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This G-Class Pickup Rendering Reminds Us of What the Mercedes X-Class Should Have Been

This G-Class Pickup Rendering Reminds Us of What the Mercedes X-Class Should Have Been

It’s too late to cry now, but hot damn, the G-Class would have made for an ass-kicking pickup

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is the second most long-serving car in Daimler’s portfolio, outranked only by the tougher-than-a-tardigrade Unimog. For that reason alone, we believe that the X-Class pickup truck should have been based on the Geländewagen in the first place. Sadly, Mercedes-Benz went asking for help from Nissan.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz Pop Up Camper Van

2020 Mercedes-Benz Pop Up Camper Van

Ready your stuff, son, you’re going camping in a Mercedes

Mercedes-Benz’s first pop-top camper for the U.S. market just took a bow at the 2020 Chicago Motor Show. Five can sit in it with sleeping room for four and there’s a plethora of camping-specific features to take you through your outdoors-y weekend in full comfort.

Mercedes says its pop-up camper was developed jointly with Driverge Vehicle Innovations and that it appeals a wide range of potential customers, from "adventure seeking millennials to hip retirees." To support that claim, the Metris Weekender comes fitted as standard with an elevating roof with a sleeping area for two, a 2-inch-thick memory foam mattress, three windows, and USB ports for charging and lighting purposes.

In addition to those, the camper also offers the likes of:

a multipurpose rear bench that can be transformed into a bed for two or into a seat swiveling front seats that rotate 180 degrees a second battery to power electronic devices

In addition to those, customers can pick from a handful of optional features. These include integrated solar panels, upgraded audio and navigation systems, and 3M exterior wraps in any of the 200 colors available.

Camping wise, the list of amenities comprises:

an 8-inch awning for rain and sun protection mosquito and bug screens for the rear hatch and sliding doors a tent that can be mounted on the rear liftgate roof racks (useful when hauling snowboards, surfboards, or extra luggage) a pullout kitchen that extends from the rear of the vehicle

There’s no word on what will power the camper, but we know that Mercedes-Benz fits its Sprinter van with a turbocharged gasoline engine good for 188 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque available in the 2,500-3,500 rpm band. The unit is twinned to a smooth-shifting 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic gearbox.

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2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 Revealed with Tons of Go-Faster Tech

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 Revealed with Tons of Go-Faster Tech

How does a 7:49 ‘Ring time grab ‘ya?

A Nürburgring lap time under the 8-minute mark is an impressive accomplishment, but posting that time in a top-heavy SUV is simply insane. However, that’s exactly what Mercedes-AMG just did with the 2020 GLC 63, claiming the title of fastest SUV in the world at The Green Hell.

Making it possible is a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, which is tuned to produce 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque in the top-trim GLC 63 S. Sixty mph arrives in an astonishing 3.6 seconds, just a few ticks off the 800-horsepower Hellcat Redeye. Top speed is rated at 174 mph.

Go for the base GLC 63, and you’ll get 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, which translates into a 3.8-second run to 60 mph and a top speed of 155 mph.

Managing the heft is an AMG Ride Control+ air suspension system with adaptive dampers, while AMG’s Performance 4Matic all-wheel drive system makes it grip. Output is routed through an AMG Speedshift nine-speed automatic transmission.

Outside, the GLC 63 twins get new styling with revised taillight and headlight housings, both of which come with LEDs, while a pair of trapezoidal tailpipes are found out back. Wheel sizing ranges up to 21 inches in diameter.

The cabin is covered in Nappa leather with yellow contrast stitching, and the infotainment system comes with the latest MBUX features, including the optional MBUX Interior Assistant.

Look for the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 at the 2019 New York International Auto Show this week, and in dealers later this year.

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Best Used 2016 SUV for Fuel Economy

Best Used 2016 SUV for Fuel Economy

Who said these big boys can’t run efficiently?

The market trend is quickly shifting from sedans to crossovers and SUVs. However, SUVs have two major cons when compared to their segment counterparts - high retail price and poor fuel economy. Even though they are a practical choice thanks to additional cabin and cargo space, it’s a little difficult for everyone to afford an SUV. So why not go for a used SUV instead? You don’t take the depreciation hit that first owner does, and since SUVs are built to last a lifetime, you can get an almost-new SUV at half the original price.

Now that we’ve planted this seed in your head, let’s have a look at the best used SUVs from 2016 with high fuel efficiency.

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Exclusive: We Caught the 2019 Mercedes GLE in the Wild for the First Time Without Camo

Exclusive: We Caught the 2019 Mercedes GLE in the Wild for the First Time Without Camo

Do these pics prove the 2019 Mercedes GLE will be at the Paris Motor Show

We caught the new 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE for the first time ever without camo. It appeared at the streets of Paris, only hours before the start of the Paris Motor Show. Of course, we took some photos. I can tell you now that this is what Mercedes-Benz probably prepared for the unveiling at the Paris Motor Show that starts tomorrow.
Out photographer in Paris noticed that this very 2019 GLE is actually the GLE 400E. That’s new. Up until this point Mercedes-Benz granted us with the studio photos of the GLE 450 4MATIC with EQ Boost.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Vs. 2019 BMW X5

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Vs. 2019 BMW X5

Two of the most amazing modern SUVs together

Please welcome the heavyweight SUV showdown. This is the Mercedes-Benz GLE versus the BMW X5. No, you will not find out which one is better, nor will I suggest you get one over the other. You will, however, find out how two of the most astounding SUVs of today stack one against another. How do they differ? Do they bring anything new? How cool are they?

I am well aware that many hate SUVs because they find them too flamboyant and too aggressive for the world we live in, but the matter of the fact is that SUVs have become a staple of car design, leaders of technology development, and models that make a lot of money. Every SUV you buy fuels a bit of money into the development of the really cool stuff. So, as far as I’m concerned, you should buy them as much as possible.

With the recent introduction of the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE, SUV fandom becomes even richer.

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13 Crossover Wagons You Could Buy Instead of an SUV

13 Crossover Wagons You Could Buy Instead of an SUV

Buck the trend, get a wagon!

High-riding vehicles, like crossovers and SUVs are at the height of popularity right now, but they’re not the only way to go if you want practicality and some off-road capability. Crossover style raised wagons are a great alternative and while they can still drive you over a rough field or rutted road with ease, they’re better to drive on road and actually pretty stylish.

They are essentially the wagon versions of different cars which have gained extra ride height and plastic cladding on the outside to protect them from scratches in their most vulnerable points. These vehicles usually have standard all-wheel drive and are usually a higher trim level, so they are not cheap (compared to the vehicle they’re based on) but they also come with a lot of equipment.

Here’s a list of the 13 coolest crossover-style wagons you can buy today.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Unveiled

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Unveiled

Merc’s Q7 and X5 fighter gets a substantial update

Mercedes-Benz just spilled the beans on its brand-new 2020 GLE, revealing specs and pics of the luxury SUV’s latest and greatest bits and pieces. Let’s begin with the exterior, where we find the GLE is now even more SUV-like than before. Complementing the new look is a host of chrome embellishments, while intelligent LED lighting illuminates the way forward. The new looks is also functional, as the aero now slices through the atmosphere with a Cd of 0.29, a figure Merc claims as best-in-class. Under the flared arches, you’ll find wheel sizing ranging between 19 and 22 inches in diameter.

The latest GLE also adds 3 inches to the wheelbase, which helps substantially with regard to passenger room. New for 2020 is six-way electric adjustability for passengers in the second row, plus 12.3-inch infotainment screens as standard with crisp 720p resolution. What’s more, the onboard systems now support gesture control, and offer semi-autonomous features like Active Stop-and-Go Assist, Active Brake Assist, and Cross-Traffic Assist.

Under the hood, the base model GLE comes equipped with a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder, which is turbocharged to produce upwards of 255 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Next in line is a turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder making 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. If you want even more of the go stuff, Merc is also sure to release the high-powered 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 very shortly. A 4Matic AWD system makes the grip.

Finally, the GLE comes with new E-Active Body Control active suspension system with a mild-hybrid 48-volt power source to keep it all shiny side up.

Look for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE to make its big public debut at the Paris Motor Show this coming October, with an on-sale date slated for sometime next year.

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The Mercedes G-Glass Could be offered in AMG 63 S and Maybach Forms Soon

The Mercedes G-Glass Could be offered in AMG 63 S and Maybach Forms Soon

We could see the G-Class in a whole new light

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is unique among all Mercedes models. It’s the only one of its kind in the German automaker’s lineup that’s able to balance an off-road identity with sporty and luxury goods surrounding it. It could also evolve into a model that plays into those two latter characteristics. That’s the word coming out of G-Class product chief Dr. Gunnar Guthenke, who hinted that a hotter S version of the Mercedes-AMG G 63 and a Maybach G-Class could be in the works.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Mercedes-AMG G 63

Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Mercedes-AMG G 63

Mercedes decided to give the new but old-looking G-Class the AMG treatment for 2018, effectively bringing the AMG G63 into the fold. The hand-built 4.0-liter takes on the “Hot-V” design and delivers a cool 577 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed auto handles shifting duties and routes power to the full-time 4WD system. Despite the fact that it is essentially the boxiest vehicle on sale today, it can manage to hit 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds and will top out at 149 mph, if you’re brave enough to pin the accelerator to the floor for that long. It’s not a cheap model, though, so I’m sure some of you fantasize about it on a daily. So, why not snag up one or two of these hand-picked wallpapers to spruce up your home or work desktop?

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2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

“Sensual Purity” Redesign Means The G’s Spirit Is Still Baked In

For the first time since its introduction 40 years ago, Mercedes has given the G-Class a complete makeover. But unlike other “makeovers” that plaster a new body onto an existing chassis, Mercedes went in the opposite direction.

The all-new 2019 G-Class retains its iconic looks while receiving a new, longer frame; independent front suspension; and an interior befitting the Mercedes S-Class sedan. And yet despite its modernization, the G stays true to its off-road roots. It comes with a full-time 4WD system, three locking differentials, skid plates, and proper ground clearance. Among the updates is a new G-Mode that further improves the SUV’s go-anywhere capability with electronic aids.

But let’s be honest – 99 percent of G-Class owners will never trek over anything more challenging than wet grass or a snowy road. That’s why Mercedes injected high levels of luxury into the new model. The wheelbase is two inches longer and 4.7 inches wider for a more planted on-road feel and more interior room. The G will undoubtedly be a smash hit around the world, even with its starting price of €107,040 in Germany – roughly $130,900 U.S. dollars.

Continue reading for more on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

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German Dealership Already Has a Sales Listing for the New Mercedes G-Class

German Dealership Already Has a Sales Listing for the New Mercedes G-Class

This is another example of flipping for a profit

Can’t wait to get your hands on an all-new Mercedes-Benz G-Class? If you live in Germany, there’s a way to get the all-purpose SUV, provided that you’re willing to pay a premium for it. German car dealership Hollauto is now selling a new G500 just days after the SUV was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. How exactly did the dealer get its hands on one so quickly? It didn’t because it’s actually selling a build slot for an already commissioned example.

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