Sporty crossovers are weird things. Even though most people have now abandoned the pretense that these machines will ever go off-road, it still seems vaguely unnatural for something so high off of the ground to be going fast, especially around corners. So if the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe (which is not a coupe at all, it’s a four-door crossover) was built by any other company, that company might struggle to convince anyone to think of it as sporty. But Mercedes-Benz does not have this problem, because Mercedes-Benz can just call Lewis Hamilton.
The reigning Formula 1 world champion won the last season behind the wheel of a Mercedes, and now he’s in an ad, telling us that the GLE Coupe is sporty enough to satisfy even his unnaturally high standards for excitement. This is probably a bit of a stretch, but it’s far from being the most absurd claim to have ever been made in an advertisement, and Hamilton’s driving (assuming that it is Hamilton driving, but it would be pretty odd if it wasn’t) does a good job of showing off how well the car can handle when pushed.
With the crossover and SUV markets showing no signs of slowing down, neither is Mercedes-Benz. The automaker has already added the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA and introduced the revamped 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE and 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC class, and there are sportier coupe versions of the latter two coming out soon enough, but Mercedes has no plans of letting up. Although there doesn’t seem to be much breathing room for more crossovers or SUVs in the lineup, a Mercedes exec recently suggested that more are indeed on the way.
Talking to Australia’s CarAdvice, Daimler AG board member Thomas Weber hinted that more crossovers could be on the way, especially in the small-vehicle segments, although no specifics were given. The timeline for such additions probably won’t be until the next-generation of the current vehicles, so we’re looking at an expanded Mercedes crossover lineup that’s at least five to six years away. When all is said and done, Mercedes could be looking at as many as eight off-road-ready crossovers based on the A-Class platform (which underpins the GLA) alone.
As many niches as Mercedes has already filled, it’s hard to imagine the vehicles being planned, but it would be cool to see something along the line of a GLA Coupe and perhaps a two-door version of the GLC to go up against the Range Rover Evoque Coupe.
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Our photographers recently returned from a death-defying mission in Germany with images that give us our best look yet at the upcoming 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe. As its name implies, it’s a four-door fastback coupe variant of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC compact SUV and will be positioned against the 2015 BMW X4. The GLC replaces the GLK and adheres to Merc’s new naming conventions.
Mercedes previewed the GLC Coupe earlier this year at the Shanghai Auto Show with the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUV, and it appears to be a pretty good representation of what we see here. This pre-production test mule loses the AMG-esque concept’s deeper front fascia and larger wheels, but both will likely be available with higher trim levels. It also keeps that horizontal character line just below the side windows that accentuates the lower roofline.
Our snappers also tell us the GLC Coupe will get the same range of engines as the GLC, which likely means an entry-level 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder with 241 horsepower for the GLC300 Coupe and a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 for the GLC400 Coupe with 329 horsepower. A GLC250 Coupe Bluetec diesel model could also be available, as well as a GLC63 AMG with a 468-horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 if the demand is there.
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Without a doubt, crossovers are the lifeblood of the current automotive industry, but let’s face it, when it comes to excitement and enthusiasm, there is rarely ever anything to get worked up about in today’s current CUV crop. Mercedes-Benz, has filled just about every niche imaginable trying to inject excitement into its CUVs (such as the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA), and it sounds like the next step for the automaker is a new soft-roading station wagon based on either the E-Class or C-Class wagons (or perhaps even both). Nothing says “enthusiast” these days as much as a good ol’ station wagon.
During the Australian launch of the all-new GLC-Class, Drive reports that two Mercedes-Benz executives hinted at the possibility of a wagon-based crossover, but no details or timeline were provided. Such an addition to the Mercedes lineup would be positioned against the 2013 Audi Allroad and 2014 Volvo XC70, but this high-riding station-wagon segment is also represented by the 2015 Subaru Outback and, next year, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack. It could also stand as the global successor to the awkward Mercedes R-Class, which hasn’t been offered in the U.S. since 2013.
As much as I like the current design language of the new breed of Mercedes CUVs and SUVs, the thought of driving a jacked-up E-Class wagon would be pretty fun. Like other wagons in the segment, a Mercedes-Benz rival would come with the brand’s 4Matic four-wheel-drive system as well as a taller ride height and a key styling changes – most likely including some added body cladding and more SUV-like front and rear fascias.
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Along with Mercedes’ new naming strategy has come the introduction of one new product in the AMG Sport lineup and a renamed Mercedes-AMG sub-brand. Today, a new report out of Australia claims to have confirmation that the just-released 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class will get both AMG Sport and full-on AMG models.
Like the C-Class, the GLC-Class’ AMG Sport model will carry the “450” designation, making it the GLC 450 AMG Sport. The confirmation of this name comes directly from a person who may know a thing or two, Matthias Lührs, vice president of sales functions for Mercedes-Benz Cars.
Lührs continued by saying that the GLC 450 AMG Sport will likely use the same engine as the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Sport. This means it’ll come with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine that puts out 367 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque.
On top of the extra power, the GLC 450 AMG Sport will also feature 4MATIC all-wheel drive and some chassis updates to enhance its handling.
As for the full-on 2016 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63, Lührs was a little less forthcoming. He did mention that it’ll use AMG’s newest engine, the 4.0-liter biturbo V-8, but he failed to release its output. Chances are that it’ll produce output close to the 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63, which puts out 476 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. He made no mention of a more powerful S model.
What’s more, the GLC 63 will be the first example of this 4.0-liter engine mated to an all-wheel-drive system. It should be interesting to see just how well it performs with this extra traction.
Look for both the GLC 450 AMG Sport and the GLC 63 to arrive in 2016, according to Lührs.
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There’s no mistaking this new premium crossover for anything but a Mercedes product: the grille and distinctive prominent hood see nicely to that. That’s a good thing for the GLA 250, because the premium compact crossover market is getting kind of crowded.
I’ve always liked compact SUVs, and the cars that evolved over the years into compact crossover vehicles. Cars like the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Suzuki Sidekick/Vitara developed a blend of multi-purpose usefulness, reasonably entertaining driving dynamics and just a touch of bad-weather confidence that made them excellent all-around companions. The past few years have seen BMW, Audi, Lincoln, Buick and others send new offerings into the segment, and Mercedes introduced the GLA-Class just over a year ago to answer that challenge.
There’s a fairly specific approach that Mercedes takes to its vehicles, with reasonably consistent results. I spent a week with the 2015 Mercedes GLA 250 to see if it lived up to the high expectations invoked by the three-pointed star on the grille.
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The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC has been showing up in public quite often recently, but that’s far from strange given its official debut is scheduled a little more than a week from now, on June 17th. Last time we saw it, the crossover was wearing very little camouflage, with black tape covering only its bumpers and side panels. Now, a new video shows a fleet of barely camouflage prototypes, a sign that Mercedes-Benz is indeed ready to unveil the GLC to the world.
Even though the Germans removed nearly all of the camo, that’s not to say we have a lot more GLC to ogle at. The vehicle’s design ceased to be a mystery a long time ago, when we realized it’s a shrunken 2016 GLE or a C-Class Wagon on stilts. Making this video a lot more interesting is that it provides us with our first, uncamouflaged look at the GLC’s interior. Again, we knew the crossover would make use of the C-Class’ gorgeous cabin since late 2013, so all this footage does is confirm it with a clear shot. If you had any doubts, here it is folks: you’ll find more than 95 percent of the C-Class’ gorgeous interior in the GLC.
As you might have already guessed, the crossover will get the sedan’s engines as well, including the turbocharged, 4.0-liter V-8 in the AMG version. More details will become available when the GLC breaks cover later this month, so make sure you stick around for the full rundown.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is a hit-or-miss kind of crossov… err.. coup… err… whatever the hell you want to call it. Some may find it the perfect vehicle for their lifestyle of hauling oddly shaped cargo, while others may consider it a model that answers not a single need. Regardless of how you may feel about it, folks must enjoy these models as they keep on coming, and they are even arriving with special packages, like the GLE Coupe’s Night Package.
Despite its odd proportions and funky looks, the GLE Coupe is entering a strange time in the world of luxury crossovers. In this world, vehicles are becoming increasingly niche-oriented, resulting in models like the BMW X4, the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, the BMW X6, the Range Rover Evoque, and the upcoming Audi Q Junior.
The Night Package does little to change the polarizing looks of the GLE Coupe. Instead, it adds just a touch of specialness by way of high-gloss-black mirror caps and grille louvers. This package is available with any of the GLE Coupe’s 11 exterior colors.
There is no mention of Mercedes limiting this package to any particular model within the GLE Coupe lineup, but I have a feeling that the AMG model will not have it available. This means that this package can have powertrains ranging from a 3.0-liter diesel V-6 with 258 horsepower to a 3.0-liter gasoline-fueled V-6 with 333 horsepower.
Pricing for the Night Package is unknown, but I wouldn’t expect more than a few hundred dollars.
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While the GLC Coupe Concept continues to draw attention as a production-ready preview of Mercedes’ upcoming competitor for the BMW X4, the standard GLC came out for yet another testing session ahead of its official debut on June 17, 2015. Now with a lot less camouflage covering its body and with all of the production parts in place, the GLC looks ready to hit the assembly line.
As you may already know, the GLC is actually a renamed second-generation GLK. Mercedes changed the crossover’s designation according to its new naming scheme, which aims to establish a better connection between vehicles sharing the same platform. In this case, the "C" in the GLC comes from the C-Class, the sedan equivalent of the compact crossover. And not surprisingly, the GLC’s exterior styling is heavily based on the C-Class’. Actually, the crossover’s appearance is similar to a 2015 C-Class Wagon, the major differences being the increased ride height, the added plastic cladding, and the shorter rear overhang and rear quarter glass.
The MRA architecture isn’t the only thing the GLC shares with the C-Class. The sedan will also get the sedan’s powerplants, including the bi-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 from the 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 and the hybrid drivetrain from the 2016 C350e model. In the United States, the GLC will initially arrive with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 3.0-liter V-6 producing 241 and 329 turbocharged horses, respectively.
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The three-year-old Mercedes-Benz A-Class is about to receive a mid-cycle refresh, even though it has been on the market for such a short time. A facelifted prototype of the model has been spied inside and out, and some parts of its refreshed interior are obvious under the light camouflage. As you can see, the refreshed model will feature a new design for the steering wheel, and some parts of the center console will receive improved trim and new interior LED lighting.
The model’s exterior will have fewer restyled features though, as Mercedes-Benz decided to operate on the A-Class’ specifications and overall technical package instead of going for an overly visual refresh. Since the Audi RS3 has recently dethroned the A45 AMG as the world’s most powerful hot-hatch, it is expected that the the Merc will get a more powerful version of the turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder it is equipped with.
Keeping in line with the recent Mercedes-AMG strategy, when it comes to both nomenclature and model lineup, the facelifted A45 AMG will likely get two versions, along with a name change. The base model will be renamed Mercedes-AMG A45 and will feature an engine that develops around 380 horsepower, while the more-powerful A45 S is expected to come with over 400 horsepower, just like AMG boss Tobias Moers hinted in 2013. Both the AMG and the regular A-Class should be unveiled in September, at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
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The Mercedes-Benz GLA-class is very fresh on the market, with 2014 being its first production year and with 2015 models just beginning to roll into showrooms. The GLA comes in a variety of forms for different markets around the world, including a diesel-powered version. Here in the States, we’re left with only two iterations of this compact SUV: the GLA 250 4MATIC and the GLA 45 AMG.
The little terror you see above is that GLA 45 AMG – a 2015 model to be exact — and this monster is about the furthest thing from an SUV. Sure it’s got a moderate ride height and all-wheel drive, but that’s just the sheepish covering over this sinister wolf.
This villain packs a 355-horsepower punch under its hood thanks to a 2.0-liter four-cylinder packing 26.1 pounds of boost from its twin-scroll turbocharger. A seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission provides lightning-quick shifts while the sport exhaust burbles, pops, and cracks at every opportunity. The 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system employs torque vectoring to keep the Continental tires biting the pavement and the speed-sensitive steering keeps everything pointed in the right direction.
I recently spent a week getting to know the GLA 45 AMG and its bad-boy characteristics. It turned heads and perked ears everywhere it went, calling attention to itself like a narcissistic super genius — and perhaps rightfully so, because it somehow morphed itself from an SUV into a hot hatch.
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The Mercedes-Benz M-Class was introduced in 1997 for the 1998 model year as a midsize, luxury SUV that boasted many industry-firsts. The first luxury SUV to feature electronic stability control, the M-Class was also the first crossover to offer front- and side-impact airbags with advanced occupant detection for the front passenger seat. The SUV made its dealership debut in North America as the ML320, which was powered by a 3.2-liter, V-6 engine linked to permanent 4MATIC four-wheel drive. The M-Class became a sales success in the United States, a trend that continued with the second-gen model between 2005 and 2011. A redesigned, third-gen model arrived in 2012, currently being sold in four guises across the U.S., ranging from the fuel-efficient ML250 BlueTEC to the powerful ML63 AMG. As we venture into 2015, when the M-Class is set to receive a facelift, the Germans are expanding the lineup by adding a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, its first for an SUV.
Likely to carry the GLE Plug-In moniker — the M-Class is set to become the GLE according to Mercedes’ new naming scheme — the hybrid SUV made its first public appearance in late October 2014, and our trusty paparazzi were at the right place and at the right time to capture it on the go. Read on to find out more about the vehicle and see it lap the Nurburgring.
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