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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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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.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.

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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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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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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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2008 Mercedes C250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Prime Edition

2008 Mercedes C250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Prime Edition

Mercedes is ready to launch a new diesel engine in the fall of 2008. First model that will receive this engine will be the C 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Prime Edition, a 500 units limited edition that will be priced at €40,638. Mercedes has not given any information on if the car will be available in the traditionally diesel-unfriendly U.S.

In this model the engine produces, with its 2.2 liters of displacement, 204 hp and almost 370 ft. lbs of torque. The premiere model can accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 7.0 seconds, on the way to its top speed of 250 km/h. The Prime Edition only consumes an average of 5.2 liters of fuel per 100 km (NEDC), with CO2 emissions of 138 g/km.

Press release after the jump.

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2008 Mercedes R 320 BlueTEC, ML 320 BlueTEC and GL 320 BlueTEC

2008 Mercedes R 320 BlueTEC, ML 320 BlueTEC and GL 320 BlueTEC

In October 2006, Mercedes-Benz was the first manufacturer to commence a BlueTEC initiative in the passenger car segment which was timed to coincide with the introduction of low-sulphur fuel in the United States of America. The E 320 BlueTEC proved a great success from the outset, and was voted "World Green Car of the Year 2007". As a next step, Mercedes-Benz is now due to offer the R, ML and GL 320 BlueTEC in the USA, the world’s first three diesel cars which not only meet the particularly demanding criteria of the American Bin 5 standard, but also have the potential to fulfil the stringent EU6 standard due in the future - and which therefore considerably better all the current, worldwide exhaust emission standards for diesel passenger cars.

The muscular V6 diesel engine powering the new BlueTEC models in the GL, M and R-Class shows that a low fuel consumption and very low emissions are also possible for large SUVs. It has an output of 155 kW/211 hp and develops a torque of 540 Nm. Fuel economy is outstanding: the GL 320 BlueTEC, for example, consumes just 9.5 litres of diesel fuel per 100 kilometres (25 mpg). This represents an advantage of around 20 to 40 percent versus a comparable petrol model, and easily makes the Mercedes-Benz GL 320 BlueTEC the most economical full-size SUV in the USA.

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2008 Mercedes R320 CDI 4-Matic

2008 Mercedes R320 CDI 4-Matic

The Mercedes R-Class was introduced back in 2006, a time where minivan sales where plummeting and crossovers were coming out of every design studio. It was no surprise that Mercedes wanted a part of the action, made strong from their alliance with Chrysler, a leader in the minivan market. What was more surprising was the product. The R-Class was a self proclaimed ’Sport Cruiser’. The R-class was touted as a vehicle half way between the comfortable minivan and the smaller and more stylish crossover.

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BRABUS PowerXtra D6 BLUE

BRABUS PowerXtra D6 BLUE

Brabus today revealed the PowerXtra D6 BLUE Power Kit for the E 300 BLUETEC. The PowerXtra D6 BLUE increase the power in the E300 Bluetec by 47 hp. The power kit for the Brabus Mercedes E 300 BLUETEC is available for 1790 Euro.

After the conversion kit from Brabus the E300 Bluetec has a maximum power of 258 hp at 3,700 rpm. The engine’s torque grows by a healthy amount as well: Between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm the torque curve reaches a new high of 610 Nm (450 lb-ft), up from standard 540 Nm (398 lb-ft). The 0 to 60 mph sprint in made in 6.8 seconds and the top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.

Press release after the jump.

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Mercedes C-Class Estate by Carlsson

Mercedes C-Class Estate by Carlsson

With the new C-Tronic Diesel POWER generation, Carlsson offers 20 % more power and torque for all Mercedes common-rail diesels from the A to the S Class. Increasing the output via the C-Tronic Diesel POWER supplementary control unit results in a significant improvement in performance. Consisting of the control unit and a plug-and-drive adapter, which is connected to the standard engine control unit, the C-Tronic® reads all signals from the series control unit needed to determine the optimum values for fuel quantity and the injection point.

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2008 Mercedes E 350 CGI

2008 Mercedes E 350 CGI

In the E-Class too, Mercedes-Benz is now presenting the world’s first petrol engine with spray-guided direct injection. A favourable fuel consumption and powerful performance characteristics are by no means contradictory for this direct-injection petrol engine from Mercedes-Benz. On the contrary, with an output of 215 kW/292 hp the six-cylinder unit delivers 15 kW/20 hp more than the V6 with conventional injection technology, as well as four percent more torque.

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2008 Mercedes E300 Bluetec

2008 Mercedes E300 Bluetec

The inventor of BLUETEC technology is entering a new era with the E 300 BLUETEC: following positive experiences in the American market since autumn 2006, particularly environmentally friendly BLUETEC diesel technology is now also available in a passenger car model in Europe. Mercedes-Benz has managed to retain the same, low fuel consumption while achieving a massive reduction in emissions and compliance with the EU5 standard. The intelligent BLUETEC system makes the diesel engine one of the world’s cleanest and most efficient power units.

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2008 Mercedes Vision C 220 BLUETEC

2008 Mercedes Vision C 220 BLUETEC

Mercedes-Benz is unveiling its highly environmentally-compatible BLUETEC emission-control technology in combination with a consumption-optimised four-cylinder engine for the first time at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show. In terms of ensuring compliance with the even stricter EURO 6 emission standard, applicable to all new vehicles Europe-wide from 2015, the Vision C 220 BLUETEC shows the way ahead. Boasting an output of 125 kW (170 hp) and a peak torque of 400 Nm, the Vision C 220 BLUETEC now requires 5.5 litres of diesel per hundred kilometres, thanks largely to modified diesel engine technology and an intelligent system of energy management.

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2007 Mercedes S 420 CDI

2007 Mercedes S 420 CDI

New diesel variant with V8 power: The S 420 CDI flagship diesel model makes its debut with 235 kW/320 hp and 730 Nm of torque

Mercedes-Benz is extending its S-Class range with another diesel variant, the S 420 CDI. The new eight-cylinder model is powered by a state-of-the-art V8 CDI engine developing 235 kW/320 hp and 730 newton metres of peak torque.

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