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2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster Review

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The Mercedes-AMG GT-C Roadster is the third offering in the company’s four AMG GT model range. We put this 550-hp Mercedes cabrio to the test.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Joins its 5-Door Sibling

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New compact entry into the world of premium 4-doors, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan joins its hatchback sibling early next year.

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Keep These Top 2017 Luxury SUVs & Crossovers on Your 2018 Shopping List

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If you’re shopping for a new luxury utility vehicle today, pass on the 2018s and check out last year’s 2017 models offering great value at better deals.

We may be just one quarter of the way into 2018, but automakers are already working hard to promote their 2019 models, particularly those in the lucrative SUV and crossover segments.

Automakers recognize that these are highly profitable vehicles, so they tend to be the first models to gain the latest in safety and high-tech equipment. While that makes it tempting to spring for one of the newest versions, don’t forget that many of the “brand-new” vehicles being advertised are updates to excellent designs that have already been around a few years.

For luxury crossover and SUV buyers looking for a deal on one of the many leftover 2017 models still on dealer lots, we’ve put together a selection of our favourite upscale utilities that are basically identical to the versions currently being touted in newspaper and television ads.

Audi Q3

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It can be challenging to make a small crossover look good, but Audi managed to transpose its brand-wide design cues onto the little Q3 to create a vehicle that looks more expensive than it is.

The Q3’s understated interior also helps its case, even if a compact footprint limits rear-seat legroom. A 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 200 hp and, more importantly, cranks out 207 lb-ft of torque at 1,700 rpm, making the Q3 feel particularly strong in city driving.

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Lexus RX

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The latest generation of Lexus’s most popular crossover model may not be pretty, but it’s a well-executed vehicle that reminds us why buyers continue to flock to the brand’s showrooms.

The cabin is roomy and nicely-finished, treating occupants to one of the quietest rides you’ll find in a mid-size crossover. At the entry level, the RX 350 uses a 295-hp V6 that is smooth and refined no matter what you ask it to do, and returns good fuel economy on top of that. If you want a little more power and efficiency, the hybrid RX 450h promises both.

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Volvo XC90

2017 Volvo XC90

Introduced in its current form in 2016, the XC90 has subsequently lent its most striking styling elements to other members of the Volvo lineup. No matter where you look in the XC90 range, you get a tech-intensive interior with comfortable seating and plenty of space.

At the high end, you’ll find a plug-in hybrid trim with 400 hp; gas and hybrid variants can be optioned with true luxury touches like a shift lever topped with Swedish crystal. For 2017, all XC90 models use a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder engine, tuned for 250 hp (hybrid) or 316 hp (non-hybrid trims).

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Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

The GLS is hardly the only upscale SUV to offer three rows of seating, but it is notable for combining that spacious interior with one of the widest ranges of powertrains available in this class of vehicle. And if you’re a fan of diesels, 2017 was the last year you could get Mercedes‘ torquey and efficient 3.0-litre diesel V6 in the GLS.

At the other end of the range is the AMG GLS 63 model, with its 5.5-litre turbo V8 making a wicked 577 hp. The GLS’s size can make it intimidating to drive in tight parking lots, but on the road it feels solid and refined.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep built its reputation on SUVs that can tackle nearly any terrain, so it should come as no surprise that even its most luxurious model is a capable off-roader. But Jeep also aims to compete with European SUVs with the Grand Cherokee’s SRT variant, a track-oriented monster that accelerates harder and handles better than you might expect from a domestic-designed utility.

The Grand Cherokee looks its best in its well-dressed, V8-powered Overland and Summit trims, but 2017 brought a new Trailhawk trim that packed in Jeep’s most sophisticated 4WD system and a suspension that improves agility in off-road driving.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport

2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

The Range Rover is Land Rover’s poshest model, but we’ve singled out the smaller Range Rover Sport here for its lower price and the fact that this lighter vehicle can be optioned with the same outrageous supercharged V8 as its larger sibling.

Atop the range is the SVR model, fitted with a version of that V8 that’s good for 575 hp. In 2017, the Range Rover Sport gained Land Rover’s then-new infotainment system, built around a 10.2-inch high-def touchscreen, along with newly-available active safety features.

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Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

2017 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

Any version of the Cayenne is a solid choice if you’re after a vehicle that brings sporty handling to the crossover class, but we’re calling out the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model because Porsche was ahead of the curve in offering that type of powertrain in this category.

Beyond offering Cayenne drivers an opportunity to save fuel, the E-Hybrid brings a notable power increase compared to the base model, with 416 hp and the ability to run on electricity alone even at highway speeds. Like the Range Rover Sport, the Cayenne added a modern infotainment setup in 2017, including support for the Apple CarPlay smartphone integration platform.

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This post Keep These Top 2017 Luxury SUVs & Crossovers on Your 2018 Shopping List appeared first on TractionLife.com by Chris Chase.


Mercedes-Benz Expands 2019 C-Class with Updated Coupe & Cabrio Models

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Refreshed 2019 C300 and 385-hp AMG C43 will make their official debuts at the 2018 New York Auto Show

We got a glimpse of the new 2019 C-Class recently in Geneva with the world debuts of both the sedan and wagon. But if the C300 and AMG43 in 4-door or saloon form won’t cut it, Mercedes-Benz follows up with coupe and cabriolet versions, officially debuting at the upcoming New York Auto Show next week.

Overall, expect a more spirited drive, a sharper exterior look, an updated interior including a healthy dose of connectivity, and a boost in engine output.

As Tobias Moers, the Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, puts it, “With the new C 43 4MATIC Coupe and Cabriolet, we offer our customers extensively upgraded, visually and technically distinctive entry-level options into the performance world of Mercedes-AMG,”

AMG C43 puts down more power

The 2019 AMG C43 will crank out 23 more horses now, totally 385-hp from a 3.0L V6 and peak torque of 384 lb paired to the AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission; dashing to 100 km/h in just 4.7-seconds hitting a top speed of 250 km/h (but electronically limited to 210 km/h to keep you in check).

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Updated Styling

Styling-wise, Mercedes looked to make the updated coupes and cab more expressive, and of course, sportier. Standout features include the AMG radiator grille with twin louvre in matte iridium silver and the sculpted front apron with additional flics.

In the back, expect two round twin tailpipe trim elements in high-gloss chrome adding sportier look match the improved performance. The rear apron with side air outlet look and the significantly bolder diffuser improve the air flow at the rear; and the spoiler lip on the trunk lid is painted in the vehicle colour.

New Cabin & Connectivity

Mercedes carries the performance theme inside with a combo of aluminum in high-quality finishing, DINAMICA microfibre, and good old leather to maintain the luxury brand’s renowned upscale standard; plus, trim in black open-pore ash wood, aluminum, black open-pore ash wood, high-gloss dark-brown fineline wood, anthracite open-pore oak wood, as well as AMG trim in carbon fibre and matte silver fibreglass.

To ramp it up, optional AMG Performance seats provide optimum lateral support when adopting a dynamic driving style, thanks to the special design of the seat side bolsters of the seat cushion and backrest.

2019 AMG C43

Another notable inside includes a significantly different steering wheel focused on performance. It has a flattened bottom section and is perforated in the grip area; a more grippy shape with a heavily contoured rim and intuitive operation.

You can’t have a refresh these days without new cabin tech. The 2019 C-Class inside finds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an optional fully digital instrument cluster with 31.2 cm (12.3-inch) screen, and the famous Mercedes touchpad and Controller, to name a few.

2019 C-Class Release Date

Dealerships across North America will begin receiving the coupe and cabrios starting late Spring into Summer 2018.

2019 C-Class AMG C43 Coupe vs Cabrio

The two will offer essentially the same things, but here’s a quick breakdown side-by-side:

  Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Coupe Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC
Cabriolet
Engine 3.0-litre V6 with two turbochargers 3.0-litre V6 with two turbochargers
Displacement 2,996 cc 2,996 cc
Output 385 hp at 6,100 rpm 385 hp at 6,100 rpm
Peak torque 384 lb-ft at 2,500-5,000 rpm 384 lb-ft at 2,500-5,000 rpm
Drive system AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque distribution AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque
distribution
Transmission AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 4.7 s 4.8 s
Top speed 210 km/h* 210 km/h*

 

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Mercedes Benz Golf Cart

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When you mix the fat wallet of Mercedes with the creative genius behind Garia, a company whose sole business is producing luxury carts, you get somewhat of a novelty item that you just don’t want to say no to. Be it a Hummer cart, of a Porsche cart, Mercedes has the one up on all those companies by creating something that doesn’t look like the typical Mercedes, but has the essence and all the traditional luxury trim you would come to expect of the brand.

The folks over at Mercedes has had this idea for the least 3 years. Designing and collaborating with Garia allowed the company to produce a concept cart which they recently debuted. Mercedes and Garia went to great lengths to make a golf cart that doesn’t look like a golf car. They wanted to change the way golfers looked and used the cart. No longer is it just a transit vehicle to get from hole to hole. This car makes a statement with it’s lowered ride height and simplistic yet elegant body lines.

Hop inside and you’ll be greeted with all the goodies you would find in the carts bigger siblings. Occupants sit on a curved bench seat which also plays dual role as a fridge to hold those oh so important beverages while you are on the green. The dash is trimmed in carbon fiber, as is the rest of the interior to create that luxury and performance feel. Tech package includes a full infotainment system. And don’t worry about getting around the entire 18 holes as the cart has a full range of 50 miles.

The Mercedes/Garia partnership cart is not slated for production. Only two concept vehicles will be built to go on shows and gauge buyer interest.


We might see the Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4² in the US

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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’ E63 AMG May Push 600 Horsepower

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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.


Mercedes Enters Dieselgate

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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.”


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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