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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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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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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-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.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe.

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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.

Continue reading for the results of the 2015 TAWA Truck Rodeo

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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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes GLE Coupe 850 By Brabus.

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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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-Benz GLC Genuine Accessories.

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2015 Mercedes GLA 250 - Driven

2015 Mercedes GLA 250 - Driven

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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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe Night Package

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe Night Package

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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2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG - Driven

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG - Driven

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.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Plug-In Hybrid

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Plug-In Hybrid

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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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLK 63 AMG

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLK 63 AMG

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.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLK 63 AMG.

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2015 Mercedes GLA45 AMG

2015 Mercedes GLA45 AMG

Merc’s high-performance hatchback rides higher!

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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2013 Mercedes GLK By Carlsson

2013 Mercedes GLK By Carlsson

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.

Click past the jump to see what exterior and interior mods Carlsson has in store for the GLK.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Edition 1

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Edition 1

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.

Click past the jump to read about the base GLA-Class.

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2014 Mercedes B-Class EV

2014 Mercedes B-Class EV

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