Mercedes-AMG C43 Convertible - Driven
As an entry-level luxury performance cabriolet within the AMG lineup, the Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabriolet continues a famous line of Mercedes-branded convertibles that shaped this part of the automotive landscape. With the latest redesign, the Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabriolet brings more power, a more aggressive exterior, and refined tech onboard. Our test drive revealed if it still has the grace and unique character that every Mercedes cabriolet carries with pride.
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain 4x4² Wagon
God love Mercedes-Benz and its outlandish imagination for all things off-roading. The automaker has built a one-off 4x4² version of its new E-Class All-Terrain. Yes, a 4x4²! You’ll recognize that odd designation from the AMG G550 4x4², the four-wheeled version of the high-riding AMG G63 6x6. But it’s not just the name that’s similar. Mercedes actually fitted the E-Class wagon with the same Portal hubs as the G550 4x4². The extra height gives this AWD car a whopping 16 inches of ground clearance. That’s equal to a Humvee!
The project is the brainchild of Jürgen Eberle, a vehicle development engineer assigned to the E-Class. According to Auto Express, Eberle wanted to build something that gave the new 2017 E-Class All-Terrain some credence to its name. Eberle was eventually given a small budget after approaching his bosses with the idea. The E-Class suspension was modified to accommodate the large portal hub assemblies at each wheel, which drastically widened the E-Class’ track. This necessitated fender flares, which Eberle and his team crafted from carbon fiber. Beadlock wheel and 31-inch-tall winter tires were then added to round out the project. The best part – nothing else changes. The remainder of the exterior and all of the interior is standard E-Class All-Terrain, making this one awesome looker.
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2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Mercedes-Benz began revamping its sedan lineup in 2013, when the current-generation S-Class went on sale. In early 2014, the new C-Class went in production as a shrunken S-Class, with a stylish yet sporty exterior and numerous cues borrowed from Stuttgart’s full-size limo. After more than a year of speculation and months of teasers, the brand-new, tenth-generation E-Class has finally been unveiled at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.
Not surprisingly, the E-Class was also redesigned around the same styling language that debuted on the current S-Class. Granted, the midsize does have a few unique features of its own, but ignore the tiny details and it seems that Mercedes-Benz adopted Audi’s "same sausage, different lengths" way of doing things. This is obviously part of Mercedes’ plan of providing its sedan lineup with a more cohesive appearance than before, but it remains to be seen whether customers will appreciate it or not. One thing is certain, this has happened before, as the three sedans were quite similar in appearance back in the 1980s.
Styling aside, the new E-Class can brag about a new platform, a redesigned interior that is gorgeous to look at, and a new lineup of powerplants, including both a turbocharged four-cylinder and a brand-new four-pot diesel. As usual, not all engines will be available in the U.S., but more about that in our review below.
Updated 06/17/2016: Mercedes dropped U.S. prices for the E300, standard and 4Matic versions which are now available at dealers nationwide. Prices for all the other versions, including the AMG one will be announced closer to fall market launch. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.
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Inden Design is not your typical Mercedes-Benz tuner. Unlike Brabus or Carlsson, this small German tuning house rarely focuses on appearance. Sure, some of its vehicles feature a few nips and tucks and different wheels, but Inden’s modifying skills are more visible under the hood and in the suspension department.
Not surprising, the company’s most recent project, which is based on the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, follows the same recipe. The sedan got wrapped, lowered and slammed on bigger, sexier wheels, while its engine had its output increased by nearly 30 percent.
Inden Design’s vehicle of choice is a C-Class fitted with the company’s sports grille, which comes with the traditional three-pointed star embedded in the grille. Up front, the sedan can be easily mistaken for a standard C-Class, with only the lip spoiler standing out through its gloss-black paint. On the regular model, the piece sports a body-color finish. Things are a tad different around back, where the AMG Line apron houses a set of exhaust pipes taken from the C63 AMG Black Series Coupe.
But wait, there’s more to this souped-up C-Class than just a new exhaust and front spoiler piece.
Click past the jump to read more about Mercedes C-Class By Inden Design.
2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Mercedes brought out the C-Class in 1993 as a replacement for the 190E, and since then, it has sprouted three generations and has become the most important model in the company’s lineup. To keep the momentum going, Mercedes-Benz launched the fourth-generation C-Class (internally called the W205), replacing the seven-year-old W204 model. The car’s design lines are inspired by the F800 Concept Car displayed at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show but also borrows styling cues from the bigger S-Class sedan.
This changes the looks of the C-Class quite significantly compared to the previous model, which now seems to be downright featureless. The new compact also has a more organic feel thanks to its sculpted, muscular body that also integrates a few angular, aggressive cues. The interior is also brand-new, and again, heavily inspired by the S-Class. This is a good thing though, as the full-size sedan has one of the most exciting cabins in its niche. And having seen the 3 Series’ interior, it’s safe to say that the C-Class wins the battle hands down. Finally, the compact sedan also comes with a range of new engines in both the standard and the AMG versions. Find out more about that in the review below.
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The Mercedes CLA-Class has only been on the market less than a year, and it’s already gathering steam as one of the German brand’s most popular models.
That’s what happens when you have an affordable model that takes advantage of the esteemed history that Mercedes-Benz has in the industry. So with the CLA-Class gaining in popularity, the natural approach from aftermarket companies is to present programs that will only make the model more popular.
At the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, Mercedes tuner extraordinaire Carlsson presented its first program for the CLA-Class. The usual tuning digs that Carlsson has been known to do are all present in Mercedes’ new four-door compact coupé at the IAA.
Exterior upgrades from Carlsson included a front spoiler that can be fitted with CLA models sporting the AMG sport package, an electro-polished stainless-steel grille insert can also be added as an option, contoured side sills and a new rear apron. The latter, in particular, has cutouts that were put there for the four polished tips of the tuner’s sports exhaust silencer, which functions in reducing backpressure, thus providing more horsepower for the four-door compact coupe.
A set of wheels are also offered in various sizes — 18-, 19- and 20-inch — and two wheel designs — the 1/10 and the 1/16 RS — both of which also come with special edition versions. Rounding out the mods to keep the CLA on the road are sport springs that lower the four-door coupe’s ride hight by 35 mm (1.38 inches).
Interior upgrades are left to the customer’s tastes, and include a choice of high-quality leather and Alcantara from in different colors, courtesy of Carlsson’s in-house "saddler." Other key interior options include new floor mats, alloy door-lock pins, illuminated sill plates and an alloy foot-pedal and footrest set.
For the performance program, Carlsson installed its new C-Tronic CB Plug & Drive module, connecting to the ECU through an adapter plug included in the kit. When installed, the kit drives up the output of the CLA200 to 187 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The CLA250 also saw its output now hit 253 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, while the top level CLA45 AMG nets a new output of 450 horsepower, up from its standard 360-horsepower output.
Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Mercedes CLA-Class
Anybody remember the Mercedes-Benz R-Class? Long story short, it was Mercedes-Benz’s attempt to popularize the MPV-meets-SUV segment, which included the likes of the now-deceased Chrysler Pacifica.
Even with the Mercedes-Benz image, this car was a failure due to it being hideously ugly and overly expensive — a failure that Mercedes later admitted. Once sales began, the starting price of the R-Class was very close to the starting price of the flagship S-Class. So, unless you owned a 5-star hotel with airport-transfer service, the R-Class never really justified its usefulness over the S-Class.
Keeping all of that aside, the R-Class isn’t exactly the type of car that would cross most minds when it comes to modification. At SEMA, however, cars showcased don’t really bend to convention. With that thought in mind, Infinite Auto Design decided to lease some new life to the forsaken R-Class.
Underneath that AMG-esque body kit is a standard R500 that is powered by an unmodified 5.0-liter V-8 engine. This means it cranks out 302-horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque, which isn’t too bad for a minivan-SUV crossover in its era.
The exterior embraces the full blown treatment that any car at Infinite Auto Design would receive. It gets custom-built front and rear bumpers that add some eye-candy to the standard and rather boring design. The car is then wrapped in a gray matte paint job and fitted with a set of delicious looking, 20-inch Forgestar wheels.
Overall, this car can only be appreciated for its attempt at injecting a few ounces of "cool" into the R-Class, much like the nowhere-to-be-seen R63 AMG.
Unveiled in 1993, the C-Class quickly became one of the best sold models in Mercedes’ line-up. This impressive success is contributed to the car’s relatively cheap price - when compared to other Mercedes models - but also to its compact size.
The first generation stayed in production until 2000, and from 2000 to 2007 Mercedes sold the second generation C-Class. As of 2007, the model is in its third generation (W204), and that generation came with a completely new exterior design language, more compact dimensions that offer a generously sized interior, and an improved engine line-up. In 2011, the C-Class received a facelift that brought on a new front and rear design, more power from a new V6 engine, and improved fuel consumption. For the 2013 model year, the C-Class will continue its path of improvement with some small changes under the hood to make the C-Class even more powerful.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2007-2013 Mercedes C-Class.
Mercedes is prepping for the onslaught of customers readying their wallets for the 2012 Mercedes E63 AMG with some AMG Performance Studio styling. After all, no one wants to see the same E63 AMG passing by over and over again, especially if you happen to be riding in one as well.
As part of the new "AMG Performance 2015" model strategy, the E63 AMG will now come equipped with an AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine that delivers an output of 525 HP to 557 HP and a peak torque of 516 lbs-ft. The car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and will be capable of a top speed of 155 mph. This is all fine and dandy, but customization issues are always a plus, and Mercedes is readying the attack AMG Performance Studio options such as a performance suspension, a ceramic high-performance composite braking system, an exterior Carbon package, and an AMG Driver’s package that will include the removal of the speed limiter.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Mercedes E63 AMG with AMG Performance Studio.
Initially unveiled for the first time back in 1977 as the W123, the Mercedes E-Class took its name from the word "Einspritzmotor", which means ’fuel injection engine’ in German. Eventually, the letter morphed into being officially designated as the E-Class - or E-Klasse - to describe Mercedes’ line of mid-size executive vehicles.
Over the course of its life, the E-Class has had many different iterations with the latest facelift coming in 1999 and the introduction of the latest model, the W212. Introduced for the first time at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 2009 E-Class’ design was inspired by the new design language Mercedes adopted at that time for the C-Class, S-Class, and CLS-Class.
With the purpose of competing in a luxury executive market that features competitors in the form of the BMW 5-Series and the Audi A6, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has become one of the staple vehicles amongst high-ranking executives and business people the world over.
Details on the 2009-2011 Mercedes E-Class after the jump.
Some may remember the stark contrast of black and white used to set the original Mercedes E55 AMG apart from the pack. The black leather with white inserts and a swatch of white on the steering wheel gave the car an aggressive attitude. Wheels and More has taken the latest Mercedes CLS AMG and brought back some of that original flair, but this tuning company has added several tasteful components to make this one of the first tuned CLS models in the world.
To complement the bold white exterior, three piece black alloy wheels were added. These are the newest version of the 6Sporz model and they measure 9.5 x 20 in the front and 11 x 20 in the rear. That large wheel is backed up with some serious rubber from Dunlop; namely 255/30/20 Sportmaxx’s in the front and 305/25/20 Sportmaxx’s at the back. These huge patches of rubber should help keep this CLS glued tightly to the road.
More details on the Mercedes CLS by Wheels and More after the jump.
In standard Mercedes fashion, after the departure of the W211 E-class, the base version of the W212 came onto the scene. Soon after that, announcements were made for the coupe and convertible versions as well as the estate wagon. Different engine lines were introduced including the BlueTec Diesels and the standard line of V6s and V8s. The final piece of the puzzle was to add the AMG model. The W212 was to carry to same moniker as the outgoing model, but the new E63 AMG would be an entirely different car.
Mercedes first chose to use the 6.2-liter V8 in the previous generation E-class, but that car was truly made to house the 5.5-liter compressor unit of the E55. This new E63 had plans of being more civilized and more capable in every aspect. Competition in this segment gets stiffer every year and the other German brands all vie for supremacy. These cars are the ultimate sleepers, the ultimate executive sedan, and the ultimate autobahn sled.
People who drive the Mercedes E-class are among the most loyal in the automotive industry; they tend to buy the new generation as soon as possible. Many AMG owners are the same way and for that reason, Mercedes was also careful to make changes that would not rattle the cage too much. Everything has changed for the E63 AMG, but somehow it all feels so familiar…and awesome.
Hit the jump for more details on the Mercedes E63 AMG
It has not been an easy life for the smallestMercedes in the United States. It certainly hasn’t been as tough as the European A-Class, but the road to success for the C-Class has been paved with hardship and tough competition.
In that very segment, buyers will find one the best vehicles ever produced, the BMW 3-Series. Here is a vehicle that has dominated the German sports saloon segment with strong sales and a driving experience that is second to none. If that wasn’t enough to damn the C-Class, Audi has brought along the A4, a strong 3-Series rival that offers up a brilliant interior and build quality that has stood the test of time.
On top of all this, Mercedes has fallen behind in other areas as well. BMW offers their 3-Series in coupe form and Audi has the A5, but what does Mercedes offer? Well, until now, nothing, but that is all scheduled to change with the new C-Class Coupe.
Update 01/07/2010: The first official images for the 2012 Mercedes C-Class Coupe have been leaked! Check them out in the gallery provided. Also a bit of interesting news; the Mercedes C-Class Black Series will use a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with 570 HP and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque!
Update 02/14/2011: Mercedes has finally revealed the official specs and details on the new C-Class Coupe that will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Hit the jump to read all about it and see the picture gallery for high res images.
Updated 02/18/2011: After the first images and details were revealed just the other day, Mercedes has unveiled the first video of the new C-Class Coupe. The video shows the car both inside and out, illustrating its dynamic design, sporty appearance, and efficient engines. Enjoy!
Updated 05/05/2011: Mercedes has unveiled a 10-minute movie in which the main star is the new C-Class Coupe. But noticing the car might be a challenge considering it is surrounded by beautiful young girls. Hit the jump to watch the video.
UPDATE 09/21/11: We hardly thought of the Mercedes C-Class Coupe as a car being shackled by its own company, but the latest commercial featuring the aforementioned Merc seems to point in that direction. "More power, more style, less doors" was the overall theme of the ad. Certainly, we couldn’t argue with any of those claims, except that the car was already awesome to begin with. But if Mercedes felt the need to point it out, then more power to them. Check out the new C-Class Coupe commercial by clicking on the photo above.
UPDATE 04/28/12: Mercedes has released a new promo - they’ve billed it as a "beauty" promo. Not sure why - of the C-Class Coupe. Check it out by clicking on the photo above.
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This is the 2008 C-Class wagon caught in Scandinavia during cold weather testing. After we seen the 2008 Mercedes Benz C-Class sedan we won’t expect to see a daring design for the wagon model either. This prototype wears little camouflage but there’s is nothing to hide.
Even its extended rear end is covered, is easy to imagine how it should look. The tail-lights are camouflaged but you can observe that they are not so big, so the back door will have no part of that. The wagon will normally (...)
After a production run of seven years and some 1.1 million sales worldwide, Mercedes-Benz is now opening up the next chapter in the A-Class success story by launching a new model boasting even greater appeal and innovative flair. The second edition of the compact car is due to make its debut in the Stuttgart-based car manufacturer’s showrooms in autumn 2004.
Just as the values, goals, lifestyles and interests of people change, so their expectations of the automobile change accordingly. The experience factor is gaining in importance, but comfort, practicality, attractiveness and performance are also expected. These are attributes that present vehicle concepts can only offer in part.
After about four years of development and a total investment of more than 1.36 billion Euro, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class was revealed in 2000. The sedan was available at European branches and dealers of the Stuttgart-based auto maker from May that year and continued the success of its predecessor, which has enjoyed a production run of 1.6 million units and was the market leader among comparable premium sedans in many countries.
As the abundant test mules photographs show, Mercedes-Benz have in preparation their new premium medium sedan, the C-class. The old rival for the BMW 3-Series and Audi A4, is suppose to enter the arena with a new installment in 2007, at the Geneva International Motorshow. The station wagon is scheduled six month later and the platform-sharing CLK coupe and cabriolet are due in 2008.