.

One SUV that appears to be totally out of the question is the rumored Mercedes-Benz Q1 fighter. According to Zetsche, that would require Mercedes to go into the A or B segment, which would step on the toes of Daimler-owned Smart. In the same breath, he also dismissed any competitor to the pint-sized A1.

Continue reading to hear my take on what this means.

Daimler CEO Confirms Maybach SUV; Dismisses Audi Q1 Competitor originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 27 February 2015 14:00 EST.

read more


PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Maybach GLS

We have a sneaking suspicion that the next Mercedes-Maybach model will be the GLS SUV, so we created a rendering showing what we thin it may look like.

In Daimler AG speak, the double-M luxury car emblem no longer means “Maybach-Manufaktur.” Now the iconic emblem stands for “Mercedes-Maybach,” with the ultra-luxurious 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class already making a name for the new sub-brand. The super-lux S-Class is just the first of an entire range of models set to wear the new emblem, as the German carmaker is now gearing up to introduce a hyper-luxurious variant of its full-size SUV, the GL-Class. Since Mercedes-Benz has already vowed to change its models’ names for a better clarity, the GL-Class will be renamed GLS following its mid-cycle facelift at the end of 2015.

In other words, the next Maybach-branded model from Stuttgart is likely to be called Mercedes-Maybach GLS500. Some unsubstantiated reports suggest that the GLS may get the twin-turbocharged V-12 instead of the V-8 though, which would obviously transform the “500” into a “600.” Either way, it is not the new name that will leave the biggest impression. Instead, the big news will be just how opulent this rig will be. I am talking about a car that Mercedes-Benz wants to pit against the upcoming Bentley Bentayga, which not be an easy feat.

Judging by the amount of upgrades that the S-Class has received to be worthy of the Mercedes-Maybach moniker, the GLS should probably up that amount even more to keep up with the Bentley, which will be designed from the ground up to be the most luxurious SUV on the planet. Either way, Mercedes-Benz is obviously no stranger to ultra-luxury features, so the only question remaining is how distinctive the Mercedes-Maybach GLS will be compared to the standard model.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2018 Mercedes-Maybach SUV.

Mercedes-Maybach GLS originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 29 January 2015 16:00 EST.

read more


PostHeaderIcon Filling the Gaps: Mercedes New Naming System Analyzed

Mercedes has already laid out most of its new naming scheme, but we noticed some obvious gaps, so we filled them in and speculated on each model.

Mercedes-Benz is planning some pretty major updates to the entirety of its product line. In a bid to fill every nook and cranny of the luxury auto market with some form of the three-pointed star, the company recently announced its intention to release eleven all-new models over the course of the next five years, which is in addition to ten new plug-in hybrids scheduled for release in the next three years.

To help sort through the glut of new cars, Mercedes has come up with a fresh nomenclature system that will be applied to all upcoming releases going into 2015. This system differentiates between vehicles via one to three upper case letters, which designate the car type (“GL” for SUVs/off-roaders, “CL” for four-door coupes, “SL” for roadsters, etc.) and core model series (A, E, S, etc.), plus lower case letters for the drive system (“d” for diesel, “h” for hybrid, etc.).

With this information in hand, we can breakdown the future model lineup with relative confidence, filling in the gaps as we go.

What new models will we see coming from Mercedes? Read on to find out.

Click past the jump to read more about Mercedes new naming strategy.

Filling the Gaps: Mercedes New Naming System Analyzed originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 5 December 2014 14:00 EST.

read more


TiresDirect
SuperTune Kit:
Auto Auctions:
1969 Chevrolet C-10 Custom 1969 CHEVROLET C-10 PICKUP TRUCK LONG BED 350 V-8 Automatic
$700.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Nov-24-2018 18:28:34 PST
Buy It Now for only: $1,200.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

1949 Chevrolet Other Pickups deluxe 1949 chevy 5 window shortbed v8 ie 1955 nomad belair ratrod gmc 1972
$4,235.00 (15 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Nov-21-2018 19:30:00 PST
Buy It Now for only: $14,500.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 1969 Mustang Fastback
$1,050.00 (13 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Nov-28-2018 7:25:04 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list

1966 Ford Mustang GT Convertible 1966 Ford Mustang GT Convertible Convertible 1966 GT Convertible Used Manual
$12,500.00 (22 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Nov-24-2018 15:53:26 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list

1957 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1957 CHEVROLET PICKUP HALF TON LONG BOX 3200 LOW MILES
$4,550.00 (9 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Nov-21-2018 19:57:13 PST
Buy It Now for only: $12,500.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible AME OWNER FOR 40 YEARS IN FLORIDA SOLID FLOORS PROJECT CAR WELD WHEELS
$13,500.00
End Date: Friday Nov-23-2018 13:48:57 PST
Buy It Now for only: $13,500.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

1965 Ford Mustang COUPE NO RESERVE 1964 1/2 MUSTANG COUPE A/C POWER STEERING DELUX INTERIOR 1 OWNER
$4,000.00 (26 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Nov-20-2018 15:51:35 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list

1951 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1951 GMC COE Cabover Hauler Patina Rat Hot Rod Shop Truck Slammed LS Power Chevy
$7,600.00 (17 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Nov-25-2018 18:50:24 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list

1985 Chevrolet Corvette C4 1985 Chevy Chevrolet Corvette C4 5.7L V8
$1,500.00
End Date: Wednesday Nov-21-2018 15:15:56 PST
Buy It Now for only: $1,500.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 1969 mach 1 351w fastback
$5,000.00
End Date: Wednesday Nov-21-2018 11:27:20 PST
Buy It Now for only: $5,000.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

1966 Chevrolet Other Pickups C 10 1966 Chevy short box truck
$3,450.00 (53 Bids)
End Date: Monday Nov-19-2018 21:06:59 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list

1972 Chevrolet Camaro SS Super Sport 1972 Chevrolet Camaro SS
$25,500.00
End Date: Sunday Nov-25-2018 6:30:12 PST
Buy It Now for only: $25,500.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

1964 Ford Mustang Convertible 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible
$6,550.00 (11 Bids)
End Date: Friday Nov-23-2018 13:00:00 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list

1969 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, 350 Engine w/ Manual Transmission
$21,600.00 (21 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Nov-22-2018 13:43:59 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list

1972 Chevrolet C10 1972 Chevy C10 Pick Up Frame Off RESTO 350 Vintage AC PS PDB 350Trans
$12,400.00 (3 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Nov-21-2018 14:34:14 PST
Buy It Now for only: $42,995.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

1968 Ford Mustang GT Convertible 1968 Ford Convertible GT Mustang 289 Power Disc Brakes - Power steering
$14,100.00 (22 Bids)
End Date: Friday Nov-23-2018 18:11:38 PST
Buy It Now for only: $23,900.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 1957 Corvette Fuelie PROJECT w/Documentation from Nolan Adams, Rare Opportunity!
$39,500.00
End Date: Saturday Nov-24-2018 15:22:39 PST
Buy It Now for only: $39,500.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

1955 Chevrolet Other Pickups 3100 1955 1st series Chevrolet 3100 pickup
$5,500.00 (13 Bids)
End Date: Monday Nov-19-2018 17:22:38 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list

1946 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1946 CHEVY 1/2ton Pickup Truck, RUST FREE, 98% Original, PERFECT PROJECT!
$5,000.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Nov-20-2018 16:18:04 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list

1957 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1957 Chevy Pickup Truck 3200
$9,000.00
End Date: Saturday Nov-24-2018 11:37:38 PST
Buy It Now for only: $9,000.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

1959 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1959 gmc 100 pickup
$510.00 (3 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Nov-24-2018 18:15:14 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list

1965 Ford Mustang 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone Built 289 Tremec 5 Speed Power RackPinon
$10,200.00 (3 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Nov-21-2018 14:34:13 PST
Buy It Now for only: $64,995.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

1949 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1949 CHEVROLET 3100 PICKUP 100% ORIGINAL BARN FIND NO RESERVE
$4,860.00 (25 Bids)
End Date: Friday Nov-23-2018 15:27:09 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list

1957 Ford Other Custom Ranchero 1957 Ford Custom Ranchero 
$15,100.00 (37 Bids)
End Date: Monday Nov-19-2018 14:15:00 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list

1958 Chevrolet Other Pickups C10 1958 Chevrolet Apache Step Side Pickup Truck Southern California Hot Rod Truck
$12,300.00 (17 Bids)
End Date: Monday Nov-26-2018 18:30:00 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list

1965 Ford Mustang Convertible 289 V8 Automatic, Power Top & Steering, Disc Brakes EASY RESTO Barn Find NO RUST
$7,987.01 (17 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Nov-24-2018 10:30:26 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list

1966 Chevrolet C-10 1966 SHORT BED
$460.55 (14 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Nov-24-2018 16:52:00 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list

1966 Chevrolet C-10 1966 Chevy C10 shortbed
$5,500.00
End Date: Sunday Dec-16-2018 6:00:56 PST
Buy It Now for only: $5,500.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Pickup Truck Used 6.2L V8 16V Automatic 4WD
$25,778.90 (14 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Nov-27-2018 8:58:20 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list

1968 Chevrolet C-10 1968 C10 LS swapped slammed pick up with AC Shop Truck
$15,500.00 (30 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Nov-21-2018 9:56:33 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list

Dietrich Web Consulting