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.
After a day of leaked photos and specs, Mercedes-Benz AMG has lifted the cover off the all new 2015 C63 AMG, set to be officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in a week’s time. Officially, the new name is Mercedes-AMG C63, a small change in naming convention for all new AMG models. The C63 has a lot to live up to, competing against the new M3 which has set a new benchmark for this generation of German sports sedans.
While the new M3 adopted a 6 cylinder engine, the new C63 steals the V8 from the AMG-GT to ensure that the proper exhaust bark won’t be missed. The 4.0L V8 biturbo pumps out 476hp in the base C63, while the S-Model gets 510hp. This allows the C63 to rocket to 100km/h in 4.1s, while the S drops that down a tick to 4.0s. The best party trick of all, the C63 is able to average 8.2L/100km in mixed city and highway driving, making it the most fuel efficient V8 in its class thanks to it’s huge weight loss program. The C63 now weighs in at a svelte 3600lbs. Impressive.
Just on the heels of the Paris Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz has given their B-class mini minivan (or large hatchback depending on where you stand) a small facelift. It’s been a few years now for the current second-generation B-class and it is falling behind with stiffening competition including some home grown competition in some markets with the A-class.
This facelift consists of the usual updates including a revised front end that modernizes the front end to look more similar to the CLA-Class. The bumper has been reshaped, and includes a grille that looks to also be borrowed from the CLA parts bin. The headlights and taillights have also been updated and now feature the new LED DRL look. For the first time on the B-Class, LED headlights are an available option. Optional 4MATIC AWD ensures the B-Class excels in all conditions, and KEYLESS-GO extends convenience by offering a push start and touch unlocking of the doors.
Mercedes-Benz unveiled the replacement to the outgoing SLS, the AMG GT this morning, ahead of it’s public debut at the Paris motor show next month. Targetting the Porsche 911, the new AMG GT sits in a new segment in the Mercedes-Benz lineup.
Powered by an all new 4.0L V8 Biturbo, the powerplant pumps out 510hp in S guise, allowing the AMG GT S to hit 60mph in a scant 3.6 seconds, along with a 194mph top speed. The base AMG GT model is rated at 462hp, hits 60mph in 3.8 seconds, and tops out at 190mph. The engine features a hot V configuration, where the turbochargers are nestled within the V, resulting in a more compact design. A wet sump version of the engine will power the all new C63, due out in January of next year.
The new C Class from Mercedes-Benz has been making waves since its introduction at the Detroit show earlier this year. Redesigned from the ground up, the new C moves upscale as the CLA Class takes over the entry level Mercedes-Benz moniker. Packed with features from the E and S Class, the new C redefines the luxury sports segment shared by the BMW 335, and the Audi S4. The question is, will the C400 4Matic be good enough to unseat BMW as the market leader?