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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.

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4Matic Competing In The Midsize SUV Variants

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 (X 253), 2016

Mercedes has brought its Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4Matic to the midsize SUV game. This one packs a 270 kW (367 hp) 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine, an automatic transmission 9G-TRONIC with shortened shift times, and the AMG performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive.

Driving performance is assured with the especially tuned suspension based on the Air Body Control with adaptive damping adjustment.

Tobias Moers, CEO at Mercedes-AMG GmbH, said that the new GLC 43 4Matic is the first midsize SUV the company is offering to the market. This follows the record sales of the 2015 Mercedes-AMG.

The engine in the new midsize SUV from Mercedes has been used in a number of AMG performance models. It is also the only six cylinder variant available in GLC. It packs 270 kW (367 hp) maximum output plus a maximum torque of 520 Nm. It can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds. Top speed has been put at 250 km/h.

However, the true power of the AMG 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine comes from its low consumption and emissions. Perfect for environmentalists, don’t you think?

On the outside, the midsize SUV has silver chrome and high gloss black features. The radiator grille has chrome-plated pins with the louvre in black, the inserts in high gloss chrome, and the AMG lettering. All of these collide to give the AMG a sporty look.

To complete this appearance, it packs high gloss, black-painted and high-sheen 48.3 cm (19-inch) AMG 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, as well as a black door mirror caps and the silver-colored “BITURBO 4MATIC” lettering on the front wings.

On the tail end, there are two four-pipe chrome tailpipe trims and the AMG-specific rear apron in silver chrome.

Inside, the Merc promises all the convenience of driving and performance. It has a multifunction steering wheel in black leather that sits perfectly on the driver’s hand, as well as two large round dials and a central color multifunction display.

The Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4Matic will debut at the New York Auto Show. Sales will begin on April 4 and market launch will start in June this year.

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