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2019 Mercedes EQC 1886 Edition

2019 Mercedes EQC 1886 Edition

A fitting special edition for a crossover that could turn into one of Mercedes’ key electric models

Mercedes-Benz attended the 2019 New York International Auto Show with a special edition electric SUV that pays tribute to its past and looks ahead to its future, all at the same time. It’s called the Mercedes-Benz EQC 1886 Edition, and as you might imagine, the “1886” in its name is a direct nod to the year Karl Benz applied for a patent for a “vehicle powered by a gas engine.” The EQC 1886 Edition is, in many ways, unique in its celebration of the German automaker’s history and its plans for a new electric-powered era of models. Like most special edition models, the EQC 1886 Edition benefits from a bevy of aesthetic upgrades in its exterior and interior. There’s no mention of any power and performance upgrades, though it’s hard to expect one from a vehicle whose identity is less about actual performance and more about showcasing Mercedes’ electrified future. Mercedes has yet to reveal a price tag for the special edition EQC, but it will be available sometime in 2020.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS

The third-generation GLS comes to tackle the BMW X7

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS represents the third generation of the company’s already iconic SUV. Introduced at the 2019 New York Auto Show, it offers more space, more comfort, and more luxury while retaining a familiar face. The GLS arrives to take on the BMW X7, the company’s first foray in the full-size SUV market, the Lincoln Navigator, and the Cadillac Escalade.

The GLS adopts Mercedes’ latest styling language, seen most recently on the smaller GLE crossover. The exterior has smoother surfaces and sportier fascias, while the interior borrows from the S-Class sedan but features a few unique cues as well. Under the hood, the GLS retains its two-engine lineup with V-6 and V-8 offerings for the U.S. market, but both units are paired to 48-volt mild hybrid systems.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe

2019 Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe

Same old recipe, now with a bit of extra spice

If you’re looking for classy entry-level luxury with a three-pointed star on the nose, look no further than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Initially making the scene in 2007, the C-Class got its first AMG model variant in 2008. These days, the C-Class is the brand’s top-selling nameplate, with the AMG versions bolstering sales numbers as a more accessible gateway to the high-performance Mercedes lifestyle. Like a sports car draped in a luxury suit, the AMG C 63 brings the heat without breaking a sweat, and now, there’s an updated version headed to dealers offering tweaked exterior style, the latest cabin tech, and a little extra under the hood.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe

2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe

An entry into the AMG life with top-shelf two-door style

Ever since its introduction in the early’90s, the Mercedes C-Class has grown to become one of Merc’s most popular nameplates, selling in droves in markets across the world. Chief among these luxurious teutonic sleds is the go-faster version from AMG, and now, there’s a new one headed for a debut at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. Updates this time around include new styling, new interior technology, and a few extra ponies under the hood as well, all of which is wrapped up in that classic German opulence and swagger.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Already a big hit, Mercedes’ flagship received a makeover

Launched in 2013, the current Mercedes-Benz S-Class has brought many innovations to the market. It also arrived in dealerships as a sportier, yet more comfortable proposition to the previous-gen S-Class, being praised for its fantastic ride, effortless acceleration, and the enormous amount of luxury and tech. In 2013, it had no rival, but BMW launched a new 7 Series in 2016, while Cadillac joined the full-size segment with the CT6. As a result, Mercedes-Benz updated the S-Class for the 2018 model year.

Although it’s safe to say that the outgoing S-Class was still competitive against its newer rivals, an update was necessary, especially in the tech department. That’s not to say that the S-Class was outdated, it’s just that Merc launched a range of new features with the latest E-Class, including semi-autonomous driving, that had to be offered in the top-of-the-line sedan too. Alongside the new tech, Mercedes also introduced a couple of new engines for the U.S. market and a new diesel for Europe. The facelift is rounded off by mild design upgrades and a revised model lineup.

Updated 10/06/2017: Mercedes announced prices for the new, 2018 S-Class. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.

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2018 Mercedes-AMG S 65

2018 Mercedes-AMG S 65

Sailing the blacktop seas never felt so right

Merc began production of the full-size S-Class sedan in the early ‘70s, following the official adoption of the “S-Class” nomenclature. Previously dubbed the “Sonderklasse,” or “special class,” this ultra-sleek opulence machine is currently at the halfway-point of its sixth generation. Framed as Mercedes’ flagship four-door and boasting the best that Merc can muster when it comes to style and equipment, a pair of high-horsepower variants from AMG occupies the top of the S-Class pyramid, including the S 63 and even-faster S 65. Both iterations just got a mid-cycle update at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, with the S 63 gaining a raft of changes affecting everything from the engine, to the transmission, to the AWD, to the styling. By comparison, the S 65 is less new, but still hugely impressive. The party piece is under the hood, where the previous model’s turbo 6.0-liter V-12 engine remains intact, complemented by updates to the S 65’s exterior styling and kit. Meanwhile, the rest of the spec sheet goes unchanged, including the seven-speed automatic transmission, Magic Body Control Suspension, track-oriented AMG options, and tech-heavy safety features.

“The S 65 with its high-torque 6.0-liter V-12 Biturbo engine remains the spearhead of the S-Class models,” proclaims Chairman of the Managing Board of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, Tobias Moers. All told, the AMG S 65 is an exercise in excess, with crazy-fast speed potential and land-based luxury yacht style. Read on to see if the 2018 model year is worthy of retaining its “special” designation.

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2018 Mercedes-AMG S63

2018 Mercedes-AMG S63

Sportier front end, permanent AWD, and a new V-8 engine

The latest-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class was introduced in 2013 and brought many innovations to the market. Features like the Magic Body Control suspension, the radar sensors for detecting obstacles, and the semi-

autonomous

like Steering Assist that made it the most advanced luxury vehicle on the market — a title it continues to hold even if BMW launched a brand-new 7 Series in the meantime. The standard sedan was quickly followed by

AMG

prepped S63 and S65 versions, and both have been updated for the 2018 model year.

The revised AMG S63 broke cover at the 2018 Shanghai Auto Show alongside the standard, yet still luxurious and fast model. Visual upgrades are of the facelift variety and won’t blow anyone away, but the interior received far more attention. New features include upgrades to upholstery and options, but also a healthy update in the tech department with all the state-of-the-art gadgets that debuted on the smaller E-Class in 2016. There’s even bigger news under the hood. While the bonkers AMG S65 continues with the massive V-12, the S63 ditches the 5.5-liter V-8 in favor of AMG’s much newer twin-turbo, 4.0-liter unit. As expected, the new engine comes with a power increase, which translates into better performance.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Cabriolet

2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Cabriolet

AMG’s range-topper for the new C-Class convertible

Mercedes is debuting a ton of AMG products in New York this year, including the GLC43, E43, and CLA45. The latest addition to the roster is the new C63 Cabriolet, which follows hot on the heels of the C-Class Cabriolet and C43 Cabriolet that dropped in Geneva earlier this month. The C63 Cab adds the usual high-performance AMG’d bits and pieces, like an aggressive exterior package and an upgraded interior. The biggest news, however, is what’s making the go, as this range-topper replaces the C43’s twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 with a twin-turbo V-8.

Buyers can choose between two levels of C63 Cab – the standard version, or the even-crazier C63 S. Both are fire-breathing tire-shredders with a zeal for velocity, very much in line with the established AMG go-faster philosophy. But does the open-top design dilute the formula?

Updated 03/23/2016: The 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 was officially revealed in New York! Read on for all the details.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe

The new Mercedes GLC Coupe made its debut at the New York Auto Show

Back at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show, we saw the Mercedes GLC Coupe concept, which was designed as a preview of a future production model. Well, here we are a year later at the New York Auto Show, and we now have the production version of the GLC Coupe – essentially a coupe body with SUV suspension. The remarkable thing about the production model is that, aside from a few nips and tucks, it’s quite similar to the concept.

Gordon Wagner, the Head of Design for Daimler AG, said, “The GLC Coupe reflects our iconic Mercedes-Benz coupe design while symbolizing the diversity of our brand – it is both ’hot and cool’.” He continued, “With its design idiom of sensual purity, it perfectly embodies our styling philosophy while at the same time representing contemporary luxury.”

When the concept debuted last year, there were mixed opinions about it. Some said it was ugly, unpractical, and pointless, while others said it was beautiful and would be a welcomed addition to the Mercedes lineup. We’ll find out how well it’s publically accepted soon enough, but until then, let’s take a look at the GLC Coupe in production form and what it offers.

Updated 03/23/2016: Mercedes dropped the official details on the new GLC Coupe at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 4MATIC

2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 4MATIC

Mercedes-AMG announces the GLC43 – the first V-6-powered GLC

With the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 starting out at $99,950, and the Mercedes-AMG GLA45 starting out at $49,580, Mercedes has had a huge gap in its AMG lineup. It’s asking a bit much to expect your customers to pay an extra $50,000 if they want an AMG-branded SUV that is larger than the GLA. Well, with the first quarter of 2016 coming to an end, Mercedes has decided to expand its lineup even further. And just today, it announced the Mercedes-AMG GLC43. Finally, a model to bridge that $50,000 gap.

Tobias Moers, the CEO of Mercedes-AMG, said, “With the new AMG GLC43 we are offering an AMG model in the mid-size SUV segment for the first time. The new SUV from Affalterbach marks the pinnacle of the GLC product range and in the AMG portfolio, it closes the gap between the GLA and GLE.”

As exciting as that news sounds, there is more to it than meets the eye. See here in the U.S., the GLC SUV has only been available with a 2.0-liter that produced a fair but unimpressive 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. With the addition of the GLC43, the GLC lineup finally receives a V-6 for the first time as well. Now that is certainly worth talking about, right? We think so, and that is what we’re here to do.

The new GLC43 will make its world debut later this month at the New York International Auto Show, with sales set to begin by the end of the year. So, until we can see it in the metal over in New York, let’s take a look at the official pre-release photos and information provided by Mercedes-AMG.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45

2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45

Muscle-bound baby Benz gets a new look and more gear

Back in January of 2013, Mercedes-Benz pulled the sheets on the CLA Class at the North American International Auto Show. The car was a bit of a gamble for the German automaker, combining a compact, entry-level platform with four doors and a fastback coupe roofline. The formula ended up working and the CLA went on to be a smash hit, selling in record numbers across the globe. Alongside more pedestrian specifications was the hotrod AMG model, which packed in aggressive styling, driver-oriented interior amenities, sharper suspension, and a serious power boost. Last year, the AMG CLA45 got even more underhood performance, and now, Mercedes is giving it a refresh with new body components and new cabin equipment.

Overall, it’s a pretty mild update for the four-door coupe, but considering the car’s popularity, not to mention last year’s horsepower infusion, Mercedes didn’t need to do much to keep the buyers rolling in.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA

2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA

Mercedes gave the CLA a facelift, and it looks awesome

The Mercedes CLA made was first unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show just three years ago, and it was an immediate success with more than 100,000 units sold globally in its first year of production. After just a couple years, we started seeing spy shots of an updated, camouflaged model doing some on-road testing, with the most recent being in December of 2015. Mercedes didn’t waste any time on the facelift and has finally released official information about the restyled compact luxury sedan.

This facelift brought a decent list of updated styling inside and out, including new front and rear bumpers, new wheels, new interior trim pieces, and there is even a new paint option to talk about. On the outside, the CLA takes on Mercedes’ newest design language, which gives this little luxury sedan one of the sportiest looks out there. We originally thought we would see the car in the metal at the Geneva Auto Show, but the debut was slightly delayed and is now scheduled to debut at the New York Auto Show later this month.

The new CLA with hit U.S. dealerships in the third quarter of this year, so you should be able to get your hands on one sometime this summer or early fall at the soonest. While the official debut is still a little over a week away, Mercedes has released some official pictures of the updated CLA, so let’s take a good look at those pictures and see just what Merc did to make the CLA even better than it was.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG E43

2017 Mercedes-AMG E43

A more affordable alternative to the AMG E63

It’s been only two months since the brand-new E-Class made its official debut at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, and Mercedes-Benz is already rolling out the first performance version of its midsize sedan. It’s called the AMG E43 and it will slot under the upcoming and highly anticipated AMG E63.

Set to make its global debut at the 2016 New York Auto Show, the souped-up sedan is the third new Mercedes-Benz to sport the "43" badge, joining the AMG C43 Coupe (also available as a convertible) and the smaller AMG SLC 43. Much like its stablemates, the AMG E43 sports a turbocharged V-6 engine instead of the traditional V-8 and bridges the gap between the range-topping model of the standard lineup and the bonkers AMG E63.

While it might not be as hot as the upcoming E63, the E43 enables Mercedes access to a new niche and provides the perfect tool against the already popular S6. What’s more, it gives AMG enthusiasts a more affordable proposition to the high-priced E63, as well as a more fuel efficient performance sedan. But does it have what it takes to compete against the Audi S6 and BMW 550i? Find out in our review below.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE63

2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE63

Besides the GLE, Mercedes-Benz has also unveiled the AMG version for this mid-size SUV, which also brings a change in nomenclature along with the mid-cycle facelift. The new GLE63 is more powerful than it’s predecessor, the ML63 AMG,.

The standard model is called GLE63 (not to be confused with the S version), just like its Coupe brethen. Powered by an engine as powerful as the old ML63 AMG with the optional Performance Package, the 2016 GLE63 is different than the model it replaces in some ways and is exactly the same in others. I say this because, for the first time in three generations, the AMG version for the mid-size premium SUV has gone through a truly massive transformation during the model’s refresh, while also keeping some of the features that made it famous.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE

About to surpass 1.6 million units sold since the first generation arrived in 1997, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class is one of the most successful premium SUVs in the world. Launched in 2011, the third-generation M-Class introduced a number of innovations compared to its two predecessors, most of them regarding active safety, comfort features and improved fuel economy. Almost four years later, the mid-size SUV has received a thorough mid-cycle facelift that also incorporates a name-change, to align the model with the latest Mercedes-Benz nomenclature.

The German carmaker has recently rearranged its lineup naming scheme, with almost all its SUVs designations to include the "GL" moniker, followed by a letter that facilitates each model’s orientation in the lineup. The only SUV excluded from the renaming decision is the venerable G-Class. With that in mind, the M-Class has now become the GLE-Class, so let’s see if the mid-life refresh and name-change have resulted in a better model.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe

2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe

With Mercedes developing a Coupe version of the new-generation S-Class, we knew that an AMG version was soon to arrive. In the 2015 model year, this becomes a reality, as Mercedes debuts the S63 AMG Coupe ahead of its launch at the New York Auto Show. right around the corner. Today these expectations became a reality, as our spy photographers caught it testing for the first time, wearing the AMG goodies that transform it into a real eye-catcher.

As expected, the S63 AMG Coupe features a design language identical to the 2014 S63 AMG, but taken to a sportier level and with two fewer doors. It gets an AMG front bumper with bigger air intakes to help cool the engine. Around back, a sports exhaust system with quad end pipes hangs out, while a special set of AMG wheels and massive brakes help further qualify this as an AMG-tuned model.

Under the hood, Mercedes uses the same engine as in the sedan version: a 5.5-liter, V-8 biturbo engine that delivers a total of 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, this model drops about 140 pounds, thanks to the AMG Lightweight Performance strategy.

Updated 10/01/2014: The all-new S63 AMG Coupe will go on sale in December at a price of $160,900, excluding $925 destination & delivery fee.

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2014 Mercedes CLA 45 AMG

2014 Mercedes CLA 45 AMG

The Mercedes CLA has been officially unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, and, as the spy shots revealed, the next logical step was a more powerful, AMG version. The model made its debut today at the 2013 New York Auto Show and will be put on sale in September.

When compared to the standard CLA-Class, the new AMG version will add a more aggressive design language, with elements we have already seen on models like the CLS 63 AMG. These specific elements include an AMG "twin blade" radiator grille, an AMG front apron, large cooling air intakes and for the rear an AMG apron and of course the two chrome-plated twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system.

Even if a tiny sedan, the new CLA 45 AMG is offering technologies used in the SLS AMG sports car, like the cooling system for the four-cylinder engine.

Updated 03/19/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specifications.

Updated 06/17/2013: Mercedes has just announced prices for the most powerful version in the new CLA-Class lineup. Click past the jump to learn more about how much you have to pay for a CLA 45AMG.

Updated 09/17/2013: Mercedes unveiled a new video featuring both the A45 AMG and the CLA45 AMG in action at the Bilster Berg race track. Enjoy!

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2013 Mercedes SL65 AMG

2013 Mercedes SL65 AMG

Mercedes warmed the crowds up at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show by displaying the SL 63 AMG, but next month at the 2012 New York Auto Show, things will be heating up as the company will be bringing an even more powerful version for the current SL-Class: the SL 65 AMG.

While the current SL 63 AMG is powered by a 5.5-liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 537 HP and 590 lb-ft of torque, the SL 65 AMG will be powered by a AMG 6.0-liter V12 biturbo engine that delivers a total of 621 HP and a maximum torque of 738 lb-ft. With this amount of power the SL 65 AMG will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, while top speed goes up to an impressive 186 mph (in Europe it will be limited to 155 mph).

In Germany, the new SL 65 AMG will go on sale in September 2012 at a starting price of 236,334 euro (about $310,000 at the current exchange rates). Prices for the US market will be announced at a later date.

UPDATE 04/24/2012: Mercedes has unveiled a new promo video showing off the brand new SL 63 AMG and SL 65 AMG as they drive through the beautiful Tenerife. Enjoy!

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2013 Mercedes GL-Class

2013 Mercedes GL-Class

The Mercedes GL-Class entered production in 2006 and six years later, is still rolling around in its first generation. However, for 2013, Mercedes is launching a new generation of the SUV, with an improved exterior look and new, more fuel efficient engines. The new GL-Class made its world debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show and will go on sale in the U.S. in September 2012.

The new GL-Class has a more powerful and sporty appearance, thanks to its new upright radiator grille with a central star and new headlamps with LED technology. The daytime running lamps also feature LED technology and are integrated in a chrome insert in the bumper, while chrome insertions have been placed under the radiator grille.

The new GL-Class will be offered in three models: GL350 BlueTEC, GL450, and GL550. The base version is powered by a 240 HP V6, while the other two models are powered by V8 engines, with 362 HP and 429 HP.

UPDATE 10/16/2012: Mercedes USA has unveiled a new video featuring a pretty cool overview for their latest GL-Class SUV. Enjoy!

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2013 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG 45th Anniversary

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG 45th Anniversary

Mercedes just recently announced the SL65 AMG, and they are already using it as a base for the a special edition built to celebrate the model’s 45th anniversary. The new SL 65 AMG 45th Anniversary Edition will be limited to only 45 units and will go on sale in September 2012.

The SL65 AMG 45th is painted in an exclusively designo magno graphite paint finish combined with high-gloss chrome applications. The new edition will be further distinguished by a new "twin-blade" radiator grille with blade-like slats, the surround for the AMG-specific LED daytime driving lights and fins on the wings and the hood.

"To mark AMG’s 45th birthday we are presenting the SL 65 AMG "45th ANNIVERSARY" – a very special anniversary model in a limited edition of 45 vehicles. The superior V12 roadster with exclusive appointments embodies our brand claim "Driving Performance" to perfection", says Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

Updated 06/12/2012: Mercedes has unveiled a pretty cool promo video for their special SL 65 AMG 45th Anniversary edition. Enjoy!

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