2019 Mercedes-AMG GT4
AMG might be responsible for Mercedes’ most-powerful and appealing models, but the high-performance brand has yet to use its full potential as a car manufacturer. Sure, the Affalterbach-based division brought us the awesome SLS AMG, and more recently, the AMG GT, but it hasn’t developed more than one stand-alone vehicle at a time. With rumors that AMG is pondering a sedan that’s not based on an existing Mercedes model, the brand’s current lineup will soon expand to include a second fully AMG-made product.
The company’s plans to develop a high-performance four-door became more than obvious at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, where Mercedes-Benz unveiled the AMG GT concept. The show car also confirms that the sedan will be based on the AMG GT in terms of design, but still feature some of the more traditional Mercedes cues seen on the regular sedans. In all, the concept is pretty much a mash up between the AMG GT sports car and the CLS four-door coupe. Also, the fact that the concept’s design isn’t too wild means that the production model could be very similar. The prototypes that were spotted on public roads in 2017 confirm just that.
2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 Sedan
After four years with the Audi A3 Sedan being the only four-door on the premium compact market, Mercedes-Benz decided its time to jump in with a three-box version of the popular A-Class. The company’s smallest sedan made its debut in concept form at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show and the Germans were quick to confirm that a production version is in the making. With the fourth-generation hatchback just unveiled for 2018, the sedan is only months away from an official unveiling. And alongside the standard model, we’ll also get the potent AMG A45, and according to recent spy shots, a milder AMG variant too. The latter is rumored to be called the AMG A35 and it will take on the Audi S3 Sedan.
While the new A-Class is spectacular in just about every department and sports the most beautiful interior in the compact market, the really big news about the A-Class Sedan is that it will be a global vehicle. When the unveiling took place in Shanghai, I was almost certain that the German sedan will follow in the footsteps of the BMW 1 Series Sedan, which is only available in China as of 2018. But Merc has big plans for the A-Class and has already confirmed that the sedan will be sold in the U.S. The regular model should be followed by both AMG versions, including this one. Before we dig in, I want to stress that the A35 nameplate is by no means official. Last year, the less potent AMG was rumored to get an A40 badge, so it could be anything at this point.
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Mercedes GLS-Class Caught Testing in Traffic
The new Mercedes GLS-Class isn’t scheduled to arrive in dealerships until 2019, but as early as now, we’re already seeing the luxurious people-mover making public rounds, albeit covered in heavy layers of camouflage. Just recently, YouTube channel walkoART captured the GLS-Class driving around the streets of Germany (the road signs are in German). The footage itself doesn’t reveal too much about the SUV, but we do get a good look at some important bits, including the LED headlights peaking from underneath the camo wraps.
2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE63
Although it received a new name for the 2016 model year, switching from M- to GLE-Class, Mercedes’ current midsize SUV is far from new. Sure, the facelift brought many updates inside and out, but the truth is that the GLE is already six years old as of 2017 and a bit long in the tooth. But this will change soon, as Mercedes-Benz is already testing prototypes of the next-generation model on public roads. The high-performance AMG GLE63 is the latest version to make contact with our paparazzi, on the iconic Nurburgring track.
The new GLE is set to gain numerous and important updates, most coming from the E-Class sedan, on which it is based on. The AMG version will get similar upgrades, including an almost identical drivetrain to the AMG E63 four-door. There will be a big tech update, as well as significant gains in the performance department, due to a lighter curb weight and a more powerful drivetrain. Details are still under wraps as of this writing, but the upcoming GLE63 isn’t much of a mystery since we already know everything about the AMG E63 sedan. Join me in my speculative review to find out more about this high-performance SUV.
Updated 12/06/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GLE62 out for a new testing session, this time around the famous Nurburgring track.
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What in the World is Mercedes doing with this SLS AMG Electric Drive? Is an Electric AMG GT in the Works?
So, remember that failed electric sports car that Mercedes tried to make happen back in 2013? You know; the one that started out as the SLS AMG E-Cell in 2011 and became a “production” model with the name SLS AMG Electric Drive. Well, I wouldn’t be surprised if you didn’t know what it was, considering not even 100 examples were sold when it went on sale. That was back just a few years ago when the four-motor car was good for all of about 160 miles on a full charge – not even enough to have a full day at the track or a nice Sunday drive. So why was Mercedes just caught testing one on public roads again? It was even caked with all kinds of testing equipment. Clearly, Mercedes has something new in the works. The question is: What?
Well, we have a feeling that Mercedes-AMG could be planning to bring an all-electric AMG GT to market before it signs the death warrant on the current generation. The current model is set to run to at least 2020, and if Mercedes plays its cards right, it could have an electric model on the market yet again by 2019. Whether or not it would perform any better sales-wise is a completely different story, but when you take into considering the fact that electric cars are more common now, battery technology is better, and new material can make cars lighter than before, a 250-mile all-electric GT is entirely feasible.
If this is actually the case, Mercedes could have retrofit an advanced, lightweight battery and lighter, more powerful motors into one of its old prototypes and is actually putting it through the paces to see if the technology can hold up to a beating. After all, a car like the AMG GT is meant to be driven, and hard, so if a second run at having an electric sports car is going to work, Mercedes needs to deliver something that can overshadow the best it’s got at this point in the GT lineup. The real question is whether or not an electric GT can actually be successful. After all, less than 100 of the SLS AMG Electric Drive were sold, so perhaps the truth is that we don’t want electric sports cars and maybe Mercedes should quit trying to make it a thing.
2018 Mercedes-AMG A40
Mercedes is on a mission to replace its models every six years or so. So, with the current generation A-Class turning five years old as of 2017, it was no surprise to us when we saw the next-gen prototype putting in some work somewhere in Europe. Alongside the redesigned hatchback, Mercedes-Benz is also testing a new version of the AMG A45. More importantly, it seems that the German company wants to introduce a new model into the lineup. It’s reportedly called the AMG A40 and will slot below the familiar AMG A45.
As of June 2017, the prototype is still wrapped in lots of camo and padding, but that isn’t to say that we can’t identify some of the changes we can expect when the model does shed its prototype skin. It’s rather obvious that the next-gen A-Class will bring some evolutionary changes, all of which will find their way on the performance-oriented versions. The biggest news here is this new A40 trim, which will most likely be sold as an answer to the Audi S3 and BMW M140i. Until we get some official information, let’s have a closer look at what we already know about this hot hatch.
Update 10/23/2017: It’s only been a few weeks since we last so the Mercedes-AMG A40 out testing on the roads, and white as rain, it was caught in public again. Not a lot has changed, but there is something noteworthy to mention, so check out the spy shot section below for details.
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2018 Mercedes-AMG G63
Mercedes-AMG wasted no time releasing a hot-rod version of the all-new 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV. The G-Class still retains its iconic, boxy design and ladder frame chassis, but is completely modernized in every other measure. From the twin-turbo V-8 and new suspension system to the high-tech, leather-lined interior, the new Mercedes-AMG G63 is the new high-water mark for the automaker.
Mercedes is set to officially debut the G63 at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show on March 6, after which the production version will arrive in showrooms toward the end of 2018. Naturally, the price is steep – likely costing more than the 2018 G63’s $142,800 here in the U.S.
We should know more as Mercedes-AMG debut the 2019 G63 at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, so stay tuned to TopSpeed.com.
Update: 02/13/2018: Mercedes-AMG has released photos and preliminary information about the all-new, 2019 G63 SUB ahead of its official debut at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show on March 6.
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2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series
Introduced in 2014, the Mercedes-AMG GT is no longer the company’s flagship sports car, but a full lineup of vehicles. In three years, AMG not only developed a Roadster but also launched a higher performance coupe and a beefed-up convertible too. Oh, and it also created two different race cars based on the GT. In all, the AMG GT includes seven members, which is darn impressive. But Mercedes-AMG won’t stop here. Although rumors of a Black Series model have yet to be confirmed, recent spy shots suggest that such a version is indeed underway. And we might just see it in the metal in 2018.
With the GT R in showrooms, a Black Series model might not make much sense, but Mercedes has plenty of room to either slot it between the GT S and GT R or place it above everything else as a range-topping model. The latter scenario is more likely, so we could get an AMG GT with close to 600 horsepower and built in a very limited run. We should find out more later this year, so make sure you stick around for updates. Meanwhile, have a look at my speculative review below.
Updated 08/28/2017: Our spy photographers caught what appears to be the road-going version of the GT4 race car. The prototype drops the usual central mounted exhaust pipe and features some exhaust pipes hidden in the diffuser on the left and right, side just like we saw on the GT4 race car. And, since Mercedes is going to use the GT4 name for its four-door super sedan, this can only be the Black Series version of the AMG GT.
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class
Mercedes debuted its all-new X-Class pickup truck July 18, 2017 in South Africa in celebration of it being Mercedes’ first international market. The correlation with the X-Class being Mercedes’ first pickup wasn’t breezed over during the short presentation. Corporate self-appreciation aside, the X-Class resides in a completely new segment for the German automaker, and one that’s teaming with established competitors. Mercedes’ sales pitch centers on the X-Class offering three trim levels catering to distinct customer groups, with four available engines, two transmissions, and three RWD/4WD mechanicals.
Of course, Mercedes isn’t venturing into the mid-size, metric-tonne pickup market alone. Renault-Nissan co-developed the X-Class by contributing the Navara NP300, one of the X-Class’ rivals. The Mercedes uses Nissan’s chassis and body structure under the skin, along with a few familiar Nissan buttons and knobs. While the cost-cutting is apparent inside, the proven Navara chassis – including the fully boxed ladder frame – ensures the X-Class starts on the right foot. The X-Class will arrive in European showrooms beginning in November of 2017 with a price of 37,000 euros, roughly $49,500 at current exchange rates. Sales will expand to South Africa and Australia in early 2018, followed by Argentina and Brazil in the beginning of 2019. Sadly, Mercedes has no plans to launch the X-Class in the U.S. However, that could change once the X-Class has proven itself and Ford reestablishes the mid-size Ranger pickup in the U.S. for 2019.
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2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 Coupe
The GLC Coupe is a baby in Mercedes’ lineup, featuring a hatchback body with raised suspension to go with a 241-horsepower engine and all the luxury features one has come to expect from German vehicles. The GLC Coupe has barely started gracing showrooms, but the lineup is now complete with the GCL43 Coupe and the newly announced GLC63 and GLC63 S Coupe. Powered by an AMG, 4.0-liter V-8, you can stare down the competition with either 476 horsepower in standard form or 510 horsepower in S form. Keep in mind that this is the same engine used in the AMG GT family as is that prominent Panamericana grille that graces the nose of the beast. Add the motivation together with the grille and the more aggressive fascias, and you’ve got yourself the perfect mix of power, style, space, comfort, and agility all in one Germanly sexy package.
If there’s one thing we can be sure of, it’s that humans, as a species, are never happy with what they have and always want more. It’s the same reason brands like Microsoft and Sony can get away with producing a gaming system, then producing a “slimmer” model just a few years later. It’s also one of the reasons why your cell phone is outdated just a few months after you buy it – manufacturers know that you’ll be willing to pay again to get the next big thing.
Getting back on topic, that’s also why the world now has a handful of coupes that ride on SUV suspensions like the Mercedes GLC Coupe, the F-Pace, and the Porsche Macan – the latter of which both compete with the GLC Coupe in one way or another. And, despite there being a limited number of these coupe crossovers on the market, the competition is actually pretty stiff between the models that are available.
The Mercedes-AMG GLC63 is a pretty wild ride in its own regard, but the GLC63 Coupe pushes that performance and styling to a whole new level – one that’s synonymous with the other “63” models from the AMG world. So, let’s dive on in a take a look at AMG’s latest and greatest.
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Mercedes X-Class Prototype Spotted And It Looks Awesome
Mercedes-Benz is busy testing the production-spec X-Class, its mid-size pickup truck developed in partnership with Nissan. We’ve already seen several test mules running about with Nissan bodywork, but this is the first time we’re seeing the Mercedes version. High-end headlights, the large grille, and several other familiar Mercedes details spoil the camouflage’s effectiveness.
Up front, it’s clear this isn’t a Nissan Navara. The headlights feature LED lighting technology, including the familiar daytime running lights eyebrow. The grille is also Mercedes-esque, with a center-mounted logo hidden behind the swirly camo. Squint hard enough, and you’ll even see the horizontal chrome grill hidden behind the wire mesh. Down low, proximity sensors are peppered across the bumper, while the radar beacon for the adaptive cruise controls sits perfectly centered. A single tow hook hides further down on the passenger side.
The hood also shares the two bulges seen on the X-Class Concept truck that debuted back in October of 2016. At the sides, the doors and windows share similar traits to both the X-Class concept and the Nissan Navara, suggesting little will change with the production model. The rear end also receives some changes, including LED taillights and a step bumper.
Under the hood, the X-Class will use Mercedes powertrains. The 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel is rumored to be the range-toping engine. Currently offered elsewhere in Mercedes’ lineup, (but not in the U.S.) the engine kicks out 261 brake horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. A variety of four-cylinder engines are expected, too. Mercedes is expected to use its 9G nine-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic AWD system. Should the X-Class actually make it Stateside, it might get Mercedes’ new 3.0-liter inline-six gasoline engine barring any under-hood packaging issues.
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2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe
The third-generation C-Class came to be for the 2015 model year with an all-new modular platform that helped drop as much as 220 pounds over the previous generation. The current model is only a couple of years old at the time of this writing, but we’ve already seen facelifted versions of the sedan and wagon testing on public roads. Now, just a few weeks after seeing the four-door models, we’re getting to lay our eyes on the facelifted two-door coupe. On the docket of changes, you’ll find things like a revised radiator grille, new headlights and taillights, revised front and rear fascias, and some minor updates to the interior. Those update should include some new interior color options as well as a revised infotainment system and a revised instrument cluster. To put it simply, the facelifted, 2018 C-Class will bring enough refinement to make everything right for the third-gen model. It will also keep the compact car fresh until after the turn of the decade when Mercedes should be planning the next-generation model for 2021 or 2022.
While we are looking at a facelifted prototype here, don’t expect to see everything in one go. If you happen to remember what Mercedes did with the S-Class, you’ll know that Merc is using a one-part-at-a-time strategy as opposed to testing with all facelifted components at one time. This allows the brand to help keep some of the mystery while making sure that everything is kosher. As we move closer to the launch date, we should see all three models – sedan, wagon, and coupe – testing with all facelifted modifications, but until then, we’ll only see bits and pieces.
We should lay eyes on the next round of testers in the next few months, but for now, let’s dive on in and check out what’s going on with the C-Class Coupe.
2018 Mercedes-AMG A45 Black Series
Mercedes first revealed the current third-generation A-Class back in 2012, initially dropping cover at the Geneva Motor Show. These days, it appears as though the five-door hatchback is prepped to receive an update with a fourth-gen model, but before that happens, it looks like the German automaker is gearing up for one helluva swan song. Our carparazzi recently spotted this test mule out on the roads adjacent to the Nurburgring, prompting widespread speculation that Merc is busy crafting an even-hotter variant of the AMG A45. As the last iteration of the current model before it’s replaced, this potential range-topper will likely get more aggressive styling, a race-inspired cabin, and even more output under the hood. We’re thinking a high-performance AWD system with no less than 100 horsepower for each of the tires.
Rumor has it the pumped-up hatchback could be called the A45 R or A45 S, but Merc might also call it the AMG A45 Black Series. While the Black Series designation is usually reserved for two-door models sporting a massive GT-style wing in back, it’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility that this five-door will break the mold.
Unfortunately, Mercedes deems the A-Class unfit for U.S. consumption, which makes this teardrop-shaped ‘Bahn burner a forbidden fruit on these shores. But that doesn’t mean we can’t hope Mercedes reconsiders its position.
More info on the upcoming A-Class is expected in the next few months, but until then, read on for our speculative review.
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Did Someone Just Catch the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series on the Nurburgring?
When it came time to replace the Mercedes SLS AMG, Mercedes started out with the 465-horsepower Mercedes-AMG GT and the 503-horsepower Mercedes-AMG GT S. Then, we laid eyes on the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R. More recently; Mercedes debuted the Roaster twins, the GT Roadster and the GT C Roadster. With the twins making their debut at the Paris Auto Show, we’re left waiting for just one variant – the heavily lusted and insanely desired Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series. But, that wait could be coming to an end very soon as Youtube channel Supercarsfromeu has recently posted a video of what is believed to be the Black Series putting in some serious work on the Nurburgring.
The video is quite short, but we finally get to see Mercedes’ Unicorn in action for the first time, and boy does it sound good. Little is known in the way of specifications of the black series, but it’s expected to deliver some 550 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, which would nestle it ever so gently between the GT S and the GT R. All variations of the Mercedes AMG GT use a 4.0-liter V-8, with the GT-R supplying the highest output with 577 ponies and 516 pound-feet on tap.
Obviously, with upward of 550 horsepower, the Black Series is likely to borrow most of the suspension and brake setup from the bonkers GT R. The boost levels of the turbochargers and the ECU mapping will be toned down a bit from the GT R, but outside of that, it should be about the same car. It will come with weight saving enhancements, however, which should offer 3.3-to-3.5-second sprints to 60 mph, to go with a top speed well into the 200 mph range.
Anyway, with that said, go ahead and turn up your volume and press play. The roar from the GT Black Series is a must-hear for a Tuesday afternoon. You can also click "Continue Reading" to see how the GT Models stack up against one another.
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Video Captures Next-Gen Mercedes G-Wagen Testing
Mercedes-Benz is readying the next-generation Geländewagen, otherwise known as the G-Class or G-Wagen. A pair of camouflage-covered test mules were spotted roaming streets somewhere in Europe by YouTube user “Carlcox84 Automotive” during a break in an apparent towing evaluation. Both SUVs were hitched to aluminum testing trailers.
The short video shows the to G-Wagens stilling idle as Mercedes workers have a conversation. The low-key even probably wouldn’t have even been noticed had the vehicles not been wearing the swirly camo. That’s because the G-Wagen still carries the same basic look as it did in 1979. That’s when Mercedes began production of the vehicle as a competitor to the Land Rover Range Rover, Land Rover Defender, and other utility based off-road vehicles.
Despite the same classic shape holding true, the next-generation G-Class will have plenty of improvements, both inside and out. From the video and pas spy shots we’ve seen, this new model looks wider and a tad big longer. The larger size should afford more interior room and a more stable on-road driving experience. And since most G-Class owners don’t traverse through uncharted lands or through narrow hedgerows, the extra girth shouldn’t matter.
It will be interesting to see what changes Mercedes has in store for the G-Class. We expect to see a mild cosmetic update, but would imagine the G to keep the same iconic looks. It interior, however, should see huge improvements over the current generation. It is possible Mercedes will include an instrument panel designed after the E-Class sedan. Leather coverings, wood and carbon fiber accents, and finely machined metallic switchgear isn’t out of the question.
We expect Mercedes to drop the official details at an upcoming auto show before the G-Wagen hits showrooms for the 2018 model year. Perhaps it will break cover at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
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2018 Mercedes AMG E63 Black Series
It’s been two months since we got the last round of spy shots of the E63 wagon tearing loose on the Nürburgring. If you glance at the image above, you might think we just got some more shots of the E63 Wagon, but that’s not that case at all. What you’re actually looking at is what we believe to be the Mercedes-AMG E63 Black Series in wagon form. Considering it’s been a few years since we’ve seen an official Black Series model, this is exciting news, to say the least.
While all official details are still kept deep within the Mercedes-AMG vault of non-disclosure, if this thing really is a Black Series model, we already have a pretty good idea of what to expect. Things like an aggressive body kit, enhanced brake system, performance suspension, and lots of other goodies will surely show themselves by the time prototype testing is done. But, until then, let’s take a look at these spy shots and talk about what we can make out and what might be coming to dealers in the near future.
Updated 08/18/2016: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Mercedes-AMG E63 AMG out for a new testing session, this time close to its test center at the Nürburgring.
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The upcoming updates to the Mercedes E-Class sedan are still a few months from an official review, but spy photos of the new car — most notably the new 2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 — are creeping into the public eye. Expected to debut in January as a 2018 model, the new high-performance E-Class shows off updated style and substance.
Prototypes have been spotted wearing a heavy layer of dazzle camouflage, but the general shape of the new sedan looks to be close to that of the current car, but with more slope to the front and rear fascias. Taped-off quad headlamps and a large single-bar grille are also visible. The massive lower air intakes that have become an AMG signature are also visible through the camouflage. We don’t yet have any good hints as to what the redesigned interior will look like. The new E-Class is moving to a smaller, lighter platform, so some refinement of the interior style to match the latest C-Class and S-Class is likely.
Under the hood, the smart prediction is on a new twin-turbo 4.0 liter V-8 with 600 horsepower, with an adapted eight-speed transmission and 4Matic all-wheel drive. The 4.0 currently produces 503 horsepower, but Mercedes has some catching up to do in the horsepower war and AMG is no doubt hard at work on it. Sedan and wagon versions will be offered.
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It’s been a few months since our spy photographers caught the updated 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class out testing, but it doesn’t appear that it has lost much of its camouflage. The big news is that we get our best look yet at the interior.
The single shot shows that the interior will be getting minimal upgrades similar to most of the exterior. Standing out the most is the redesigned steering wheel, which appears to have a smaller diameter with a more prominent flat bottom. Other changes include slightly reworked infotainment system controls on the center stack and a display screen that looks like it may have gotten better graphics. Surprisingly, there is still no Start button to fire up the engine and the driver must continue to use an ignition key.
There is still a lot of camouflage covering the front of the car, so we actually can’t see anything new. The new roadster will definitely get a more aggressive face, possibly similar to the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT, and from certain angles, it seems that the changes have resulted in an even longer front overhang – but that could just be added camo. Looking at the rear of the SL, it will have reworked taillights with new LED elements and the exhaust outlets integrated into the rear fascia will get more rounded shapes.
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Our photographers recently returned from a death-defying mission in Germany with images that give us our best look yet at the upcoming 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe. As its name implies, it’s a four-door fastback coupe variant of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC compact SUV and will be positioned against the 2015 BMW X4. The GLC replaces the GLK and adheres to Merc’s new naming conventions.
Mercedes previewed the GLC Coupe earlier this year at the Shanghai Auto Show with the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUV, and it appears to be a pretty good representation of what we see here. This pre-production test mule loses the AMG-esque concept’s deeper front fascia and larger wheels, but both will likely be available with higher trim levels. It also keeps that horizontal character line just below the side windows that accentuates the lower roofline.
Our snappers also tell us the GLC Coupe will get the same range of engines as the GLC, which likely means an entry-level 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder with 241 horsepower for the GLC300 Coupe and a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 for the GLC400 Coupe with 329 horsepower. A GLC250 Coupe Bluetec diesel model could also be available, as well as a GLC63 AMG with a 468-horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 if the demand is there.
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The 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK is due for a mid-cycle refresh, and this recent video of a test mule spotted in Germany gives us our best look yet at the 2017 model. But, the biggest changes won’t be to the exterior. Rather, the SLK’s name will change to SLC and a whole new range of engines will be available.
Visual updates include a slightly re-sculpted rear fascia with larger exhaust outlets. The uncovered taillight assemblies on this prototype appear to be different from the ones we saw on a prototype back in April, and, with the exception of some reconfigured LED bulbs, are almost identical to the ones on the current SLK. Out front, the SLC gets a new concave grille, re-shaped front fascia and new headlamp assemblies.
Expect the SLC to be available with three new more-powerful, yet fuel-efficient engine options: SLC300, SLC400 and SLC63 AMG. The SLC300 starts things off with Mercedes’ 241-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while the SLC400 gets a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 producing 329 horsepower. The SLC63 will sit at the top of the range with the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 from the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT, producing 469 horsepower.
We’ve yet to see any interior shots of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC, but expect it to remain mostly unchanged from the SLK, with some new interior color options and infotainment updates. We’ll be sharing more on the SLC as we have it, but for now, check out the video to see what differences you can spot.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC has been showing up in public quite often recently, but that’s far from strange given its official debut is scheduled a little more than a week from now, on June 17th. Last time we saw it, the crossover was wearing very little camouflage, with black tape covering only its bumpers and side panels. Now, a new video shows a fleet of barely camouflage prototypes, a sign that Mercedes-Benz is indeed ready to unveil the GLC to the world.
Even though the Germans removed nearly all of the camo, that’s not to say we have a lot more GLC to ogle at. The vehicle’s design ceased to be a mystery a long time ago, when we realized it’s a shrunken 2016 GLE or a C-Class Wagon on stilts. Making this video a lot more interesting is that it provides us with our first, uncamouflaged look at the GLC’s interior. Again, we knew the crossover would make use of the C-Class’ gorgeous cabin since late 2013, so all this footage does is confirm it with a clear shot. If you had any doubts, here it is folks: you’ll find more than 95 percent of the C-Class’ gorgeous interior in the GLC.
As you might have already guessed, the crossover will get the sedan’s engines as well, including the turbocharged, 4.0-liter V-8 in the AMG version. More details will become available when the GLC breaks cover later this month, so make sure you stick around for the full rundown.