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Caving Under Pressure: The Detroit Auto Show May, In Fact, Move to October

Caving Under Pressure: The Detroit Auto Show May, In Fact, Move to October

Because weather, CES, and automaker influence

The Detroit Auto Show is on the cusp of a long-overdue decision that will effectively move the show out of the winter doldrums of January into a later month with a far more inviting climate. Nothing is official yet, but there’s growing momentum that America’s most esteemed auto show will be moved from January to October beginning in 2020. A decision is expected to be made in the coming weeks as the Detroit Auto Dealers Association is scheduled to vote on uprooting the show from its winter roots and moving it to the fall.

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Mercedes May Withdraw from the 2019 Detroit Auto Show

Mercedes May Withdraw from the 2019 Detroit Auto Show

It’s not all that surprising if you think about it how many automakers have made similar moves

There once was a time when automakers tripped over themselves trying to secure price placement at an event as big as the Detroit Auto Show. But those days are gone. Companies like Porsche, Volvo, Mazda, and Jaguar have basically thrown the white flag on returning to the Motor City’s annual auto show. Now, it’s looking like you can add Mercedes-Benz to that list. According to reports, the German automaker is seriously considering pulling out of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show as it tries to seek new — and better — avenues to spend its marketing budget.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4Matic

2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4Matic

A quick shot of electric power for the four-door ’Bahn burner

Merc has been making the CLS-Class since the early 2000’s, dropping the first-gen with a debut at the 2004 New York International Auto Show. Framed as a sleek sedan packing top-shelf luxury, a sporty exterior, and no shortage of power under the hood, Merc quickly ushered in the go-faster AMG iteration at the 2004 Paris Motor Show. The second-generation CLS arrived in 2011, with a hot-to-trot AMG 63 hot on its heels. Now, there’s a third-gen model on the table, with the latest CLS dropping at the 2017 Los Angeles Show. As is tradition, Mercedes brought along a new AMG iteration as well, introducing the new 53-Series model alongside two other high-powered luxury rides from the boffins at AMG, including the 53-Series AMG E-Class Coupe and the E-Class Cabriolet, all of which arrived in style at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. All told, the latest AMG CLS 53 4Matic comes packing with superlative Mercedes-Benz styling, the latest technology in the cabin, a high-performance attitude, and all the requisite power to back it.

The new four-door coupe also comes a supplementary electric system that adds a good deal of low-end torque on demand, a feature that makes the heavy-hitting luxury cruiser even more frisky when you dig into the skinny pedal. “With the new 53-series models we are extending our portfolio in a first step towards a hybridised future with a leading-edge combination of sporty design, performance and efficiency,” says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management at Mercedes-AMG GmbH. Sounds good. But how good is it, really? Read on for all the details.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Cabriolet

2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Cabriolet

The E-Class drop-top gets the AMG treatment, but with a hybrid twist

Introduced in 2016, the latest-generation E-Class gained coupe and convertible versions in 2017. The latter arrived in the U.S. for the 2018 model year, but just one trim is offered over here, the range-topping E400. Unlike its sedan sibling, the Cabriolet model has yet to receive the AMG E63 treatment, but Mercedes used the model to launch a new vehicle lineup under the "AMG" badge. It’s called the E53 Cabriolet and was introduced at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show alongside the E53 Coupe and the CLS53.

Slotted under the bonkers AMG E63, the E53 is essentially a milder version of the brand’s hardcore model. It has a rather subdued exterior appearance that’s not as aggressive, but the interior gets plenty of exclusive details and extra features. The drivetrain is different too, as the 4.0-liter V-8 was replaced by a 3.0-liter inline-six unit. But the big news is that the E53 is the first hybrid AMG nameplate, sporting the company’s new EQ Boost system. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe

2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe

AMG goes hybrid with EQ Boost system

Introduced for the 2018 model year, the latest E-Class Coupe is currently the most advanced midsize two-door on the premium market. Its mission is significantly easier now that BMW is discontinuing the 6 Series, but Mercedes still deserves credit for the E-Class’ tremendous technology package, the luxurious interior, and the sporty looks. An AMG E63 variant is the only thing that the E-Class Coupe needed to be perfect, and it was expected to arrive sometime in 2018. But in a surprising turn of events, Mercedes-Benz launched a different AMG model. It’s called the E53 and uses a six-cylinder engine instead of the more traditional V-8.

Launched alongside similar versions of the E-Class Cabriolet and CLS, the AMG E53 Coupe bridges the gap between the range-topping non-AMG model and the AMG E63, the latter available in sedan form only as of January 2018. Specifically, it’s not as aggressive as the E63, but it comes with an array of extra standard features inside and out, as well as a slightly more aggressive exterior. The engine is also unique to this model and features a mild hybrid system, a first for an AMG. It’s not yet clear whether a full-blown AMG E63 version will follow, but until that happens, the E53 is the most powerful variant of the E-Class Coupe you can buy.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

“Sensual Purity” Redesign Means The G’s Spirit Is Still Baked In

For the first time since its introduction 40 years ago, Mercedes has given the G-Class a complete makeover. But unlike other “makeovers” that plaster a new body onto an existing chassis, Mercedes went in the opposite direction.

The all-new 2019 G-Class retains its iconic looks while receiving a new, longer frame; independent front suspension; and an interior befitting the Mercedes S-Class sedan. And yet despite its modernization, the G stays true to its off-road roots. It comes with a full-time 4WD system, three locking differentials, skid plates, and proper ground clearance. Among the updates is a new G-Mode that further improves the SUV’s go-anywhere capability with electronic aids.

But let’s be honest – 99 percent of G-Class owners will never trek over anything more challenging than wet grass or a snowy road. That’s why Mercedes injected high levels of luxury into the new model. The wheelbase is two inches longer and 4.7 inches wider for a more planted on-road feel and more interior room. The G will undoubtedly be a smash hit around the world, even with its starting price of €107,040 in Germany – roughly $130,900 U.S. dollars.

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Mercedes Displays 1983 Dakar Rally-Winning 280 GE at 2018 Detroit Auto Show

Mercedes Displays 1983 Dakar Rally-Winning 280 GE at 2018 Detroit Auto Show

A taste of the G-Wagen’s long and winning heritage

The Mercedes-Benz booth at the 2018 North American International Auto Show proved to be a busy place thanks to the all-new 2019 G-Class. Part of the fun was historic G-Class vehicles from Mercedes’ storied past. One of them was this, the 1983 Mercedes 280 GE built to run the Paris–Dakar Rally. Its driver was Jacky Ickx and co-driver Claude Brasseur. The duo battled the 6,200 miles over grueling, off-road terrain between Paris, France and Dakar, Senegal – a town on the westernmost tip of Africa.

The G-Wagen was mostly stock but came with a few extras to help win the rally. Meatier all-terrain tires, an off-road bumper, and extra lights were added, while the rear glass was painted over with sponsor logos. A large spoiler hangs off the G-Wagen’s rear, perhaps helping control dust.

The win proved extremely important for Mercedes. The G-Wagen was only four years old in 1983 and the Dakar Rally was only five. Both Mercedes and the rally have become legendary over the decades and into modern times. The 1983 race was also the first and only time an automaker to win the Dakar overall with two vehicle classes. Mercedes other contender was a 1936 AK-series medium-duty truck.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Proves That the Little Things Can Make a Model Stand Out

2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Proves That the Little Things Can Make a Model Stand Out

There are plenty of easter eggs hidden in the AMG E53

The Mercedes-AMG E53 is the latest addition to a growing lineup of E-Class models that are getting the full-blown AMG treatment. There are plenty of highlights to go around as far as the AMG E53 is concerned. one of these highlights is Mercedes’ new 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six engine with EQ Boost. The inclusion of the engine is one of the major talking points about the model, but like most tech-infused cars these days, there are small details in some of these cars that don’t get the attention they deserve. We’re changing that here by highlighting a few nifty features hidden inside the AMG 53 that some of you might have missed, including a push button inside the trunk that does some serious work for you.

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Mercedes Displays Muddy “Pole2Pole” G-Class At Detroit

Mercedes Displays Muddy “Pole2Pole” G-Class At Detroit

It’s Explorer Mike Horn’s Pole2Pole expedition vehicle

Mercedes-Benz had a big showing at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this year surrounding its all-new 2019 G-Class SUV. This tried and true vehicle has a long history of extreme service, both in military and civilian service. One of the most recent events was accomplished by the famous explorer, Mike Horn, whose 2016 Pole2Pole expedition took him around the globe via the north and south poles. The journey traced a route from Europe to Africa, the Antarctic, Oceania, Asia, the Arctic, North America, and back to Europe.

Horn, a Mercedes-Benz Ambassador, used the outgoing G-Wagen to complete the on-land portion of his epic trip. The rest was done on his boat, the Pangaea, on snow skis, and by foot.

The G-Wagen, a G500, needed only minimal changes to endure the trip. It rolls on BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM tires on stock Mercedes wheels. A matching full-size spare tire replaces the stock wheel on the tailgate. A roof basket with a ladder added storage and a spot for mounting the two off-road lights. Beyond that, the G500 is bone stock, including the 4.0-liter biturbo V-8 and its 415 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. Of course, the G500’s stock locking differentials certainly helped. The G-Wagen has three lockers, in fact, one up front, one in back, and in the center transfer case.

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Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet Gets the AMG E53 Treatment in Detroit

Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet Gets the AMG E53 Treatment in Detroit

Third model to debut new AMG EQ Boost lineup

Mercedes-Benz came to the 2018 Detroit Auto Show with no fewer than four new vehicles. But while the G-Class is a brand-new SUV under that familiar skin, the other three are based on existing models. But they all wear a new "AMG 53" badge that will replace the existing "AMG 43" denomination. The new lineup made its debut on the recently unveiled CLS and the two-door versions of the latest E-Class, the Coupe and Cabriolet. The AMG E53 Cabriolet is the first drop-top to wear the new badge, as Mercedes has yet to launch an E63 variant, so it’s the most powerful iteration of the current E-Class convertible yet.

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Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe Hits Detroit as the Most Powerful Two-Door E-Class Yet

Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe Hits Detroit as the Most Powerful Two-Door E-Class Yet

It has electric power too!

Mercedes-Benz used the 2018 Detroit Auto Show to introduce a new line of AMG-badges cars. The new series is dubbed E53 and its main feat is that it has a hybrid engine, which makes it the first electrified production model line from Affalterbach. The new E53 lineup includes three model for now, one of which is the E-Class Coupe. It’s called the Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe and in the absence of a full-blown E63 version, it’s the most potent E-Class Coupe to date!

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2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Blitzkriegs Detroit!

2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Blitzkriegs Detroit!

An official look at the first new G-Class in four decades

Mercedes-Benz has finally debuted the all-new G-Class SUV at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. While Mercedes had already released the official information on the G-Class just prior to the show, this is our first time getting a hands-on look at the new icon.

The new G-Class is longer, wider, and of course, more luxurious than the outgoing model. The interior borrows some of the design and high-tech features from the E-Class and S-Class sedans, meaning the G will finally be worth its €107,040.50 ($131,470) asking price. Outside, the G-Class wears a familiar aesthetic that keeps the vehicle grounded in its heritage. It’s like the Jeep Wrangler – the designers couldn’t change it beyond recognition.

The G-Class also retains is amazing off-road capability. In fact, Mercedes even increased the G’s performance. A new “G-Mode” is like a silver bullet button that puts the SUV’s systems into the right settings for tackling treacherous terrain. The front, center, and rear locking differentials, combined with different settings for the traction control, throttle response, and ABS are all included.

Initially, power comes from a 4.0-liter V-8 making 422 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque from 2,000 to 4,750 rpm. More engines are expected in the future. A nine-speed automatic comes standard. Mercedes says the 2019 G-Class will achieve 21.2 mpg combined. And as mentioned, the price starts around $131,470 here in the U.S. and will go on sale starting in June in Europe with North America to follow.

For more on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, check out our coverage below.

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Mercedes Debuts New AMG Series with CLS53 Model

Mercedes Debuts New AMG Series with CLS53 Model

Uses beefed-up six-cylinder with EQ Boost tech!

Mercedes-Benz is making big waves with the brand-new G-Class at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, but the German firm also launched a new AMG series at the U.S. event. The new AMG line wears the 53 designation and debuts on three cars, one of which is the CLS four-door coupe. Introduced a couple of month back, the third-generation CLS was expected to gain a traditional AMG CLS63 version, but it seems we will have to wait a while longer for that model. Instead, we now get to have a look at the CLS53. As you might have already guessed, the CLS53 will slot between the regular CLS and the upcoming beefed-up CLS63.

Unlike the usual 63-badged Mercs, the CLS53 sports a rather subdued look, with only a handful of details setting it apart from the regular model. Up front, the twin-blade radiator grille in silver chrome, previous a V-8 version feature, is the only tell-tale sign. The grille behind also features a black lattice pattern instead of the familiar diamond layout. The profile is highlighted by slightly more dynamic side skirts and new wheels in 19- or 20-inch designs, while the rear fascia gains a revised apron, twin tailpipes in high-gloss chrome, and a spoiler available in carbon-fiber. The 4Matic models gets a few extras, like additional side air curtains, mirrors positioned on the doors (like on AMG GT models).

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We Already Know What it Looks Like, But Mercedes is Teasing the Next-Gen G-Class SUV Anyway

We Already Know What it Looks Like, But Mercedes is Teasing the Next-Gen G-Class SUV Anyway

You don’t mess with a design that’s as iconic as the one the G-Class has

Give Mercedes-Benz credit for this: no amount of leaked images will spoil it by teasing the upcoming Mercedes G-Class. We’ve already seen the all-weather SUV running roughshod in a snowy landscape. Now, it’s taking its marauding madness to the sand dunes with a new teaser photo that shows next-to-nothing except for a peek at the front section of the SUV.

The lack of identifiable body bits doesn’t really matter anymore because the aforementioned leaked photos gave the jig up. We know that the new G-Class will keep its iconic look. With the exception of a few bits and pieces, the new G-Class will remain identifiable to anybody who sees it. That’s not to say that the SUV will be completely the same. Looks aside, this is a new model that’s packing plenty of new tech features and the latest in state-of-the-art technology. The interior, in particular, boasts a reconfigured layout and a new digital instrument cluster, among other niceties.

We’ll leave the technical details for Mercedes to reveal, but the new G-Class is shaping up to be another German masterclass in robust off-roading. The SUV is scheduled to make its debut at the North American Auto Show in Detroit next week. Before that, a third and final teaser will be unveiled on January 14. It doesn’t matter now since we already know what the G-Class looks like, but in keeping with the theme of the first two teaser photos, we’re guessing that this one takes place in a jungle. Perhaps even outer space? No, that’d be too much.

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Happy Thursday: Next-Gen Mercedes G-Class Leaks with No Camo

Happy Thursday: Next-Gen Mercedes G-Class Leaks with No Camo

Meet das Geländewagen!

Less than 24 hours ago, Mercedes-Benz released photos of the all-new, 2019 G-Class roaming through off-road scenery, but covered in the typical black and white test mule camouflaged. We felt privileged to see the new SUV in such detail. Well, that privilege has been blown away as leaked photos of an uncamouflaged G-Wagen have surfaced for the first time!

It is clear Mercedes wanted to keep the G-Class’ iconic appearance intact. The boxy SUV’s design has been evolved rather than revolutionized, despite this being the first generational change since 1979.

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Mercedes-Benz Previews New G-Class With Off-Road Specs

Mercedes-Benz Previews New G-Class With Off-Road Specs

Hitting the ’ole dusty trail in style

Although a full reveal isn’t expected to drop until later this month at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz is previewing the upcoming 2019 G-Class with a rundown on its off-road specs. The German automaker is also offering up a few shots of the camo’d luxury box bashing around in the rough stuff as visual proof of its prowess.

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Mercedes Teases New G-Wagen Ahead of January 15 Debut

Mercedes Teases New G-Wagen Ahead of January 15 Debut

It feels like an ode to Jurassic Park

Mercedes-Benz is on the cusp of debuting its all-new 2019 G-Wagen. In fact, the reveal party is set for January 15, 2018, at the Detroit Auto Show. Ahead of Detroit, though, Mercedes has released a teaser commercial for the next-gen G-Class, and boy, it seems to reference Jurassic Park pretty hard.

Remember the scene from the original movie from 1993 where dinosaurs were brought back to life using DNA extracted from a mosquito that had survived centuries encased in amber? Well, it seems Mercedes is doing the same with the new G-Wagen – bringing it back to life by using DNA from the 1979 G-Wagen. The teaser commercial shows the 1979 model, which was the first year of the long-running previous generation, encased in a block of amber like it’s been preserved for centuries. In truth, it’s been Mercedes that has kept the G-Wagen so well preserved, having given it minimal updates through the decades.

Of course, that’s changing for the 2019 model year. The new G-Class is wider, longer, and more luxurious, while still capable off the beaten path. Mercedes has already shown the G-Wagen’s swanky new interior. It includes inspiration from the S-Class sedan and offers 5.9 inches of additional legroom for rear passengers. Modern safety and connectivity features will be present, too, along with new drivetrain options.

TopSpeed will have the full details on January 15, but until then, have a look at this fun, 53-second video. And don’t be surprised is Mercedes continues its association with the Jurassic Park movie fancies in any future films. It’s easy to imagine Chris Pratt outrunning a T-Rex in a modified G-Wagen.

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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-AMG GT C Coupe

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe

The GT C Roadster earns a roof, bridges the gap between GT S and GT R

The Mercedes-AMG GT has been on the market for less than two and a half years as of January 2017, but it has already spawned six different versions, not including cars built specifically for the race track. The latest to join the family is the AMG GT C Coupe, which was unveiled at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, where Mercedes-Benz also announced various updates to the standard AMG GT models.

Essentially a coupe version of the AMG GT C Roadster that debuted at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the GT C Coupe bridges the gap between the GT S, which is the second most powerful model in the lineup, and the hardcore GT R. Features that set it apart from the entry level versions include sportier elements front and rear and a revised hood among other minor revisions on the outside.

Drivetrain-wise, the AMG GT C is significantly more powerful than the GT S and not too far from what the track-prepped GT R can deliver. All told, the GT C Coupe expands the AMG GT lineup even further, in what appears to be an attempt to match the extremely varied 911 offerings available from Porsche. It remains to be seen whether Merc will make it in this tight and difficult niche, but the AMG GT C is a good start.

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