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2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class L

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class L

Mercedes-Benz updates the long-wheelbase E-Class, but the sedan remains exclusive to China

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class L is a longer wheelbase version of the company’s midsize sedan. Built in China and available exclusively to this market, the 2021 E-Class L is based on the latest, facelifted W213-generation sedan. The long-wheelbase model is 140 mm (5.5 inches) longer than the standard sedan and all of that extra wheelbase goes into the rear compartment, which translates into more legroom for rear-seat passengers. What sets it apart from the regular E-Class? Let’s find out in the review below.

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2020 Mercedes-AMG A 35 L

2020 Mercedes-AMG A 35 L

German automaker offers a performance-focused stretched sedan for its lovely clientele in China

The Chinese market has always been a hotbed for limousines. In recent years, though, a different kind of limousine has enraptured the hearts and wallets of Chinese consumers. Stretched sedans have exploded in popularity in the People’s Republic, so much so that automakers from all over the world build these models specifically to cater to the whims of the Chinese car-buying population. Mercedes-Benz has taken full advantage of this. It offers the A-Class L, C-Class L, and now, the AMG A 35 L. As the name implies, the AMG A 35 L carries a bit of AMG’s racy DNA with it. It’s fast, powerful, and, most importantly in this instance, has a stretched out interior that provides more rear legroom space for an owner to take full advantage of as the business of hard labor is left in the hands and feet of the hired chauffeur. The Mercedes-AMG A 35 L is the latest example of the automotive mind meld that is the stretched sedan. But, hey, it’s popular in China, and what’s popular in the world’s largest auto market is a goldmine for auto brands like Mercedes. Better get used to the stretched sedans; it doesn’t look like they’re going away anytime soon.

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Mercedes Showcases the 2020 AMG A35 L in Shanghai Because China Loves Long Compacts

Mercedes Showcases the 2020 AMG A35 L in Shanghai Because China Loves Long Compacts

Mercedes shows off stretched AMG A35L Because China Just Loves Long Compact sedans

Manufacturers have adapted to the specific needs of the Chinese automotive market, and one of the prime adaptations has to do with providing long-wheelbase versions of sedans they already sell elsewhere. Now, that may not seem especially ridiculous if you think about a C- or E-Class Mercedes, for instance, but an extended wheelbase version of the compact Mercedes-AMG A35 sedan? That’s certainly more unusual.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class L

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class L

A stretched Mercedes SUV is just what the Chinese market ordered

The Mercedes GLC-Class L is joining the growing list of long-wheelbase SUVs that will be offered in the Chinese market. The extended SUV stretches almost five inches longer than its standard counterpart. Its size and the extra space provided by that size is the only thing different with the GLC-Class L. Everything else is identical to the normal length GLC-Class, right down to its exterior looks and interior layout. The Mercedes GLC-Class L debuts at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition in November.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class L Sedan

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class L Sedan

China-only model previews U.S.-spec four-door

Unveiled as a concept car at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, the sedan version of the A-Class unveiled itself to the world in production form at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show. As expected, the A-Class Sedan is pretty much a shrunken CLA, boasting a coupe-style roof and a short deck lid. Shown here is the longer wheelbase version developed specifically for the Chinese market.

Set to go on sale in the second half of 2018, the A-Class L sedan is produced at produced at Beijing Benz Automotive (BBAC), a joint venture between Daimler and BAIC Motor. While the A-Class L won’t be sold outside China, a regular wheelbase model will follow in the second half of the year to take on the Audi A3 Sedan in Europe and the United States. And AMG variant is also likely, but until that happens, let’s find out what sets the A-Class Sedan apart from its hatchback sibling.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-Benz A-Class L Sedan.

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Geely Looking To Acquire Daimler AG Stock

Geely Looking To Acquire Daimler AG Stock

Chinese automaker’s plan for automotive domination continues

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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2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class L

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class L

Mercedes caters to China with this mini Maybach

Mercedes-Benz is appealing to the growing market of luxury sedans in the Chinese market with this stretched version of the E-Class. The car, called the E-Class L, is built in China and is exclusively sold there, meaning no other markets see this E-Class limousine.

The car shares the same basic design and structure of the standard E-Class, but is lengthened by 5.5 inches for a wheelbase that measures 121.2 inches – 1.7 inches longer than the standard S-Class. This directly adds 5.3 inches of extra legroom for the rear seats, basically making the E-Class L a miniature Maybach.

The Benz also comes with a slew of luxury amenities and comforts, including a folding center armrest for the rear seats that offers wireless phone charging, heated leather, a USB port, and an integrated touch screen controller. Comforts are not lost on front seat occupants either. The driver has use of the dual 12.3-inch display screens, new touch-sensitive controls on the steering wheel, and the infotainment system controller on the center console that recognizes handwriting and characters.

Mercedes has only confirmed a single powertrain for the Chinese E-Class L – the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. This means the car’s designation will be the E200 L.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-Benz E-Class L.

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2014 Mercedes C-Class L

2014 Mercedes C-Class L

If a couple of weeks ago we were talking about how the new, beefed up C63 AMG will also get coupe, convertible and wagon versions, now we have to refocus our attention on the regular C-Class model and its brand-new family member, the C-Class Long.

Specifically developed for the Chinese market, where additional legroom is highly appreciated, the all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Long broke cover at the Beijing Auto Show, the country’s most important automotive event for the year.

We’re not at all shocked that the elongated C-Class showed up this month, given that the vehicle has been confirmed since last year, but we’re pleasantly surprised to find out that the China-exclusive model is a full 80 mm (3.1 inches) longer than the standard version. For the record, Audi] added only 60 mm (2.4 inches) to the A4 when it created the A4L.

As the model kept its overhangs intact, the entire length of the C-Class L sits in a 2,920-mm (115-inch) long wheelbase, giving it a longer wheelbase than the regular Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The additional room the longer wheelbase spawns in the cabin is obviously available in the rear compartment, where passengers will be able to sit more comfortably and stretch their legs further before hitting the front seats.

Speaking of which, the front passenger’s seat can be adjusted from the rear for further legroom or to compensate for the extra 25 mm (1 inch) added to the rear bench.

The Germans have yet to reveal too many details, but they did mention the C-Class Long will be offered with two different exterior designs. The tame model will come with the classic front grille with the company’s star mounted on the hood, while the more aggressive version, dubbed the "Sport Sedan," will carry numerous AMG body components, including a front apron, sill panels and a diffuser-like rear skirt.

There’s no specific word on what engines will be motivating the C-Class L, but the company said the base model will get 156 horsepower, while the range-topping version can be equipped with a unit that delivers as much as 367 horsepower. This means that there will be at least a C 180L, which will cover the 156-horsepower version. As for the 367-horsepower version, the only Chinese-spec engine close to that is the 360-horsepower, 2.0-liter from the CLA45 AMG, and it is doubtful that this engine will be in a long-wheelbase cruiser, like the C-Class L.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes C-Class L.

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2013 Mercedes E-Class Long

2013 Mercedes E-Class Long

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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Mercedes-Benz Viano VISION DIAMOND

Mercedes-Benz Viano VISION DIAMOND

Remember the days when vans were cool? You know, you would cruise down the strip in your mom’s minivan and pick up all of your friends to head out to the coolest hangout spots… Oh wait, vans were never cool, what were we thinking? Well, that is until Mercedes decided to get into the van-making business.

At the 2012 Beijing Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz rolled into the show with its all-new customized Viano VISION DIAMOND. This ultra-luxury van, which is not yet available in the U.S., puts most modern-day limos to shame with its features. Add in the fact that it is large enough to move around in comfortably, unlike limos, which typically have standard headroom, and you have essentially a luxury home on the go.

Mercedes did not release too much information on this machine, but there is enough information obtainable just by looking at it to determine that this thing is flat out awesome. The Viano VISION DIAMOND would certainly eliminate any kids embarrassment of riding to school in a minivan, if this just so happened to be said minivan.

Click past the jump to check out our full review on the Viano VISION DIAMOND.

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Video: A collection of supercars courtesy of the China Sportscar Club

Video: A collection of supercars courtesy of the China Sportscar Club

The Chinese automotive market is growing bigger by the day and automakers everywhere are taking advantage of this growing market by throwing a number of special editions their way. One type of vehicle that is ripping through the streets of China is the super car. Anything from Ferrari to Pagani to Lamborghini is making its way over to the land of Dragons and Emperors, and this video was created to show off a number of these vehicles.

Watching this video may incite some ever growing jealousy for the people lucky enough to get behind the wheel of these bad boys. The supercars are all part of the Chinese Sportscar Club (SCC), which got together on an airstrip to show off their rides. The list of the supercars is intense, including a Ferrari Enzo, a Pagani Zonda F/R and Cinque, a Mercedes SLR, a Mercedes SLS, a Ferrari F430, a Ferrari 458 Italia, tons of Lamborghini models, an Aston Martin, and our favorite, the Koenigsegg Agera.

The sheer monetary value of the collected supercars is enough to induce drool.

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2011 Mercedes E-Class L

2011 Mercedes E-Class L

The Mercedes E-Class has been quite popular in China recently with 122,000 sold in 2008 and an expected 200,000 sold in 2010 with close to 90% being the long version. With this type of popularity, it’s no wonder that Mercedes would boost the E-Class’ length and wheelbase by 140 millimeters to further entice the Chinese market and catapult sales even more. Today, Mercedes unveiled the E-Class L (Lembodies) at the Beijing Auto Show. The new version will be produced locally at Beijing BenzAutomotive Co.,Ltd (BBAC) with a local share in value terms of more than 40%.

Along with the jump in length, the new E-Class L will benefit from a choice of two refined petrol engines and three trim levels: E260 CGI Elegance, E260 CGI Avantgarde, and E300 Avantgarde. All models will be offered with automatic transmissions.

Standard options will include: bi-xenon headlamps, adaptive ILS (Intelligent Light System), electric sliding sunroof, automatic air conditioning, and COMAND DVD system. The E 260 CGI AVANTGARDE version will add a THERMATIC air conditioning system, heated rear seats, and residual heat system while the E 300 Avantgarde goes a step further to include a Rear Seat Entertainment System (two large 20.3 cm screens in the backs of the front seat head restraints), KEYLESS-GO electronic drive authorization system, and remote boot closing.

Press release after the jump.

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Mercedes May Sue Chinese Automaker

Mercedes May Sue Chinese Automaker

As China attempts to become an industrial power, it is getting a indelible reputation for building shoddy, dangerous products and engaging in outright fraudulent business practices, without the slightest thought to the dangers created. First it was poisonous pet food. Then it was toothpaste made with, in essence, antifreeze (ethylene glycol). Then toys painted with lead paint. It has become increasing clear that the words “Made in China” ought to be regarded as a warning label, not a (...)

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