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.
Mercedes-Benz may proclaim this year as the year of the SUV, but seeing all the unveils so far at the Detroit North American International Auto Show, it’s more like the year of the EV/PHV/PHEV. Many manufactures are chasing fuel economy, and even in the Mercedes-Benz press conference, they are targeting 10 new Plug-in Hybrids in their lineup within the next 2 years. Starting things off, the C350 Plug-in Hybrid is the first of the 10 out of Stuttgart.
Available in both sedan and wagon form (wagon is a European market exclusive), the C350 PHV puts out a total of 279hp, with the ability to drive in all electric mode for up to 30kms, while delivering only 2.1L/100km of fuel consumption. With more weight comes a necessity for better suspension control, which is why the C350 comes standard with AIRMATIC air suspension to offer drivers a more comfortable ride and sharper handling. Charging from a 220V outlet at home, the C350 PHV obtains a full charge in under 2 hours, replenishing the batteries for another 30kms of range.
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.
Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG, and now, Mercedes-Maybach. Mercedes discontinued the Maybach name in 2012, but have decided to resurrect the brand to fight the likes of Bentley and Rolls Royce. Compared with the standard S class, if you can even call the S standard, the Mercedes-Maybach versions will feature even higher quality of materials, finer details, and a cockpit that’s more first class than business class. Even the seat belt buckles glow.
2 models are being introduced in this brand resurrection, starting with the S500 with a 455hp 4.7L biturbo V8. Topping the range is the S600 with the almighty 6.0L biturbo V12 producing a monstrous 530hp. Later in 2015, in June to be exact, the S500 4Matic version arrives, which is a welcome sight for the Canadian market. At press time there is no mention of an AMG version, but don’t be surprised if one makes its way to the showroom if the Mercedes-Maybach brand does well.
How will the new Mercedes-Maybach brand do? Let’s hope better than the last time they resurrected the famed name. Expect to see the new Mercedes-Maybachs February of 2015, while pricing will be announced a couple of months earlier in December. Chauffeur not included.
Check out the gallery of the Mercedes-Maybach S600 after the jump.
A couple of years ago, Infiniti announced they were changing their model nomenclature and now Mercedes-Benz is doing a rejigging of its own. Gone are the GL, ML, GLK and SLK model names. They will now be known as GLS, GLE, GLC and SLC respectively. Similar to Infiniti’s naming scheme, all SUVs and Crossovers will now have the GL prefix, with the original G retaining its single letter model name.
The five core models will also remain: from largest to smallest S, E, C, B and A. The two current four-door coupes will remain as CLS and CLA and the two roadsters will be SL and SLC.
Model suffixes will also be simplified. Instead of BlueTEC, CDI, Electric Drive, etc., Mercedes-Benz will now use a single letter to identify the powertrain type. “c” for compressed natural gas, “d” for diesel, “e” for electric, “f” for fuel cell and “h” for hybrid. 4MATIC will remain to identify their all-wheel-drive models. Diesel hybrids will simply be marked “h” for hybrid while plug-in hybrids will be marked as “e” for electric instead of hybrid.
We’ve heard quite a bit over the last 12 months on the Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-in Hybrid, and it finally makes its public debut here at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. With manufactures racing to lower CAFE averages, green models are being introduced in all market segments.
The S500 Hybrid is powered by the all-new 3.0L V6 biturbo engine, introduced this year in the C400 and E400 sedans. The engine pumps out 328hp in the S500 Hybrid, while the electric motor, cleverly installed in the transmission, pumps out an additional 114hp for a total of 442hp, allowing the 4700lb S500 Hybrid to accelerate to 100km/h in only 5.2 seconds. The battery, installed within the floor of the trunk, reduces storage capacity by 25% at a still healthy 395L, and can be recharged in as little as 2 hours.