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The Mercedes E-Class isn’t exactly an aftermarket favorite, but that doesn’t mean that any program built for it isn’t worth mentioning.

Prior Design has built many programs over the years and it’s done pretty well on a lot of them. But if you needed any more proof of Prior Design’s capabilities, look no further than what it did for the E-Class Coupe .

We’ve always had a fascination for matte paintwork on a car and while most of them have featured matte black, this matte-brown look Prior Design gave the E-Class Coupe just exudes star quality.

On top of that, Prior Design developed a pretty aggressive body kit with pieces made entirely out of Dura Flex fiber-reinforced plastic. The components aren’t flashy but they do have a look of sportiness that adds to the aggressive look of the E-Class Coupe.

And the best part is that you only need to shell out €8,000 ($10,460) for the PD850 body kit. It’s a reasonable price for a kit like this, especially if you already have an E-Class Coupe that’s just waiting to be treated to some Prior Design lovin’.

Click past the jump to read more about Prior Design’s PD850 kit for the Mercedes E-Class Coupe

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The revised version of the current-generation Mercedes S-Class has been caught testing many times, including extreme cold-weather conditions. However, the prototype caught today by our spy photographers gives us the best look at the new S-Class to date, as it is almost completely void of all camouflage and our photographers got up close and personal with the car.

The 2014 S-Class will borrow design elements from the F800 Style Concept , making it sharper and a little bit more aggressive. Also, we expect to see the same one-piece headlamps with LED daytime running lights we have seen in the new E-Class .

Under the hood, Mercedes will likely place a revised version of the current engine lineup, which includes a Twin-turbocharged, 4.7-liter V-8 engine with 429 horsepower; a 510-horsepower twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-12; and an AMG twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 delivering somewhere between 536 and 550 horsepower.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Mercedes S-Class.

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At the 2013 Auto Shanghai, Mercedes unveiled the GLA Concept — the initial preview for the company’s fifth SUV. Just a few months after, the production GLA will make its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show .

The production GLA-Class is built on the same front-wheel-drive architecture that features transversely mounted engines as the new-generation A-Class and B-Class . From the A-Class, the new GLA also borrows its engine lineup, but U.S. customers will only have one variant, the GLA250, which is offered in standard front-wheel drive and optional 4MATIC.

On the U.S. market, the model will be put on sale in the fall of 2014.

Updated 08/14/2013: The production Mercedes GLA will make its world debut in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, but Mercedes just released the first official details on the production version GLA.

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It is not a secret anymore that the Chinese market is clamoring for longer versions of the models sold in markets like the U.S. or Europe. So, it should be no surprise to anyone that Mercedes has unveiled a long-wheelbase version of the new E-Class at Auto China 2013 in Shanghai.

The model measures 5,019 mm (197.59 inches) in length so it offers an extra 140 mm (5.51 inches) legroom in the rear. Also, as a first for the model, the new E-Class Long offers two different front ends. The standard version features the classic, three-dimensional saloon radiator grille in three-louver look, while the Sport Sedan version comes with the sporty front end featuring a centrally positioned star.

Chinese customers can choose between two variants — luxurious Sedan and the Sport Sedan — and three trim levels — E 260 L, E 300 L and E 400 L.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Mercedes E-Class Long.

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The 2013 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG is a model that really doesn’t need any upgrades, but American tuner, Renntech, decided it would boost the luxury sedan’s image regardless. While these upgrades make the CLS 63 AMG looking better than ever it has one big disadvantage: its relatively high $9,500 price tag.

The entire kit was designed and prototyped in-house and is constructed of the highest-quality pre-preg carbon fiber that ensures years durability. If you were expecting something big, you will be disappointed, as Renntech kept the updates to a minimum by only offering a front splitter, rear diffuser and rear lip spoiler.

Usually, Renntech offers up some form of an engine update to go along with the updated aesthetics, but this time it decided to skip them. After all, the CLS 63 AMG ’s 5.5-liter biturbo V-8 engine that delivers a total of 518 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, or 550 horsepower and 590 pound-feet when you add the AMG Performance Package, is plenty powerful.

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The Mercedes G-Class has had a very long history in the automotive industry. Currently the model comes in four versions: G, GL, ML and GLK. Starting 2014, however, a fifth version will be added to the lineup. Called the GLA, the new model will be an SUV coupe.

The Mercedes GLA will be built on the same front-wheel-drive architecture that features transversely mounted engines, as found in the next A and B-Classes. The production version of the GLA will also borrow lots of its design elements from the sameA-Class that inspired it, but of course with an increased ride height.

Updated 04/18/2013: After the first images surfaced on the Internet the other day, Mercedes dropped the official details on the new GLA Concept set to be unveiled at the 2013 Auto Shanghai motor show on April 21st.

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Mercedes ’ two-door luxury car, the CL-Class is all sorts of awesome. It’s got serious credentials as a luxury coupe that very few in its class can come close to matching.

That’s precisely why it’s garnered so much love from Mercedes customers over the years. But what happens when you have an aftermarket company that’s willing to put in the time to ensure that the CL-Class ’ appeal goes up a few more notches?

Famous Parts’ Matte Black edition happens.

The aftermarket company took up the task of building a new aero kit for the CL 500, giving the luxury coupe some new styling that adds to the aggressive look in a rather stealthy manner. It’s a pretty cool upgrade that really fits in well with the CL-Class’ 4.6-liter V-8 direct-injected engine that produces 429 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque while mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Put that all together and the CL-Class can hit 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about what Famous Parts did to the CL-Class

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The Japanese market has received yet another special edition in the form of a very cool Mercedes G550 Night Edition. It will be limited to only 100 units and is priced at 13,900,000 Yen (about $141,663 at the current exchange rates).

The new special edition features special AMG fenders and is painted in a titanium gray combined with 18-inch five-twin-spoke aluminum wheels. While these are pretty much all the updates offered by the exterior, the interior does offer a wider list of options.

Customers can choose between two colors — classic red or white porcelain — for the door panels and the seats. They can be combined with a piano-lacquer wood interior trim, a dashboard wrapped in Kana jet black leather, an Alcantara roof liner and dedicated floor mats.

The new G500 Night Edition will be unveiled on April 22nd at Mercedes-Benz Connection in Roppongi.

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Mercedes C-Class

If you want to buy a German mid-sized sedan, you have three choices: Audi A4, BMW 3 Series or Mercedes C-Class. Still, the C-Class has lost lots of ground in the past few years and it was about time for Mercedes to do something about it.

The next-generation Mercedes C-Class has been caught testing in many times, but until now we had no details on the engines to be featured in the new model. However, in a recent interview Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Steve Cannon revealed that the next C-Class will be offered with a series of firsts: the first diesel and hybrid powertrains, first time with an all-wheel-drive system will and the first time the next C-Class will have an engine built in the United States: a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder developed in cooperation with Nissan.

Also, next to the current sedan and coupe variants, the next C-Class will also add a convertible and station wagon versions. All these changes were required to make the C-Class more competitive with the BMW 3 Series.

Mercedes will unveil the next-generation C-Class at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show; the coupe and convertible will arrive in 2015. The hybrid version will also arrive in 2015.

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The market’s current trend is to develop more and more hybrid models. Apparently Mercedes is going to follow this trend, but its current V-12 engines will still be offered for at least five or six years.

According to Mercedes-AMG Chairman Ola Källenius, AMG is going to unveil hybrid models, but not until the market is really ready for it. Until then it will work on improving fuel consumption by at least 20 percent by the company’s 50th anniversary in 2017. AMG is still unsure about the hybrid powertrain because the battery needed to provide power to the electric motor is very heavy and will add unnecessary mass to the car’s total weight.

As a result, until AMG will be ready to offer a proper hybrid model, it will work on getting more power from the current gasoline engines and has no intention of offering a powerful diesel engine anytime soon.

On the other hand, Källenius confirmed that the current V-12 engine is EU6 (emissions compliance) and is offered with start-stop technology, so it’s absolutely safe for years to come.

Source: Edmunds

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