2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Unveiled
Following hot on the heels of the reveal of the new GLC Class in Geneva, Mercedes just dropped its latest Coupe version, offering a sleeker roofline for the compact luxury SUV. Up front is the traditional diamond radiator grille, offered in either silver or black, while further chrome trim adorns the rest of the exterior. LED headlights and LED taillights help to illuminate the front and rear respectively.
Inside is a new multifunction steering wheel, while a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen are on deck. MB-Tex and leather can be found for the upholstery options. Tech features are offered through the latest MBUX infotainment system, which comes with standouts like onboard navigation, augmented reality features, and intelligent voice command. There’s also a bevy of assists, such as Active Steering, Active Distance Assist, and Active Brake Assist.
As for the oily bits, the GLC Coupe is offered with a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 255 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, 14 horsepower more than the current model. The sprint to 60 mph should take about 6 seconds. A high-powered AMG model is likely in the works as well.
Look for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe at the 2019 New York Auto Show in April, with an on-sale days sometime later this year. Pricing is so far unannounced, but expect it to slot in close to that of the current model’s MSRP of $47,300.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class
Mercedes-Benz has pulled the covers off of the updated GLC-Class ahead of its world debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The premium compact crossover is on the receiving end of improved aesthetics and a fruit basket’s worth of new tech features. Mercedes has always touted the GLC-Class as a fresh gateway model to some of its more premium SUVs, and, for the most part, the updated model looks the part of one. Following its debut in Geneva, the GLC-Class will go on sale in Europe in the middle of the year. As for us in the U.S., you’ll have to wait a little longer as the crossover isn’t scheduled to hit our shores until the latter part of 2019.
Update 03/14/2019: We’ve updated this review with fresh images of the 2019 Mercedes GLC that we took during the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Check them out in the gallery at the bottom of this page!
2020 Mercedes-AMG GLS63
Introduced in 2006 as the company’s first full-size SUV, the Mercedes-Benz GL developed from a longer version of the ML into a model of its own with unique features and an AMG version. Just like the ML, which became the GLE, the GL was renamed to GLS in 2016. Part of the brand’s revised nomenclature, the GLS badge signals that this vehicle is the SUV equivalent to the S-Class. On the market since 2012 in its second-generation, the GLS is about to get a big overhaul for the 2019 model year. Alongside the redesigned SUV, Mercedes will also launch a brand-new version of the AMG GLS63. Already spotted on public roads, the performance SUV will arrive sometime in 2019.
While the standard GLS has plenty of competition to go against, including the Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, Lexus LX, and the Land Rover Range Rover, the AMG version is almost alone on the market. The Range Rover is the only SUV available with a high-performance drivetrain, and it will remain the only option until BMW launches the X7 and its M version. From this standpoint, the AMG GLS63 will remain a unique full-size SUV on the market and will enable Mercedes-Benz to dominate the niche in the high-performance realm. Let’s see what the upcoming AMG GLS63 might have in store for us.
Update 03/13/2019: Our spy photographers caught the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLS63 doing some open road testing. Nothing has changed since the last time we got a peek at it, but you can check out the new photos in our spy shots section below!
Mercedes Has Trademarked the "SLR" Name, Hinting at the Return of a Legend
Three letters: S, L, and R. Together they stand for ’Sport Leicht-Rennen/Sport Light-Racing’ or, to put it simply, some of the most amazing cars ever to welcome the Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star logo. Now, apparently, Mercedes is trademarking the name again, and this could mean a revival is just around the corner.
Mercedes-Benz’s current flagship sports car is the AMG GT, but little over a decade ago, the German manufacturer was close friends with McLaren, who was also receiving Merc power for its F1 program, and the two entities came together to create the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. It was a swanky grand tourer, bigger and bolder and much faster than the SL. It nodded to a past name in the company’s history, a tainted one that, nonetheless, earned its right to be in the pantheon of legends. On March 1st, a law firm on behalf of Daimler filed for the rights on the ’SLR’ moniker with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and this got everyone thinking.
2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC
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!
2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster
The Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster is the range-topping version of the company’s lineup of drop-top sports cars. Based on the AMG GT R coupe, it provides the thrills of a high-performance sports car with the benefits of infinite headroom. First launched for the 2017 model year, the GT Roadster made its debut in base trim, with a GT C model added soon after that. More recently, Mercedes-Benz also launched a GT S Roadster, leaving the GT R the only trim that still needed to go topless. After years of rumors, the AMG GT R Roadster finally made its global debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE53
Mercedes unveiled the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE53 at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show as the most potent six-cylinder GLE that you can buy. It has over 400 horsepower, a performance- and efficiency-enhancing mild hybrid system, and sporty AMG touches to go with the extra shot of electrified performance. As with all AMG 53-badged models, the GLE53 is powered by Mercedes’ new straight-six engine with two turbochargers. It’s essentially the same unit found in the AMG 43-branded models, the difference being the extra oomph provided by the mild hybrid. And, since it’s the fastest and most powerful model in the range that doesn’t have a V-8, it is very well equipped and features unique AMG design touches.
Mercedes has so far not announced or revealed an AMG 63 version of the all-new GLE, so until then; this GLE53 4Matic+ is the best performing model in the lineup. In fact, Mercedes hasn’t even mentioned a hot, twin-turbo, V8-powered GLE yet, so it might not even make one - Mercedes has also done this for the CLS, a car that can no longer be had with a V-8.
Mercedes Seriously Added A Kart Racing Game to the Infotainment System of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA
I don’t know about you guys, but I spent a good chunk of my childhood perched in front of the television honing my racing skills in arcade games like the Nintendo classic Mario Kart. A good chunk of my adult life too, for that matter. The point is I’m super stoked Mercedes decided to include an arcade racing game in the new 2020 CLA Coupé compact.
2020 Mercedes SLC Final Edition
Just as Mercedes is adept at rolling out First Edition models, it can do the same with Final Edition models. It just so happens that the latter is more fitting for the times, particularly with the SLC-Class, Merc’s largely forgotten retractable hardtop convertible. In case you didn’t know, Mercedes is closing the book on the SLC’s three-generation life, and to commemorate the occasion, the Germans are rolling out the 2020 Mercedes SLC Final Edition. Mercedes is offering the special edition SLC on the SLC300 and AMG SLC43 trims of the roadster. There’s no specific number on how many models Mercedes plans to build, only that the special edition will be available in the U.S. in 2020.
Update 03/08/2019: We’ve updated this review with new images off the 2019 Mercedes SLC Final Edition taken at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Check them all out in our updated gallery at the bottom of the page.
The Revised 2019 Mercedes-Benz V-Class is the Rolls-Royce of Passenger Vans
Because of their mundane looks and low-performance specs, vans are usually overlooked at auto shows. But the Mercedes-Benz V-Class that just debuted in Geneva shouldn’t be one of them. Although it’s not a brand-new vehicle, the third-gen V-Class boasts a few impressive features.
Mercedes-AMG GT-R Roadster Has the Makings of a Future Collectible
Almost three years since Mercedes-AMG unveiled the GT R, its droptop sibling has finally joined the party. The Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster is here, and, from the looks of it, all the waiting we’ve had to endure has paid off in kind. The GT R Roadster looks the part of a raunchy roadster with the added aesthetic benefit of a rear wing supplementing its sporty looks. It’s fierce, aggressive, and potent, all rolled into one. The latter is just as important in the AMG GT R experience, especially when you consider that this model weighs 110 pounds more than its coupé counterpart by virtue of its triple-layer fabric soft top and the corresponding aluminum and magnesium structure that supports it. Pricing details have yet to be revealed, but we do know that there won’t be a lot of these models on the road when it hits the market. Mercedes-AMG only plans to build 750 units, making the AMG GT R Roadster a bit of a special edition model in its own right.
2019 Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01
After years of speculation, Mercedes-Benz has finally revealed its Formula E contender. Well, sort of. The German manufacturer presented in the eve of the 89th Geneva Auto Show the EQ Silver Arrow 01 wearing a ’concept livery’ that is, as you can see, lacking an important element: silver. Rest assured, though, the final livery that "will be presented at a later stage ahead of the [2019/20] season opener" will undoubtedly feature some silver.
Here’s an odd one: Mercedes taking the wraps off its first electric silver arrow racer that ominously lacks any trace of silver. That’s like Ferrari debuting next year with a blue car in Formula 1. What’s more important, though, than an interim livery is what Mercedes is conveying by officializing this move. The automaker from Stuttgart left, to the dismay of many, the DTM at the end of the 2018 season after a 30-year-long involvement in the series to focus on showcasing its electric prowess on track in the world’s top arena: the Formula E. The works Merc team will debut next season, which will be the sixth in the history of the championship, and the program will be run by HWA who ran the DTM cars in the last few years and, intriguingly, will operate the new Aston Martin DTM cars this season as well from behind the scenes.
2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake mixes style and space in Geneva
Mercedes calls its new CLA Shooting Brake a “sports car with load space,” and while that may purely be marketing babble it does put you in the mindset to understand what they were trying to do with it. Now in its second generation, the CLA wagon builds on the strengths of its not very popular predecessor in order to gain more market traction - whether or not this new one will be more successful than the car it replaces remains to be seen.
Mercedes Concept EQV Previews the World’s First Premium Electric Van
Mercedes-Benz showed up at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show with a new vehicle that will expand it’s EQ-badge all-electric offering. Following the introduction of the EQC crossover, Mercedes now wants to expand into the van market with the EQV. It’s just a concept for now, but it previews an all-electric version of the V-Class passenger van.
2019 Mercedes-AMG S65 Final Edition
As Mercedes prepares to launch the next-generation S-Class, the German automaker and its performance division, AMG, are bidding adieu to the current-generation model with a Geneva-bound special-edition model that’s called the AMG S 65 Final Edition. Limited the just 130 units, the AMG S 65 Final Edition is a fitting swan song for Mercedes-AMG’s resident luxobarge. The exclusive touches are mostly of the cosmetic variety, but there are a lot of them, especially in the exterior and interior of the sedan. More importantly, the AMG S 65 Final Edition represents the last time we see a V-12 engine in the S-Class family. More than the exclusive touches, the end of the V-12 era in the S-Class is reason enough for this model to turn into a collectible down the road. Mercedes-AMG has not indicated a price for the AMG S 65 Final Edition, but with the “standard” AMG S 65 starting at around $232,000, expect to pay a lot more for the opportunity to go home with one of the 130 AMG S 65 Final Edition models.
The Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster is the Ultimate but Limited Open-Air AMG Sports Car
Well, that’s one less mystery to deal with because we know exactly what to expect from the Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster. This all-new roadster is essentially the flamboyant GT R coupe’s topless avatar. It is all set to make its debut on March 5 at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, but only 750 lucky, wealthy people will be able to get their hands on this limited-production car. Are you ready to rip the roads while getting sun-kissed?
The 2020 Mercedes GLC Has Been Subtly Updated with the Brand’s Latest Style and Technology
Mercedes has given its C-Class-sized SUV, the GLC, its obligatory mid-lifecycle refresh in order to bring it in line with the rest of its model roster. It now has a new face, an updated interior, a new 2.0-liter turbo engine, mild hybrid technology, and some new safety technology too.
The 453-Horsepower 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE53 is Proof You Don’t Need a Sports Car to Have Fun
In a relentless pursuit of releasing as many performance SUVs as possible, AMG revealed an all-new brute called the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4Matic+. The mid-size performance SUV effectively replaces the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE 43 4Matic+, and it will be unveiled at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. The higher number in its name designates a more powerful engine, a super responsive electric auxiliary compressor, and an EQ Boost starter-alternator motor.
Tobias Moers, Mercedes-AMG CEO confirmed the AMG GLE 53 4Matic+ association with the performance with these words:
“As the inventors of the performance SUV, it is important to us to continue to be at the top with the new generation of the GLE when it comes to innovations, driving dynamics, individuality, and design.”
Lewis Hamilton Wants His Own Special Edition AMG ONE
Lewis Hamilton is no stranger to getting what he wants from Mercedes-AMG. Now, the five-time Formula One world champion wants to create a special edition version of the Mercedes-AMG ONE, the all-conquering hypercar formerly known as the Project One. Speaking to Top Gear, Hamilton confirmed his desire to build a custom version of the One hypercar to Mercedes-AMG. Whether he gets his wish remains to be seen, but AMG is apparently considering it. If it happens, Hamilton would be heavily involved in the development of the car that will use his “LH” initials. He’s not just settling for fancy badges and new colors, either. Hamilton wants wholesale changes to the body, engine, and exhaust system of the ONE, thereby making it a true “special edition” in every sense of the phrase.
What is Mercedes-AMG Teasing With a Panamericana Grille?
Mercedes-Benz’ PR team was probably tasked with producing the shortest teaser video in history, and they’ve come up with this: a three-second video showcasing the vertical bars of the gaping grille on an undisclosed AMG model. Cue the ’Mission Impossible’ theme as we try to find out what Mercedes-Benz is really telling us here.
2020 Mercedes CLA vs 2019 Jaguar XE
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.
The Geneva-Bound 2020 Mercedes-AMG A45 Could Eclipse 400 Horsepower
It’s been almost a year since Mercedes-Benz introduced the fourth-generation A-Class and we’re pretty anxious to see the new AMG A45 model. Thankfully, we don’t have to wait long as the beefed-up hatchback is set to break cover at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. And the good news is that it will deliver more than 400 horsepower!
2020 Mercedes-Benz SL Grand Edition
The Mercedes-Benz SL Grand Edition is a special-edition version of the company’s familiar and fairly old SL roadster. Based on the sixth-generation SL, upgraded most recently for the 2017 model year, the Grand Edition is probably the last hurrah for the dated roadster, which should be replaced by 2021. Described as an "especially exclusive" Mercedes-Benz, the Grand Edition is indeed a more bespoke version of the SL, but upgrades are limited to special color and trim on the outside and a new leather upholstery inside the cabin. The Grand Edition also rides on a sportier suspension, but it features the same engines as the standard model. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.