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2022 Mercedes EQ B

2022 Mercedes EQ B

The electric Mercedes GLB takes one step closer to its live introduction

Mercedes’ lineup of electric crossovers and SUVs continues to take shape with a fresh batch of spy photos of a model that looks a lot like the Mercedes GLB-Class. Except this isn’t the GLB; this is the GLB’s all-electric alter ego, the EQ B. The spy photos were taken in Sweden where the EQ B is undergoing winter testing. Mercedes hasn’t divulged the juicy details of the EQ B, but it is believed that, among other things, it will largely take the form of the GLB, albeit with a few minor tweaks to reflect is all-electric stature. No timetable has been given on when the Mercedes EQ B will launch, but we do know that the all-electric crossover will not hit the U.S. market until 2021.

Update 2/28/2020: The Mercedes EQB has started to take on its official electrified look in our latest batch of spy shots. Is a debut imminent? Find out what we know in our special “Spy Shots” section below!

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Up to 1 Million Mercedes Vehicles Could have Illegal Emissions Devices

Up to 1 Million Mercedes Vehicles Could have Illegal Emissions Devices

Daimler’s whole Euro6-compliant fleet could be affected

Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler could be in hot water from Germany’s road vehicle authority KBA after the agency found five “illegal switch-off devices” in the automaker’s car engines. According to a report from German newspaper Bild, more than 1 million vehicles are suspected to be affected, most of which make up Daimler’s new fleet of Euro 6 diesel vehicles.

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If Mercedes Drops Diesel in the U.S., the new X-Class Becomes Under-powered and Obsolete

If Mercedes Drops Diesel in the U.S., the new X-Class Becomes Under-powered and Obsolete

The X-Class pickup slips farther away…

Mercedes-Benz had been on the fence about bringing the X-Class mid-size pickup to the U.S. ever since the project got started. Conflicting reports from the automaker danced the fine line of “we’re researching the American market” to “we’re not offering the X-Class in North America.” Sadly, the latter statement eventually won out. However, a slight tinge that not all hope was lost still lingers. Unfortunately again, sad news reigns. Mercedes has given up selling diesels in the U.S.

What does that mean for the X-Class? Well, it removes all but the base X200 model and its underpowered, naturally aspirated, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder as the only engine currently in the X-Class that could be sold on U.S. shores.

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Mercedes has Been Bullied by the EPA Enough; Will Quit Selling Diesel-Powered Cars in the U.S.

Mercedes has Been Bullied by the EPA Enough; Will Quit Selling Diesel-Powered Cars in the U.S.

Bye-bye, diesel cars. ’Twas nice knowing ’ya!

Mercedes-Benz is throwing in the white flag on selling diesel cars in the U.S. No official announcement has been made, but it’s looking like that’s the road the German automaker is taking. No less than Ola Kallenius, the head of research and development for the Mercedes-Benz Car Group, dropped those hints in a conversation with The Detroit Bureau at the Detroit Auto Show last week. Unless a dramatic turnaround happens, the days of diesel-powered Mercs in America are numbered.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350d By Chrometec

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350d By Chrometec

German tuner splashes some chrome and adds some power to the GLE

The Mercedes GLE Coupe may very well be the most appealing model Mercedes has in its lineup (at least in my eyes that is), but even that doesn’t exempt it from getting some aftermarket love. That’s precisely the case here as German tuner Chromatic, known for its tuning programs for Mercedes models, has presented its aftermarket take on the GLE Coupe 350d. The result, among other things, is an increased output of 300 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.

In addition to the work Chrometec put into the GLE’s 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine, the tuner is also offering plenty of chrome and carbon options for the SUV’s exterior. Customers can opt to have certain panels of the GLE finished in either chrome or carbon to add to the appeal of the vehicle. A new rear spoiler is also available, as is a set of wheels from wheel specialist Concave.

Taken piece by piece, Chrometec’s program isn’t going to excite anybody. But put them all together and the narrative turns to a unique kit for the GLE that certain owners can get behind.

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Mercedes C 250d 4MATIC Sets Diesel Record At Pikes Peak

Mercedes C 250d 4MATIC Sets Diesel Record At Pikes Peak

This year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb may have been devoid of eight-minute runs, which left Peugeot’s record from 2013 untouched, but that’s not to say it went into the history books without new benchmarks. Not only did Rhys Millen set a new EV record and become the first driver to win the race in a battery-powered car, but there’s also a new record for diesels to talk about. This one was established by Mercedes-Benz, which brought a diesel-powered C-Class to race up the mountain.

Specifically, the Germans prepared "a near-production" C 250 d 4MATIC for the Exhibition class and completed the "Race to the Clouds" in 11 minutes and 22 seconds. While that may be more than two minutes off the 9:07-minute run of this year’s winner, it’s quite an achievement for a vehicle using a standard production engine, and a record for a diesel-powered car.

"Shoving a series-production diesel sedan with an automatic transmission up Pikes Peak sounds like a crazy idea, but it was a lot of fun," said Uwe Nittel, Mercedes’ driver for the race. "It shows that the preconceived notions about diesel engines are no longer relevant."

According to the company, the C 250 d 4MATIC used its stock 201-horsepower, four-cylinder engine and seven-speed automatic transmission. The only modifications included a stripped out interior and the addition of the obligatory safety features such as a roll cage, racing fuel tank, fire extinguishing system, updated brakes and high-performance tires.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U5023

2014 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U5023

The legendary Mercedes-Benz Unimog all-terrain trucks are refreshed for 2013 with a comprehensive makeover inside the cabin, underneath that boxed ladder chassis and outside with a menacing new grille and LED lighting.

The top of the new Unimog lineup in terms of off-road ability is the new U5023 model, which replaces the previous U5000 nameplates. Sharing the nose layout with its shorter sibling, the U4023, these models are the freshest outside with a dramatic new single-wing grille to house the dinner-plate-sized Mercedes star emblem.

This is a unique touch for the U5023, as this design is usually reserved for the sportiest models in the lineup, like the SLS AMG. Regardless, the new design is functional more than stylish, with a new cab and engine mounting position that is farther back in the chassis and other significant changes to go along with this new grille design.

The chassis itself of these off-road models is quite something. With a flexible central spine, the Unimog U5023 is able to articulate its wheels farther than any other production vehicle, and now can even flex the chassis to ensure at least one wheel has traction on the ground.

The other big news for the Unimog line is a vastly improved cabin with better visibility, easier off-road traction settings, a vastly improved driving position with a tilt/telescoping wheel, and a new Euro6-complaint BlueEfficiency turbo diesel engine.

Despite a (limited) top speed of 56 mph in Europe, the Unimog U5023 has some of the most clever and innovative off-road tech designed right into its chassis.

How far ahead of a Jeep is the Unimog? Well it has 664 pound-feet of torque and an eight-speed automatic for forward movement. A six-speed automatic handles reverse, where the Unimog can also hit its 56 mph top speed going backwards. Not something many would attempt in a Jeep.

While the Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6 is a big draw for flashy people, the Unimog will always be the real king of mud, sand, rocks and water.

Click past the jump for the full review of the new 2014 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U5023.

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Next Mercedes C-Class to get Diesel and Hybrid Powertrains

Next Mercedes C-Class to get Diesel and Hybrid Powertrains

If you want to buy a German mid-sized sedan, you have three choices: Audi A4, BMW 3 Series or Mercedes C-Class. Still, the C-Class has lost lots of ground in the past few years and it was about time for Mercedes to do something about it.

The next-generation Mercedes C-Class has been caught testing in many times, but until now we had no details on the engines to be featured in the new model. However, in a recent interview Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Steve Cannon revealed that the next C-Class will be offered with a series of firsts: the first diesel and hybrid powertrains, first time with an all-wheel-drive system will and the first time the next C-Class will have an engine built in the United States: a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder developed in cooperation with Nissan.

Also, next to the current sedan and coupe variants, the next C-Class will also add a convertible and station wagon versions. All these changes were required to make the C-Class more competitive with the BMW 3 Series.

Mercedes will unveil the next-generation C-Class at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show; the coupe and convertible will arrive in 2015. The hybrid version will also arrive in 2015.

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Brabus Announces a Series of Power Diesel Special Editions

Brabus Announces a Series of Power Diesel Special Editions

While everyone is getting ready for the start of the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, Brabus has just announced a series of Power Diesel Special Editions. These models are based on the diesel versions of Mercedes E-Class, ML-Class, GL-Class and CLS Shooting Brake.

All models will be equipped with a Brabus D6S Power Diesel engine that delivers a total of 509 pound-feet and, depending on the model, an output of up to 313 horsepower. The E350 CDI Power Diesel Coupe is priced at €58,534 (roughly $75,800 at the current exchange rates) and the CLS 350 CDI Power Diesel is priced at €68,879 ($89,100). Both models deliver an output of 313 horsepower and will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds. Along with the power increase, the two models will each receive a stainless-steel sport exhaust system and a set of 19-inch Monoblock F wheels combined with a set of sport springs. The CLS also gets a ride-height-lowering module and an elegant exterior design developed in cooperation with Bottrop.

The ML 350 CDI Power Diesel is priced at €71,121 ($92,000) and the GL 350 CDI Power Diesel comes in at €81,810 ($105,900), and both models pump 310 ponies from their engines. The tuner is also tossing in a stainless-steel sport exhaust system with two tailpipes, and a set of Monoblock wheels sized 20 inches and 22 inches for the two SUVs. For an extra €3,448 ($4,400) Brabus is also offering an exterior upgrade kit.

Read more about these kits in Brabus’ press release after the jump.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake by Brabus

2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake by Brabus

Think back to the era of the station wagons (circa 1970 through 1985) and imagine the wagons that graced the garages of large families. These were typically massive slabs of iron with not enough power to outrun a 3-year-old on a tricycle and massive faux-wood stickers plastered on the side. Yeah, they weren’t necessarily things of beauty, to say the least.

As we progressed through the 1980s and 1990s, the minivan took over for the station wagon and emasculated men around the world. Now it looks as if the station wagon has come full circle in the automotive realm, as minivans are slowly disappearing, and crossovers and station wagons are taking their place.

Of course, now station wagons are called either 5-door sedans or “shooting brake.” Much like when Prince decided to change his name to an unpronounceable symbol, we’ll continue to think of these as station wagons. However, with Mercedes-Benz releasing the all-new CLS Shooting Brake, we can’t help but notice that the station wagon isn’t quite the underpowered, puke green, wood-trimmed gas guzzler that we recall. With Brabus now getting its expert hands on the CLS Shooting Brake, we are in for a big change.

That’s right, Brabus decided to take the entire CLS Shooting Brake line – from the CLS 250 Shooting Brake all the way to the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake – and pump it up a notch in the “cool” department. Well, however “cool” a station wagon can really be.

Click past the jump to read all about the Mercedes-Benz LS Shooting Brake by Brabus.

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2012 Mercedes ML-Class by Hofele Design

2012 Mercedes ML-Class by Hofele Design

Not one to be outdone by its more opulent contemporaries, German tuner Hofele Design has released a new styling program for the Mercedes ML-Class. This package comes chalk full of goodies in the form of a comprehensive styling kit and suave performance enhancements.

Called the "Starcruiser GT 550," the program comes with 14 new components for the German SUV, highlighted by a new front bumper that can now carry larger air intakes and daytime running LED lights. Adding to the aggressive new profile of the ML-Class are new wheel arch extensions, a new rear apron diffuser with quad exhaust tail pipes, a new set of 20" and 22" REVERSO II alloy wheels in the front and rear, respectively, and a lowering module that drops the SUV’s ride height by 40 mm.

Inside, the ML-Class gets treated to a bi-color leather interior with fancy seams and stitching work. There’s also the presence of leather on the steering wheel, arm rests, and door panels, which is always a good thing for a vehicle of the ML-Class’ caliber.

Hofele Design also tweaked the SUV’s engine, netting improved output of 312 horsepower and 516 lb/ft of torque, an increase from the standard 258 horsepower and 457 lb/ft of torque figures.

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Diesel Mercedes SLS AMG in the works? Maybe, maybe not

Diesel Mercedes SLS AMG in the works? Maybe, maybe not

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT

Now that we have seen the updated version of the amazing Mercedes SLS AMG, people are switching their focus to new versions of the car. We’ve already heard about the E-Cell version, but the model that is making heads spin is the Diesel SLS AMG.

Wait, what?! A diesel-powered SLS AMG? Well, not really. Polish website, Moto.pl, says Mercedes will be unveiling a diesel powered version of the SLS AMG in the future. This new version will be called the AMG SLS CDI and will be powered by a six-cylinder diesel engine with triple turbochargers. It is said to deliver about 400 HP. Jalopnik, on the other hand, says a diesel-powered SLS AMG will never happen. Both websites neglect to mention any viable sources, so both pieces of information need to be taken with a grain of salt.

Okay, so what’s really going on here? Europe is in high demand for diesel-powered sports car and, back in 2008, it was rumored that AMG was working on a diesel powered high-performance model. That being said, earlier this year, Mercedes AMG announced that a diesel powered vehicle wouldn’t fit in their line-up and they have no intention in following their German automaker rivals. The question is: should we trust them? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Mercedes prepares diesel GLK for the US market

Mercedes prepares diesel GLK for the US market

While most of the manufacturers are considering hybrid and electric vehicles, Mercedes is considering a diesel version of the GLK crossover for the US market.

During an interview at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz USA President Ernst Lieb said: "We’ve got the GLK coming. And the next-generation C-Class sedan will share the 2.2L 4-cylinder clean-diesel engine that bears the brand’s Bluetec trademark. The C-Class will feature diesel availability right from the start when it arrives in 2013." The E-Class will also get a new diesel engine starting 2011. All of these new engines will include Mercedes new BlueTec technology.

You can see that Mercedes has big plans for diesel engines in the US market: "Overall, our goal is to be somewhere in the range of 15% to 20%,” he says. “And we’re slowly growing this."

This is quite an impressive move considering Mercedes recently had to recall about 2,300 2011 diesel models, including the M-Class, GL-Class, E-Class, and R-Class, due to leaky fuel filters.

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2011 Mercedes S250 CDI BlueEfficiency

2011 Mercedes S250 CDI BlueEfficiency

Mercedes has unveiled at the Paris Auto Show the S 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, the world’s most fuel-efficient luxury sedan. It is powered by four-cylinder turbo engine that delivers 204 HP and 500 NM of torque and delivers a total of 5,7 liters engine per 100 kilometers. The car sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 8,2 seconds and can hit a top speed of 150 mph.

The engine is mated to ECO start/stop system. This system shuts down the engine as soon as the vehicle comes to a stop – e.g. at traffic lights – and the driver continues to press the brake pedal while it is stationary. The engine starts again immediately as soon as the driver releases the brake pedal or presses the accelerator pedal.

The ECO start/stop function will not switch the engine off for example if the desired interior temperature has yet to be reached, if the driver has switched off the system or if drive programmes "S" or "M" are active. An intelligent control system ensures that all functions and comfort systems otherwise remain in operation during the stop phase.

Press release after the jump.

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2011 Mercedes S350 BlueTEC

2011 Mercedes S350 BlueTEC

Today, Mercedes added a new version to theirS-Class line-up. The new S350 BlueTEC will go on sale at a price of €76,279. The car is powered by a V6 diesel engine that delivers a total of 258 hp and 620 NM of torque. All with a fuel economy of 6.8 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers. The car sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds and has a limited top speed of 155 mph.

The new S350 BlueTEC comes with an available Passion leather package and an Exclusive Passion leather package that feature seats, armrests, instrument panel support, door linings, ruffled pockets, and a rear shelf in fine leather with contrasting stitching.

Standard technology includes: Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, and a new Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG sound system that combines 15 loudspeakers and two amplifiers with a total output of 1200 W.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Mercedes G350 BlueTEC

2010 Mercedes G350 BlueTEC

Mercedes has announced that the BlueTEC technology will also be available for the latest version of the G-Class family, which, incidentally, is celebrating its 31st anniversary.

The Mercedes-Benz G 350 BlueTEC will be powered by a V6 diesel engine that delivers a total of 210 horsepower at 3400 rpm and a torque of 540 Nm between 1600 and 2400 rpm.

Developed by Mercedes, the BlueTEC is a revolutionary technology that is designed to reduce diesel vehicle emissions, especially nitrogen oxide emissions.

As far as the technology that lies in the G 350, the BlueTEC version in the car uses AdBlue®, an aqueous urea solution which is injected into the exhaust-gas stream. This process, in turn, releases ammonia, which converts up to 80 percent of the nitrogen oxides into harmless nitrogen and water by a process of reduction in the downstream SCR catalytic converter.

Since the G-Class has been known to drive in some pretty inhabited areas around the world, Mercedes engineers made things a little easier for those driving the G350 BlueTEC by integrating the filler cap in the vehicle’s outside tank recess. Also of importance is that a full tank of the AdBlue can last for around 12,000 kilometers.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Mercedes GLK 220 CDI and 250 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY

2010 Mercedes GLK 220 CDI and 250 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY

Mercedes has added two new models to the GLK line-up: the GLK 250 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY and the GLK 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY.

The GLK 250 CDI 4MATIC is powered by a four-cylinder diesel engine that delivers 204 hp and 500 Nm of torque. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.9 seconds, and can hit a top speed of 132 mph.

The GLK 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY is powered by a four-cylinder diesel engine that delivers 170 hp and 400 NM of torque. It sprints from0 to 60 mph in just 8,5 seconds, while top speed go up to 127 mph.

Press release after the jump.

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Sheryl Crow shows off her greener side with BlueTEC

Sheryl Crow shows off her greener side with BlueTEC

You may be familiar with the musician Sheryl Crow; but did you know that she and a group of other celebrities are doing their part to conserve the Earth’s natural resources and lower their negative impact on the environment? With the help of her Mercedes Benz R320 BlueTEC the singer songwriter believes that “the newest clean diesel vehicles are eco-friendly and deserve as much attention as other gas alternatives like hybrids.”

These next generation diesel vehicles are extremely quiet, unlike the traditional clackers that you can hear from a mile away. These new diesels are cleaner and have an extremely efficient range of over 500 miles from a single fill up. The best part is that they qualify for similar IRS alternative power train tax credits just like their gas electric hybrid cousins.

What is most shocking is that the EPA estimates that the U.S. is capable of conserving 1.4 million barrels of oil per day, if only one third of the light duty automobiles on the road were state of the art clean diesels, utilizing technology like the Mercedes BlueTEC vehicles.

Press release after the jump.

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Diesel AMG coming by 2011

Diesel AMG coming by 2011

Diesel seems to be the future of German performance. BMW is going to be making many of its cars available, including M models, with oil burners, and Audi has taken what it has learned with the R10 TDI LeMans racer and will make the R10 diesel performance car next year. Now AMG boss Volker Mornhinweg announced the company is planning to unveil first diesel model in the next three years. The Mercedes performance arm will likely use the first fast diesel in an update to the AMG Hammer - a gas-powered E-class from 1986 that had a 177 hp 3.0-liter V6. "This car will be the Super Hammer," said Mornhinweg.

This new car will likely use a small lightweight C-Class sedan for a base. Once that is launched, the AMG diesel treatment may find its way into larger cars like the upcoming E-class (pictured above.)

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2010 Mercedes SLK to receive diesel engine

2010 Mercedes SLK to receive diesel engine

An inside source at Mercedes has told Automotive news that the next generation SLK will be fitted with an optional diesel engine. It will have the same 2.2L four-cylinder turbo diesel engine found in the current C250 CDI. The power plant is rated at 204hp with 369lb-ft of torque. In the C-Class sedan returns fuel-economy of 54.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 138g/km.

The new diesel is "perfect" for the SLK, the source told Automotive News. Output is high, it runs smoothly, and it’s appropriately fuel-efficient for the times, he said. At the other end of the spectrum, the AMG model is expected to pick up the hand-built 6.2L V8 engine found in the C63.

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