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Why the Mercedes EQA EV Won't Be a Hatchback

Why the Mercedes EQA EV Won’t Be a Hatchback

The EQA would be cool as a hatchback, but it would come with a major compromise that just isn’t acceptable
It’s a small crossover based on the 2021 Mercedes GLA Battery placement in the floor Could still take cues from EQA Concept Should go on sale sometime in late-2020 249-mile range, 60 kWh battery

Mercedes has finally unveiled the new GLA, and during the presentation, we were treated to a teaser of the Mercedes EQA EV – a model once believed to be an entry-level hatchback. The image was clear enough that we can confirm the EQA will, in fact, be a very small crossover, one that we’ve seen in the prototype form in the past. This raises a big question, though. Why isn’t the production version of the Mercedes EQA going to take after the Concept EQA that was shown off by Mercedes back in 2017, and what happened to the hatchback body style?

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2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 4MATIC

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 4MATIC

Affalterbach has its own version of the 2021 GLA and as you can imagine, it’s a bundle of spiciness

The 35 nameplate is not a novelty for Mercedes-Benz’s lineup of compact cars. The A-Class wears it, as does the CLA, so it’s only natural for the GLA to receive the same treatment. In the GLA 35, the AMG-boosted inline-four unit mates to an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox and all-wheel drive, for a 0-60 mph sprint completed in five seconds flat. But there’s more to the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 than quickness off the line.

You’ll know you’re looking at the new Merc-AMG GLA 35 from the Panamericana-style front grille. But there are other clues to the car’s spirited nature, such as the silver-chrome trim elements on the outer air inlets, the 19-inch twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, and the more aggressive bumpers in the front and rear. Step inside and you’ll be greeted by a slightly tweaked cabin compared to the run-of-the-mill GLA. AMG took its time to add the MB-Tex/Dinamica microfiber seat upholstery with contrasting red stitching that go hand in hand with the red seat belts. There are also carbon fiber-like inserts spread across the dashboard, while the digital instrument cluster was tweaked with AMG-specific displays (Classic, Sport, and Supersport). Then there’s the AMG-styled steering wheel with its 12 o’clock mark, flat bottom, and galvanized gearshift paddles.

Under the hood of the new 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 sits a souped-up 2.0-liter, inline-four powerplant slapped with a twin-scroll turbo. The unit cranks out 302 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque between 3,000 rpm and 4,000 rpm, which in turn reach all fours through the AMG Speedshift DCT 8G dual-clutch gearbox and the AMG Performance 4Matic variable all-wheel-drive setup. In this configuration, the 0-60 miles per hour sprint takes precisely five seconds, while top speed is electronically limited and comes in at 155 miles per hour.

Depending on what sort of performance the driver is looking to squeeze out of the new Mercedes-AMG GLA 35, he or she can fiddle with the AMG Dynamic Select drive programs. They are, as follows:

Slippery - best for low-grip, icy surfaces, where the car employs smooth gearshifts and a flat torque curve Comfort - the default mode, balanced between fuel efficiency and soft settings for the suspension and steering Sport/Sport+ - sportier calibration of the engine, quicker response from the transmission Individual - your chance to have fun with a range of personalized parameters that suit your preferences and needs
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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA

The all-new Mercedes-Benz GLA is here and it borrows a lot of design cues and tech from its larger peers

Mercedes-Benz has officially unveiled the new GLA, the A-Class-based crossover whose first-generation was a popular choice among buyers. The new Mercedes-Benz GLA, however, takes a lot after its bigger brothers design- and tech-wise, and that’s a very good thing.

The new GLA is 4.1 inches higher (now 63.4 inches) and 0.6 inches shorter (now 173.6 inches) than the model it replaces. This means you get more headroom, but Mercedes-Benz highlights that now there’s even more legroom in the rear (38.4 inches, compared to 33.9 inches in the previous model). The U.S.-bound 2021 GLA has an aerodynamic coefficient of 0.30, which will contribute to low levels of wind noise inside the cabin as well as a reduction in fuel consumption at higher speeds. What’s more, Mercedes is so confident that the GLA can pull its own weight off the beaten path that it offers the Off-Road Engineering Package as standard on the GLA 4Matic.

On the inside, the GLA receives the highly-acclaimed MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment setup. Rear headroom, however, takes a 0.3-inch plunge (now 38.1 inches instead of 38.4), but shoulder room is more generous (now 54.8 inches instead of 53.1 inches, a 1.7-inch increase). Trunk capacity is also better in the new GLA, measuring 15.4 cubic feet, a 0.5 cubic feet increase from the previous model’s 14.9 cubic feet rating.

The safety bundle is a hefty one, especially if you opt for the optional Driver Assistance Package. Here’s what you get:

Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC Active Steering Assist Active Speed Limit Assist with Traffic Sign Assist Evasive Steering Assist Active Lane Keeping Assist Active Brake Assist Pre-Safe PLUS

In the U.S., the non-AMG 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA can be had with a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter, turbocharged gasoline engine bolted to an eight-speed 8G-DCT automatic transmission. The powerplant makes 221 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque between 1,620 rpm and 4,000 rpm. You can pick between the GLA 250 or the AWD GLA 250 4Matic. Performance-wise, Mercedes-Benz estimates that the 2021 GLA needs 8.6 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour from a standstill en route to a top speed of 130 miles per hour.

No words on pricing yet, but the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA launches in the U.S. in the summer of 2020, so we’ll know more as its market debut closes in.

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2021 Mercedes GLA Teaser and What We Know

2021 Mercedes GLA Teaser and What We Know

Merc’s second-generation BMW X2 fighter is all set to take center stage

Mercedes is preparing to debut the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class on December 11th, but before the second-generation crossover arrives, the German automaker dropped a new teaser showing the new GLA-Class’ side profile and parts of the rear section.

The familiar design echoes the looks that we’re now familiar with from Mercedes’ new batch of compact cars. The carmaker took a few design liberties in rendering of the GLA-Class — the wheels and tires are abnormally large — but for the most part, the second-generation crossover carries a host of new design features that should make the GLA Class look sportier than in previous forms.

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The Mercedes-AMG GLB35 - Little With a Big Heart

The Mercedes-AMG GLB35 - Little With a Big Heart

Higher performance, similar utility

It’s been only a few months since the Mercedes-Benz GLB went into production and the German firm already launched a higher-performance model. Called the Mercedes-AMG GLB35, this crossover slots above the standard model and below the upcoming AMG GLB45. Like all 35-series models, it looks slightly sportier than the base version and brings extra power and performance to the table. Let’s find out more about that below.

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Mercedes-AMG GLC43 unveiled with aggressive looks and beefed-up engine

Mercedes-AMG GLC43 unveiled with aggressive looks and beefed-up engine

The coupe model breaks cover with identical features and performance

It’s been four months since Mercedes-Benz introduced the updated GLC crossover at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show and three months since the beefed-up GLC63 model broke cover at the 2019 New York Auto Show, and the Germans finally unveiled the mid-range GLC43. Despite rumors that it may be discontinued, the GLC43 carries on with the SUV’s updated styling and a revised engine.

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The Mercedes GLB Is Confirmed for Launch In 2019, Mercedes EQB to Follow in 2021

The Mercedes GLB Is Confirmed for Launch In 2019, Mercedes EQB to Follow in 2021

More compact crossovers incoming from Merc

The compact crossover segmentshows no signs of slowing down, and Mercedes is adding to the momentum with the promise of two new models, one of which is powered by gasoline, the other of which is all-electric. Dubbed the GLB and EQB respectively, the fresh nameplates are set to arrive very, very soon, as confirmed by Board of Management member Britta Seeger at the 2019 New York Auto Show.

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Mercedes' EQ Lineup Just Got a Little More Exclusive Thanks to the 2019 Mercedes EQC Edition 1886

Mercedes’ EQ Lineup Just Got a Little More Exclusive Thanks to the 2019 Mercedes EQC Edition 1886

Exclusive features on the outside, optional extras on the inside

Unveiled in late 2018, the Mercedes-Benz EQC is back into the spotlight at the 2019 New York Auto Show as the EQC Edition 1886. This special-edition SUV is offered with unique features inside and out and celebrates a special event in automotive history.

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The 2019 Mercedes GLB Concept a New Boxy, Compact SUV

The 2019 Mercedes GLB Concept a New Boxy, Compact SUV

Shanghai auto show-bound GLB Concept previews new compact Mercedes crossover

Automakers have made it a habit to thinly disguise future production models with accessories, crazy rims, paint schemes, and interior materials, and that’s exactly what the Mercedes GLB Concept is. It essentially previews the production Mercedes GLB crossover that’s set to make its debut in production form in late-2019.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC

2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC

The company’s first EQ vehicle is a crossover

The Mercedes-Benz EQC is the company’s first all-electric crossover. Previewed by a concept car shown at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the EQC made its debut two years later. Aimed at competitor like the Jaguar I-Pace, Tesla Model X, and the upcoming BMW iX3, the EQC is also Mercedes’ first car under the EQ brand.

Unveiled in Stockholm, Sweden on September 4, the EQC will make its auto show debut in Paris in early October. Under development for many years, the EQC is the result of Mercedes’ commitment to launch a full lineup of all-electric vehicles under the EQ brand, which stands for "electric intelligence." Although similar in size to the GLC, the EQC rides on a brand-new platform and sports a design of its own. It also debuts the company’s new-generation battery and electric motor assembly. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.

Update 3/11/2019: We stumbled across the Mercedes EQC at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show so we decided to take some fresh pictures. Check out all of our fresh images in the gallery at the bottom of this page!

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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA

Mercedes’ smallest crossover yet is about to get a facelift

The Mercedes-Benz GLA was launched for the 2014 model year as the company’s smallest crossover to date. Sharing the same platform with the A-Class, B-Class, and the CLA four-door coupe, it’s the SUV equivalent of the A-Class hatchback, which is why it’s wearing the "GLA" badge. Designed to compete with the BMW X1 and Audi Q3, which were launched earlier on the market, the GLA slots below the GLC in the lineup. Powered by four-cylinder engines exclusively, the crossover is available with both gasoline and diesel powerplants in Europe. In the U.S., however, only a gasoline mill is offered, alongside the beefed-up AMG version. The GLA received its mid-cycle update for the 2018 model year at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

Not surprisingly, the facelift is rather mild inside and out. Minor nips and tucks do little to change the vehicle’s overall appearance, while the cabin boasts new trim, upgraded technology, and some new features. Drivetrain-wise, the GLA carries over unchanged, which is a bit disappointing with a more powerful BMW X1 in showrooms. Of course, crossovers need to check more important boxes, and the GLA does that with the revised model, but will it be enough to give the X1 and Q3 a run for their money?

Find out in my review below and make sure you check out our photos of the Mercedes-Benz GLA from the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

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Updated Mercedes GLA and AMG GLA45 Get New Features; Design Almost Unchanged

Updated Mercedes GLA and AMG GLA45 Get New Features; Design Almost Unchanged

Engines carry over unchanged too

Introduced for the 2014 model year, the Mercedes-Benz GLA has reached the point where it receives a facelift, and the 2017 Detroit Auto Show has given us a first look at the upgrades. Not surprisingly, the facelift comprises mild nips and tucks inside and out, which make the GLA a rather bland debut among all those brand-new or redesigned vehicles displayed at Detroit’s Cobo Center.

But that’s not to say the upgraded GLA is disappointing. Although design enhancements are limited to revised bumpers with larger intakes and new diffusers (alongside a more rugged appearance for non-AMG models), the cabin brings a few more updates. For starters, buyers will find more chrome trim for a more upscale look, a new instrument cluster, and a standard 8.0-inch infotainment screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The rearview camera is also standard, while the Parking Assist Package includes a surround-view camera. Mercedes-Benz also added hands-free access to the trunk as an option. The AMG GLA45 gets all of the above plus carbon-like dashboard trim and A/C vents that can be keyed to the color of the seat upholstery.

Nothing’s new under the hood though, with the GLA250 using the same turbocharger, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Naturally, the same version will be sold with 4Matic, the company’s all-wheel drive system. Moving over to the AMG model, the beefed-up four-banger also remained unaltered at 375 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of twist, but this isn’t surprising given that the engine was updated for 2016.

Finally, the update brings a new AMG Performance Studio Package that allows AMG GLA45 buyers to add yellow trim and accents inside and own, a large wing atop the tailgate, and matte Graphite Grey decals above the side skirts. Crossovers using this package can be had in either Night Black or Cosmos Black for a strong contrast with the yellow accents on the bumpers, side skirts, rear wing, and rims. You can find more information on this package here.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain

Mercedes-Benz launched its very own A6 Allroad

The fifth-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class, also known as the W213, was unveiled at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show and went on sale for the 2017 model year. A significant departure from its predecessor, it uses a brand-new architecture and styling language based off the S-Class full-size sedan. More comfortable and efficient than ever before, the new E-Class also debuted a handful of new Mercedes-Benz technologies, including a semi-autonomous system. The sedan was followed by a beefed-up AMG version and a wagon variant with two-door coupe and cabriolet models also set to follow. But unlike its predecessor, the W213 also spawned crossover-like model. It goes by the name E-Class All-Terrain and it is aimed at the likes of the Audi A6 Allroad.

When Mercedes-Benz called 2016 "the year of the SUV" and announced a further expansion of its already large collection of SUVs and crossovers by 2020, most people expected more niche models like the GLC Coupe or the Mercedes-Maybach GLS. As it turns out, Mercedes-Benz was considering competitors for the Audi A4 and A6 Allroad as well. The news initially came straight from Mercedes-Benz vice president of sales and product managements, Matthias Luehrs, who said that the company is essentially "looking at everything." What was just a possibility in 2015 became certainty in 2016, when Mercedes-Benz unveiled its Audi A6 Allroad fighter ahead of the Paris Motor Show.

Dubbed E-Class All-Terrain, the new vehicle follows in the footsteps of Audi’s midsize Allroad model, blending the styling of the utilitarian, yet still sexy E-Class wagon with the taller ride height and cladding of a crossover. Described as a "flexible all‑rounder for unpaved roads, family and leisure time," the All-Terrain gives the German brand access to a previously unexplored niche and likely opens the door for a similar model based on the C-Class too. But until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the brand-new E-Class All-Terrain.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe Unveiled

2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe Unveiled

Big, bad, and pretty quick too

Mercedes-AMG just dropped official details on the GLC43 Coupe, which seeks to combine supreme AMG-derived sportiness, with all the traditional benefits of a tall-bodied SUV.

Making the go is a 3.0-liter V-6 boosted by two turbos and AMG’s go-faster know-how, creating 362 horsepower with a firm push of the right pedal. Peak torque is rated at 384 pound-feet between 2,500 and 4,500 rpm. Peak boost is rated at 16 psi.

The all-important 0-to-60 mph run takes 4.8 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited at 130 mph.

Harnessing the power is an AMG-tuned 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission, which offers quicker shifts. This gearbox feeds all four wheels through Merc’s patented 4Matic AWD system, which is rear-biased, of course, with 69 percent of the torque heading to the tail. The transmission takes commands from steering wheel-mounted shift paddles as standard.

Keeping the heft in check is an AMG Sport Suspension using multi-chamber “Air Body Control,” offering adaptive damping. If you feel like playing off the pavement, you can raise the ride height with the push of a button.

More handling prowess is offered by way of speed-sensitive steering, while the brakes receive four-piston calipers in front, and single-piston calipers in the rear.

The whole shebang can be customized via a slew of driving modes.

Then there’s the coupe-like design, which is marked with all the requisite aggression you’d expect from an AMG product. The wheels are 20 inches in diameter, but 21-inch rollers are available. Pop the hood, and you’ll find the signature red aluminum engine cover.

Inside, you’ll find black upholstery with red contrast stitching, plus a 5.5-inch multifunction display to monitor vitals. There’s even a “Race Timer,” if you’re feeling frisky.

Look for the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe to make its official public debut at the Paris Motor Show on September 28th. U.S. availability is slated for the first quarter of next year.

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Mercedes Adds New Crossover Into The Mix, To Be Called The GLB

Mercedes Adds New Crossover Into The Mix, To Be Called The GLB

New model would become Mercedes’ sixth crossover/SUV

When it comes to crossovers and SUVs, Mercedes already has a handful of them, from the GLA, GLC, GLE, GLS, and G-Class 4x4. That’s five different models, each with its own set of variants. But even if that amounts to more than 15 different versions, the German automaker is still adding one more model to the family, and according to Auto Express, it’s going to be called the GLB.

Predictably enough, the GLB will slot between the GLA and the GLC and will be offered as a small crossover that will eventually compete against the likes of the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3. The model will also fall under the B-Class family much the same way that the GLC is related to the C-Class and the GLE is a part of the E-Class. That lineage could play a part in how the GLB is packaged, although recent spy shots taken of the crossover appear to also show some styling similarities with the GLA. The close link between the two models shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially if the GLB ends up using an extended version of the GLA’s front-wheel drive platform.

Mercedes hasn’t offered any specifics on the matter, but the company’s R&D chief, Dr. Thomas Weber, made it clear at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show that the company isn’t shying away from building another crossover or SUV if there’s enough room for it within the company’s existing lineup. Given how in-demand these vehicles are on a global scale, the decision to add another to the family isn’t going to be hard to make.

Should the GLB get the green light from Mercedes, look for it to have its own variants, including gasoline, diesel, and a plug-in hybrid versions. A high-performance model, likely to be called the GLB 45 AMG, could also be included. A production timetable has not yet been made, but look for Mercedes to spend a few years developing it before launching it for public consumption. 2018 seems like a safe estimate for the car’s debut, although it wouldn’t come as a surprise if Mercedes holds off until 2019 or maybe even 2020 before officially launching the newest member of its ever-growing crossover/SUV family.

Note: Mercedes GLA pictured here.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe

The new Mercedes GLC Coupe made its debut at the New York Auto Show

Back at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show, we saw the Mercedes GLC Coupe concept, which was designed as a preview of a future production model. Well, here we are a year later at the New York Auto Show, and we now have the production version of the GLC Coupe – essentially a coupe body with SUV suspension. The remarkable thing about the production model is that, aside from a few nips and tucks, it’s quite similar to the concept.

Gordon Wagner, the Head of Design for Daimler AG, said, “The GLC Coupe reflects our iconic Mercedes-Benz coupe design while symbolizing the diversity of our brand – it is both ’hot and cool’.” He continued, “With its design idiom of sensual purity, it perfectly embodies our styling philosophy while at the same time representing contemporary luxury.”

When the concept debuted last year, there were mixed opinions about it. Some said it was ugly, unpractical, and pointless, while others said it was beautiful and would be a welcomed addition to the Mercedes lineup. We’ll find out how well it’s publically accepted soon enough, but until then, let’s take a look at the GLC Coupe in production form and what it offers.

Updated 03/23/2016: Mercedes dropped the official details on the new GLC Coupe at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

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The 2015 Truck of Texas: Crowing the Winners

The 2015 Truck of Texas: Crowing the Winners

Every fall, dozens of journalists from all over Texas and around the country gather to compare, test, and crown the winner of the “Truck of Texas” competition. It’s a coveted award from the Texas Auto Writers Association that signifies Texas’ collective approval of a truck. And not only are trucks involved, awards go out for the SUV and CUV of Texas.

I already touched on the topic in the preview piece, but awards are also given to the winner in each vehicle category and for various things like “best connectivity” and “best powertrain.”

This year’s competition was fierce. There were 84 vehicles present from 21 automakers entered into 17 different categories. Evaluating the field were 69 TAWA members comprised of journalists and social media influencers.

So let’s get down to the results. Keep reading for the full breakdown.

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2016 Mercedes GLE Coupe 850 By Brabus

2016 Mercedes GLE Coupe 850 By Brabus

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe hasn’t been the best-received of vehicles. It’s another of those vehicles that tries so hard to fit into so many different niches that it doesn’t get any of them quite right. But Brabus knows that people will be willing to overlook a lot in the name of insane amounts of power, and if anyone can crank that kind of power out of the GLE Coupe, it is definitely Brabus. The new creation is given the name 850, the same as several other Brabus creations that are based off of 63-badged Mercedes products.

What makes the GLE Coupe 850 different from the other Brabus 850 products is that the base vehicle isn’t an AMG, as there is no AMG version of the GLE Coupe, at least not yet. The GLE63 S still uses the same engine as 63-badged AMG products, and it still costs nearly twice as much as the base model, but it isn’t quite as visually attention-grabbing as an AMG. So the GLE Coupe 850 might come as more of a shock than other 850 models. And yet, for all of the shocking craziness of the exterior, it is a surprisingly refined and civilized cabin.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC Genuine Accessories

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC Genuine Accessories

Having just replaced the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK crossover with the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC (not yet available in the U.S. though), Mercedes-Benz had to redesign the line of Genuine Accessories it offers with just about any model to fit the overhauled exterior and interior of the new SUV. The package was revised just in time for the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, where the Germans showcased it on the Euro-spec GLC, which has already replaced the boxy GLK in dealerships across the continent.

As usual, the Genuine Accessories catalog includes numerous features that can be used to individualize a vehicle. Whether you want to create a unique model by combining visual-enhancing parts or to prepare it for a long vacation with additional storage boxes and racks, the Genuine Accessories program should have you covered. For an extra premium, of course.

Though these features will become available only in Europe for the time being, U.S. customers will also gain access to them once the GLC goes on sale in North America in 2016. Keep reading for a preview of things to come.

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Mercedes Won't Offer An Electric Crossover Anytime Soon

Mercedes Won’t Offer An Electric Crossover Anytime Soon

In the beginning months of 2016, Tesla plans to release its all-electric, battery-powered SUV known as the 2016 Tesla Model X. So it’s no surprise that other automakers are already up to the electric SUV challenge. Kia has already launched the 2015 Kia Soul EV in the U.S, and Audi has confirmed that it will release the all-electric Q6 SUV by 2018. With Audi coming to the market, one might expect Mercedes to join the pack sooner than later, but that isn’t the case.

Dieter Zetsche – the Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Division – says that Tesla is too small for Mercedes to consider it a competitor, so Mercedes doesn’t have any serious plans to join the market right now. The bottom line is that Audi is still a few years out from releasing the 2017 Audi Q6 e-tron, and any word of BMW coming to the all-electric SUV market is purely speculation. Both companies are major competitors of Mercedes though, so if they do come to the plate and perform well, Mercedes might step up too. According to Zetsche, MB does find the idea of an all-electric SUV interesting and will be watching its competition. When the time comes, the decision to join the market will depend on what is best for the brand.

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