Mercedes-Benz’s G-Wagen is one of the longest standing models to be produced by the brand. A very capable SUV as it is, Mercedes has upped the ante with their beefed up version of the G-wagen called the G500 4×4². The new G-Wagen was made available to the European market last year, and it looks like it will be heading to US shores soon.
With a growing demand for SUVs in North America, Mercedes is capitalizing on sales. Last year, their G—Wagen sold over 3,600 units, and they anticipate this year sales will continue to grow. Bart Herring, Mercedes Benz US’ general manager of production, said that the G500 4×4² “is close to a good decision for the U.S. It’s the ultimate statement for an SUV.”
Mercedes is really pushing the boundaries of a family hauling hot rod these days. Their AMG division has been churning out some fire breathing beasts over the past few years with plenty of horsepower and torque to boot. Their latest E63 AMG in S trim is said to push power levels to 0604hp and 627lb/ft of torque.
The E63 will use Mercedes’ 4.0L twin turbo V8 powerplant. This engine will be shared with the C-Class AMG as well. With the E’s bigger curb weight, the very capable M177 AMG motor is still able to help the E63 sprint to 100km/h in just 3.5 seconds for the S-trim car.
The all new E63 AMG may make its first appearance at the Paris Auto Show in October.
With Volkswagen’s diesel scandal in full swing, it was just a matter of time before more stones continued to get turned over at other manufacturers. The latest to be sued is Mercedes Benz who is facing a class action lawsuit over an alleged software issue which allows their vehicles to emit high levels of nitrogen oxides at low temperatures.
U.S. law firm Hagens Berman, states that “During virtually all real-world driving conditions, we found that Mercedes BlueTEC technology scarcely achieves any meaningful reduction of NOx emissions.” The firm further states “Our equipment has recorded levels of NOx emissions between 4.5 and 30.8 times the legal limit in real-world driving conditions.” So far, the ML, GL, E-Class, R-Class, S-Class, GLK, GLE, Sprinter, and others have been named in Hagens Berman’s lawsuit against Mercedes.
Mercedes has so far denied the allegations stating “We consider this class action lawsuit to be unfounded. Our position remains unchanged: A component that inadmissibly reduces emissions is not used in Mercedes-Benz vehicles.”
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.
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.
Mercedes-Benz has identified an issue with the electric power steering control unit software in their C-Class line of vehicles. The faulty software can cause the power steering to fail resulting in the loss of power assistance to the steering wheel. Mercedes has issued a recall which impacts the 2015 C300 4Matic and 2015 C400 4Matic sedans with a build date between January 27, 2014 to December 1, 2014.
Owners will be contacted by Mercedes about the recall and to schedule their vehicle in to their dealer for the repairs.
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.
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.
Mercedes-BenzCanada is set to introduce the C Class Estate to the Canadian market in the spring of 2016. The wagon version of the newly introduced C Class, previously only available in European markets, will hit showrooms in February of 2016. The 2016 C300d 4MATIC Wagon will be powered by a 2.1L diesel 4 cylinder motor, making 190hp and 369lb-ft of torque. Power will be routed through the 7G-Tronic Plus gearbox to all 4 wheels, making it a great year round car for our Canadian winters.
Like the C Class Sedan, the C300d 4MATIC Wagon comes packed with safety features such as Collision Prevent Assist, Attention Assist, Blindspot Assist, and my favorite, Distronic Plus with Steering Assist which allows the Wagon to drive itself up to 60km/h.
There are no plans for a C63 Wagon (currently available in Europe), but that could change in the next 2 years if the C300d 4MATIC Wagon sells well.
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.