Next Mercedes-AMG A45 Coming With Drift Mode and Over 400 Horsepower
Mercedes is working on an all-new A45 AMG model to sit at the top of its A-Class lineup, and even though it’s set to debut sometime next year, we’re already learning new details about it - exciting details regarding how it will be very different from (and just plain better than) the outgoing A45 AMG.
2020 Mercedes-Benz SL To Be More Driver-Centric
The next-gen Mercedes-Benz SL will be tailor-made for drivers. The 2020 SL will most likely be lighter and faster compared to the current SL. It is expected to arrive in 2020. This eighth-generation will focus on a more engaging experience and make drivers grin ear-to-ear when they step into the driver’s seat.
Mercedes-AMG To Develop Four-Door Saloon
Mercedes is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the AMG performance division in 2017 and like most occasions involving golden anniversaries, the German automaker is preparing to celebrate in style, including a plan to unveil a new Vision concept that will eventually spawn a high-performance super saloon that will take on the likes of the Porsche Panamera and the Bentley Continental GT.
Codenamed the X290, the super sedan will reportedly carry the name GT 4 when it hits the market sometime in 2019. According to Autocar, the super saloon will also be powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine and is scheduled to hit dealerships sometime in 2019 with a starting price in the neighborhood of £120,000, or roughly $148,000.
The model will also make use of Mercedes’ own modular rear architecture, the same platform that currently underpins the C 63, E 63, S 63 AMG variants. That said, the GT 4 will make use of a specially modified version of the MRA platform, one with different dimensions compared to the standard configuration.
Should the GT 4 come to fruition, it would become the third dedicated series production line under the AMG umbrella, following in the treads set by the SLS and the GT line of sports cars. The concept’s 2017 debut will also coincide with the highly anticipated debut of AMG’s crown jewel creation, the yet-to-be-named,
If it isn’t obvious by now, 2017 is going to be a huge year for Mercedes and AMG and from the looks of it, the German automaker is already gearing up for the occasion.
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Mercedes X-Class vs BMW Pickup
Mercedes has just released its X-Class concept pickup and the frenzy is growing strong. Markets around the world are set to get this “urban lifestyle pickup,” save for North America. Regardless, the Mercedes pickup will undoubtedly cause huge waves in the segment, likely spawning competition from other luxury automakers, including BMW.
We created a rendering of a BMW pickup a few months before the X-Class Concept’s launch. It was based in pure speculation on what BMW could possibly come up with for its first luxury truck. Unlike the Mercedes, we figured the BMW would utilize a unibody architecture shared with the X5 crossover. Luxury and comfort being first, a rough-riding ladder frame truck wouldn’t be the first choice for engineers, right? Mercedes obviously doesn’t think so, but hey, BMW might want to cater to a different, more refined audience who aren’t towing 7,000 pounds or hauling a metric ton.
Both trucks will definitely be big departures from the Toyota Hiluxs and Ford Rangers of the world, and Mercedes says it’s catering to Gen Xers who have previously never considered buying a pickup. BMW would likely follow that direction, leaving the commercial and agricultural sales to the segment stalwarts.
Despite the two trucks (theoretically) going after the same audience, there will undoubtedly be differences. Let’s explore that theoretical world between the Mercedes X-Class Concept and a BMW pickup that doesn’t yet exist.
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Mercedes Rumored To Unveil Its Truck On October 25
Rumors are swirling that Mercedes will debut its long-awaited pickup on October 25. Soon after on November 10, the truck is said to make its world premiere in São Paulo in Brazil. The very unofficial word comes from the French website FT1, which says it has information confirming the dates. A usual for automakers, Mercedes has been silent on the topic.
Still unknown is if Mercedes will bring the pickup to the United States. The truck, rumored to be called the GLT or X-Class, would find itself in a growing segment that includes the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Toyota Tacoma, Honda Ridgeline, and upcoming Ford Ranger. The Mercedes would likely be the most luxurious of the bunch.
The U.S.-spec GLT would be a different truck than its global counterparts. Oversees, the truck would be a utilitarian tool like its global-spec counterparts, the Toyota Hilux., Chevy Colorado, and Ford Ranger. Stateside, the GLT would likely offer more standard features like leather seats, Mercedes current infotainment system, and the full suite of active and passive safety features.
Powertrain options will be numerous, with specific markets getting different engine choices. Mercedes is likely to use the 2.0-liter turbodiesel from currently powering the Metris van. The four-cylinder makes 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Mercedes’ seven-speed automatic transmission would do the shifting.
Of course, the most solid information regarding the GLT is its shared platform with the next-generation Nissan Navara. Mercedes has partnered with Renault-Nissan in order to cut development costs while increasing engineering power. Mercedes has confirmed the GLT will get its own unique styling and suspension tuning. The GLT will also be wider than the Navara.
At this point, rumors and speculation are all we’ve got to go on besides the little Mercedes has confirmed. Hopefully that changes October 25, so stay tuned to TopSpeed for more information.
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Mercedes-AMG to Build an F1-Based Hypercar to Fight the AM-RB 001
You think Aston Martin and Red Bull are the only ones hatching a
based hypercar? Well, if automotive history tells us anything, it’s that it’ll only be a matter of time before another company lines up its own hypercar to take on the AM-RB 001. Turns out, that time has come. The AM-RB 001 will have competition from the automaker that’s been dominating Formula One for the past three seasons. It’s been rumored that
AMG was developing its own hypercar. But according to TopGear.com, it’s not a rumor anymore. The Mercedes-AMG hypercar is coming.
A timetable hasn’t been set yet because Mercedes-AMG’s brass is still fleshing out all the details, but the source that spoke to TopGear.com at the Belgian Grand Prix said that “it’s definitely happening.” Now we’re not going to start jumping for joy just yet. It’s important that we hear it straight from the horse’s mouth, but given the hype that’s been building surrounding this planned hypercar, we still can’t help but get excited about the possibility of seeing Mercedes-AMG use its dominant F1 technology and shoot straight for the freakin’ stars.
In the event the Mercedes-AMG hypercar does come to fruition, expectations call for it to use a carbon fiber monocoque and have a gullying-style cockpit canopy as one of its main aesthetic features. The historical significance of such a setup is obvious as the model immediately calls into its own roots, specifically with the iconic 300 SL and the modern-day classic, the SLS AMG. It’s also believed that Merc is targeting a one-to-one power-to-weight ratio in response to the same goal of Aston Martin and Red Bull. Details on how much power it’s going to have are still being kept under wraps, but the TG report indicates that it could employ a bigger up to three electric motors that will be complemented by a heavily modified version of the F1 combustion engine currently being used by the F1-dominating W07 racer. The yet-to-be-named hypercar is also reportedly getting a heavy dose of technological features. One item that’s been thrown out is the biometric driver control system that was showcased in the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Concept.
Only time will tell if the planned Mercedes-AMG hypercar really comes to life. But there are reasons for doing it, which adds even more weight to the possibility of it seeing the light of day. Remember, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of AMG and according to TG, this hypercar is believed to be one of two special projects the German automaker is developing to celebrate its performance division’s golden birthday.
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Rumors about whether the upcoming 2020 Mercedes-Benz pickup truck would be a utilitarian workhorse or a luxurious status symbol have their first semi-official bit of direction. In speaking to members of the Australian automotive media, Daimler board member Thomas Weber said the truck would be the “first pickup from a premium manufacturer.” Media members in attendance have taken that to mean the yet-unnamed truck will steer toward leather rather than vinyl.
This whiff of direction could mean Mercedes is paying serious consideration to bringing the luxo-truck to the U.S., where high-end trucks and SUVs sell extremely well. Though the U.S. doesn’t have a direct competitor for a midsized Mercedes truck, vehicles like the 2016 Ford F-150 Limited, 2016 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited, and 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali would be its prime rivals.
Mercedes will likely have plenty of time and funds for developing its truck, which is said to be set for the 2018 model year. That’s because the truck will share much of its chassis and structural design with the Nissan Navara. Though the two will share many components, Weber says the two trucks will look completely different. “We are sure we can do a real Mercedes, starting with the design.”
The Mercedes truck is also expected to come with its own Mercedes powerplant and transmission. The automaker already has several choices that are U.S. emissions legal, including the potent 3.0-liter biturbo V-6 and the torque-rich 2.1-liter turbodiesel.
Whether or not Mercedes will bring its upcoming pickup to the State is still unknown, but for those areas of the world already tapped for sales, the new truck will likely be the most luxurious option on the market.
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The latest rumblings on the Internet suggest Mercedes-Benz is dumping the naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V-8 in the G550 SUV for the all-new, twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 that debuted in the insane G550 4x4².
Though unconfirmed by the German automaker, the move makes perfect sense for multiple reasons. For one, the 4.0-liter Biturbo passes Euro 6 emissions regulations that are set to take effect in 2016. While that doesn’t matter too much in the U.S. where the old 5.5-liter V-8 is the “volume” engine in the G-Wagen, it does matter that the new Biturbo mill pumps out 422 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of stump-pulling torque.
Those output numbers simply shame the 5.5’s 382 horses and 391 pound-feet of torque. The sprint to 60 mph should fall by a few tenths, clocking somewhere in the 5.5-second range. Even still, the 4.0-liter’s improved output falls nicely under the more expensive G63 AMG’s 536 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. The AMG will presumably rumble into the future still using its twin-turbo version of the 5.5-liter V-8.
It’s also presumed that Mercedes will keep the G550 nomenclature, despite the new engine displacement, just as it has with the G550 4x4².
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The news keeps on coming with the Mercedes pickup. This time, it’s an official statement from the automaker in regards to an alliance with Renault- Nissan. The two will collaborate in designing and building both the yet-unnamed Mercedes truck and the next-generation Nissan NP300.
The news keeps on coming with the Mercedes pickup. This time, it’s an official statement from the automaker in regards to an alliance with
Nissan. The two will collaborate in designing and building both the yet-unnamed Mercedes truck and the next-generation Nissan NP300.
You read that right. The Mercedes pickup will share its architecture with Nissan. This won’t be an exercise in badge engineering, however. Mercedes promises its truck will be specially engineered and designed by Daimler to meet its customers’ expectations and needs.
Mercedes does confirm the truck will be offered as a “double cab,” or crew cab as it’s known in the U.S. The pickup will target both commercial and personal-use customers in the already-announced regions of Europe, Australia, South Africa, and Latin America. However, as we just reported, Mercedes USA boss Steve Cannon just announced the truck might be headed for North America as well.
The partnership between the two automakers dates back five years, with project beginning in Europe. Now the pair have announced both the Nissan and Mercedes trucks will be built in plants in Cordoba, Argentina and Barcelona, Spain, with the costs being shared between the two. Together these two plants will crank out some 190,000 trucks annually.
Like the Mercedes truck, Nissan’s new truck will feature its own design. Depending on region, the truck will continue under the NP300 Navara and NP300 Frontier nomenclature. Adding fuel to the flame, Nissan could potentially use this same truck design in its U.S.-spec Frontier. That makes perfect sense considering both the Nissan and Mercedes trucks would have to pass U.S. crash-test and emissions regulations. If those regulations are already incorporated into the truck’s design for Nissan, that might make Mercedes’ decision to enter the U.S. truck market that much easier. What’s more, Nissan likely has the capability to build both trucks in its Canton, Mississippi assembly plant.
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Well that was fast. Just as the proverbial ink becomes dry on Mercedes’ news it will offer a truck by 2020, but not in the U.S., the automaker counters itself saying, “We are open, and let us assess the market.”
The statement comes from Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA. He continued saying, “If that leads to us saying ‘green light,’ then we will bring it.” Recall that Mercedes had originally slated the upcoming truck for only four world markets: Europe, Latin America, Australia, and South Africa. It would be sold as an extension of Mercedes’ popular van lineup and would be more of a work vehicle than a luxury item.
That would change if the truck crosses the U.S. border. "Not every pickup in the U.S. is going to job sites. Just drive around Greenwich, Conn., and see how many pickups there are," Cannon points out about the swanky community. “You realize this is not a demographic that is showing up with their work boots on job sites. Those sales are taken care of by the domestics." Undoubtedly Cannon sees the open opportunity for profitability in the luxury truck market.
He points out, "For a Mercedes-Benz household that has a lot of stuff or a lot of kids or they want to tow the boat – we could offer something to customers who are already luxury-predisposed.”
However, Cannon and Mercedes will need to determine truck sales will reach roughly 10,000 units annually before commitments are made. The decision must be made quickly, however, as the truck must be developed with U.S. safety and emissions regulations in mind. We can expect an answer by the end of 2015.
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Launched in 1979 in its civilian version, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class remained largely unchanged to this day. Now an icon of the SUV market, the G-Wagon is also one of the very few vehicles to still carry its classic body and chassis configuration. The boxy Merc underwent several updates since 1990, but a beefed-up, AMG-badged version wouldn’t arrive until 2006.
That first version came powered by a supercharged, 5.5-liter V-8 and dubbed G55 AMG. The G-Class received a makeover for the 2012 model, when output was increased to 536 horsepower and the nameplate switched to G63 AMG. That same year, an even more extreme version was introduced - the G65 AMG. This SUV is powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 that generates 604 ponies and 738 pound-feet. Unfortunately, we couldn’t have it in the U.S. But that will change starting in 2016 as the Germans are planning on offering the G65 AMG on these shores as well.
Updated 04/01/2015: Mercedes announced that the 2016 AMG G65 will go on sale on the U.S. market in November 2015 at a starting price of $217,900.
Note: European model pictured here.
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Mercedes-Benz’s upcoming CLA Shooting Brake has yet again been spotted by spy photographers, this time trotting down the German Autobahn. While this isn’t our first time seeing the car running about, these shots to reveal nearly every bodyline on the car’s rear flanks. Unfortunately, the Benz darted down an off-ramp before any more photos could be captured.
The CLA Shooting Brake, codenamed X117, has been in the works since the Mercedes pulled the covers off the CLA sedan for the 2014 model year. Rumor has it we can expect the upcoming CLA to debut at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show this coming January with sales starting a few months later in March. Sadly, the official word is still out on whether Mercedes will bring the CLA Shooting Brake to the States.
Customers around the world will enjoy the same powertrain options in the Shooting Brake as in the standard CLA, including the turbocharged four-cylinders and diesels. Speculation would also suggest Mercedes would transplant the CLA 45 AMG’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder powerplant into the Shooting Brake. With 355 horsepower and a 0-to-60-mph time of 4.4 seconds, we can only hope.
The lack of camo on this test mule shows Mercedes is very close to having a production-ready version. And with the rumored Detroit launch only a few months away, that is likely the case.
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This is certainly not the first time we’re seeing the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class wandering the streets, but it is the camo-covered GLK’s first time captured cruising with its production-ready headlights and taillights, not to mention the uncovered grille for all to see.
Before now, the GLK had been sporting makeshift projector-beam headlights, and had its grille covered in swirly camo and wire mesh. Even its taillights looked to be of the JC Whitney variety.
Now with the production units in place, the GLK’s looks are coming together. Its new headlights appear to be HID units with a strip of LED lighting running along the bottom edge. In the close-up shot, a cutout for what will likely be a fog light sits just below the headlight, visible just forward of the front tire.
Out back, the taillights appear to be similar to those found on the upcoming C-Class Wagon. Horizontal bars help add width to the rather upright crossover and the detailing will add a level of posh.
We can expect to see the new GLK hit showrooms for the 2015 model year with a variety of powerplants and trim levels. Its starting price should remain in the $38,000 ballpark.
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Looks like we’ve got some up-close and personal spy shots of the upcoming Mercedes-Benz MLC-Class, thanks to an emboldened shooter in Stuttgart, Germany. The pair of videos show some rather telling details of the coupe-like SUV as the videographer encircles the vehicle.
Up front, we see a huge Mercedes star with large chrome bars emanating sideways toward the nearly covered LED headlights. A rather aggressive front bumper indicates the MLC’s sporty nature. Rising up from those headlights is a striking beltline that curves dramatically upward to meet the high rear end and low roofline contour. The side windows are smaller than a traditional SUVs’ as the roof is very rounded. Down low, flat side steps run between the wheel wells for ease of entry and exit.
On the back, the rear window seems nearly flat as it leads from the roof down to the trunk lid. Three-dimensional taillights can be seen, despite Mercedes’ best attempts with swirly camo. The right-hand-side fuel-filler door can also be seen. Twin chrome exhausts tips are just barely visible along the rear bumper’s lower fascia.
And speaking of those exhaust tips, at about 20 seconds into the 50-second video, you can hear what almost sounds like a turbo four-cylinder as the MLC accelerates off. Sadly, there are too many other ambient noises around to get a clear sound of what powers the upcoming Mercedes.
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It appears things are stirring amid the design studios and development laboratories at Aston Martin these days. Reports have surfaced of Aston’s plans to completely reinvent itself, starting with a series of revamped products. An all-new DB9 is set to be the brand’s first product, destined to hit showrooms for the 2017 model year.
The news comes on the heels of the announcement of Aston Martin’s deal with Mercedes-AMG to source powertrains for upcoming models. What’s more, Mercedes may supply Aston with electronic equipment, such as in-dash infotainment systems, electronic safety aids, and of course, the engine management software.
Though AMG will supply the go-fast bits, Aston is relying on a revised version of the architectural platform the automaker developed while under ownership of Ford Motor Company from 1994 through 2007. That’s not a bad thing, however, as the platform was developed with help from Lotus Engineering, so it will likely be a competent performer.
The platform is said to be largely constructed of Aluminum and will have the ability to take on multiple widths and wheelbases, alleviating the one-look model lineup that Aston currently suffers from.
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The Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV has soldiered on largely unchanged since its introduction in 1979 with only few cosmetic pieces, more elegant interior accommodations, and newer engine options separating the 30-year span. However, a report coming from AutoCar suggests the Germans will be changing more than just a few bits and pieces on the upcoming G-Wagen facelift.
Although it will retain its iconic boxy looks, the 2017 G-Wagen will have its width increased by around 100 mm (nearly 4 inches). The widening will allow the body to accommodate a redesigned front suspension with a three- or four-link setup and to improve stability and increase cabin space, the report adds.
Furthermore, the SUV is scheduled to get a modern electro-mechanical steering system and a redesigned structure that will include more aluminum parts. Consequently, the SUV could get rid of at least 440 pounds (200 kg) of the G350’s current 5,665-pound curb weight.
Changes are set to continue in the cabin with wider front and rear seats and a number of C-Class-inspired features. Of course, the Germans are looking to make the rugged SUV more comfortable and luxurious.
Engine-wise, the new 3.0-liter, inline-six gasoline and diesel mills currently developed by Mercedes-Benz for the 2016 E-Class will find their way into the G-Class with around 365 horsepower and 304 horsepower respectively. Both will be offered with a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission as standard.
Note: Current Mercedes G-Wagen pictured here.
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Rumored since 2012 and officially confirmed last year, the convertible version of the brand-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class has finally come out to play on public roads in the form of camouflaged prototype.
Although there are no actual details for us to ogle at, the vehicle hidden under wraps is far from being a mystery. Styling-wise, the S-Class Convertible will be identical to the Coupe version we’ve seen in detail earlier this year, save for the retractable roof that will make sunny days more pleasant behind the steering wheel.
These spy shots suggests that the Germans are trying really hard to create the impression that the two-door will feature a hard-top, but we do know that Mercedes-Benz will go for a soft-top just like it did with the E-Class. Using a fabric top makes a lot of sense considering that a hard-top would eat up too much trunk space, a feature the S-Class can proudly brag about.
Engine-wise, the Convertible will also borrow all of its V-8 and V-12 mills from the Coupe model. Thus, the range will begin with the S500 and go all the way up to S65 AMG into 600-horsepower territory.
There’s no information as to when the S-Class Convertible will be unveiled, but expect for this stylish drop-top to lose its covers at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Until then, make sure you stay tuned to TopSpeed for new details and spy shots that will most certainly occur soon enough.
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Unless you were living under a rock, you would know that nearly half of Aston Martin’s stake now belongs to former Ducati owner Investindustrial. Good to know that Aston Martin can still live to see the future.
But, like every acquisition, it does bring along changes, and Ducati’s past could influence one of them.
Ducati once collaborated with Mercedes AMG to create and market a special-edition Mercedes SLK55 AMG. It was said that Investindustrial saw more potential and a better future using AMG engines and transmission systems. Can we blame them? They’re in fact one of the best engine makers. If you don’t believe us, feel free to have a talk with the SLS AMG GT or the Pagani Huayra.
While the news may sadden some of the Aston Martin purists, remember that the engines powering current Astons aren’t really in-house developed. The 4.7-liter V-8 engine for example is basically a 4.2-liter V-8 from Jaguar that has been heavily re-tuned in Germany and slapped the Aston badge. The all mighty 6.0-liter V-12 under the Vanquish’s hood is actually a Ford Duratec engine. So, Aston Martin is no new customer when it comes to in-house development.
The changeover would make sense to us, as current Aston Martins continue to get more beautiful, its powertrain systems and electrical architecture seem to never really improve significantly.
Tell us which you would prefer: a Jaguar and Ford engines or a lineup of AMG engines? We bet the decision is an easy one to make.