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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe Hits Detroit as the Most Powerful Two-Door E-Class Yet

Mercedes-Benz used the 2018 Detroit Auto Show to introduce a new line of AMG-badges cars. The new series is dubbed E53 and its main feat is that it has a hybrid engine, which makes it the first electrified production model line from Affalterbach. The new E53 lineup includes three model for now, one of which is the E-Class Coupe. It’s called the Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe and in the absence of a full-blown E63 version, it’s the most potent E-Class Coupe to date!


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“While it's nowhere near as aggressive as the E63, it stands out in the lineup thanks to a few unique features”

Debuted alongside identical variants of the CLS and E-Class Cabriolet, the AMG E53 Coupe bridges the gap between the already familiar E43 and E63 designs. While it’s nowhere near as aggressive as the E63, it stands out in the lineup thanks to a few unique features. Up front, the diamond radiator grille with individual pins was replaced by a twin-blade design finished in silver chrome and a black lattice mesh in the background. The outer air intakes and the side skirts have also been revised, together with rear apron and the tailpipe trim, now finished in high-gloss chrome. There’s a new trunklid spoiler too, available either in body color or exposed carbon-fiber.

The interior features the big 12.3-inch display for the infotainment and instrument cluster as standard and all the fancy tech seen in the regular E-Class Coupe, but the AMG badge adds a few extras, starting with the AMG Performance steering wheel in Nappa leather. The two-door also employs sports seats, AMG-specific upholstery design, red seatbelts, and trim elements in either carbon-fiber, glass fiber, or matte silver. The steering wheel can be optioned up with wood inserts in piano lacquer or Dinamica microfiber grip areas. New upholstery options are also available, including combinations in black/saddle brown, black/white, black/classic red, designo titian red/macchiato beige and designo titanium grey/black.


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“The AMG badge adds a few extras, starting with the AMG Performance steering wheel in Nappa leather”

Motivation is provided by a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter inline-six engine with an EQ Boost starter-alternator. The latter not only increases fuel economy, but it also boosts engine output. The configuration is not new, having been launched on the CLS four-door coupe in 2017, but it’s the first time it’s being offered on another model. The six-cylinder engine cranks out 435 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque, significantly more than the most potent E-Class Coupe version available right now, the E400. The latter delivers “only” 328 horses and 350 pound-feet. The EQ Boost provides an additional 22 horses and 184 pound-feet, taking total output to an impressive 457 horsepower and 568 pound-feet.


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“The EQ Boost provides an additional 22 horses and 184 pound-feet, taking total output to an impressive 457 horsepower and 568 pound-feet.”

A nine-speed AMG Speedshift transmission and 4Matic all-wheel-drive system routes the power to the wheels, enabling the E53 Coupe to hit 62 mph from a standing start in 4.4 seconds, more than a half-second quicker than the E400 4Matic, to go with a top speed of 155 mph. Other features include five Dynamic Select drive modes, independent AMG Ride Control+ suspension, AMG speed-sensitive steering, and compound braking system.

Stick around for a full debut on this car.

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Blitzkriegs Detroit!

Mercedes-Benz has finally debuted the all-new G-Class SUV at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. While Mercedes had already released the official information on the G-Class just prior to the show, this is our first time getting a hands-on look at the new icon.

The new G-Class is longer, wider, and of course, more luxurious than the outgoing model. The interior borrows some of the design and high-tech features from the E-Class and S-Class sedans, meaning the G will finally be worth its €107,040.50 ($131,470) asking price. Outside, the G-Class wears a familiar aesthetic that keeps the vehicle grounded in its heritage. It’s like the Jeep Wrangler – the designers couldn’t change it beyond recognition.

The G-Class also retains is amazing off-road capability. In fact, Mercedes even increased the G’s performance. A new “G-Mode” is like a silver bullet button that puts the SUV’s systems into the right settings for tackling treacherous terrain. The front, center, and rear locking differentials, combined with different settings for the traction control, throttle response, and ABS are all included.

Initially, power comes from a 4.0-liter V-8 making 422 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque from 2,000 to 4,750 rpm. More engines are expected in the future. A nine-speed automatic comes standard. Mercedes says the 2019 G-Class will achieve 21.2 mpg combined. And as mentioned, the price starts around $131,470 here in the U.S. and will go on sale starting in June in Europe with North America to follow.

For more on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, check out our coverage below.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes Debuts New AMG Series with CLS53 Model

Mercedes-Benz is making big waves with the brand-new G-Class at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, but the German firm also launched a new AMG series at the U.S. event. The new AMG line wears the 53 designation and debuts on three cars, one of which is the CLS four-door coupe. Introduced a couple of month back, the third-generation CLS was expected to gain a traditional AMG CLS63 version, but it seems we will have to wait a while longer for that model. Instead, we now get to have a look at the CLS53. As you might have already guessed, the CLS53 will slot between the regular CLS and the upcoming beefed-up CLS63.

Unlike the usual 63-badged Mercs, the CLS53 sports a rather subdued look, with only a handful of details setting it apart from the regular model. Up front, the twin-blade radiator grille in silver chrome, previous a V-8 version feature, is the only tell-tale sign. The grille behind also features a black lattice pattern instead of the familiar diamond layout. The profile is highlighted by slightly more dynamic side skirts and new wheels in 19- or 20-inch designs, while the rear fascia gains a revised apron, twin tailpipes in high-gloss chrome, and a spoiler available in carbon-fiber. The 4Matic models gets a few extras, like additional side air curtains, mirrors positioned on the doors (like on AMG GT models).

Exclusive Appointments and up to 457 Horsepower


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“Inside the cabin, you'll find exclusive appointments and materials and an extended list of options”

Inside the cabin, you’ll find exclusive appointments and materials and an extended list of options. Highlights include a AMG Performance steering wheel, sports seats with red safety belts, AMG badges, and trim elements in carbon-fiber, glass fiber, or matte silver. Options include Artico leather and Dinamica microfiber, Nappa leather, or Designo upholstery in Macchiato Beige/Magma Grey, Black/Bengal Red, or Espresso Brown/Magma Grey.

The AMG CLS53 gets its juice from a beefed-up version of the standard model’s twin-turbo, 3.0-liter inline-six engine. This means it also gets the EQ Boost features, which turns it into a mild hybrid. The mill is rated at 435 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque, a 73-horsepower and 15-pound-foot increase over the regular model. EQ boost adds an extra 22 horses and 184 pound-feet for a total of 457 horsepower and a whopping 568 pound-feet. That’s only 106 horses less than what the upcoming CLS63 is expected to get. And an extra 15 pound-feet of twist. Awesome!


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“Charging from 0 to 62 mph takes only 4.5 seconds, while top speed is rated at the usual 155 mph.”

All that oomph travels to the wheels through a nine-speed, AMG Speedshift transmission and a 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. Charging from 0 to 62 mph takes only 4.5 seconds, while top speed is rated at the usual 155 mph.

Stay tuned for a full review of the new CLS53 model.

References

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PostHeaderIcon We Already Know What it Looks Like, But Mercedes is Teasing the Next-Gen G-Class SUV Anyway

Give Mercedes-Benz credit for this: no amount of leaked images will spoil it by teasing the upcoming Mercedes G-Class. We’ve already seen the all-weather SUV running roughshod in a snowy landscape. Now, it’s taking its marauding madness to the sand dunes with a new teaser photo that shows next-to-nothing except for a peek at the front section of the SUV.

The lack of identifiable body bits doesn’t really matter anymore because the aforementioned leaked photos gave the jig up. We know that the new G-Class will keep its iconic look. With the exception of a few bits and pieces, the new G-Class will remain identifiable to anybody who sees it. That’s not to say that the SUV will be completely the same. Looks aside, this is a new model that’s packing plenty of new tech features and the latest in state-of-the-art technology. The interior, in particular, boasts a reconfigured layout and a new digital instrument cluster, among other niceties.

We’ll leave the technical details for Mercedes to reveal, but the new G-Class is shaping up to be another German masterclass in robust off-roading. The SUV is scheduled to make its debut at the North American Auto Show in Detroit next week. Before that, a third and final teaser will be unveiled on January 14. It doesn’t matter now since we already know what the G-Class looks like, but in keeping with the theme of the first two teaser photos, we’re guessing that this one takes place in a jungle. Perhaps even outer space? No, that’d be too much.

References

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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class.


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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz Previews New G-Class With Off-Road Specs

Although a full reveal isn’t expected to drop until later this month at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz is previewing the upcoming 2019 G-Class with a rundown on its off-road specs. The German automaker is also offering up a few shots of the camo’d luxury box bashing around in the rough stuff as visual proof of its prowess.

Continue reading to learn more about the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

The Full Story


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We just got a look at the new G-Class’ revamped interior last month,which assured us that yes – this thing is still very much a five-star luxury hotel on wheels. Now we’re getting a few tidbits on the other side of the equation – that is, what it can do off the paved stuff.

“The primary goal of development was to make the new G-Class even more effective off-road,” Mercedes sates in the press release. Apparently, the automaker put the new G-Class to the test at a place called Schockl, which is a 1,445-meter (4,741-foot) mountain in Austria. Snaking its way towards the top of the mountain is a road about 5.6 km (roughly 3.5 miles) long, offering challenges like gradients up to 60 percent and lateral inclinations up to 40 percent. Here, Merc made sure the G-Class had the right stuff by clocking some 2,000 km (1,243 miles) along the difficult route.

To help it feel at home up there on the Austrian mountain, the G-Class keeps its ladder-frame construction, while in the corners you’ll find double wishbones for the front mated directly to the ladder-frame, sans a subframe. In back is a rigid rear axle that utilizes a quartet of longitudinal control arms per side, plus a Panhard rod. AMG provided input on the suspension set-up, maximizing capability and ground clearance, while keeping it somewhat civil on flatter, more even surfaces.


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“Updates for the latest model year include extra ground clearance, a deeper fording depth, higher driving stability angles, a higher approach angle, and finally, a higher breakover angle.”

Updates for the latest model year include an additional 6 mm (0.24 inches) of ground clearance between the axles, an additional 10 cm (3.9 inches) for the fording depth (up to 70 cm, or 27.6 inches, total), an extra 7 degrees for the driving stability angle (up to 35 degrees), one more degree for the approach angle (up to 31 degrees), and finally, one more degree for the breakover angle (up to 26 degrees).

On the traction front, the G-Class gets three differential locks, plus a Low-Range off-road ratio. Routing the power is a new nine-speed automatic transmission, which Mercedes says was adapted to suit the needs of an off-roader thanks to shorter, crisper shift tuning. Torque is split 40 percent to the front and 60 percent to the rear. 18-inch all-terrain tires are an available option.

There’s also a new G-Mode that sets the mood with all the proper settings for off-roading. G-Mode is activated automatically when engaging the diff locks or Low Range Mode, and affects the steering, dampers, and throttle response.


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“There's also a new G-Mode that sets the mood with all the proper settings for off-roading.”

A bird’s eye 360-degree camera, reversing camera, and three additional cameras provide extra visibility when searching for the right line. The infotainment assists include data like height, gradient, steering angle, diff status, and even a compass for extra explorer style points.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed, as we’ll be bringing you all the information on the new G-Class when it drops later this month in Detroit.

References

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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class.


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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

PostHeaderIcon Video: Design Details of the Mercedes-AMG Project One

When you’re building a car as unique as the Mercedes-AMG Project One, it’s not enough for you to go through the usual design and engineering process behind building a traditional car. The hypercar is specialized in ways that go beyond the standards of typical auto engineering. It ventures into the territory of Formula One where every piece of the car is developed with the goal of enhancing its aerodynamics and performance capabilities. That’s the kind of work Mercedes-AMG put into developing the Project One. We see that on full display in this video presented by the automaker where some of the project’s most influential voices described the intricacies that went behind creating one of the most technologically advanced cars in the world today.


“The Mercedes-AMG Project One owes its roots to the German automaker’s desire to bring Formula One technology outside of the race track and into the streets”

The Mercedes-AMG Project One owes its roots to the German automaker’s desire to bring Formula One technology outside of the race track and into the streets. One look at the hypercar and you can tell that Mercedes-AMG took that goal seriously. Every little piece of it has ties to F1 tech, right down to how the panels were shaped to fully optimize its aerodynamic credentials.

Daimler Chief Design Director, Gorden Wagener, said as much in the video, explaining that the company’s goal was to make the most aerodynamic car in the world. As you can see, the lengths by which Mercedes-AMG went to achieving that goal was evident in how Formula One tech played a huge part in the development of the Project One. From the air ducts on the roof to the shark fins at the back, these components didn’t make it in the car by accident; they were added because of the aero enhancements they provide.


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“All the materials in the interior of the Project One were sourced from the sport”

It’s the same story in the interior. Mercedes-AMG Interior Design Director, Hartmut Sinkwitz, admitted that all the materials in the interior of the Project One were sourced from the sport, be it the generous use of carbon fiber or the inclusion of microfibre fabrics.

The result is a car that speaks for itself. Say what you will about its design, but you can’t deny that the Project One is dripping in F1-derived technology, right down to the hybrid Formula 1-inspired powertrain that’s capable of producing 1,000 horsepower. That power figure helps the hypercar sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds before hitting a top speed of 217 mph.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz Previews New A-Class With Winter Testing: Video

As those of us in the Mid West and on the East Coast gear up for yet another major winter storm, it’s important to know that your ride can take the freezing temperatures and won’t leave you out in the cold. As such, all of the major automakers out there undergo extensive testing when it comes to cold weather proofing their models, and Mercedes-Benz is no different, bringing their products to Sweden before they hit the dealership floor. The above-featured 35-second clip is a quick glimpse at what goes into prep for oodles of the white stuff, including a little sideways drift action on a giant snowy skid pad, grip on an iced-over road, and extreme temperature tests that pelt the car with winds as frigid as -30 degrees Celsius (-22 degrees Fahrenheit). It’s a quick little video, but in addition to the winter testing stuff, it also affords us an opportunity to check out the new A-Class. The car in question is decked out in swirly camo, which means it’s a little tricky to pick out all the details, but more eagle-eyed readers can use it as an opportunity to preview the latest model year. It’s also worth noting that the car in the vid is the five-door hatchback body style, which won’t arrive on these shores (we’ll get the four-door sedan instead).

Are you excited for the new A-Class? Are you prepared for the impending storms? Let us know in the comments, and check out our recent “Getting Ready For Winter With FWD” article.


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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes Teases New G-Wagen Ahead of January 15 Debut

Mercedes-Benz is on the cusp of debuting its all-new 2019 G-Wagen. In fact, the reveal party is set for January 15, 2018, at the Detroit Auto Show. Ahead of Detroit, though, Mercedes has released a teaser commercial for the next-gen G-Class, and boy, it seems to reference Jurassic Park pretty hard.

Remember the scene from the original movie from 1993 where dinosaurs were brought back to life using DNA extracted from a mosquito that had survived centuries encased in amber? Well, it seems Mercedes is doing the same with the new G-Wagen – bringing it back to life by using DNA from the 1979 G-Wagen. The teaser commercial shows the 1979 model, which was the first year of the long-running previous generation, encased in a block of amber like it’s been preserved for centuries. In truth, it’s been Mercedes that has kept the G-Wagen so well preserved, having given it minimal updates through the decades.

Of course, that’s changing for the 2019 model year. The new G-Class is wider, longer, and more luxurious, while still capable off the beaten path. Mercedes has already shown the G-Wagen’s swanky new interior. It includes inspiration from the S-Class sedan and offers 5.9 inches of additional legroom for rear passengers. Modern safety and connectivity features will be present, too, along with new drivetrain options.

TopSpeed will have the full details on January 15, but until then, have a look at this fun, 53-second video. And don’t be surprised is Mercedes continues its association with the Jurassic Park movie fancies in any future films. It’s easy to imagine Chris Pratt outrunning a T-Rex in a modified G-Wagen.

Continue reading for more on the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.


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PostHeaderIcon A Timeless Christmas Commercial From Mercedes-AMG

Car-related Christmas commercials are generally good fun, especially when it’s not a hard sell, in-your-face ad about year-end closeout deals or other pitch. One of my favorite light-hearted commercials came from Mercedes-Benz in 2012. It features the SLS AMG GT3 racecar and its development team. The commercial begins with engineers and pit crewmembers tirelessly working under the SLS’ hood. It appears the AMG team is making corrections to the big 6.2-liter V-8, perhaps tweaking it to hit that sweet 600-horsepower mark. The SLS then burns rubber out of the pits and onto the rack where the pit crew seems oddly obsessed with making the car hit 180 degrees Celsius. Strong German accents bark orders at the driver not to hit the curbs, presumably to save the SLS’ forged aluminum control arms.

The mystery comes to a close when the car pulls back into the pits, and the hood is opened. There, sitting perfectly inside the SLS’ long engine bay, is a tray of Christmas cookies decorated with Mercedes emblems, AMG logos, Reindeer, and shooting stars. A taste reveals the cookies were perfectly baked by the all-aluminum V-8, confirming the $456,000 non-streetable SLS AMG is the most exciting oven ever devised.

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PostHeaderIcon The Mercedes GLA is America’s Least Satisfying Car in 2017

If you’re in the market for a Mercedes GLA this Christmas season, you might want to hold off on that purchase. Despite being produced by an automaker that’s known for its refinement, the GLA has been bestowed by Consumer Reports with the ignominious distinction of being America’s least satisfying car in 2017. The magazine used data from its Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey along with its own testing and reliability ratings to come to this conclusion. It’s not a good look for the GLA, but it’s also far from the only model that made it to CR’s list of 10 least satisfying vehicles in the country.

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It’s not the kind of list the Mercedes GLA-Class wants to be a part of, but it made it to the top of the list because of a number of worrying characteristics. According to Consumer Reports, the high-riding hatchback suffers from a number of deficiencies, including poor visibility, a bad gearbox, a stiff ride, and a loud interior. It doesn’t get better from there as the GLA was also criticized for being small, cramped, and expensive. Pricing for the crossover starts at $33,400, which is a steep price to pay for a car that has these many warts in it.

Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes GLA-Class.

Infiniti QX60


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As bad as it gets for the Mercedes GLA-Class, it can at least find solace knowing that it’s not the only crossover/SUV to make it to Consumer Reports’ list of least satisfying cars in the US. Joining the GLA in this run of misery is the Infiniti QX60, a plush crossover that does have a few positive things going for it, including a spacious and well-appointed interior. Sadly, the that wasn’t enough for the QX60 to gain a positive grade because its rating was torpedoed by what Consumer Reports calls a “so-so” fuel-economy rating and a “mushy” driving experience.

Read our full review on the 2016 Infiniti QX60

Dodge Journey


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The run of poor crossovers and SUVs continues with the Dodge Journey. While the mid-sizer looks relatively fresh for a model that’s late in its production run, it’s not enough to offset the myriad of issues that it has. According to Consumer Reports, the Journey suffered from a lack of agility in its tests. Its 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine also delivers the worst fuel economy class and it fared about as well as Homer Simpson taking a calculus test in the IIHS small-overlap frontal crash test. It’s a bit disappointing to see the Journey on this list because it does ride well and the interior still has some comfort to it. But there’s always a price to pay for a car as old as the Journey. Turns out, that “price” is a spot on Consumer Reports’ least satisfying cars in America list.

Read our full review on the 2017 Dodge Journey

Chevrolet Trax


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Is it a surprise to see the Chevrolet Trax on this list? The short answer is “no” because the Trax suffers from so many problems that I’m actually surprised it’s not the least of the least in this list (tongue twister!). As much as I want to like the Trax, it suffers from a laundry list of issues, including a 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder engine that’s neither powerful nor fuel efficient. It can be one or the other and we’d look the other way, but “neither” is bad from the get-go. To make things worse, the Trax’s bite-sized appeal also lends to a cramped interior and a stiff ride that’s not going to do any wonders for the driver and the passengers. There’s an option to get a base model on the cheap, but if you’re getting a “premium” version like the Trax LT AWD, the $26,000 you’ll have to spend for one would be better of used on something like a Subaru Forester.

Read our full on the 2017 Chevrolet Trax

Nissan Sentra


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Mercifully, the run of crossovers and SUVs on this last has come to an end. We now turn our attention to the sedans, and leading the way is the Nissan Sentra. To be fair, the Sentra has far fewer issues than the other sedans that made this list. It handles relatively well, and it has a spacious interior for its class. But the ride remains stiff, and it doesn’t accelerate off the line as quick as a lot of its rivals. The issues aren’t enough for us to throw a red flag on the sedan, but it is concerning that Nissan’s most popular model found its way on this list. That should at least set off some warning lights on your head.

Read our full review on the 2017 Nissan Sentra.

Nissan Versa Sedan


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Oh, look, another Nissan sedan is on this list. Joy of joys. I was tempted to just skip over the Versa Sedan because it really is a mediocre car. The interior is cheap and noisy. The handling is sub-par. The ride is stiff. I could go on with all the things that ail the subcompact sedan. But I’ll stop here because it does have a trim – the Versa note – that offers much better for the price you’re going to have to pay for it.

Read our full review on the 2017 Nissan Versa Sedan

Acura ILX


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I was actually surprised to see the Acura ILX on this list because I thought the sedan’s recent update addressed a lot of its shortcomings. Apparently, Consumer Reports still isn’t impressed with the sedan because of what it describes as continuing issues in handling and comfort. According to CR, the ILX’s ride is jumpy and the handling is sub-standard. It also suffers from a rebellious gearbox and a confusing infotainment system. It’s a pity because the new ILX actually looks good from a design point-of-view.

Read our full review on the 2017 Acura ILX.

Fiat 500


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For the record, I don’t think the Fiat 500 belongs in this list. I’ve driven one a handful of times and I enjoyed it, at least for the most part. Sadly, Consumer Reports doesn’t share the same optimism about the 500, which is described as having a choppy ride, an awkward driving position, and a noisy interior. I will admit that the ride wasn’t on the level of a luxury car, but shouldn’t that be expected for a pint-sized hatchback? Well, it’s not my list so I really don’t have a lot of say in the proceedings.

Read our full review on the 2017 Fiat 500.

Dodge Grand Caravan


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Unlike the Fiat 500, this one is an easy call. The Dodge Grand Caravan is just bad in so many ways. It suffers from the worst fuel economy rating in its class and it has an interior that can be best described as uneven. It is affordable at just $25,995, but even I wouldn’t spend that much money on a car that’s on its last legs.

Read our full review on the Dodge Grand Caravan

Ford Transit Connect


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Last but certainly not least is the Ford Transit Connect, the commercial vehicle that has also doubled as a minivan replacement in the past. Unfortunately for the Transit Connect, just because it’s served that purpose in the past, it doesn’t mean it should continue serving the same purpose. The Transit Connect has mediocre fuel economy ratings, has a cheap interior, and an alarming lack of significant features. If you’re going to spend money on a minivan, the Transit Connect isn’t going to offer any more than what it has at its disposal. It just so happens that there’s not a lot of them, to begin with.

Read our full review on the Ford Transit Connect

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake

After six years on the market with minor changes, the Mercedes-Benz CLS was redesigned and launched in its third-gen configuration in late 2017. Now sporting a more aggressive design with features borrowed from the AMG GT sports car, the four-door coupe boasts a more upscale interior borrowed from the E-Class and introduced a brand-new engine for Mercedes-Benz. A high-performance AMG CLS63 version is sure to follow, but word has it that the German firm may not launch a new Shooting Brake model now that station wagons are no longer popular. But until Mercedes says a firm no I’m hoping that the German shooting brake will make a comeback by the end of 2018.

The CLS Shooting Brake is much newer than the four-door coupe it is based on. While the CLS broke cover back in 2004, the Shooting Brake didn’t arrive until 2012, one year after Mercedes introduced the second-generation model. So if Merc decided to axe the nameplate, the CLS Shooting Brake will die after only five years on the market. It would be a shame to lose one of the only two affordable shooting brakes (the other being the CLA) and one of the very few premium wagons still available. You can see why I’m still hoping that the second-gen CLS isn’t the end of the road for this model. We should find out more about the wagon’s future in 2018 but until that happens, let’s find out what it may bring to the market if it survives.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake.

Exterior

  • Same design as new CLS
  • More aggressive styling
  • Sporty wagon rear end
  • Unique design compared to other wagons

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“The Shooting Brake model is expected to look identical to the sedan from the nose to the C-pillars”

As seen in the rendering from X-Tomi Design, the Shooting Brake model is expected to look identical to the sedan from the nose to the C-pillars, just like the outgoing model. So the sporty wagon will benefit from the CLS’ redesigned features, including the unique grille that becomes wider toward the base (a feature borrowed from the AMG GT sports car), a forward-slanting nose, and a pair of aggressive looking headlamps with sharp edges. The new engine hood completely surrounded by body surfaces, the large vents in the front bumper, and the new wheels also contribute to the updated look.

Onto the sides, we can see the revised body panels that retain the traditional high, arching waistline, but also the cleaner overall design that gives the four-door a more elegant appearance. The design changes toward toward the back with a revised window layout for the rear doors, the longer, wagon-like roof, and the new quarter windows. Does it look good with the new design? Hell yeah!


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“It's a cool design that has just enough unique features to stand out on the market”

The rendering doesn’t give us a glimpse of the rear section, but things should change significantly here, mostly due to the two-piece taillights. The new units have their inner sections placed on the trunk lid on the four-door coupe, so I’m thinking they should sit on the tailgate here. This should give the CLS Shooting Brake a look that’s more similar to station wagon versions of the C-Class and E-Class, but it probably won’t seem as exotic as its predecessor in the Mercedes lineup.

Still, it’s a cool design that has just enough unique features to stand out on the market.

Interior

  • Interior borrowed from E-Class
  • 12.3-inch displays
  • Jet aircraft-inspired A/C vents
  • Premium materials
  • Exclusive seat design
  • Extensive driver assistance package
  • Larger trunk

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“The interior of the upcoming Shooting Brake will also be identical to the four-door coupe”

The interior of the upcoming Shooting Brake will also be identical to the four-door coupe. The latter borrows the layout from the E-Class, featuring a two-tier design dashboard with an arched lower section and a wide center console. The familiar cluster of four, in-line A/C vents occupy the center section of the lower dash, with a large infotainment screen above. But unlike the E-Class and the S-Class, these vents are shaped like jet aircraft turbines, so you do get something extra.

The 12.3 high-resolution display is reminiscent of the S-Class and it can be combined (optionally) with a similar instrument cluster. In this configuration the screens merge to form a wide-display cockpit under a shared, continuous glass cover. It basically looks like a really wide screen that stretches from the left dash corner to the center section, which is really cool. Below, the center console can be had with open-pore or high-gloss wood trim for a more premium look.


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“The latest CLS also gained seats with an exclusive design with high-quality piping”

The latest CLS also gained seats with an exclusive design that includes high-quality piping. In the back, the individual seats have been replaced by a three-seat bench for the first time, but unlike the four-door, the Shooting Brake already had this configuration because four-seat wagons don’t make much sense. Other features should include the new ambient lighting system with 64 colors, a special A/C setting that briefly changes color to show if temperature is set to make the cabin warmer (red) or cooler (blue), and three display styles for the instrument cluster.

Another new feature is the Energizing Comfort setting that links numerous comfort system to provide a suitable atmosphere. It changes setting for climate control (including fragrancing), seating functions, steering wheel, lighting, and music, with six programs to choose from: Refresh / Freshness, Warmth, Vitality, Joy, Comfort / Well-Being, and Training. The latter has three additional settings for the seat massage function: muscle relaxation, muscle activation, and balance.


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“The biggest change compared to the regular CLS will be the larger trunk”

New driver assistance system are also on the table for the Shooting Brake. The standard package includes many new features for the CLS, all borrowed from the S-Class, such as Active Brake Assist, Attention Assist, and Pre-Safe. The optional Driver Assistance Package adds Active Distance Assist Distronic, Active Steering Assist, Active Speed Limit Assist, Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function, Evasive Steering Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Pre-Safe Plus, and Pre-Safe Impulse Side. Active Distance Assist Distronic and Active Steering Assist help the driver keep a safe distance from the vehicles in front. The speed is now adjusted automatically ahead of bends or junctions.

The biggest change compared to the regular CLS will be the trunk, which will provide significantly more luggage room thanks to the wagon configuration. Granted, it won’t match the E-Class’ capacity due to the sloping roof, but it should provide more room than the C-Class Wagon.

Drivetrain

  • New six-cylinder engine
  • Up to 383 horsepower and 553 pound-feet
  • EQ Boost enhances fuel economy
  • Available all-wheel-drive
  • Air Body Control suspension
  • AMG models possible

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“The EQ Boost provides an additional 21 horses and 184 pound-feet over short periods”

The third-gen CLS was unveiled with just one engine and it’s safe to assume that it will be the first option on the Shooting Brake model too. Interestingly enough, Mercedes chose the CLS to debut a brand-new engine instead of just giving it the same units as the E-Class, with which it shares underpinnings. The engine in question is a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder that features an integrated starter/generator, called EQ Boost, which assists the combustion engine when accelerating and supplies the battery with power by means of high-efficiency recuperation. By doing so it increase fuel efficiency, basically turning the CLS into a hybrid.

EQ Boost also increases performance, enabling the six-cylinder to deliver the performance of an eight-cylinder engine. The 3.0-liter cranks out 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of twist on its own, while the EQ Boost provides an additional 21 horses and 184 pound-feet over short periods. All told, the drivetrain can deliver up to 383 horsepower and a whopping 553 pound-feet of torque in the sedan and it will do the same in the Shooting Brake model.


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“An all-wheel-drive version with 4Matic will also be offered”

Performance ratings aren’t yet available for the sedan, but it should be the most powerful CLS model without an “AMG” badge. If the Shooting Brake becomes a production model, it will be sold as the CLS450 Shooting Brake with this engine. An all-wheel-drive version with 4Matic will also be offered.

The new CLS uses a four-link front suspension and a five-link rear suspension. A dynamically set-up steel comfort suspension is standard equipment, but the four-door coupe can be equipped with Air Body Control air suspension with adjustable and adaptive damping. The driver is able to select vehicle characteristics from comfortable to sporty using the driving mode switch.

Unlike the four-door coupe, the Shooting Brake model will get more engine options at launch, all likely to come from the E-Class. However, most of them will be offered in Europe only. AMG models with the twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 will also be introduced. The CLS63 model will arrive with 563 horsepower and 553 pound-feet, while the range-topping CLS63 S version will crank out 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of twist.

Prices

The current CLS Shooting Brake isn’t available in the U.S., so if Mercedes-Benz decides to build a new wagon it’s very unlikely that it will cross the pond to North America. In Germany, the outgoing Shooting Brake retails from €56,584 and it’s safe to say that pricing could increase to around €58,000 before options.

Competition

The CLS Shooting Brake competes in a niche of its own, as there are no other similar body styles based on midsize vehicles. There are a few shooting brakes available, like the Ferrari GTC4Lusso and the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato, but both of them are far too exclusive for the CLS, not to mention more powerful and significantly more expensive. The only other mass-produced shooting brake available is the CLA Shooting Brake, which is decidedly smaller. I guess we could consider the BMW 5 Series Touring and the Audi A6 Avant as competitors for the CLS Shooting Brake but with boxier rear ends and a bit more luggage room. But if you need more luggage room and want a Mercedes-Benz, it’s safer to get the E-Class Wagon. So a comparison with regular wagons doesn’t make much sense but we are still going to take a closer look at the most important German offering.

BMW 5 Series Touring


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Unveiled for the 2018 model year, the 5 Series Touring is based on the latest midsize sedan with updated exterior design and new technology inside the cabin. While not as sleek as the CLS Shooting Brake, the 5 Series Touring is sportier than its predecessor thanks to the brand’s latest design language. The wagon is equally luxurious inside the wagon and the tech package matches that of the CLS. There’s a new iDrive infotainment system with a 10.25-inch screen, all the apps you need, a Parking Assistant feature, and an optional rear seat entertainment system. Motivation comes from four engine options. Two gasoline versions are available: the 530i with the turbo 2.0-liter rated at 252 horsepower and 258 pound-feet and the 540i with the 3.0-liter inline-six rated at 340 horses and 332 pound-feet. The other two options are diesels. The 520d comes with a 2.0-liter four-banger making 190 horsepower and 295 pound-feet, while the 530d uses a 3.0-liter inline-six that cranks out 265 horses and 457 pound-feet. Pricing for the 5 Series Touring starts from €48,600 in Germany, but getting the more powerful 540i model will set you back €63,900 before options.

Read our full review of the 2018 BMW 5 Series Touring

Conclusion


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Although a wagon by modern standards, the CLS Shooting Brake is a rather exotic proposition due to its sporty roof and aggressive design. However, it’s not as exotic as a Ferrari or a McLaren. It’s not a supercar. Just a sportier wagon that feels weird simply because grocery getters are no longer popular nowadays. This is why Mercedes might not offer a shooting brake version of the third-generation CLS. Yes, at this point the car above is nothing more than a rendering and I wouldn’t hold it against Merc if its decides to skip this model and sell the four-door coupe only. It’s a tough market and the Shooting Brake might not sell enough units to become feasible. But it would be really cool to have, especially with an AMG follow-up.

  • Leave it
    • * Not yet confirmed
    • * Might not be produced due to low demand

PostHeaderIcon Major Influx of AMG Models Coming Our Way By 2019

Enhanced fuel economy

2017 has been a landmark year for Mercedes-AMG in the US. This year alone, sales of AMG models in America jumped 50 percent to 30,116 models. That impressive spike in sales is largely credited to the success of the new entry-level AMG 43 line, which AMG just finished rolling out this year. Don’t look now, but it appears that Mercedes-AMG isn’t about to slow down on expanding its performance line. On the contrary, Automotive News is reporting that the AMG line will see another big expansion by 2019. This expansion will include, among other models, a new line of AMG 53 models.


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“The performance division is preparing a significant number of new models to add to the brand’s growing portfolio.”

Word of Mercedes-AMG’s plans come directly from Tobias Moers, the brand’s head honcho. According to Moers, the performance division is preparing a significant number of new models to add to the brand’s growing portfolio. He didn’t specify the exact number of new models, but he did mention the family of AMG 53 models as being the next-in-line to join the family. First up will be a CLS variant that’s on the calendar for a 2018 release. That will be followed by more versions, including for the E-Class coupe and convertible, as well as the GLE midsize crossover.

In addition, there’s also talk that a four-door AMG GT model is in the pipeline. The model will be based on the AMG GT Concept that we first saw at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year and is scheduled to hit the U.S. market sometime in 2019.

“The automaker has also asked select dealerships to invest in dedicated showroom space to accommodate the influx of these new model”

The planned expansion of AMG isn’t just limited to adding more models to the brand. The automaker has also asked select dealerships to invest in dedicated showroom space to accommodate the influx of these new models. Likewise, AMG is also requesting more people to receive training for its AMG performance centers. Since opening in 2015, Mercedes-AMG has around 60 of these centers open to date. The plan, according to a Mercedes spokesperson, is to bring that number up to 90 centers for its U.S. retail network.

“It’s not just about having an AMG performance center,” Dietmar Exler, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, told Automotive News. “It’s also making sure — and many dealers did this already before they opened the center — that there is enough focus and attention on the opportunity that AMG models provide for us in the market.”

All of these plans are part of a bigger goal for Mercedes-AMG. The performance brand is already on the cusp of representing 10 percent of Mercedes USA’s sales volume. With the arrival of these new models and the expansion of these dealer networks, you can be sure that it’s only a matter of time before the AMG line becomes an even bigger force in the U.S. than it already is.

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PostHeaderIcon Geely Looking To Acquire Daimler AG Stock

Geely is plucking assets left and right. First, it was Volvo. Then it turned its attention to Lynk & Co, the London Taxi Company, and, most recently, Lotus. Now it looks like the Chinese auto conglomerate is looking to dip its hands into one of the world’s most prestigious auto brands. A report from China Central Television revealed that Geely is looking to acquire a small take in Daimler AG, the parent company of a certain German automaker that calls itself Mercedes-Benz.


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“Geely is looking to acquire a three percent to five percent stake in the German auto conglomerate”

According to the CCTV report, Geely is looking to acquire a three percent to five percent stake in the German auto conglomerate. Such a deal would cost Geely almost €4 billion, which converts to around $4.73 billion. If the deal pushes through, Geely would become the third largest shareholder of Daimler, trailing only the company’s institutional shareholders (70.7%) and the Kuwait Investment Authority (6.8%). Private shareholders account for 19.4% of the company’s stock while the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance holds 3.1% percent of stocks.

Geely’s attempt to buy into Daimler AG isn’t a breaking development in the auto industry. Just last month, Reuters reported that the Chinese conglomerate offered to buy a five-percent stake in its German counterpart based on the issue of new shares at a discount. Daimler rejected the offer but did tell Geely that it was welcome to buy shares, provided that the latter do so in the open market with no discounts attached.

“The two sides are likely still in negotiations on a price, but the important thing here is Geely’s incredible aggressiveness in expanding its footprint in the auto industry”

The two sides are likely still in negotiations on a price, but the important thing here is Geely’s incredible aggressiveness in expanding its footprint in the auto industry. It’s already done incredible things with Volvo since taking ownership of the Swedish automaker in 2010. It’s making great strides with Lynk & Co. Its recent purchase of Lotus signals its intent to revive the fabled sports car brand. Now it’s pushing to get a piece of one of the biggest and most established automakers in the world.

You can make a case that Geely is turning into one of the big winners in the auto industry this year. Makes you wonder, too, what the future has to offer for the surging Chinese auto brand.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet – Quick Drive

Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet

The Florida air finally fell below 70 degrees as November closed out. The crispness isn’t common in these parts, though convertibles are a dime a dozen. Perhaps just as rare as the cool breeze – at least until sales escalate to full-force – is the all-new 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet. This is Mercedes’ newest E-Class drop-top and it closely impersonates the new-for-2017 E-Class sedan. The car looks like a baby S-Class and drives like one, too. It’s also dead quiet inside with its thickly insulated soft top in place. But quiet isn’t fun; I held the switch up as the blue canvas quickly tucked itself away ahead of the trunk. Push another button and wind deflectors behind the rear seats and atop the windshield deploy to keep the wood-trimmed cabin a bit more serene. More buttons heat the leather-trimmed seats and even sends warm air across my neck from the vented headrest Mercedes calls its AirScarf. I welcomed the 55-degree night with open arms, an open top, and blast down the Interstate.

Aside from its exceptionally warm heated seats and lovely AirScarf system, the new E-Class Cabriolet makes an impressive cruiser. Its new chassis is rock-solid and the optional “Air Body Control” suspension are a well-made match. The same is true for the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 and the nine-speed automatic transmission. Smoothness and poise are major themes here. Sadly, I only had a few days with the E400. I could have easily spent the next few years smelling the fragranced HVAC system and cutting through the night with the wind through my hair.

Continue reading for more on the 2018 E400 Cabriolet.

Exterior

  • All new design for 2018
  • Triple-layered Acoustic soft top
  • Available AMG Line styling package
  • Soft-close doors
  • Power-deployable air deflectors

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“The new 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet is, by all accounts, a seductively attractive machine”

The new 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet is, by all accounts, a seductively attractive machine. Especially when coated in the $720 Iridium Silver Metallic paint with the $500 AMG Line 19-inch wheels, the Benz looks as if it’s cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway and Rodeo Drive at the same time – even if it’s sitting still. Sharp creases juxtapose soft lines and rounded arches to compile a beautifully proportioned convertible, making the E400 looks stunning regardless of whether its soft top is retracted or latched tight.

Speaking of the top, my tester came with the blue option. Black, brown, and red are options. A dark blue top might not be a conventional color choice, but combined with the silver paint, the blue hue makes for a great statement piece. Chrome around the windowsills, the grille, and long the E400’s rear help brighten things up.

The E400’s aggressive stance is definitely aided by the $2,500 AMG Line package. Not only does it add those 19-inch wheels available for purchase at $500, it also adds the AMG-style front fascia with larger intakes, the chrome grille inserts, and the more aggressive rear valance with chrome-tipped dual exhaust tips and air diffuser. Without the AMG Line, the E400 looks too soft, in my opinion.


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Exterior Dimensions

Exterior E-Class Cabriolet
Vehicle length (Inches) 190.0
Vehicle width (Inches) 73.2
Vehicle height (Inches) 56.2
Wheelbase (Inches) 113.1
Track width, front (Inches) 63.3
Track width, rear (Inches) 63.5

Interior

  • Styled after the S-Class
  • Available nautical themed interior colors
  • Heated, vented, & massaging front seats
  • AirScarf system blows warm air at neck
  • Twin 12.3-inch displays
  • LED accent lighting with 64 color choices

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“The E400 hardly drives like a boat, but my tester’s exterior and interior color combination sure have a nautical theme”

The E400 hardly drives like a boat, but my tester’s exterior and interior color combination sure have a nautical theme. The interior is draped in Macchiato Beige and Yacht Blue Leather accented by Natural Grain Light Brown Elm Wood trim. And by the names of those color options, it’s clear Mercedes planned the nautical theme.

Blue isn’t exactly the most popular color for automotive interiors, but after sitting in the E400 for 10 seconds, it’s a shame the color combination isn’t seen more. The light beige color of the seats mixes surprisingly well with the Elm Wood trim and chrome accents. Add in the blue, and the three-part theme comes together like a Holy Trinity of seafaring goodness.


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“Mercedes did a fantastic job with comfort, luxury, and convenience features”

As usual, Mercedes did a fantastic job with comfort, luxury, and convenience features. The seats have more power-operated surfaces than the wing of a Boeing 777, while offering three-level heating and ventilation, customizable massaging, and that nifty AirScarf system that direct warm air at the neck. Combined with the intensely warm heated seats, the E400 makes for a great cool-weather cruiser. The only curiously absent feature is a heated steering wheel. It’s a stand-alone option.

Part of the 2018 E-Class Cabriolet’s newness is its longer wheelbase. This directly correlates to more space for rear-seat passengers. Most 2+2 convertibles have barely usable rear seats, but those in the E400 are impressively comfortable. Front seat passengers barely need to scoot forward to accommodate full-size adults. Rear passengers also enjoy their own air vents, heated seats, and window controls.

Of course, the front occupants are treated like royalty. The level of craftsmanship and attention to detail is extremely impressive. The S-Class-like dashboard holds two, 12.3-inch screens – one for the gauge cluster and the other for the Command infotainment system. Both screens allow for customized views of information. Several viewing options are integrated into the gauge cluster with differing layouts for ground and engine speed.


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“The Command infotainment system is controlled via Mercedes’ hand controller on the center console”

The Command infotainment system is controlled via Mercedes’ hand controller on the center console. The rotary dial twists for scrolling, while pushing down confirms selections. Selections can also be made on the trackpad above the dial. The adjacent controls operate the drive modes, the raised suspension setting, camera system, and automatic start/stop defeat. The rotary and mouse-like controls have a small learning curve, but once mastered, they work logically and efficiently.

Mercedes makes opening the convertible top an eventful process. Separate metal buttons just behind the Command controls operate the top, wind deflectors, and one-touch window controls. The deflectors worked amazingly at routing air above the open cabin, regardless of speed, making an open-air ride far more tolerable for those with long hair. And on the topic of controls, Mercedes’ location of the power seat controls is spectacular. Not only is it logical and perfectly in view, the finely crafted controls look like a million bucks and compliment the Burmester speaker grills, along with the other chrome accents, perfectly.


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“The 550-watt system pumps rich, clear sound through nine channels, two digital amplifiers, and 13 speakers placed throughout the cabin”

The speaker grills aren’t the only beautiful thing about the Burmester Surround Sound System. The 550-watt system pumps rich, clear sound through nine channels, two digital amplifiers, and 13 speakers placed throughout the cabin. Even with the top down and running at Interstate speeds, music comes through exceptionally well. Naturally, the Benz has every modern method for music connection. There’s AM, FM, and SiriusXM, along with Bluetooth an AUX input, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Other handy features include wireless phone charging, several USB ports, touch-sensitive steering wheel controls, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and Mercedes’ interesting Magic Vision Control, which involves special wiper blades lined with jets for the windshield wiper fluid to squirt directly ahead of the wipers’ path. This allows windshield cleaning without overspray into the cabin.


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Interior Dimensions

Interior E-Class Cabriolet
Effective rear legroom (Inches) 34.09
Max. front/rear headroom (Inches) 40.70/36.41
Front/rear shoulder room (Inches) 56.06/48.34
Front/rear elbow room (Inches) 58.74/51.49

Drivetrain

  • 3.0-liter biturbo V-6
  • 329 horsepower & 354 pound-feet of torque
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • 4Matic AWD
  • Air Body Control air suspension
  • 0-to-60 mph in 5.3 seconds
  • Top speed governed at 128 mph

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“The 2018 E400 Cabriolet is powered by a 3.0-liter biturbo V-6 making 329 horsepower between 5,250 and 6,000 rpm and 354 pound-feet of torque”

Mercedes only offers one engine and transmission choice with the 2018 E400 Cabriolet. Customers can choose between rear-wheel drive and the 4Matic all-wheel drive, however.
That engine is a 3.0-liter biturbo V-6 making 329 horsepower between 5,250 and 6,000 rpm and 354 pound-feet of torque impressively spanning from 1,600 to 4,000 rpm.

Backing the all-aluminum, direct-injected V-6 is Mercedes’ nine-speed automatic transmission. The gearbox allows for manual control via the paddle shifters. Shifting between park, reverse, neutral, and drive is done via a stalk mounted on the right side of the steering column.


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“The E400 Cabriolet isn’t a lightweight car, tipping the scales at 4,300 pounds with a 55/45 percent weight distribution”

The E400 Cabriolet isn’t a lightweight car, tipping the scales at 4,300 pounds with a 55/45 percent weight distribution, but it needs only 5.3 seconds to hit 60 mph. Opting for rear-wheel drive results in a slightly slower time of 5.5 seconds, according to Mercedes. Top speed is governed at 128 mph.

As a result of its weight, power, and number of drive wheels, the E400 Cabriolet 4Matic is EPA-estimated to get 20 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined. Of course, premium gasoline is required. While the mileage and octane requirements aren’t great, nobody buying an $80,000+ convertible is worried about fuel prices. Conversely, the Benz offers an impressive range of 500 miles thanks to its large tank.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine 3.0-liter V-6
Horsepower 329 HP @ 5,250-6,000 RPM
Torque 354 LB-FT @ 3,500-5,250 RPM
Transmission 9G- TRONIC nine-speed automatic
Acceleration 0–60 mph 5.3 seconds
Top speed 128 mph
Fuel economy city/highway/combined 20/25/22

Behind The Wheel


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“The E400 feels like a rolling mansion sliding across a sea of puffy clouds that’s floating across the sky of ostentatious overabundance”

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet 4Matic isn’t basic transportation. It also doesn’t feel like “mid-size” coupe, as the EPA says it is. Rather, the E400 feels like a rolling mansion sliding across a sea of puffy clouds that’s floating across the sky of ostentatious overabundance. The richly detailed and comfortable cabin suggest the E400’s price tag is somehow undercharging. That feeling is exponentially increased when the sun goes down. LED interior accent lights allow for a nearly limitless range of color options and several levels of intensity. The in-dash fragrance atomizer pumps your choice of perfumes through the HVAC system from a backlit vile secured in the glove box. Mercedes offers several scents for its Air Balance system, as well.

Drop the top, rise the air deflectors and windows, and the E400 transforms from a quiet and ultra plush coupe to a topless expression of freedom that’s no less luxurious or comfortable. The car’s ambiance is indescribably classy.


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“When it comes down to driving, the E400 feels more like that mansion than a crisp performance machine – and that’s just fine”

When it comes down to driving, the E400 feels more like that mansion than a crisp performance machine – and that’s just fine. The E400 isn’t designed as such. Mercedes-AMG has several options for those wanting lap times over luxury. Still, the E400 isn’t terrible by any means. The chassis is extremely solid, exhibiting zero noticeable body flex with the top down. The steering is properly weighted but is adjustable with the drive modes. The brakes and throttle do exactly what’s expected of them with no delay or hesitation.

Outward visibility is decently good with the top raised, though the side mirrors on somewhat small. Blind spot monitoring helps boost confidence with lane changes. Drop the top and the world opens up, leaving only the windshield structure between you and the outside world.

The 3.0-liter twin-turbo is adequately powerful with no real lack of kick. However, the car doesn’t feel exceptionally potent. Its 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque are just enough. Adding 70 horsepower and 50 pound-feet of torque would do wonders for the E400’s straight-line performance. Then again, this isn’t an AMG.

My tester came equipped with the Air Body Control suspension – an air ride system that adjusts to road conditions in real time. In practice, the system completely eliminated the rumble of a washboard section of road near my house. Very few of my test vehicles are able to do that.


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“Overall, the E400 provides an exceptionally rich driving experience”

Overall, the E400 provides an exceptionally rich driving experience. Its large infotainment screens, brightly colored accent lights, and breadth of seat controls make for a ride I won’t soon forget.

Pricing


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The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet starts at $66,300. For that, you get a rear-drive convertible with the same 3.0-liter V-6 making the same 329 horsepower, but riding on dull-looking 18-inch wheels and with much fewer tech features than found on my loaded-out tester. Even the gauge cluster is analog at this level.

Move to the 4Matic version and the price moves to $68,800. Of course, the optional extras and packages are where the costs start adding up. My tester had over $18,000 worth of options. They ranged from extra-cost paint and larger wheels to the $9,350 Premium 3 Package, which adds most of the extra luxury features. Mercedes also charges $995 for the destination. That’s not a bad deal considering the E400 is built in Germany.

My tester’s grand total came to $87,215.

Competition

2018 BMW 640i xDrive


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The 640i is BMW’s answer to the Mercedes E400. They both compete neck and neck, offering many similar features and luxury items. The BMW, however, is a bit more performance focused, especially with the available M Sport Edition. The 6 Series’ interior isn’t as swanky as the E-Class’ and rear-seat room is a bit less spacious.

BMW also offers two engine choices to match its two driveline choices. The 640i packs a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six with 315 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive is standard and xDrive all-wheel drive is optional. For those wanting more power, the 650i comes with a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 making 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. Likewise, it’s available in either sDrive or xDrive. An eight-speed automatic is the sole transmission choice.

Pricing for the 2018 BMW 640i sDrive starts at $86,700 – well above the E400’s starting price. Adding xDrive pushes the price to $89,700. Opting for the V-8 in the 650i sees the sticker rise to $98,300, while the xDrive version goes for 101,300. That’s a big increase over the Mercedes – and that’s before adding any of BMW’s notoriously pricey options.

Read our full review on the 2018 BMW 640i xDrive.

Conclusion


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The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet 4Matic proved to be a jaw-droppingly stunning machine, both day and night. Its nautical themed interior absolutely made the experience for me. Though it’s optional, I’d have to order my E400 that way. The triple-layer acoustic convertible top killed any outside noises and didn’t flap a millimeter regardless of speed. Roughly 18 seconds later, the soft top hides under the rear deck lid while compromising very little trunk space. Power-deployable air deflectors keep the cabin free of turbulent air and allow the full ambiance of the LED light-soaked leather to set a mood of sophistication and opulence.

The E400 Cabriolet is hardly Mercedes’ most luxurious, well-equipped, or expensive convertibles, but you’d never know it by sitting inside. The car is simply in its own league. Ask me what I’d want to drive down the Pacific Coast Highway late at night, and my answer would easily be the E400 Cabriolet.

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    • * Could use more power/engine options

References

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG CLS63

It’s been 13 years since Mercedes-Benz invented a new niche with the CLS model, and the four-door coupe entered its third generation at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Now sporting a more aggressive exterior design with styling cues borrowed from the AMG GT sports car, the CLS borrows most of its underpinnings and interior features from the E-Class. In short, it’s a fancier E-Class with a coupe roof and sportier styling, which makes it one of the most exciting Mercs available for 2018. With the four-door coupe on its way to dealerships next year, we’re looking to seeing a brand-new AMG version on public roads by 2019.

Although not yet confirmed by the folks from Stuttgart, a beefed-up variant of the CLS is most definitely in the works. Just like the outgoing model, it should share underpinnings with the AMG E63 sedan and it’s safe to assume that it will be offered in two trims. There will be a “base” CLS63 model and a slightly more powerful CSL63 S version. The new AMG-prepped CLS will go against the existing Audi RS7 and the next-generation model that the German firm is likely to unveil in 2018. It remains to be seen whether there will still be a BMW M6 Gran Coupe to compete with, but the AMG CSL63 will definitely add a bit color to the midsize segment. Let’s find out more about it the speculative review below, which also includes a rendering of the upcoming four-door coupe.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-AMG CLS63.

Exterior

  • Sportier front bumper
  • Larger bumper intakes
  • New rear diffuser
  • “V8” front fender badges
  • Black window trim
  • “AMG badges”

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“The AMG model will have a more aggressive bumper with large outlets onto the sides and a bigger splitter below”

A natural evolution of the previous model, the third-generation CLS is slightly more aggressive than its predecessor even without the AMG treatment. It has a unique grille that becomes wider toward the base (a feature borrowed from the AMG GT sports car), a forward-slanting nose that we don’t see on other big Mercs, and a pair of menacing-looking headlamps. The engine hood is also new, now completely surrounded by body surfaces.

So how can AMG make this CLS sportier up front? Well, it will probably get the usual upgrades, most likely similar to those seen on the AMG E63 model. X-Tomi’s rendering provides a few valuable hints here, as it includes a more aggressive bumper with large outlets onto the sides and a bigger splitter below. The four-door coupe should also get a revised main grille with a thicker horizontal slat with an “AMG” badge.

“The performance division should only replace the diffuser with a more aggressive element and maybe add a spoiler”

Onto the sides, AMG will do very little to alter the CLS’ sexy looks. The new car retains the high, arching waistline or the original CLS, but it has a cleaner, more elegant appearance now. The low greenhouse with frameless windows and the muscular rear haunches that blend smoothly into the flat rear end complete the unique profile of the sedan. AMG upgrades in this area will be limited to just black window trim as standard, V-8 badges on the front fenders, and exclusive wheels wrapped high-performance tires. Subtle but effective.

Moving around back, AMG will have to deal with the significantly redesigned rear end, now equipped with two-section taillights with sharp edges and a bumper-mounted license plate. The arched decklid and the beefy bumper with vertical vents on each side is still there, so there’s plenty of familiar stuff to work with. But don’t expect to see massive changes from AMG here. The performance division should only replace the diffuser with a more aggressive element and maybe add a spoiler for optimized aerodynamics.

Needless to say, it would be hard for AMG to ruin the CLS neat looks, so I’m expecting the CLS63 to be the sexiest AMG on the market once it hits dealerships. And it will look great in the bright green color in the rendering.

Interior

  • Flat-bottom steering wheel
  • New Nappa leather upholstery
  • Aluminum and carbon-fiber trim
  • Sports seats
  • AMG Track Pace app

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Note: 2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 pictured here.

“AMG-specific upgrades should begin with a flat-bottom steering wheel wrapped in black leather”

The new CLS’ interior is heavily based on the E-Class, so it’s safe to say that the AMG model isn’t much of a mystery. You just have to look inside the AMG E63 and picture all the changes that Mercedes has made for the CLS. In case you haven’t compared the two yet, the CLS comes with new A/C vents in a jet aircraft turbine design, new wood trim, exclusive seats, and the Energizing Comfort feature.

AMG-specific upgrades should begin with a flat-bottom steering wheel wrapped in black leather and fitted with Touch Control, electroplated shift paddles, and a bezel with the brand’s logo. The regular seats will be replaced by sportier units with improved lateral support. These should be wrapped in the usual black Nappa leather and Dinamica microfiber as standard, but the options list should include lighter colors like Nut Brown or Macchiato (with matching door center panels). Mercedes should also offer the AMG Performance seats with integrated headrests.

“The more expensive and powerful CLS63 S model should get additional standard features”

The more expensive and powerful CLS63 S model should get additional standard features, including Nappa leather on top of the dashboard, a 12 o’clock marking on the steering wheel, contrast topstitching, and am AMG crest on the headrests. The seats should get custom piping and grey seatbelts, while the center stack will have a new analogue clock. The standard aluminum trim and the optional carbon-fiber and matte silver glass-fiber inserts should round off the cabin design.

Tech-wise, the AMG CLS63 should benefit from the company’s latest AMG Track Pace app. Introduced to supplement the Racetimer app in the beefed-up E-Class, it enables drivers to analyze and improve their track driving style as well as share their performance with other AMG drivers via social media platforms like Facebook and Youtube. Developed for for Apple iPhones only for now, the app is connected to the on-board race app via WiFi or Bluetooth and gets all vehicle data in real time from the Comand Online infotainment system. The app can also be connected to GoPro cameras so that the driver can make an interactive video of his weekend at the race track.

Drivetrain

  • New 4.0-liter V-8 engine
  • 563-horsepower “base” model
  • 603-horsepower CLS63 S version
  • 0 to 60 mph in as quick as 3.3 seconds
  • AMG nine-speed automatic transmission
  • 4Matic all-wheel-drive

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Note: 2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 pictured here.

“The engine and transmission will likely come from the AMG E63”

Since previous AMG versions of the CLS shared drivetrains with other Mercedes-AMG models, it’s safe to assume that the new variant will do the same. The engine and transmission will likely come from the AMG E63, as it happend before 2017. However, just like the E-Class model ditched the 5.5-liter V-8 in favor for the newer 4.0-liter V-8, the AMG CLS63 will adopt the brand’s more modern powerplant. Output figures should be identical to the sedan, so expect the CLS to come in two flavors: a “base” CLS63 and a range-topping CLS63 S version.

The entry-level version will probably arrive with the same 563 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque as the AMG E63. This will account for a 13-horsepower and 32-pound-foot increase over the previous 5.5-liter V-8 engine. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph should be achieved in around 3.4 seconds with these specs, while top speed will be limited to the usual 155 mph.

“The CLS63 S should cranks out a whopping 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of twist”

Moving over to the CLS63 S, customers should get access to a more exciting 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of twist with this model. That’s 18 horses and 37 pound-feet more than the previous car. Hitting 60 mph in this version should take 3.3 seconds, a tenth-second quicker than the CLS63. Top speed should also increase by a whopping 31 mph to 186 mph. Compared to the outgoing model, the new AMG CLS63 will be around two tenths quicker to 60 mph.

Both versions will get AMG’s latest Speedshift nine-speed sport transmission specifically tuned for the CLS. The unit should boast re-engineering hardware and software, which will return quicker shifts and smoother operation. Additionally, it could get the AMG E63’s Drift Mode, which can be engaged by selecting the Race drive setting, deactivating the ESP, and then putting the transmission in Manual mode. This setup will turn the CLS63 into a rear-wheel-drive car.


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Note: 2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 pictured here.

“Both models will be exclusively available with the AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive”

As you might have already guessed, both models will be exclusively available with the AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system. The system will include fully variable torque distribution on the front and rear axles for optimum traction and will bring smooth transition from rear-wheel to all-wheel drive and back again due to the control unit being integrated into the vehicle system architecture as a whole.

The four-door coupe should also benefit from the cylinder deactivation feature that was introduced with the AMG E63 sedan. In the partial-load range, cylinders two, three, five, and eight are deactivated, lowering fuel consumption. The system also works in the “Comfort” transmission drive program, when the cylinder deactivation system is available from 1,000 to 3,250 rpm. The transition from four to eight-cylinder operation should be “immediate and imperceptible,” so that the passengers do not experience any loss of comfort.

Prices


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With pricing for the regular CLS not yet available, it’s difficult to estimate how much the upcoming AMG version will cost. However, we do know that the CLS is usually a bit more expensive than the E-Class. We also know that the U.S. market usually gets the range-topping S versions only, so the beefed-up CLS is likely to cross the pond in CLS63 S trim only. The outgoing model retails from $108,900, so the new-generation version should cost at least $110,000 before options.

Competition

Audi RS7


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Launched in 2013, the RS7 rose to fame quite rapidly and became the AMG CLS63’s main rival in this small niche. Developed alongside the same guidelines, it sports a unique design in the Audi lineup with a coupe-style roof, a short, notchback-style decklid, and unique taillights. The RS package added larger vents and revised bumpers to the standard A7, but the current Audi is not quite as sporty as the CLS in terms of exterior design. However, it’s pretty potent performance-wise, with its twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 generating 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Audi launched a more powerful version in 2016, called the RS7 Performance and upgraded to 605 horsepower. Just like the AMG CLS63 it has a sports automatic transmission — but with eight speeds instead of nine — and an all-wheel-drive system. A 2015 update added Audi’s latest infotainment system, Matrix LED headlamps, 4G mobile internet, and minor styling tweaks. The second-generation A7 was introduced in 2017, but the RS7 version has yet to be launched. A 2018 release is likely. Pricing for the current RS7 starts from $113,900.

Read our full story on the Audi RS7 and RS7 Performance.

BMW M6 Gran Coupe


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The M6 Gran Coupe was introduced at about the same time as the RS7 as a four-door version of the M6 Coupe. The four-door shares its entire front end with the two-door version, but the rear section was revised to better fit in this niche. Inside the cabin, we can find the same M6 coupe features but with extra room for rear-seat passenger. The sharing continues under the hood, where the Gran Coupe packs the same twin-turbo, 4.4-liter V-8 engine with 560 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. Less powerful, the Bimmer is also slower than the CLS63, needing 4.1 seconds to hit 60 mph, while top speed is limited to 155 mph (unless you get the M Driver Package which increases it to 189 mph). Unfortunately, the Competition Pack developed for the M6 isn’t available for the Gran Coupe, so owner miss out on the 600-horsepower upgrade. The current M6 Gran Coupe retails from $119,800 in the U.S., but the vehicle’s future is uncertain. BMW has already discontinued the 6 Series and word has there won’t be a successor anytime soon, so the Gran Coupe could get the axe too.

Read our full review of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe.

Conclusion


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There’s been a lot of talk about Mercedes-Benz not planning to offer a shooting brake version of the third-generation CLS. That would be sad, especially given that the current market is trading more and more station wagons for crossovers, especially in the U.S., but the AMG version is more than likely to continue. And by bringing a new AMG CLS63, Mercedes will be doing the right thing, as the latest four-door coupe is one of the most exciting Mercs out there in terms of design. The AMG version would be the four-door AMG GT we’ve been asking for so long now, with the gorgeous, sporty looks backed by a powerful drivetrain and solid performance.

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    • * Won’t be cheap
    • * No shooting brake version?

References

Mercedes-Benz E-Class


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Read our full review on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Mercedes-AMG E63


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Read our full review on the 2017 Mercedes-AMG E63.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe


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Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes Will Present Next-Gen Infotainment System at the 2018 CES

Mercedes-Benz will be in attendance at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, and a big part of its presentation will revolve around its new infotainment system. It’s called “Mercedes-Benz User Experience,” or MBUX for short. More importantly, the new system will feature state-of-the-art technology that’s based on artificial intelligence and an intuitive operating system that will create a “pioneering in-car experience.” Yes, Mercedes is bringing the future to CES. We can’t wait.

From a purely functional standpoint, Mercedes’ new MBUX infotainment system is next level business. The German automaker didn’t elaborate on all the technological wizardry that this system will have at its disposal, but throwing out phrases like “artificial intelligence” and “intuitive operating system” is a good sign that there’s more to this new unit than we first expected.

As far as aesthetics go, we already know what it’s going to look like based on images that were shared of the next-generation A-Class’ interior. We can expect a pair of 7-inch displays on standard units while higher-trim models stand to get a pair of 10.25-inch displays or one 7-inch and another 10.25-inch screen. It’s a markedly different setup from the traditional panels we’ve seen in the past.

The new MUBX will also be used on a number of other models apart from the A-Class. The B-Class MPV will also get it, as will the CLA four-door coupe, CLA Shooting Brake, GLA, and possibly another crossover that has yet to be named.

Expectations are high for the MUBX system and all of its promised features. Here’s to hoping that it lives up to all the hype.

References

Mercedes A-Class


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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz Unveils 2019 G-Class Interior

The G-Class has been around since 1979, and is best known as the go-to option for those craving off-roading action mated with the opulence of a luxury hotel room. Now, it’s looking like the G-Class will retain its reputation for top-shelf comfort with the upcoming 2019 model, as Mercedes just dropped details on the interior spec alongside several official images.

The design and layout look fresh with rounded air vents and an enormous digital readout spread across the dash. There are also more classic cues, like the grab handle for the front passenger. Chrome trim is used for the various switchgear, while open-pore wood trim adds a rich touch. There’s also carbon fiber trim, if you want it. As expected, animal hide is used extensively. Upholstery colors include Lugano leather with finishes in Black, Nut Brown, or Macchiato Beige. Further color options are offered with various equipment packages, which also open up the option for tasty diamond-pattern quilting.

Touch-sensitive buttons can be found on the steering wheel to control the various infotainment features through smartphone-esque motions, and include haptic feedback as well. The mammoth screen on the dash comes from the Mercedes E-Class and S-Class, and includes a duo of 12.3-inch displays placed side-by-side. These are configurable with a variety of display modes to suit your fancy. Standard spec is a seven-speaker audio system, while the optional Burmester surround sound system throws in 16 speakers, a 590-watt amp, and Digital Sound Processing.

New for 2019 is a considerable expansion to interior room dimensions. In front, there’s an extra 1.5 inches of legroom and shoulder room, and an extra 2.7 inches of elbow room, while in back, there’s an extra 1.1 inches of shoulder room, 2.2 inches of extra elbow room, and a whopping 5.9 inches of extra legroom. There are new storage areas as well, added to the armrest, center console, and doors. A 60/40 split for the rear bench adds practicality.

Outside, expect the same blocky styling, plus off-roader cues like an exposed spare wheel and protective molding. Look for complete details when the new G-Class drops next month at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Sales will commence late 2018.

References

Mercedes-Benz G-Class


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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class.


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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

PostHeaderIcon Toyo Tires and Ac Milan Release their Fourth Collaboration Video, and It’s Amazing

If you haven’t seen the first three videos put together in collaboration between Ac Milan and Toyo Tires, you’ve seriously missed out. We’ve added those down below so you can catch up, but before you do we need to tell you about the fourth collaboration titled: “Ac Milan in Japanimation.” It’s a completely different animal compared to the previous videos, this time staring four key players from not only AC Milan but Gamba Osaka as well. It was filmed in Japan and Italy, but that’s not the best part. The best part is that Toyo commissioned none other than Yoichi Takahashi, the creator of the very popular and long-running manga series, Captain Tsubasa.

As such, this video is a unique mix of reality and animation in the best way, with AC Milan players, Riccardo Montolivo, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, André Silva, Ricardo Rodríguez taking on Gamba Osaka players, Yasuhito Endo, Yasuyuki Konno, Shu Kurata, Hiroki Fujiharu.
What starts out as a scene with Montolivo reading a manga, quickly turns into a showdown not only between the two teams but a Mercedes G63 (represented by AC Milan) and a Mercedes SL400 that’s represented by Gamba Osaka. While the players in natural and animation form battle it back and forth with a ball, the two Mercedes’, which are riding upon Toyo Proxes tires, take to the street in an awesome, mostly animated drift battle.

If you’re in for a bit of entertainment, check out the video below. You’ll be sure you did. If you haven’t see the videos that came before, we’ve added those down below too.

4th Installment: AC Milan in Japanimation

3rd Installment: AC Milan vs. Drift Cars

2nd Installment: Chase in Milan

1st Installment: AC Milan vs. Super Car

References

Mercedes-Benz SL


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

Mercedes-Benz G-Class


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Read our full review on the 2017 Mercedes-AMG G63

PostHeaderIcon Toyo Tires and Ac Milan Release their Fourth Collaboration Video, and It’s Amazing

If you haven’t seen the first three videos put together in collaboration between Ac Milan and Toyo Tires, you’ve seriously missed out. We’ve added those down below so you can catch up, but before you do we need to tell you about the fourth collaboration titled: “Ac Milan in Japanimation.” It’s a completely different animal compared to the previous videos, this time staring four key players from not only AC Milan but Gamba Osaka as well. It was filmed in Japan and Italy, but that’s not the best part. The best part is that Toyo commissioned none other than Yoichi Takahashi, the creator of the very popular and long-running manga series, Captain Tsubasa.

As such, this video is a unique mix of reality and animation in the best way, with AC Milan players, Riccardo Montolivo, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, André Silva, Ricardo Rodríguez taking on Gamba Osaka players, Yasuhito Endo, Yasuyuki Konno, Shu Kurata, Hiroki Fujiharu.
What starts out as a scene with Montolivo reading a manga, quickly turns into a showdown not only between the two teams but a Mercedes G63 (represented by AC Milan) and a Mercedes SL400 that’s represented by Gamba Osaka. While the players in natural and animation form battle it back and forth with a ball, the two Mercedes’, which are riding upon Toyo Proxes tires, take to the street in an awesome, mostly animated drift battle.

If you’re in for a bit of entertainment, check out the video below. You’ll be sure you did. If you haven’t see the videos that came before, we’ve added those down below too.

4th Installment: AC Milan in Japanimation

3rd Installment: AC Milan vs. Drift Cars

2nd Installment: Chase in Milan

1st Installment: AC Milan vs. Super Car

References

Mercedes-Benz SL


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

Mercedes-Benz G-Class


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Read our full review on the 2017 Mercedes-AMG G63

PostHeaderIcon Toyo Tires and Ac Milan Release their Fourth Collaboration Video, and It’s Amazing

If you haven’t seen the first three videos put together in collaboration between Ac Milan and Toyo Tires, you’ve seriously missed out. We’ve added those down below so you can catch up, but before you do we need to tell you about the fourth collaboration titled: “Ac Milan in Japanimation.” It’s a completely different animal compared to the previous videos, this time staring four key players from not only AC Milan but Gamba Osaka as well. It was filmed in Japan and Italy, but that’s not the best part. The best part is that Toyo commissioned none other than Yoichi Takahashi, the creator of the very popular and long-running manga series, Captain Tsubasa.

As such, this video is a unique mix of reality and animation in the best way, with AC Milan players, Riccardo Montolivo, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, André Silva, Ricardo Rodríguez taking on Gamba Osaka players, Yasuhito Endo, Yasuyuki Konno, Shu Kurata, Hiroki Fujiharu.
What starts out as a scene with Montolivo reading a manga, quickly turns into a showdown not only between the two teams but a Mercedes G63 (represented by AC Milan) and a Mercedes SL400 that’s represented by Gamba Osaka. While the players in natural and animation form battle it back and forth with a ball, the two Mercedes’, which are riding upon Toyo Proxes tires, take to the street in an awesome, mostly animated drift battle.

If you’re in for a bit of entertainment, check out the video below. You’ll be sure you did. If you haven’t see the videos that came before, we’ve added those down below too.

4th Installment: AC Milan in Japanimation

3rd Installment: AC Milan vs. Drift Cars

2nd Installment: Chase in Milan

1st Installment: AC Milan vs. Super Car

References

Mercedes-Benz SL


2017 Mercedes Benz SL-Class - image 656038

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

Mercedes-Benz G-Class


2013 Mercedes G63 AMG - image 449455

Read our full review on the 2017 Mercedes-AMG G63

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