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Mercedes-AMG Quietly Facelifts the CLA45

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With only 3 years of production under its belt, the Mercedes-AMG CLA45 gets a minor facelift with subtle updates to make the CLA45 even better. We test drove and reviewed the original CLA45 over in Las Vegas a couple of years ago and have grown to love the little four door coupe from Affalterbach, and it’s great to see Mercedes-AMG continue to improve on what is already an excellent car.

Starting with the exterior, the CLA45 gets upgraded aerodynamics in the form of an upgraded front bumper with the classic AMG A-Wing design, rear diffuser insert with 4 vertical fins, as well as a lip spoiler on the trunk. An optional aerodynamics package adds a larger front splitter, additional winglets, and a lip spoiler.

Performance wise, last year’s upgraded drivetrain consisting of a 25hp bump (now to 381hp) along with the shorter gear ratios installed in the AMG 7 speed DCT improves on the original CLA45’s performance. 0 to 100km/h now arrives in only 4.2 seconds using the RACE START launch control system.

The 2017 CLA45 arrives in showrooms this fall. Check out our gallery below and let us know what you think of the upgrades.

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Mercedes-AMG E43 Unveiled in New York

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While Mercedes-AMG unveiled the new E43 two weeks ago online, this is the first time we get to see what the fuss is about. Even though hardcore AMG owners have panned the new 43 line as AMG Lite, the E43 begs to differ as it is one serious machine, slotting between the E400 and the upcoming Merecdes-AMG E63, effectively replacing the old E550 4Matic.

Powering the E43 is the tried and true 3.0L V6 Biturbo engine found in the SLC43, C43 as well as the now retired C450 AMG Sport model. In the E43, the turbochargers have been uprated, boost increased, and pumps out an even 400hp. The AMG specific 4Matic 31:69 rear biased AWD drivetrain coupled to the all new 9 speed transmission puts the power efficiently to the ground, allowing the E43 to sprint to 100km/h in only 4.5 seconds. Mercedes-AMG also retuned the AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension system, adding a Sport Plus mode to deliver higher levels of cornering agility.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG SLC43 Live in Detroit

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We asked the question last month if the all new Mercedes-AMG SLC43 was considered the real deal, or if it was AMG further diluting the brand for the sake of balance sheets. Now that Mercedes-AMG has lifted the covers off the SLC43 here in Detroit NAIAS, we were able to check it out up close in person to see what the new SLC43 brings to the table.

Sitting inside the SLC43, it felt eerily similar to the SLK55 AMG that it replaces. Even though the SLC is classified as a new chassis, the seats feel the same, the buttons feel the same, and the view feels the same. (Hint: The interior is mostly the same regardless of the chassis designation). In fact, it took a while to figure out what was actually different between the 2 cars, and all I could find was the console mounted shifter, as well as the updated steering wheel that’s required to function with the updated COMAND infotainment system.

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Mercedes-AMG SLC43, Real Deal or Brand Dillution?

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Mercedes-AMG announced the arrival of the SLC43 today, and it brings up an important question, is this a real AMG or is this brand dilution moving further up the ladder? Let’s start off with what we have here. The SLC43 is the entry level in the AMG lineup for the new roadster, and is powered by a 3.0L bi-turbo engine that’s shared with the C450 AMG Sport, a model that sits between the Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG lineup to introduce new buyers to the AMG brand. The AMG Sport line competes with the M Performance line of BMW’s, and the S-Line from Audi. These models differentiate between the top M and S performance models from the respective manufacturers. What AMG has done with the SLC43 is moved what should be a sport model, to it’s top AMG line.

Why does that matter? AMG has always preached one man one engine in their vehicles, and AMG is officially moving away from this long tradition, and focusing on driving performance to differentiate true AMG vehicles with the AMG SLC43. A lot of AMG owners are unhappy with the direction that AMG has moved to with the C450 AMG Sport, as it’s lowering the entry price into the AMG brand, and diluting the exclusivity offered to existing AMG owners. The decision to brand this a true AMG will only further upset these owners as it’s taking it one step further than their rivals marketing efforts.

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Mercedes-AMG unveils the all new C63S Coupe

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Mercedes-AMG has finally taken the wraps off the all new C63 and C63S Coupe, an evolution of the all new C63 Sedan that promises to deliver much more performance than its 4 door sibling. The biggest departure from the sedan design is the much wider front and rear fenders, 2.5 inches and 2.6 inches respectively, which allows the C63 Coupe to use wider rubber, 255 width up front and 285 width out back. In the previous generation C63 Coupe, only the Black Series was equipped with the wider fenders and rubber. The C63 coupe comes standard with 18×9″ front wheels and 18×10.5″ rear wheels, while the C63 S coupe will be equipped with 19×9″ and 19×10.5″ wheels. With the use of 10.5″ rear wheels, owners will have the option of installing even wider rear tires, something that previous generation owners struggled with.

Powered by the 4.0L BiTurbo V8, the engine pumps out 476hp in base trim, and 510hp in S trim, much like it’s sedan sibling. Power is transmitted through the tried and true AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7 speed MCT transmission, coupled with a limited slip differential (mechanical for base, electronic for S). To accommodate the wider width, the suspension has been completely redesigned, with suspension components unique to the Coupe.

Aside from these differences, the hardware is mostly identical to the C63 and C63S sedan. The additional width really brings out the aggressiveness in this generation C-Class, similar to what the Black Series did in the previous generation. The C63 and C63S Coupe is scheduled to arrive in European dealerships in March 2016, while North Americans will have to wait until September 2016, where it will be introduced as a 2017 model.

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The M-Class gets a facelift and a new name. 2016 GLE. NYIAS

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As has become the new fashion for manufacturers lately, Mercedes released press photos and information about the M-Class facelift to the internet a week before it’s debut at the New York International Autoshow. My guess is that manufacturers are doing this to pre-empt inevitable leaks and disregarded embargoes of their new releases.

This facelift of the current M-Class allows Mercedes to rename their mid-size SUV into the recently announced change in the naming convention. It follows the latest design language that began with the refreshed E-class in 2013. Softer faces adorn most of the line.

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Mercedes-Benz Unveils the Almost AMG C450 AMG Sport

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Mercedes-Benz is ready to battle Audi’s S-Line and BMW’s M Performance line by introducing the new AMG Sport line of Mercedes-Benz cars. Not fully an AMG, the new AMG Sport line bridges the gap between Mercedes-Benz and the hardcore Mercedes-AMG cars by adding some AMG technology to an otherwise mainstream Mercedes-Benz model. The second vehicle in this new line (the GLE450 AMG Sport being the first), the C450 AMG Sport improves upon the C400 by borrowing some of the suspension pieces from the C63, as well as AMG body pieces, transmission modes, and a bump in power thanks to more turbo boost in the engine management system.

By pumping up the turbo boost pressure from the C400, the C450 AMG Sport now delivers 367hp from the same engine, while delivering the same fuel efficiency. The 4Matic AWD system stays onboard (it’s not available in the C63), allowing the car to rocket to 60mph in only 4.7 seconds. Lifted from the C63, the 3 stage dampening adjustments coupled with the front axel and steering knuckles allow the C450 to feel a little more like its AMG bigger brother in the corners, while delivering better body roll control than the pedestrian C400. The addition of a Sport+ driving program allows the C450 to feel a little more sportier to the driver behind the wheel.

The C450 AMG Sport hits showrooms this fall, with orders beginning in the summer. Check out our full gallery below for a closer look.

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Look Out BMW X6, it’s the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe

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As gas prices plummet, we will be witnessing yet another resurgence in SUV sales in America, which is why Mercedes-Benz is working hard to bridge the gap to its competitors by unveiling the all new Mercedes-Benz X6 GLE Coupe here at the Detroit NAIAS. The GLE (formerly M) Coupe represents a new sportier SUV that Mercedes-Benz is hoping will attract younger buyers to its showroom.

Visually, it looks like the old M Class and a BMW X6 had a baby. Much like its competitors, the sloped roofline kills the practicality of the utility in SUV by removing both rear headroom and storage space. The execution isn’t perfect, it’s nowhere as svelte as the X6, but it’s a huge departure from the utilitarian looks of the outgoing M class.

Available initially with a 258hp diesel and a 367hp gasoline engine, the GLE Coupe the new 9 speed automatic gearbox to the masses. The transmission has been used in smaller volume E class models around the world, and the GLE Coupe will be the first line to exclusively use this transmission across the range. The GLE 450 AMG Sport, packing 367hp, will also be the first AMG Sport line of vehicles from Mercedes-Benz, allowing them to compete against the BMW M Performance and Audi’s S Line range of cars. It’s not really an AMG, but it will include enough performance, dynamics and bolt on body parts for those that want to feel like they own an AMG but at a lower price tag. For those wanting a pure AMG experience, the GLE 63 Coupe will be available offering 557hp and the AMG S-Model bumps that up to 585hp. The top model is able to sprint from 0-60 in just 4.2 seconds.

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2015 Mercedes-AMG C63. LA Auto Show 2014

Seeing the 2015 C63 again here in LA has confirmed why I like the brand. Some might call me a fanboy. Haters will hate. I appreciate nice things. Especially ones with a lot of horsepower.

Mercedes-AMG (not AMG or Mercedes-Benz AMG) brought the car to LA for its North American debut. It was a sight to behold.

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All of the technical details were discussed and revealed before and in Paris. Here and here and here. This time around, I wanted to pay special attention to the smaller aspects that we simply didn’t have time or access to in Paris. We had the same problems here in LA.

Things like the S-model’s exhaust flap which I couldn’t get a picture of because of how low the car is and where the flap is located. I did find a switch in the console that allows you to change the tone of the exhaust.

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I wanted to get a picture of the engine, but Mercedes decided to take the hood release right off the car and only left the cable end.

The one thing we saw in Paris that is missing here in LA is the wagon variant. It’s a pity that wagons aren’t more popular in North America.

Enjoy the live shots we took of the car here in LA.

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Paris 2014: 2015 C63

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Part of my job here is to keep my fanboy co-workers grounded. Sometimes I get lucky and they’re gushing over a car with obvious flaws and/or clearly superior competition. I can spend 5 minutes putting together some proof that the only reason they love a car is because they’ve got the rosiest of glasses on, and life goes on. After we covered the refreshed 2015 C63, I had a significantly harder time with it. Anybody who spends time on the forums knows that rage2 is a Mercedes fanboy, but can anybody actually blame him for getting excited about the new C63? Twin turbo V8, more power, less weight, less fuel, better interior, e-diff… If you don’t already know the details, click that link and check it out. Otherwise, browse through the gallery and try to find reasons to hate this thing for me.

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