Sweet German Baby Jesus Is the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Powerful
It hasn’t even been a week since the most recent round of spy shots for the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series started circulating the net. So far, we’ve learned precious little about the car that will be the last entry to the first-gen AMG GT and serve as the flagship model outside of the bonkers Project One Hypercar. All that has changed, though, thanks to a new report from Double Apex, a South African magazine that claims the AMG GT Black Series will have more than 700 horsepower.
The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe Now Offered With Aero Kit
The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe gets even more exciting with this new aerodynamic package. Just when we thought that the high-performance sedan could not blow our minds anymore, the automaker decided to slap it with an aerodynamic package and leave us drooling. And, what’s even better – this is available on every Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe trim.
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.
If Mercedes Drops Diesel in the U.S., the new X-Class Becomes Under-powered and Obsolete
Mercedes-Benz had been on the fence about bringing the X-Class mid-size pickup to the U.S. ever since the project got started. Conflicting reports from the automaker danced the fine line of “we’re researching the American market” to “we’re not offering the X-Class in North America.” Sadly, the latter statement eventually won out. However, a slight tinge that not all hope was lost still lingers. Unfortunately again, sad news reigns. Mercedes has given up selling diesels in the U.S.
What does that mean for the X-Class? Well, it removes all but the base X200 model and its underpowered, naturally aspirated, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder as the only engine currently in the X-Class that could be sold on U.S. shores.
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2020 Mercedes-AMG CLS63
It’s been 13 years since Mercedes-Benz invented a new niche with the CLS model, and the four-door coupe entered its third generation at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Now sporting a more aggressive exterior design with styling cues borrowed from the AMG GT sports car, the CLS borrows most of its underpinnings and interior features from the E-Class. In short, it’s a fancier E-Class with a coupe roof and sportier styling, which makes it one of the most exciting Mercs available for 2018. With the four-door coupe on its way to dealerships next year, we’re looking to seeing a brand-new AMG version on public roads by 2019.
Although not yet confirmed by the folks from Stuttgart, a beefed-up variant of the CLS is most definitely in the works. Just like the outgoing model, it should share underpinnings with the AMG E63 sedan and it’s safe to assume that it will be offered in two trims. There will be a "base" CLS63 model and a slightly more powerful CSL63 S version. The new AMG-prepped CLS will go against the existing Audi RS7 and the next-generation model that the German firm is likely to unveil in 2018. It remains to be seen whether there will still be a BMW M6 Gran Coupe to compete with, but the AMG CSL63 will definitely add a bit color to the midsize segment. Let’s find out more about it the speculative review below, which also includes a rendering of the upcoming four-door coupe.
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What is this Mysterious Sports Car Concept that Mercedes Will Debut at Pebble Beach?
The Pebble Beach Concours D’elegance takes place on August 20, so it’s just a matter of weeks before we get to lay eyes on some of the most gorgeous cars in existence. And, while some of our favorite celebrities are sure to make an appearance – think Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jay Leno, among others – we now have word that there will be an all-new sports car concept sporting a Mercedes badge making its world debut. The word comes thanks to a quick post on Instagram and Twitter of a video that gave us a peek inside a secretive meeting at the Advance Design Center in Sindelfingen, Germany.
Of course, the video post left a lot to the imagination and told us very little, but Gorden Wagener – the Chief Designer – says it will be “an icon or the brand” and that it’s sure to be a “big surprise.”
In the video, we can make out a sketch of a wheel that is undoubtedly for the new concept and a somewhat blurry glimpse as a sketch of a car. Unfortunately, however, we can’t make out much of the design cues. We know it will be a sports car, though, and considering they had sketches of the IAA concept, I suspect it will be related to that in one way or another. Wagener did make it a point to tell us that the front end was going to be different, though, so even if it has the same silhouette as the IAA, it will certainly sport some different design cues. So, just what can we expect from Mercedes at Pebble Beach? Well, I have a couple of ideas, so let’s take a look at the video, and talk a little more about it.
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2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 63: Rendering
The four-door sedan body style seems to be in the middle of an evolution. Once the cornerstone of almost every automaker’s lineup, sedan sales are in decline, while alternative interpretations are popping up at an ever-increasing rate. One of the more popular developments is the luxury four-door coupe, a style that promises the rear-seat comfort and enhanced accessibility expected of a traditional four-door, plus the fashionable cut of a fastback profile. Mercedes is a bit of trendsetter in this arena, debuting the CLS as early as 2004, and the German competition has followed suit with the likes of the Audi RS7, BMW M6 Gran Coupe, and Porsche Panamera. Currently in its second generation, the go-faster AMG CLS 63 is ripe for an update, but the question is this – what’ll it look like? To find out, we did a few thought experiments and put together a rendering. This is the result.
Drawing inspiration from a series of recent spy shots, as well as Merc’s latest production and conceptual design language, the new AMG CLS 63 looks to be an absolute stunner of an automobile, more than capable of turning heads almost anywhere it goes. That said, there’s a lot at work here that isn’t immediately obvious, so read on for some history on the model, an analysis of the design, and why Mercedes may decide to kill the AMG CLS 63 outright.
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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 Pickup Shown in Leaked Documents!
By now you’ve undoubtedly heard Mercedes-Benz is partnering with Nissan to build a midsize pickup truck for the global market. Well, a leaked product release schedule shows the pickup slotted for the 2017 model year. There’s not much else to go on, but the information is certainly suggesting Mercedes is whole-heartedly diving into the pickup segment.
This is only the latest piece of information regarding the upcoming truck. Spy shots have captured heavily camouflaged trucks on two different occasions. The test mule pickups show just how closely Mercedes is working with Nissan. Both share a design that’s obviously Nissan, though the Mercedes version will be wider, more luxurious, and powered by Mercedes engines.
The biggest unknown is whether Mercedes will release the pickup (rumored to be called the GLT) in the U.S. Mercedes has confirmed the truck will debut for Europe, Australia, South Africa, and Latin America. Trucks sent to these areas will be more utilitarian in nature, just as its direct competitors from Ford and Toyota.
If Mercedes does bring the GLT to the U.S., we expect it to create a new high-end, luxury sub-set in the compact pickup segment. GMC technically will beat Mercedes with the upcoming 2017 Canyon Denali, but Mercedes could debut the GLT for the 2017 model year. There is still time left. Our bet, however, is for a 2018 model year release.
Pricing is still a deep mystery, but expect the GLT to carry a base price of no less than $45,000. That secures its position above the other midsize trucks in the segment, save for the GMC Canyon Denali.
So, could Mercedes’ new pickup start a whole new category – premium midsize trucks? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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New 2017 Mercedes Models Revealed in Alleged Leaked Document
The word “expansion” is being thrown around loosely in the auto industry these days as more and more automakers are pushing to beef up their model lineups. Aston Martin is doing it. McLaren is doing it. And apparently, so is Mercedes-Benz. Autocar is reporting that the German automaker is once again looking to add more new models to its lineup in 2017 and, if the report is true, we could see at least nine new vehicles with Silver Arrow badges hitting dealerships in the next calendar year.
The most prominent of these models appears to be the Mercedes-AMG GT C, the long-rumored roadster version of the GT R sports car. Since the GT Rjust made its debut in June 2016, a drop-top version arriving in rapid order seems to be part of a well-orchestrated plan to crown the AMG GT lineup with not one, but two range-topping versions.
In addition to the AMG GT C, Mercedes’ is also reportedly releasing the next-generation E-Class Coupe, a facelifted GLA that will likely be called the GLA Coupe, and the high-riding E-Class Estate All-Terrain that will be lined up directly against the Audi A6 Allroad. All four models are being prepared to make their respective debuts in the first half of 2017 together with the AMG GT R.
The latter half of 2017 will also see a number of Mercedes models hitting dealerships, headlined by no less than the facelifted version of the S-Class. The next-generation E-Class Cabriolet is also part of the schedule, as is the facelifted version of the AMG GT, and the long-rumored, yet-to-be-named Mercedes-Benz pickup truck that we think will eventually be called the GLT.
And if anybody’s keeping score, two Smart models are also on the schedule, namely the cabriolet all-electric ForTwo EV and the Forfour EV.
It looks like Mercedes is once again poised to have another busy year when the calendar flips to 2017.
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