Tomorrow We’ll See a Four-Door Mercedes-AMG GT, but Why?
The four-door coupe niche is a small one, but some people love the idea, and it seems as if it is slowly starting to take off. BMW has the 4 Series and 6 Series Gran Coupe here in the U.S. Maserati has the Quattroporte, Porsche has the Panamera, and Audi is about the drop the A5 and S5 Sportback models into the market for 2018. Mercedes already has the CLS Coupe, which – in the right trim – could be considered a competitor to the aforementioned models. But now it looks like the German brand may be fielding another competitor for this niche. It’s a four-door concept of the Mercedes-AMG GT, and it’s set to debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
For now, we know next to nothing about the concept, but Mercedes is probably planning on seeing how the public responds to such a model to determine how feasible it is to bring another four-door Coupe to the market. While we know nothing, Mercedes has released a single teaser image that depicts a long and sleek iteration of the GT that looks almost like someone cut a GT in half and threw in an extra door. The side profile features the same general body lines and features, while the rear end is almost identical outside of a different diffuser and a redesigned exhaust outlet.
Inside, the car will feature seating for four, with the rear seat more focused on luxury, space, and ultimately, comfort. I suspect we’ll see two reclining captains-style seats in the rear with a center console creating a dividing barrier and offering infotainment access for both rear passengers. The rear seats will probably be positioned far to the rear, so legroom will probably be ridiculous. Needless to say, it would compete directly against the Panamera and larger BMW Gran Coupes.
But, does the world need another four-door coupe?
Porsche Should Be Worried About Mercedes-AMG’s GT4 Concept
It’s been no secret that Mercedes-Benz’s plans for its AMG performance division have blown up since the release of the well-received Mercedes-AMG GT sports car. The German automaker quickly turned that momentum into subsequent offerings, including the AMG GT S, GT R, and most recently, the GT C. Now AMG is drawing up plans to present a new AMG GT-badged model at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and as many have anticipated, it’s going to be a concept version of the AMG GT4, a four-door performance saloon that will no doubt the shake up the established.
Did you hear that, Porsche? The Panamera now has a direct and legitimate rival. Brace yourselves then because this new rivalry could escalate really quickly.
It’s worth mentioning that plans for a four-door, Panamera-rivaling AMG model has been in the works for a few years now, even though AMG boss Tobias Moers said back in 2015 that such a model wouldn’t be feasible. Well, that didn’t stop our master rendering artist from cooking up a virtual version of the AMG GT4 – you can see that beauty in the photo above – and as it turns out, there was a lot more to the GT4 than Moers was letting on.
Now that we’re here, we can at least expect a few things to come out at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. One of those things is the concept version of the AMG GT4, which Mercedes plans to debut at the show as part of AMG’s 50th-anniversary celebrations.
It’s not the only car that will be on Mercedes’ stand in Geneva, but it’s arguably the most important one as it sets the table for a production model that’s tipped to arrive in 2018, replacing the CLS Shooting Brake and challenging the Porsche Panamera for supremacy in that specific market.
Details aren’t expected until the auto show opens its doors, but there is strong indication that the Geneva-bound concept will look less like a concept and more like the four-seater production model that it’s going to end up being. For one, it’s going to be sharing a lot of styling cues and mechanical details with the AMG GT, albeit on a different platform from the one used by the sports car. According to Autocar, Merc will be using a modified version of its modular rear architecture for the GT4, the same platform currently used by the AMG C 63, E 63, and S 63 models. Lightweight materials are being lined up for the car, including aluminum and hot-formed high-strength steel.
The goal, it seems is to make the AMG GT4 a benchmark for luxury and performance in its segment, a status that the Panamera has held on to for the past few years.
Make no mistake about it; Mercedes-AMG isn’t messing around. Porsche needs to recognize that because once the AMG GT4 hits dealerships in 2018, one of its main objectives is to stare down its rival from Stuttgart and make it earn every accolade it’s going to get from now until the future.
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Mercedes-Benz Metris MasterSolutions Toolbox Concept Showvan Unveiled In Chicago
Mercedes-Benz has been know to build some extravagant concept vehicles over the years, but nothing in recent memory compares to the outlandish endeavor that is the Metris MasterSolutions Toolbox Concept show van. Quite obviously, this Metris van is designed to mimic a toolbox, hinting at its more utilitarian nature inside. Large hinges and toolbox-like clasps allow a large panel on the driver’s side to lift up, revealing the aftermarket shelving and tool storage solutions available for the Metris van.
Mercedes is working hard to promote the Metris van here in the U.S., and it’s a sure bet this concept will call plenty of attention to itself. The German automaker already has a firm grasp on America’s commercial work van segment with its full-size Sprinter van. Mercedes has added to that with the new-for-America, mid-size Metris van. Combined, the two vans offer customers a wide range of space and capability.
Not only is Mercedes showcasing the Metris, but its MasterSolutions line of commercial upfits. These upfits are done through partnerships with trusted venders, which take a bare Metris or Sprinter van and customize its cargo area with shelving, tool chests, or any other job-specific equipment. Specialty upfits are often done for refrigeration, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and delivery services.
As for the Metris van itself, Mercedes is touting the Metris Worker, a trim line designed for commercial and fleet use. The Metris Worker comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The rear-wheel drive van is capable of hauling 2,500 pounds inside its cargo area or towing up to 5,000 pounds. And despite its $25,995, the Metris Worker comes with interior niceties like a five-speaker stereo system with Bluetooth, and AUX input jack, and a USB port. Six airbags, Mercedes’ Attention Assist, Crosswind Assist, and Hill Start Assist are also standard. Optionally, the Metris Worker can be had with Blind Spot Assist, Power Heated Exterior Mirrors, and a rear view camera.
That’s a lot of bang for the buck.
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2016 Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class
Mercedes-Benz Vans has pulled the covers off its all-new pickup, the X-Class. Debuting as a concept in Sweden, the pickup truck gives a glimpse as to what Mercedes will eventually bring to market in late 2017 as a 2018 model. The truck is slotted for markets around the world, including Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Australia. Sadly the U.S. and Canada are not included.
Mercedes brought along two design variants to the October 25, 2016 debut: the “Stylish Explorer” and the “Powerful Adventurer.” Both are based on the same ladder frame platform borrowed from Nissan, but each show Mercedes’ willingness to stretch the pickup beyond a luxury ‘ute or utilitarian tool.
The target audience, according to Mercedes, is a Gen Xer who lives an urban lifestyle yet enjoys outdoor activities like biking, skiing, and hiking. This buyer is also someone who has not previously considered a pickup as a vehicle choice. The automaker sees the mid-size pickup segment growing in the next several years, moving from 800,000 global units sold annually to roughly 2.5 million annual global sales. Mercedes is obviously planning to capture part of that market.
Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, said at the debut, "With the Mercedes-Benz pickup, we will close one of the last gaps in our portfolio. Our target: we want to offer customers vehicles matching their specific needs. The X-Class will set new standards in a growing segment."
Volker Mornhinweg, the head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, followed Dr. Z by saying, "We will open up and change the segment of mid-size pickups – with the world’s first true premium pickup for the modern urban lifestyle." Mornhinweg continued, saying, "Our future X-Class will be a pickup that knows no compromise. Ladder-type frame, high-torque six-cylinder engine, and permanent all-wheel drive are compulsory for us. As an added value we bring safety, comfort, agility, and expressive design – in other words, everything that distinguishes vehicles bearing the Mercedes star. We will thus appeal to new customers who have not considered owning a pickup before."
Mercedes certainly sounds confident it can redefine the mid-size segment. Let’s take a deep look at its new X-Class to see if Merc is on the right path.
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2016 Mercedes‑Benz "Generation EQ" Concept
Despite the long list of manufacturers that skipped the Paris Auto Show, this year’s show still turned out to be pretty good. We got to lay eyes on cars like the Renault Trezor, the Lexus UX Concept, and the Volkswagen I.D. concept. As far as the internet is concerned, the Honda Civic Type R concept pretty much stole the show, but over at the Mercedes booth was this gem of a concept that is being called the “Generation EQ.” Said to represent a whole fleet of electric cars that Mercedes will produce in the coming years, the EQ features a scalable platform, 402 horsepower from an all-electric drivetrain, and a range of up to 310 miles. Able to hit 62 mph in less than five seconds, Mercedes claims that this concept not only has all-wheel drive but is also near-production ready, so we may even see a production variant in the near future.
If the concepts that have debuted over the past couple years have taught us anything, it’s that the cars of the future will be somewhat crazy and the interiors will look more like something out of a science fiction movie than the reality that we’re used to. But, being almost production ready means that the level of science fiction inside the EQ is kept to a full roar. Sure, that might hurt the Trekkie inside of you a bit, but don’t tear up just yet, the cabin is still pretty wild for something that appears to be exceptionally functional.
Gorden Wagener, the Head of Design for Daimler AG, said, “Generation EQ is hot and cool. Its fascination lies in a reinterpretation of our design philosophy of sensual purity, the aim being to create an avant-garde, contemporary and distinctive electro-look. At the same time, the design of the visionary show car, which has been reduced to the essentials, reveals an alluring progressivity.”
On preliminary inspection, this concept looks very promising and is sure to please the masses if it ever makes it into production. So, before that happens, let’s take a good look at this concept and figure out just what it’s all about.
A Preliminary Tale Of The Tape Between The Mercedes‑Benz "Generation EQ" Concept And The Tesla Model X
Up until this point, the premium electric SUV market has been dominated by the Tesla Model X. But Mercedes-Benz has taken the first step to putting an end to the Model X’s dominance with the launch of the Generation EQ Concept, the German automaker’s preview piece for one of the foundational models of its future electrified lineup.
Predictably, my first instinct upon seeing the Generation EQ Concept was to compare it to the Tesla Model X. I know it’s too early to say how this comparison is going to be considering that the Mercedes EV SUV is still in concept guise. For one, it’s hard to compare the two physically because the production model of the Generation EQ will likely look different from one Mercedes has presented at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.
But there are some noteworthy comparisons that can be made now in various categories, including power and performance, range, and technology.
Based on the numbers that Mercedes has released, the Generation EQ’s combined output of 402 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque is impressive. But it still doesn’t measure up to the Model X 90D’s output of 518 horsepower (combined), more so with the P90D’s titanic output of 762 horsepower (combined). At least in this category, the Model X takes the cake, quite handily even.
Here’s the question though: is the Model X still superior to Merc’s presentation of the Generation EQ Concept?
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2016 Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck
Mercedes-Benz has announced an all-electric commercial truck designed to replace diesel-powered trucks on local, short-run delivery routes. It’s called the Urban eTruck and it runs off lithium-ion batteries that power two electric motors at the rear wheels for a clean, quiet, ride with zero local emissions.
The truck is said to have little trade-offs in relation to its diesel and gasoline-powered counterparts. It has a range of up to 124 miles and a maximum payload capacity rivaling diesel trucks. Its cabin comes chocked full of Mercedes’ latest technology from FleetBoard, including real-time traffic information with alternative route planning, driver and dispatcher communications, and emergency route guidance back to home base should the truck run low on its charge.
The Urban eTruck comes with three choices in battery size. The standard setup includes three battery modules with a total capacity of 212 kWh with a range up to 200 kilometers, or 124 miles. Battery modules can be factory ordered for truck with longer delivery routes and those that frequently travel at higher steeds, or trucks with larger payloads but travel fewer miles.
Mercedes says production of this type of truck is conceivable to begin at the start of the next decade. Whether the automaker will achieve that goal is unknown, but knowing how Mercedes generally succeeds at its goals, it’s likely vehicles like the Urban eTruck will become a reality.
This product concept comes on the heels of Tesla’s “Master Plan, Part Deux,” which details the electric automaker’s plans for building all-electric commercial trucks and public transportation. Undoubtedly Elon Musk has to feel the pressure.
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Watch the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Being Controlled By Remote: Video
The 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance hosted many spectacular debuts, one of which was the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6. A concept car that’s not likely to move into production anytime soon, the Vision 6 is modern rendition of pre-WWII luxury cars and it’s packed with innovative technology and an electric drivetrain that cranks out in excess of 700 horsepower. It also sports a massive stance that would match the grandeur of any Rolls-Royce, but, despite its imposing appearance, it can be controlled by remote.
A fresh video from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance shows the Maybach Vision 6 being moved back and forth via a small remote controller that can also turn the wheels. Interestingly enough, the vehicle moves pretty smooth despite its enormous size, which could mean that the remote is actually controlling the coupe’s all-electric drivetrain and not just an auxiliary motor.
At one point in the video, the man with the controller calls the Vision 6 an autonomous car, but that’s not exactly true. Although the concept features some sort of semi-autonomous tech, the fact that it is controlled by a person doesn’t make it fully autonomous. Still, this concept likely features a prototype version of Mercedes’ future autonomous technology and that remote control could very well be part of it. Parking would be infinitely easier, especially for a vehicle that’s six meters long.
For now, the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 will enter the history books as the world’s most expensive remote control car.
2016 Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6
The 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was packed with numerous new products from various automakers, mostly in concept form. Among them is Mercedes-Benz, which showcased a brand-new concept car wearing the "Maybach" badge. It goes by the name Vision 6 and it’s the wildest vehicle to feature the Maybach name in the modern era. Not only spectacular on the outside, the German coupe sports the latest technology Mercedes-Benz has to brag about. It’s also pretty massive for a two-door coupe. And by "massive" we mean it’s nearly six meters (18.5 feet) long, or about as long as the extended wheelbase version of the Rolls-Royce Phantom. For reference, the Mercedes-Maybach S500/S600 is "only" 5.5 meters (18 feet).
In many ways, including size, the Vision 6 is a spiritual successor to the Maybach Exelero one-off that the German brand built for Fulda tires back in 2004. As you’d expect from a Mercedes-badged concept car, the Vision 6 features a massive amount of new technology to go with the wild design, as well as a fuel-efficient drivetrain built around at least one electric motor. Don’t get your hopes up for a production version, but a two-door Maybach based on the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe isn’t out of the question.
Updated 08/22/2016: We added a series of images taken during the concept’s official debut at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Check them out in the picture gallery.
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Mercedes-Maybach Teases New Concept Car For Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach is known as a charitable event that holds a Concours d’Elegance that brings together some of the world’s rarest and most beautiful classic cars, but it’s also the place where many exotic modern cars have made their public debut in recent years. This year’s edition will be no different and it seems that we’ll be seeing at least one spectacular concept car in the metal. It comes from Mercedes-Benz and it’s a massive, 20-foot long two-door coupe.
The German brand unveiled the teaser above on its Facebook page with the following caption: "A new age of automotive luxury stretches before us — and it spans nearly 20 feet in length. True beauty deserves room to breathe."
Although this statement doesn’t provide much information, the sheer size of the vehicle and the badge visible on the C-pillar suggests we’re looking at a Maybach concept car. This seems somewhat strange given that we haven’t heard of Maybach planning to launch a new model anytime soon, but a concept car doesn’t necessarily preview a production model.
For instance, the last time Maybach built a coupe, it was just a one-off created for Fulda Tires, the German division of Goodyear. I’m talking about the Excelero, a 19-foot long, two-door based on the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.
On the other hand, now that Mercedes-Benz has an S-Class Coupe in its stable, a production two-door Maybach based on the massive Merc is more than feasible. With the underpinnings and engine already up for grabs (with certain modifications, of course), the luxury brand will only have to handle the coachbuilding and the new interior.
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The Mercedes-Benz C111 saga began in 1969, when the Germans unveiled the first prototype at the 1969 Frankfurt Motor Show. Developed as what Mercedes described as a "super sports car," the C111 was unveiled to the world with gullwing doors that harkened back to the iconic 300 SL Gullwing Coupe (discontinued in 1963) and a Wankel rotary engine under the hood. Though it was only a research vehicle, the C111 quickly became the dream car of the 1970s.
Created when the company began experimenting with new engine technologies, including rotary, diesels, and turbochargers, the C111 was used as a test bed for many other features, including a multi-link rear suspension, and a new interior design with luxury appointments and air conditioning. It featured a mid-ship layout and received many powertrains, including two- to four-rotor Wankels, turbodiesels, and even mass-produced V-8s.
Although Mercedes built three generations of experimental C111s, the C111-II is arguably the most recognizable, particularly due to its revised aerodynamics and improved ergonomics, which pretty much made it ready for the assembly line. Unfortunately, the C111 projects never made it into production, leaving enthusiasts that were dreaming about a spiritual successor to the 300 SL disappointed. But, despite the fact that not one C111 was sold to the public, the C111-II went on to gain a cult following and became a full-fledged classic.
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The Tokyo Auto Show is about to kick off, and manufacturers aren’t wasting time previewing their latest futuristic design concepts. Mercedes-Benz is bringing something truly unique to the table this year with its Vision Tokyo Concept. Like other concepts such as the Nissan IDS Concept and Nissan Leaf Autonomous Concept, the Mercedes Vision Tokyo Concept is moved by electric motors and is capable of fully autonomous driving.
According to Gorden Wagener, the Head of Design at Daimler AG, “The purity and sensuality of the Vision Tokyo’s styling defines a new interpretation of modern luxury from Mercedes-Benz.” Its design is slated to increase the appeal of the Mercedes brand the younger generations, and give a view into where Mercedes plans to go in the future with self-driving cars. Aside from its unique design and excessive lighting, the Vision Tokyo is also equipped with an advanced artificial intelligence system that is capable of learning and evolving as it learns about passenger preferences, where they go and what they like.
The Vision Tokyo is set to make its first public appearance on October 30th at none other than the Tokyo Motor Show. Until then, let’s take a look at what we already know about it and see just what we can expect when it debuts.
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