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Mercedes ’ AMG Performance Studio is up to its old tricks again and if we didn’t know any better, we’d say that it has a particular fondness for the Mercedes A45 AMG . Remember back in January when the Performance Studio launched the Petronas Green Edition ? Well, its following it up with a new one-off creation called "Erika."

At the onset, Erika will instantly draws attention because of its matte black exterior and the unique pink accents on the grille, mirrors, and rear spoiler. The side graphics also do their part in bringing out the splashiness of this one-off wonder.

Erika’s pink theme continues inside with the pink contrast stitching on the two-tone sports seats and the matching floor mats. As if those aren’t enough, AMG Performance Studio also applied more pink touches on the door sill plates and the air vents.

Under the hood of this custom A45 AMG lies a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces a stout 360 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque while mated to a seven-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT dual-clutch transmission that sends power to the car’s all-wheel-drive system.

Despite all that cosmetic work, it’s still capable of hitting 62 mph in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. That’s a pretty good combination, especially considering Mother’s day is just around the corner.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Mercedes A45 AMG.

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Mercedes-Benz is no stranger to hybrid technology, but the German automaker has yet to implement it on a large scale throughout its lineup, using it only on the S-Class and the E-Class up until now.

That’s about to change next year when the Stuttgart-based automaker plans to introduce a plug-in hybrid version of the brand-new C-Class . Expected to hit the market under the C350 Plug-In Hybrid name, the sedan will rely on a powertrain that brings together a turbocharged four-cylinder unit, an electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery.

Details are still under wraps, but Mercedes is likely to drop in its 2.0-liter conventional engine, which is good for 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque in the standard C-Class. Little is known about the electric motor set to be paired with the four-pot, but word has it we’ll be seeing an extra 70 horsepower and at least 140 pound-feet of torque coming from it.

The combo should enable the C-Class Plug-In Hybrid to return at least 78 mpg, making it one of the most fuel efficient sedans on the market. The grand unveiling could take place at the Paris Motor Show this fall, with the first units to hit dealerships in 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes C-Class Plug-In Hybrid.

Already boasting of 622 horsepower and 468 pound-feet of torque under its hood, the Mercedes-Benz SLS 6.3 AMG Black Series has all the credentials of a blue chip supercar . But alas, German tuner mcchip apparently wasn’t satisfied with the output of this über sedan. So the tuner went about the business of building an engine upgrade for the SLS 6.3 AMG Black Series. By the time it was done, the supercar now touted an output of 654 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. Incidentally, those torque numbers are now equal to that of the SLS AMG GT .

The German aftermarket company concentrated solely on the performance aspect in building this kit so it’s a little disappointing that there aren’t any cosmetic and aerodynamic upgrades done on the supercar. The good news, however, is that the kit is still likely in its infancy.

Just by calling it a Stage 1 kit, the implication is that there’s a Stage 2 kit. Maybe even a Stage 3 kit. The possibilities are admittedly getting us all geeked up. Remember, this is the same company that managed to bring out 660 horsepower out of a Mercedes C63 AMG last year. And that build, called Dominator , also had a pretty attractive camo wrap.

We’re hitching our wagons on the belief that this SLS 6.3 AMG Black Series is far from finished. It’s off to a great start, though, that much we can tell you.

If you’re interested in buying the Stage 1 kit for the SLS 6.3 AMG Black Series, mcchip is asking €3,199, which is about $4,440 based on current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read about the Mercedes SLS 6.3 AMG Black Series

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV has soldiered on largely unchanged since its introduction in 1979 with only few cosmetic pieces, more elegant interior accommodations, and newer engine options separating the 30-year span. However, a report coming from AutoCar suggests the Germans will be changing more than just a few bits and pieces on the upcoming G-Wagen facelift.

Although it will retain its iconic boxy looks, the 2017 G-Wagen will have its width increased by around 100 mm (nearly 4 inches). The widening will allow the body to accommodate a redesigned front suspension with a three- or four-link setup and to improve stability and increase cabin space, the report adds.

Furthermore, the SUV is scheduled to get a modern electro-mechanical steering system and a redesigned structure that will include more aluminum parts. Consequently, the SUV could get rid of at least 440 pounds (200 kg) of the G350’s current 5,665-pound curb weight.

Changes are set to continue in the cabin with wider front and rear seats and a number of C-Class -inspired features. Of course, the Germans are looking to make the rugged SUV more comfortable and luxurious.

Engine-wise, the new 3.0-liter, inline-six gasoline and diesel mills currently developed by Mercedes-Benz for the 2016 E-Class will find their way into the G-Class with around 365 horsepower and 304 horsepower respectively. Both will be offered with a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission as standard.

Note: Current Mercedes G-Wagen pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mercedes G-Wagen.

Source: AutoCar

Rumored since 2012 and officially confirmed last year, the convertible version of the brand-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class has finally come out to play on public roads in the form of camouflaged prototype.

Although there are no actual details for us to ogle at, the vehicle hidden under wraps is far from being a mystery. Styling-wise, the S-Class Convertible will be identical to the Coupe version we’ve seen in detail earlier this year, save for the retractable roof that will make sunny days more pleasant behind the steering wheel.

These spy shots suggests that the Germans are trying really hard to create the impression that the two-door will feature a hard-top, but we do know that Mercedes-Benz will go for a soft-top just like it did with the E-Class . Using a fabric top makes a lot of sense considering that a hard-top would eat up too much trunk space, a feature the S-Class can proudly brag about.

Engine-wise, the Convertible will also borrow all of its V-8 and V-12 mills from the Coupe model. Thus, the range will begin with the S500 and go all the way up to S65 AMG into 600-horsepower territory.

There’s no information as to when the S-Class Convertible will be unveiled, but expect for this stylish drop-top to lose its covers at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show . Until then, make sure you stay tuned to TopSpeed for new details and spy shots that will most certainly occur soon enough.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes S-Class Convertible.

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The BMW X6 is no doubt one of the most successful models BMW has recently launched on the market. So, it should not surprise you the fact that more and more makers announced plans to develop their own version of the X6. After Audi has announced the Q6 , Mercedes has also revealed plans for an MLC Coupe-Crossover. Of course everyone saw that coming as there has always been a war between the three companies.

The future MLC will be built on the same platform as the M-Class, but it will be completely different. The exterior design will feature grille, headlights and tail lamps from the CLS limousine, while the general look will be a something similar to the X6. The model will feature the M-Class all-wheel-drive, but without the special off-road capabilities. Engine line-up will start from a standard 265 horsepower diesel version and will go up to a 544 horsepower one for the AMG model.

Updated 5//2014: We’ve created a new rendering of the MLC-Class based on the SUV Coupe Concept and spy shots that we’ve seen. See the comparison shots after the jump.

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With monstrous power, an extra pair of wheels, and loads of off-road tech and features at its disposal, the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6 is one hell of an SUV /truck ; seemingly unstoppable when driven in the roughest terrains.

Well, "seemingly" seems like the proper word after seeing the video above, in which one of these behemoths gets stuck on a beach and needs to be towed out of the sand by what appears to be a Caterpillar front-end loader.

That’s really embarrassing for a potent vehicle such as the G63 AMG 6x6, even though there are no specific details as to what might have caused the vehicle to get stuck. At first glance, everything seems to be in order, but a closer inspection of the footage reveals a deflated left, front tire.

It’s true that the G63 AMG 6x6 is fitted with a self-deflating/inflating tire system that helps it move in various terrains, but this time we’re looking at a flat tire. Of course, the embarrassing moment could be linked to another issue that’s not visible on the outside. Maybe an electrical failure of some sort?

Either way, you don’t get to see a monster of an SUV that costs more than half a million bucks being dragged away by a tractor too often. It must be pretty frustrating for the driver to not be able to use those 544 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque.

The arrival of the Concept Coupe SUV created a nice little conundrum for Mercedes . The strong reception the Concept Coupe SUV received when it debuted at the Beijing Auto Show put Mercedes in a position to expand its SUV lineup. Now, the German automaker is considering doing just that by separating its SUV offerings to include a separate line for "on-road" SUVs.

The Concept Coupe SUV made that possible and it does look like Mercedes is seriously considering creating a line of coupe -styled SUVs that will differ from the ones that have off-road capabilities.

Speaking to Automotive News, Mercedes’ research & development chief Thomas Weber expressed the company’s thoughts of creating a four-door, coupe-styled model that will "appeal to customers who want a sporty-designed vehicle with a high seating position."

By taking this path, Mercedes would have a vehicle that would directly rival the BMW X6 , which seems to have been the whole point of developing the Coupe Concept SUV. The production version of the concept, dubbed the ’MLC-Class ’, is being touted as the company’s first foray into the "on-road" SUV segment, which could also include a coupe-styled version of the GLA compact SUV further down the road.

No timetable has been set on when the production version of the Concept Coupe SUV will be launched, but development is expected to commence next year the company’s plant in Alabama.

It’ll be interesting how much of the design of the Concept Coupe SUV will translate to the production version, but one thing we can be sure of is that it will retain its coupe-like design. That is, after all, the whole purpose of creating a separate "on-road" SUV lineup.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes Coupe Concept.

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The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is very different from the norm for Mercedes. Instead of the big V-8s featured across the network, this little car hums along silently on batteries driving its front wheels. It will be the first all-electric vehicle from Mercedes-Benz, and the first of any B-Class to cross the pond. This matches the latest company strategy to fatten the range of models from all sides.

Most of the systems that charge and run the little B-Class will be shared with its bright-yellow sibling: the upcoming SLS AMG Coupe E-Cell . Both systems are part of a deep tech partnership between Mercedes parent company Daimler and Tesla. Fruit from this sharing agreement has been limited to date, and arguably, some of the most sour fruit on the branch via the Smart ED . That car ran Tesla Roadster parts, but downsized. The resulting “car” was appallingly slow. Tesla didn’t seem to be sharing the good, M5-beating stuff yet.

This is set to change when the B-Class Electric Drive hits U.S. showrooms in January 2014. The model will arrive in dealers first before a limited roll-out in Europe.

As Mercedes’ first viable EV, the B-Class Electric is a complete package that excels in its mission of effortless city efficiency plus Mercedes-levels safety, durability, luxury and ownership experience.

Updated 04/30/2014: Mercedes announced prices for the 2014 B-Class Electric Drive which will go on sale in summer 2014. The model will be priced at $41,450, excluding $925 destination and delivery. Customers may be eligible for federal tax credits (which run up to $7,500).

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Although Mercedes-Benz has yet to confirm whether or not the upcoming AMG GT sports car will get a roadster version, it would be plain silly for the Germans to skip on a drop-top. I mean, why take the Porsche 911 Turbo by the horns and completely ignore the Turbo Convertible? It would be right given the competitiveness of today’s sports car market.

That said, an AMG GT Roadster launch is likely to occur sometime next year, a few months after the Coupe version goes on sale. Testing will probably commence later this year, but not before the Stuttgart crew rounds off the hard-top version, which was already spotted on both public roads and at the Nurburgring track on several occasions .

Since the coupe and roadster will share the same underpinnings, development of the latter will have a more smoother path, with engineers needing only to take care of additional structural reinforcing - a standard procedure for just about any convertible.

No changes will occur under the hood, where the same turbocharged, 4.0-liter, V-8 engine will gurgle with at least 500 horsepower at its disposal while sending it to the wheels via a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. A minor decrease in top speed is likely though, with a few mph chopped off the coupe’s estimated 190 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes AMG GT Roadster.


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