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Here's What AMG's Shift Into An AWD-Only Brand Means for BMW M

Here’s What AMG’s Shift Into An AWD-Only Brand Means for BMW M

Going exclusively all-wheel drive could have profound changes across the segment

It used to be that if you wanted to make a performance car, no matter the body style, it absolutely had to be rear-wheel drive. Nothing else would do. Now, all-wheel drive is becoming more and more popular, especially among the high-powered luxury sleds of Europe, and in response, AMG is looking to ditch rear-wheel drive outright in favor of all-wheel drive exclusively. It’s a bold move, and it will undoubtedly affect rivals like BMW’s division, as well as the segment as a whole.

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12 Important Facts You Need to Know about the Mercedes EQC

12 Important Facts You Need to Know about the Mercedes EQC

Let’s get ready to rumble

The Mercedes-Benz EQC against anything Tesla.

Tesla is not all though. The EQC will enter the ring against the I-Pace, against the Audi E-tron Quattro, and against the upcoming BMW iX3. That is the playground for the expensive, yet, it seems, highly popular electric SUVs. Can’t even imagine what kind of bloodshed we should expect to see in the near future. Regardless of this, these are the most important facts about the Mercedes-Benz EQC.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB Quirks And Features

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB Quirks And Features

New Mercedes-Benz GLB seven seater challenges the norm with hot-hatch intensity, seven seats, four child-seat anchor points, and an off-road package

Packed in a more compact body even compared to the Nissan Rogue, the new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB manages to find a unique point in space among SUVs, where no vehicles like it exist. It is a premium compact SUV - short, not enormous - that packs seven seats inside combined with the well-known Mercedes-Benz luxury and sophistication qualities. To put it clearly - BMW, Audi, Lexus, Infiniti, Cadillac, or Lincoln do not have a vehicle that could threaten the existence of the GLB.

Its sole competitors reside in the realm of cheap alternatives. If endowed with the right options, these compact SUVs can be seven-seaters - Land Rover Discovery Sport, Skoda Kodiaq, Nissan Rogue, and VW Tiguan Allspace.

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB, however, is the only premium entry in this tight segment - this is how it is better than anyone else.

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Want to Know How AMG Builds a 416-Horsepower Engine? See For Yourself

Want to Know How AMG Builds a 416-Horsepower Engine? See For Yourself

This new engine could revolutionize a lot of automotive segments along the way

Mercedes-AMG has revealed an all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine that, at least as far as output goes, is poised to become the most powerful series-production four-cylinder engine in the world. It’s called M 139 and as far as specs are concerned, its output - as much as 416 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque — is an absolute doozy. The staggering figures translate to a specific output of 208.9 horsepower per liter, higher than what you can expect to get from today’s supercars. Then again, Mercedes-Benz and its in-house performance arm, Mercedes-AMG, are known for being at the forefront of innovation. This isn’t anything new, except the actual engine, which we’ll eventually see on the automaker’s next generation of “45” models, including the A 45 Sedan, GLB 45, CLA 45, and CLA 45 Shooting Brake.

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2020 BMW M135i vs 2020 Mercedes-AMG A35

2020 BMW M135i vs 2020 Mercedes-AMG A35

BMW has taken a leap of faith after looking over the fence at Mercedes and its highly successful A-Class and launched its own front-wheel-drive hatchback, the new 1-Series. Naturally, since BMW is a manufacturer with sporting aspirations, its new 1-Series will be sold as an all-wheel-drive hot hatch too, the M135i that almost perfectly mirrors the formula (and specs) of the spiced up Mercedes-AMG A35.

It’s as if the two rival manufacturers copied each other’s formulas, then went ahead and materialized the idea in their own way and their own style. The result is two highly enticing premium hot hatchbacks with oodles of appeal and bags of charm - but which one do you go for?

There are probably few rival models in the world right now that are so close in so many ways, yet their manufacturers are completely separate entities. If you were to choose one of these cars based on performance, you’d have a very hard time doing so because they are almost identical. But even so, they will undoubtedly be cross-shopped, so a conclusion should be reached as to which one is the better buy - a tall order, no doubt, that will require an in-depth analysis of each taken separately, as well as both together and in the current market context.

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2020 Mercedes GLS vs 2020 BMW X7

2020 Mercedes GLS vs 2020 BMW X7

The battle of the full-size luxury SUVs

Mercedes-Benz launched the third-generation GLS for the 2020 model, replacing the successful yet dated, six-year-old second-gen SUV. The GLS was redesigned from the ground up and its better in every department, but it also has a more challenging mission. While the old GLS had only the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator to worry about, the third-gen GLS faces a new threat: the BMW X7. The company’s largest SUV yet, the X7 was designed so that BMW can finally compete against the GLS, a nameplate that’s been around since 2007.

The X7’s arrival also means that the GLS is no longer alone in Europe. With the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator not widely available here, the GLS had the entire market for itself all these years. This has come to an end in 2018 and Mercedes-Benz has a solid premium SUV to worry about in Europe. Is the GLS good enough for the modern and sporty X7? Let’s find out in the comparison below.

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2020 Mercedes GLS vs 2020 Porsche Cayenne

2020 Mercedes GLS vs 2020 Porsche Cayenne

Merc’s biggest hauler goes toe to toe with the vehicle that rejuvenated the niche of fast SUVs

I picture you glancing over this article and thinking, "How can he compare these two SUVs, they’re not even playing ball in the same field?", and while that is true, it’s not an exercise in futility. Both the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS and the 2020 Porsche Cayenne offer buckets of luxury and are expensive, so it’s worth putting them head to head to see what type of SUV is, ultimately, better.

In this matchup, you’ve got on the one hand the bear-like, full-size GLS SUV or the mid-size, sporty Cayenne SUV. The latter doesn’t offer as much interior room but can get you from A to B quicker. Also, it’s worth comparing these two mean peddlers because comparing the new GLS with the X7 is all too predictable - but we’ll tackle that too, don’t worry!

From the outset, you can probably guess who the winners will be in each category, right? I mean, just look at the GLS: it has a straight roofline and an almost straight back end to round things off. It features a longer wheelbase and up to seven full seats with all the amenities one could ask for. It must be the winner when it comes to the interior category, right? And the Cayenne must be the winner in the drivetrain department due to its higher output engines in the more expensive trim levels and, by and large, it also looks a bit nicer due to its lower stance, right? But things aren’t as simple as they seem from the outside.

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2020 Mercedes AMG A35 sedan VS 2019 Audi S3 sedan

2020 Mercedes AMG A35 sedan VS 2019 Audi S3 sedan

New small AMG sedan takes on three-box S3

Mercedes was obviously making a car to go up against the Audi S3 when it created the AMG A35 model to sit beneath the full-blown A45 model in the range. The A45 is aimed to compete against the RS3, so the A35 is for those who want most of the look and performance of an A45, but without the harsh edge associated with these more hardcore cars.

The new AMG A35 sedan was just revealed, and it’s about as close a rival to the S3 as one could hope for. They are evenly matched in terms of size, power, and performance, although they adopt very different visual styles. Even mechanically they are similar, relying on 2.0-liter turbocharged engines, all-wheel drive and their brand’s known sporting pedigree in order to stand out.

But the Audi S3 is a familiar name that’s been around for a lot longer than A35, but then again, until 2017 there was no S3 sedan, so the formula is fairly new. These cars really couldn’t be better matched - it’s clear that the two manufacturers were studying one another while they were developing these two models.

The S3 sedan didn’t really have any natural rivals, but now that the A35 sedan has come along and hot versions of BMW’s upcoming 1-Series sedan and 2-Series Grand Coupe are also in the pipeline, this segment will be heating up soon. One could argue that the A35 sedan is one of the biggest reasons for it.

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2019 Mercedes A-Class vs 2019 Mercedes CLA

2019 Mercedes A-Class vs 2019 Mercedes CLA

Why is Mercedes selling both the nearly identical A-Class sedan and CLA at the same time?

Mercedes’ line of front-wheel drive-biased models used to be pretty simple: you had the A-Class, a practical yet rakish compact hatchback, the B-Class, a more MPV-like (or people carrier-like version of the A-Class,) and then the sleek CLA that successfully impersonated a smaller version of the sexy CLS.

However, you can now order a sedan version of the A-Class and the new CLA. Sure, the latter is certainly more dramatic to look at but not to a huge degree. If you look at both cars from the front side by side, you will notice that only the headlights are really different. From the side, you can definitely see the CLA’s coupe-like roof and C-pillar - it’s the C-pillar of the A-Class sedan that really makes it look different.

When it comes to the rear, the A-Class sedan has a unique design not shared with other Mercedes, whereas the CLA has almost identical clusters to the larger CLS. Step inside, and you’d be hard-pressed to tell which is which - spotting the interior differences is far trickier than doing so on the outside.

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2020 Mercedes CLA vs 2019 Jaguar XE

2020 Mercedes CLA vs 2019 Jaguar XE

’British finesse’ versus ’German quality’ and other cliches going head to head

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA aims to hit above its weight on a regular basis, eyeing compact sedans that are usually the prey of the bigger C-Class. It only makes sense, then, to compare it with Jaguar’s own luxury compact sedan that wants a piece of the C-Class’ and 3-Series’ market, namely the XE. Can Jaguar hold its own against the latest coupe sedan with the three-pointed star on the nose?

Right off the bat, we have to point out that Jaguar will introduce a facelift to the XE at some point this year that will not only include a more aggressive look but also address some of the issues inside the cabin like the lesser materials used on the current version. However, as the revamped XE isn’t here yet, we’ll only talk about the one that’s on the market today that looks and feels about the same as it did back in 2016 when it was introduced. Let’s see if the four-year gap between these two cars is visible.

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2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque vs 2019 Mercedes GLA-Class

2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque vs 2019 Mercedes GLA-Class

It’s Britain versus Germany in a battle of subcompact luxury crossovers!

Land Rover first introduced the Range Rover Evoque in 2011. A few years later, Mercedes-Benz revealed the GLA-Class in 2013. Both offer subcompact crossover practicality wrapped in a luxurious, high-end package. Both seat five passengers, and both come with a long list of options and features to help them stand out in a crowd. But the question remains - which is best? To find out, we dove headfirst into the spec sheets and put together the following comparison article.

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7 Impressive Facts About the 2020 Mercedes CLA

7 Impressive Facts About the 2020 Mercedes CLA

New Mercedes CLA Has The Same Drag Coefficient As A Biker On A Racing Bike

After a rather cheesy debut of the new 2020 Mercedes CLA at the CES in Las Vegas that included a cringy discussion between a talking EQ C and a talking CLA, we finally got an opportunity to see the complete car. It is a big deal for Mercedes-Benz who managed to sell 750,000 units of the CLA since its introduction in 2013. With its debut at the 2019 CES, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA displayed the latest electric technology and a very convincing voice interface.

Regardless of the fact that we haven’t seen any major drivetrain changes or any other dramatic improvements over the first generation car, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA did bring a few cool tech leaps you have to know about.

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2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible vs 2019 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet

2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible vs 2019 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet

The 8 Series Convertible And The S-Class Cabriolet Are Two Of The Very Best

How can one compare the BMW 8 Series Convertible and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet? This is the furthest you can go with opulence and luxury before actually entering the realm of Aston Martin, Ferrari, or Bentley. It is the outermost edge of the space controlled by what one may call producers of conventional vehicles. But these two aren’t conventional. At all. They are luxurious, fast, opulent, and filled with technology both wonderful and eerie. Be aware, they are not for the timid. Comparing the two of these should give us much the same results as both are actually playing in the same field. However, they are trying to reach slightly different customers.

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2018 Mercedes B-Class vs. 2019 Mercedes B-Class

2018 Mercedes B-Class vs. 2019 Mercedes B-Class

A big step forward?

Mercedes-Benz is in the process of replacing almost all of its current-generation vehicles, including the compact cars. It’s been only a few months since the German firm unveiled the new-gen A-Class, and we saw the slightly bigger B-Class make its global debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.

Restyled to look sportier on the outside and more upscale on the inside, the new B-Class also shares lots of technology with bigger sedans such as the E-Class and S-Class. How does it compare to the outgoing model?

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10 Best Vehicle and Technology Innovations of 2018

10 Best Vehicle and Technology Innovations of 2018

The future is now

The car industry never sleeps (except in August) and every year it provides us with numerous solutions to new problems, and with innovations that make us want new cars even more. This is a rundown of 10 awesome vehicle and technology innovations for 2018.

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