Mercedes-Benz is gearing up for a massive lineup overhaul that could feature up to 11 all-new models by 2020. That’s on top of the 10 new plug-in hybrid models scheduled to be released over the next three years. Guess Mercedes is going to be extremely busy for the next five or so years, huh?
Motor Trend is reporting that the German automaker’s future plans are part of a massive and aggressive expansion that’s going to add a bevy of new models to the already expansive list that Mercedes offers these days.
We’ve already seen some of this happening, particularly in the different approach Mercedes is now taking with its AMG-badged models. Whereas the in-house performance division was treated as a performance supplement in the past, the arrival of the Mercedes-AMG GT and the Mercedes-AMG C63 signaled the beginning of treating AMG as a co-maker instead of a performance masseuse.
But that’s far from the only change Mercedes is expected to go through over the next five years. A bevy of new models are already in the pipeline, beginning with an extended-wheelbase S-Class sedan, codenamed “X222,” that will make its debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show in December. Multiple reports also point to a bigger model scheduled to arrive next year in the form of a huge S-Class model codenamed “VV222” that’s touted to be 12 inches longer than the X222 and may or may not have six doors at its disposal. That model is tipped to be Mercedes’ long-awaited successor to its failed Maybach brand.
The company’s SUV range is also expected to get its own overhaul, even though the updates are related more to name changes. According to Motor Trend, all new Mercedes SUVs will carry the GL prefix, essentially putting the existing M-Class line to rest. That movement has already started with the launch of the GLA,, but a bevy of other models like the GLC (a replacement to the GLK), the GLE (a replacement to the M-Class), and and the GLS (a replacement to the GL-Class), are all expected to follow suit with their debuts earmarked for 2015.
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This is certainly not the first time we’re seeing the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class wandering the streets, but it is the camo-covered GLK’s first time captured cruising with its production-ready headlights and taillights, not to mention the uncovered grille for all to see.
Before now, the GLK had been sporting makeshift projector-beam headlights, and had its grille covered in swirly camo and wire mesh. Even its taillights looked to be of the JC Whitney variety.
Now with the production units in place, the GLK’s looks are coming together. Its new headlights appear to be HID units with a strip of LED lighting running along the bottom edge. In the close-up shot, a cutout for what will likely be a fog light sits just below the headlight, visible just forward of the front tire.
Out back, the taillights appear to be similar to those found on the upcoming C-Class Wagon. Horizontal bars help add width to the rather upright crossover and the detailing will add a level of posh.
We can expect to see the new GLK hit showrooms for the 2015 model year with a variety of powerplants and trim levels. Its starting price should remain in the $38,000 ballpark.
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Mercedes-Benz USA has a potential problem on its hands with the 2015 GLA-Class. No, it’s not the kind of problem that can spell doom and gloom for the new crossover itself. It’s the kind of problem that spells doom and gloom for U.S. customers of the GLA-Class. That’s because the supply of GLA models headed to the U.S. could be scarcer than anybody expected.
Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Steve Cannon lamented on the potential dearth of GLA models headed stateside, telling Auto News that demand in other markets could cut off the allocation of the compact crossover in the U.S. Demand for the GLA-Class in China, for example, is as strong, maybe even stronger than the U.S. Even sales in Europe have rebounded to the point that models Mercedes-Benz USA usually receives from its European counterpart aren’t arriving this year.
All that points to the GLA being even scarcer than the CLA-Class compact sedan that went on sale in the U.S. last year. So if you were planning on buying the GLA-Class, it might be best to be that early bird that gets the worm. Otherwise, you might end up losing out on the GLA-Class when sales begin here in September 2014 for the GLA250 4MATIC.
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Mercedes-Benz seems to be preparing a bruiser version of its compact GLK crossover. We’ve seen the GLK strutting its stuff across European roads wile clothed in swirly wrap, but now there’s word about what will power this little AMG creation. Mercedes and its performance division AMG are building a new powerplant that will eventually be a ubiquitous sight throughout the AMG lineup.
Car & Driver reports Mercedes’ new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 destined for the 2016 GT will find its way into upcoming GLK 63 AMG. Of course horsepower and torque output numbers will differ from vehicle to vehicle, but we can expect at least 400-plus horses for the SUV.
The engine is a wonderment of modern technology. It features Mercedes’ first ‘hot V’ design with both its turbos packaged between the cylinder heads. That means the V-8 will have a reverse-flow design, bringing fresh air into the block through the outside of the cylinder heads. The major benefit lies with the short distance exhaust gasses must travel to spool the turbos. In this case, shorter is better.
The engine, codenamed M178, also has a dry-sump oil system and a ‘Nanoslide’ coating on the cylinder walls. Combined with high-performance internal components, the 4.0-liter will enjoy a redline around 7,000 rpm.
With nearly instant boost from such a stout engine, the GLK 63 AMG should post pretty impressive numbers at the track. Expect 60 mph to come in under five seconds.
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Mercedes has a history of enlisting famous celebrities to endorse its products. But none of them are anywhere close to awesome as the man the company tapped to promote the new GLA-Class. He may just be a plumber-by-trade, but this endorser is also a mushroom-stompin’, fireball-spewin’, Yoshi-ridin’, Princess Peach-savin’ bad-ass, the kind you wouldn’t want to mess with when he’s behind the wheel of a GLA-Class.
He is Mario, ladies and gentlemen and he’s coming for us all.
The new GLA-Class commercial featuring Mario is as different as it gets for an automaker. Last I played the game, I didn’t know that the Mercedes crossover could to run over mushrooms and jump over castles. Then again, last I remember, Mario was a tad bit pudgier than the overall-wearing dude that stepped out of the GLA. So we guess this is a bit of a dramatization...
But hey, Mario riding the GLA-Class. That’s how you tap into the child in all of us, Mercedes. And a 1-up for creativity...
Mercedes’ aggressive company expansion isn’t slowing down any time soon. Already boasting of a handful of new models in its a number of its new models, Mercedes also appears to have an eye towards expanding of its oldest and most heralded lineups: the G-Class.
According to German newspaper Autobild, the German has set its sights on launching a more stylish crossover that will fall under the G-Class. Full details behind this proposed model are still sketchy, but it appears that the company plans to release this model in 2019 — a year after the next-generation A-Class arrives.
How is the A-Class relevant to this G-Class-inspired crossover? Apparently, the more lifestyle-facing G model will be built using the same platform of the next-gen A-Class. That’s an indication that this new crossover, which has been tentatively dubbed the "GLB", will have its own set of unique features. The most prominent, if there’s any validity to these rumors, is that the GLB will offer space for as many as seven people.
It’s a little confusing if you factor in those reports that next-gen A-Class’ platform will be used. Last we checked, the A-Class isn’t the big of a model, so it’ll be interesting how Mercedes uses that architecture on a seven-seat crossover, long wheelbase notwithstanding.
The new GLB, or Mini-G as Autobild refers to it, is also being touted as coming with front-wheel-drive system with an all-wheel drive version available as an added option. An optional on-or off-road package is also being prepared and last but not least, the GLB should cost slightly more than the GLA, which could retail at a base price of €29,000, just a little under $40,000.
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It hasn’t been long since Mercedes-Benz unveiled its brand-new Concept Coupe SUV at the Beijing Auto Show, and our skilled spy photographers have already spotted the production version testing on public roads.
Rumored to come alive under the MLC-Class moniker, the sleek SUV that’s supposed to give the BMW X6 a run for its money has been captured completely camouflaged, with the wrap hiding everything from its impressive front grille to the sloping roof.
Despite its deceiving black-and-white suit, we’re able to notice that although the overall shape remains true to the concept vehicle, the production version will sport a taller glasshouse and other minor modifications. These appears to include a reshaped front bumper with a different lower grille, larger exterior mirrors and slightly larger door handles.
Details are well hidden around back as well, where a fake piece makes the boot seem higher, but don’t let that fool you, the raked windshield and trunk lid won’t go away. The taillights also appear to be wider and we have a feeling the center light bar will be reshaped as well.
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Given the expansion of models Mercedes-Benz is going through these days, the company just might run out of letters to name its models.
According to Auto Express, the German automaker is reportedly working on a baby crossover, which it will slot just below the recently-revealed GLA-Class. The name of the model is the X-Class, and judging by its nomenclature, we won’t be surprised if Mercedes targets the young market for this baby crossover.
Besides, the CLA-Class needs a running mate, right? And what better model to do that than this reported X-Class.
On a more serious note, we don’t mind having a new Merc to choose from. Not that we can afford each and every one of ’em, but in a market where its competitors are doing their own expansions, Mercedes would be a fool to think that it can sit on its laurels and let its existing line do the fighting for them.
If the BMWs and Audis of the world are busy lining up new models for its customers, there’s no reason why Mercedes should’t do the same. There’s also some whispers that the X-Class isn’t going to be just one model, but an entire range of entry-level models that will give birth to other variants in the future. Maybe an XLA, or an X AMG?
It’s too early to say at this point, but if its the route Mercedes is choosing, we’re not going to stand up against it.
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2015 Mercedes GLA45 AMG
Unveiled in 2013, the Mercedes-Benz GLA is the company’s smallest crossover yet and shares underpinnings with the A-Class hatchback. Much like al Mercedes-Benz vehicles, it received its very own AMG version. Previewed by a concept car in 2013, the production model arrived in 2014 with the same engine as the awesome Mercedes A45 AMG hatch. The GLA45 joined a new niche in the compact luxury market, introduced by Audi with the RS Q3 a year before. As of 2017, the much rumored M version of the BMW X1 has yet to arrive, leaving only Mercedes-Benz and Audi to battle for supremacy in this segment.
Unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, the Mercedes GLA45 AMG went on sale as the Edition 1, a promotional version fitted with high-gloss black Aerodynamics package with larger front splitter, additional flics in the front apron, and rear aerofoil. This model was available for only one year on the market, but it was quickly joined by the regular variant. A facelift was rolled out in 2017, only a few months after Mercedes-Benz unveiled the updated GLA.
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As you probably know, the way you present a product oftentimes leads to better sales than the quality if the product itself. So, you shouldn’t be surprised to hear that Mercedes picked model Georgia May Jagger to be the face for its new Mercedes GLA crossover.
Yes, you guessed it: Georgia is the daughter of Mick Jagger — the lead vocalist and the founding member of The Rolling Stones. Georgia stars in Mercedes’ latest commercial named "Always Restless," where she appears lounging on the GLA’s sunroof in a dark, neon-lit cityscape.
We’re not sure what’s her connection with the Panda riding in the driver’s seat, but anyway, commercials aren’t supposed to be understood every time, they just need to entertain you and make you buy the product.
Of course, we are not sure if Georgia or her stunning palm-print mini skirt will help Mercedes boost sales for the upcoming GLA, but the company will found out if it worth paying for this commercial when the GLA hits the market in the spring of 2014.
Mercedes unveiled a revision for the GLK at the 2012 New Your Auto Show, but it looks like some tuners though they could do a little better.
Today, Carlsson did just that with the announcement of a sleek kit for the GLK that includes upgrades for the exterior and interior, plus some engine upgrades. Unfortunately, the engine upgrades are limited to just the GLK 220 CDI.
This version receives a C-Tronic module that increases the power output of the 2.1-liter diesel engine from the stock 168 horsepower to a slightly wilder 204 ponies and the peak torque from 295 pound-feet to an impressive 368 pound-feet.
As for the GLK300 and GLK350 models, Carlsson has yet to develop a performance upgrade for them. For now, the tuner offers uprated springs and dampers that will lower the SUV’s ride by about 1.18 inches and will significantly improve the SUV’s handling on winding roads.
On top of these performance and handling upgrades, Carlsson also offers a selection of aesthetic modifications.
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It seems that a lot of Mercedes’ new models are getting the "Edition 1" treatment these days.
The German automaker already rolled out limited-run models of the A45 AMG, the S-Class, and the CLA-Class bearing that designation and now, the new GLA-Class is following suit.
The German automaker’s new compact crossover will carry a host of exclusive offerings that will be available only for 12 months beginning this November. Among the features include a choice of four color schemes — Cirrus White, Mountain Grey Metallic, Orient Brown Metallic and Designo Magno Mountingrau — bi-xenon headlights, aluminum inserts, brushed stainless-steel sport pedals, upgraded sets and a set of 19-inch, five-spoke AMG black alloy wheels. The exclusive offerings for the GLA-Class Edition 1 are relatively subdued, although we have no idea what the "Designo Magno Mountingrau" color scheme is going to look like, which should make for a nice and pleasant surprise when the models are released.
That being said, the GLA-Class Edition 1 accomplishes what it sets out to achieve: build a special run for this crossover that only those quick enough to pick up can have. For the treat of doing so, customers will have to tack on an extra &euro6,307, which is around $8,370 based on current exchange rates.
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