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Mercedes-Benz To Introduce Four Electric Vehicles By 2020

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Mercedes-Benz is looking at releasing four electric vehicles by the end of the year 2020. Sources said the company will be producing two sedans and two SUVs to comprise the first tranche of electronically powered vehicles Merc is looking at developing.

Each electric vehicle model will share the basic elements of models already part of Merc’s current lineup, but the company also promised that the models will have distinct designs to set them apart from their conventionally powered counterparts.

This move came on the heels of the German government’s announcement of sales subsidies for all EVs priced at less than €60,000, or $67,150 based on current exchange rate.

This German government policy is part of the bigger scheme to attract would-be buyers to consider EVs instead of gasoline- or diesel-powered engines.

Of course, such a decision from Merc can also be seen as the company’s attempt to keep up with the fast-rising EV market, something other automakers have taken advantage of in the past months. Tesla Model 3’s 370,000 orders certainly made an impact.

Merc has reportedly taken a €500 million expansion of their existing battery production facilities in Germany to prepare for their EV plans.

Although not a surprise, Merc’s move is still a welcome development. There are no details released regarding this new direction the company is taking, but R&D chief Thomas Weber hinted that the current C-Class and S-Class models, as well as the GLA and GLC SUVs, will be the templates for the four EVs planned.

In particular, the GLA-based SUV model will tap the reworked version of the MFA platform that Merc is already using on its B-Class Electric Drive, which is technically Mercedes’ first EV. The other three models, on the other hand, will probably use the evolved version of the MRA, which was developed particularly for electronic vehicles.

2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe Priced At $43,000

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The all-new 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe, the entry-level C-class two-door, is priced at $43,575, according to sources. But what most people don’t know is that they can save $500 off that price by simply exchanging the standard 18-inch wheels for the 17-inch ones.

Chopping off that $500 means the new rear-wheel drive Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe will start at $43,075 with destination. This is the same option available for the all-wheel drive 4MATIC coupe, which sells for $2,000 more. But for this, the downsizing wheels is not an option because the C300 sedan is already fitted with the 17-inch wheels.

Aside from the 18-inch wheels, the C300 Coupe also comes with such standard equipment like the Bluetooth, HD radio, a 7.0-inch display, eight-way power seats, aluminum trim, and forward-collision alert with automatic braking.

As for the drivetrain, there’s the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 241 horsepower and a seven-speed automatic transmission.

If you’ve got deeper pockets, you can go for the Premium 1 package for $2,300. The inclusions? A backup camera, blind-spot monitoring, keyless entry and push-button start, six months of SiriusXM, and a 13-speaker 590-watt Burmester stereo.

The Premium 2, costing $4,500, will bring to your C300 Coupe the Premium 1 goods plus an 8.4-inch screen with navigation and a touchpad, three years of map updates, live traffic and weather, ambient lighting, illuminated AMG door sills, power-folding mirrors, and a power-closing trunk with foot-gesture controls.

If active safety features are important for you, then get the Premium 3 package for $7,400. This will come with an adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, and Brake Assist Plus that uses the Pre-Safe system that can prep your car if someone rear-ends you.

This package also includes automatic high-beams, traffic-sign recognition, LED headlights, and a perfume atomizer for the air conditioning.

Additional (but separate) features are priced as follows: heated front seats ($580), leather upholstert ($1,620), and ventilated seats ($1,030).

The Sport package, priced at $1,675, can be combined with any of the other Premium packages. This includes summer rubber tires, cross-drilled front brake rotors, a stiffer suspension, aluminum pedals, MB-Tex on the dash, and a more aggressive body kit with chrome “diamonds” on the grille.

Then, there’s also the Night package, which includes the Sport package but with black exterior trim and wheels for $300 more.

You can also opt for the Parking Assist package ($1,290) that brings 360-degree cameras, automatic parallel parking, and front and rear parking sensors.

Other features you can choose from are the Airmatic suspension ($1,190), a head-up display ($990), an illuminated star ($550), and the rear-seat side airbags ($670).

Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe Finally Arrives

Mercedes-AMG C 43 Coupé, (A 205), 2016

The Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe is back 19 years after it introduced the second AMG-tuned C-class that brought the V8 flag with 306 bhp 4.3-litre V8. It can go 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds.

However, that was in 1997. This year, Mercedes comes back with the C43 badge, featuring a warmed-over C-Class Coupe that is second fiddle to the full-fat C63.

Officially called the Mercedes-AMG C43 4MATIC Coupe, this super machine uses a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 that can produce 362 bhp and 384 lb-ft of torque through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Its four-wheel drive runs 0-62 mph in 4.7 seconds, just 0.8 seconds slower than the 503 bhp C63 S Coupe, with a top speed of 155 mph.

The Mercedes-AMG C43 4MATIC Coupe shares its engine with the Mercedes GLE450 AMG Coupe, but is still boasts of a distinct individuality as it was imbued full Mercedes-AMG status.

It might not be the C63, but it can definitely handle itself well.

The 4MATIC all-wheel drive system has a rear-biased 31:69 torque distribution, three-stage adaptive dampers like the C63’s, and “Dynamic Select” drive modes such as Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual.

Expect the front axle to have new steering knuckles with the brakes at a bigger 360mm at the front and 320mm at the rear. This is significantly a step up from the standard C-Class Coupe.

Outside, the “C63-lite” badge is replaced with the “BITURBO-4MATIC” lettering on the flanks. The bodywork, on the other hand, is pimped with exhaust pipes and boot lip spoiler.

The C43 will start to drop in early April with an estimated price of £47,000, which is £20,000 cheaper than its brother. For those who are willing and able to shell out that much money, April is your chance to do so.

2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 4MATIC Coupe Photos

Check out some photos of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 4MATIC Coupe in the gallery below, which were provided by Daimler:

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet Coming Soon at the Geneva Motor Show

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The official sketch of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet.

Next month’s 2016 Geneva Motor Show will showcase the convertible model of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class after it was lauded for its dynamics, styling and performance. So, it’s really not a surprise that execs are looking to add a larger range of models for this style.

Reports said the plan is an “open secret,” anyway, and customers will likely see the new convertible in showrooms later this year.

Mercedes said the C-Class Cabriolet will be a four-seater, although the rear seat will likely be tight. It will feature a soft fabric top like the Audi A5 Cabriolet. And unlike the BMW 4 series, it won’t make use of an elaborate retractable hardtop.

Aside from that, don’t expect major reinforcements. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet will resemble its coupe counterpart. So far, the prototypes we have seen are impressive, but the major surprise would be the use of fabric top and nothing else.

There is not much information about the full list of engines, although the detail so far is that the C300 Cabriolet will have a 241-hp 2.0-liter four, and the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Cabriolet with a 503-hp 4.0-liter V-8.

The standard would be automatic transmissions. Other markets can likely have a more generous choice of powertrains such as diesels and manual transmission.

But in the United States, the car would come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder in base C300 trim. Above this should sit a Mercedes-AMG C43 powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 and at the top of the range should be the Mercedes-AMG C63 with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8.

The cabriolet’s price would be below of its bigger brother. It would definitely make it hard for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet, whose new version won’t appear until mid 2017, to compete.

Rivals for this would be the Audi A5 Cabrio, BMW 4-Series Convertible, Infiniti Q60 Convertible and the expected Cadillac ATS.

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