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Three Mercedes-Benz G-Class Models Will Be Discontinued

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The iconic Mercedes-Benz G-Class will be streamlining its offerings. The German brand is looking to discontinue three models in its longest-running SUV’s lineup.

According to MB Passion, the variants to be axed in the near future are the Mercedes-Benz G350d Professional, Mercedes-AMG G65 and the Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4².

Mercedes-Benz G350d Professional

Among the three mentioned models, the G350d Professional will still see the light of day in a few years. The report claimed that Mercedes still needs to accommodate consumer demands for it.

Mercedes-AMG G65

The Mercedes-AMG G65 will get a special send-off. A Final Edition model for the V12-powered unit will be released. This will signify the end of its production. Only a few samples of the Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition will be made.

Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4²

The G500 4×4² is the successor of the massive Mercedes-Benz G63 6×6 AMG. It carries the same portal axles found in the six-wheeler but with a tuned down engine. Sadly, it will be put out of its pasture without much fanfare.

New Mercedes-Benz G-Class Coming Up

A new G-Class is set to debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2018. There is no official confirmation about its features yet and all we have seen so far are its spy shots. However, those who have witnessed the prototype in the flesh and other insider sources have claimed that the upcoming G-Class has a longer wheelbase and wider track.

The G-Class coming in 2018 will retain the signature look of its range. It still has that boxy shape together with the same styling featuring wide fenders flares, low beltline, narrow radiator grille and round headlamps.

The new model will run on diesel and petrol powertrains. A 4.0-liter biturbo V8 unit will probably be carried in the base model of the auto sold in the United States.

3 Things To Note About The New Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van

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When it comes to Mercedes-Benz, it’s hard to think about it without elegance and style in the equation. Harder is to define the concept of a tall commercial van with something akin to the sophistication that the German auto brand is known for.

The new Sprinter Van is a third-generation model of the large van that Mercedes has conceptualized for road trips and even cargo shipping. The rendering of the third-generation model was shown this week in Atlanta during the North American Commercial Vehicle Show.

1. Close Resemblance To The Vision Van Concept

Last year, the Vision Van concept was unveiled, much to the delight of Mercedes enthusiasts. The idea of the Sprinter Van was to focus on autonomy, mobility, and even selling, leasing, and renting capacities to deliver cargo safely and with style. The rendering was a little bit too modern for the general taste, so Mercedes produced production models with a bit more conventional styling than expected.

The production Sprinter has A-pillars that match the van’s color. It also has more defined lines along the body and a more conventional grille. The “athletic” horizontal headlights look the same as the one found on the concept, but there’s no information yet whether the rooftop drones will come into fruition.

2. New Technology Arrives In The Sprinter Van

There’s not much detail yet on what the Sprinter Van is offering exactly. What Mercedes-Benz has been reporting is that the new Sprinter Van will feature new driver-assist and connectivity programs with telematic technology. This will allow the easier and more efficient management of vehicles.

3. Sales Of Sprinter Van Steadily Growing

According to the German company, it has sold more than 3.3 million units of the Sprinter Van since it was introduced to the market in 1995. From January to March 2017, it posted a nearly 10 percent growth in sales as compared to the same period last year.

 

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQ A Teased Ahead of Frankfurt Show

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA

Can you still remember the Generation EQ concept by Mercedes-Benz that made its debut at last year’s Paris auto show? That signaled the German automaker’s commitment to finally introduce a fully electric lineup. It was set to preview on the new crossover model called the EQ C.

Mercedes’ latest EV concept, the EQ A, is going to the Frankfurt Auto Show. Surprisingly, though, the German brand has given us a taste of what’s to come.

The EQ A looks very similar to the Generation EQ concept shown last year. It has the same basic architecture—long hood, gaping front grille, and flared fenders. We can’t be sure about that front grille, though, since the teaser photos have been darkened to keep features secret until the motor show.

What we can derive from the darkened photos is that the new concept will have sharper headlights divided from the rest of the car’s grille and a standard hexagonal Mercedes-Benz family grille design language. The Generation EQ is being powered by an electric motor on each axle with a lithium-ion battery that has a range of 310 miles. Will we see the same one on the EQ A? We’ll have to wait for the motor show for that.

The German auto brand plans to use the EQ concept for its range of electronic vehicle lineup. Before 2020, Mercedes-Benz promised to come up with at least four electric-powered vehicles. It will also be fitted in the hybrid setups of Mercedes’ lineup of vehicles, the first one being the Formula 1-derived Project One. But don’t expect the hybrid cars for the Formula 1 Project One and the EQ to have any shared components because of the former’s race history.

The Mercedes-Benz EQ A will make its debut during the Frankfurt Auto Show, so stay tuned for more details.

 

3 Possible Things That Could Happen To The Alpine Crossover

The upcoming Alpine crossover will get many styling elements from the A110 model pictured above.

The upcoming Alpine crossover will get many styling elements from the A110 model pictured above.

The new Alpine A110 is not for everyone’s taste. It’s a bit too cramped and of course, doesn’t address the crossover segment that seems to be missing in Renault’s lineup. Now, the French automaker’s performance sub-brand is working on an Alpine crossover that will battle the Porsche Macan out of its lofty porch (or so Alpine aims).

According to a source, the new Alpine crossover will most likely arrive in 2019 to up Renault’s sales and revitalize this segment that the French car manufacturer hasn’t dominated just yet. Since Renault has little experience in the production of SUVs and crossover, they will most likely turn to Mercedes and Nissan for the new Alpine SUV’s platform.

1. Powertrain From Standard Renault

Incidentally, Renault has a technical alliance both with the German and Japanese car manufacturers, so that should make it easy enough. Power will be coming from Renault’s 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which is capable to push out 300 horses. There could also be a hybridized variant of the Alpine SUV, but there’s no word yet on whether this is in the works already.

2. Styling From Alpine A110

The styling of the incoming Alpine SUV should be based on the Alpine A110 sports car, including the front fascia. Inside, the SUV won’t be as spartan as the coupe, of course, providing maximum comfort and luxury to the owners. It will, however, have an aggressive seat and sporty steering wheel. All over the interior, you’ll find leather, aluminum, and carbon fiber.

3. Not Available in the US

Unfortunately, if you want to own this “replacement” for the Macan, you’d have to be somewhere in Europe, the UK, or Japan because it won’t be brought to the United States. Renault has no plans of bringing the Alpine brand to the US, much to everyone’s chagrin.

New Mercedes-Benz S-Class Shows Self-Driving Feature

The production of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class commenced on July 3 at the Sindelfingen plant of the three-pointed star brand. The first S560 model produced by the facility showed its self-driving capability during the event.

The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a facelifted version of its range’s sixth-generation platform introduced in 2014. Among the notable visual upgrades of the car include the new bumpers, lighting system and radiator grille. At present, the vehicle is available in different trims including the S350d 4MATIC, S400 4MATIC, S560 4MATIC and the range-topping AMG S63 4MATIC. The non-AMG models come in long-wheelbase versions and the S560 is sold with a Mercedes-Maybach variant. Daimler confirmed that a plug-in hybrid version of the S-Class will also come out.

The self-driving feature of the S-Class was demonstrated by a S560 model. An obsidian black metallic-finish model aided by built-in cameras, radar and ultrasonic sensors drove itself for 1.5 kilometers from the assembly line to the loading area of the plant. A software governing the Intelligent Drive, Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and Active Steer Assist made the feat possible.

In the video below, Markus Schafer, Member of the Divisional Board Management of Mercedes-Benz Cars Production and Supply Chain Management, can be seen sitting in the front passenger area of the S560. No one sat on the driver’s seat of the car as it accelerated and steered itself autonomously.

Click play in the video below to watch the demo of the self-driving Mercedes-Benz S560:

Mercedes started the sale of the S-Class in May. The price of the car starts at 88,446.75 euros in Germany (inclusive of 19% VAT). The high-performance Mercedes-AMG S63 4MATIC comes with a 160,293 euros price tag (including a 19% VAT).

The S350d 4MATIC is equipped with a 210 hp diesel-fed 3.0-liter inline-six engine. The S400 4MATIC is offered in petrol 3.0-liter inline-six engines configured to produce 250 hp and 340 hp. The S560 is equipped with a 4.0-liter V8 in 345 hp and 469 hp powertrain. The AMG variant is packing a 4.0-liter V8 in 450 hp and 612 hp trims.

New Mercedes-Benz S-Class Price Guide

Mercedes-Benz S-Klasse; (V222), 2017

Daimler just announced the sale of the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class in its Global Media Site. The car is only a facelift of its current model but it gets a new set of engines and the standard tech within the auto takes a couple of updates.

Here are the different models of the S-Class as well their respective pricing in Germany (including 19% VAT):

1. Mercedes-Benz S350d 4MATIC

The diesel-fed S-Class houses a 3.0-liter inline-six engine. The unit produces 210 hp and 600 Nm of torque. It is the most frugal when it comes to fuel consumption with its efficiency rated at 5.5 l/100 km. Then the combined CO2 emission of the auto is 145 g/km. The vehicle costs 88,446.75 euros, which is the cheapest in the bunch.

2. Mercedes-Benz S350d 4MATIC LWB

A 3.0-liter inline-six is also fitted in the longwheelbase diesel-powered S-Class. However, the power is cranked up to 286 hp. The other engine specs are the same with the standard S350d model. The vehicle is valued 91,719.25 euros.

3. Mercedes-Benz S400 4MATIC

The car is equipped with a 3.0-liter petrol inline-six engine. The unit’s output is 250 hp with 700 Nm of torque. Prepare to dish out 93,206.75 euros for this one.

4. Mercedes-Benz S400 4MATIC LWB

The 3.0-liter inline-six engine longwheelbase auto produces 340 hp and 700 Nm of torque. The price of the car starts at 96,479.25 euros.

5. Mercedes-Benz S560 4MATIC

Beneath the vehicle’s hood lies a 4.0-liter V8 engine. The output of the unit is 345 hp and 700 Nm of torque. The price tag of the product is 11,3960.35 euros.

6. Mercedes-Benz S560 4MATIC LWB

The longwheelbase version raises the power of the 4.0-liter V8 to 469 hp matched with 700 Nm of torque. The vehicle is worth 116.994.86 euros.

7. Mercedes-Maybach S560 4MATIC

The Maybach variant of the S-Class puts more touches in its luxury and comfort features. The 4.0-liter V8 of the auto can bring out 469 hp and 700 Nm of torque. The car costs 143,508.05 euros.

8. Mercedes-AMG S63 4MATIC

For now, the AMG S63 is the most powerful variant of the S-Class in the market. The 4.0-liter V8 engine of the vehicle comes in 450 hp and 612 hp configurations with 900 Nm of torque. The range-topping model is valued 16,293 euros.

Special Edition Mercedes G-Class and CLA Released in Japan

Mercedes-Benz Japan just launched special editions of the Mercedes-AMG G-Class and the Mercedes-Benz CLA. The new G-Class version commemorates AMG’s 50th anniversary while the new CLA variants pay homage to the Star Wars Day.

Mercedes-AMG G63 50th Anniversary Edition

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The special edition Mercedes G63 comes in Mauritius Blue metallic paint with black bumpers, fenders, roof, thin horizontal body strips, mirror caps and 20-inch AMG wheels. The interior of the sport utility vehicle is covered in black Designo leather with diamond trim. In addition to the all-black scheme, its surfaces also come in two-tone themes which combine black with mocha brown, saddle brown and porcelain white highlights.

Only 50 units of the vehicle will be made and it will be exclusive to buyers in Japan. Each model costs 22.2 million yen, including taxes, which is around $194,604.

Mercedes-Benz CLA 180 Star Wars Edition

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May 4 is considered to be Star Wars day by fans of the film franchise. As a tribute to the most popular space saga of all-time, the Mercedes-Benz CLA 180 Star Wars Edition was released.

Only 120 units of the special CLA will be produced and it is available in two themes. One is finished in Calcite White, which represents the Stormtroopers of the film. The other is in Night Black as a nod to the main villain, Darth Vader.

The Stormtrooper-based car offers a two-tone exterior that combines the white finish with black mirror caps, window sills, side skirts and front lip. The surfaces of the auto is covered in black leather with complementing white and gray stripes plus silver stitching. The ambient lighting of the vehicle produces a blue hue.

The Darth Vader-inspired version of the CLA comes in a sinister all-black finish. The interior mirror the dark exterior surface of the car too. To put emphasis on the evil character of the Sith lord, the leather is combined with red stitching and scarlet ambient lighting.

Photos

Check out the images of the Mercedes-AMG G63 50th Anniversary Edition and the Mercedes-Benz CLA 180 Star Wars Edition in the gallery below:

2 World Premieres From Mercedes-Benz at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz S-Klasse Weltpremiere im Rahmen der Mercedes-Benz Media Night auf der Auto Shanghai 2017.

Giant luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz wasted no time in making its presence felt at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. The German automaker unveiled two new models for the world to see.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The flagship range of Mercedes just got a facelift for its current generation. Outside, the car features new set of bumpers, more advanced headlights and tailights, redesigned grille and 20-inch wheels. The interior is pretty much the same than its earlier version, which is highlighted by twin displays measuring 12.3 inches diagonally.

The different models under the range now offer engine upgrades. Everything from the standard Mercedes-Benz S-Class models up to their Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes-Maybach counterparts take the next-generation power units of the automaker. The S 450 is equipped with the new V6, the S 560 (including the Maybach model) plus the AMG S 63 and S 65 possess the new V8. The ultra-opulent Maybach S 650 has the new V12 under its hood.

The new Mercedes S-Class will roll out in the European market by July. Mercedes-Benz USA confirmed that the car will hit the dealerships in its territory starting fall.

Mercedes-Benz Concept A

The Concept A is merely a preview of the application of Mercedes’ new design language to its compact vehicles in the future. It is called the “Aesthetics A”, which will be the basis for the styling of the next generation A-Class, B-Class, CLA and GLA. The Concept A comes just after the introduction of the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept at the recent Geneva Motor Show.

Similar to the AMG GT Concept, the Concept A showcases smoother surfaces in its body. It departs from the design of the present models of the three-pointed star brand that sport prominent body lines.

The Concept A noticeably adopts the Panamericana grille of the new Mercedes-AMG GT models, which display larger vents in its nose. Also, similar to the AMG GT Concept, the Concept A possesses advanced-looking headlamps and taillights. Lastly, it comes fitted with 20-inch wheels.

Top 3 Mercedes-Benz Vehicles at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

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Mercedes-Benz wasted no time in making a statement at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The three-pointed star marque immediately showcased its new cars and sport utility vehicles in the press conference of the event.

The luxury vehicle brand presented a lot of its products in Geneva, including new drivetrains of its existing GLA range and special edition versions of its cars, but let us take a look at the three new models that really stood out in the event:

1. Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

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The company focused on the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet during the show. The car gets the design of its coupe sibling, but it ditches the roof found in the coupe to give way to a retractable soft top. The featured model in Geneva was the Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet.

2. Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet

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The Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet combines the off-road qualities of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and the ultra-luxurious elements offered by the revived Maybach label.

The landaulet is based on the Mercedes-AMG G63 6×6 and the Mercedes-Benz G500 4×42. The SUV has a four-seating capacity and a convertible rear to allow open air ride to its passengers at the back. Massage and neck-leaving heating function were also added for extra level of comfort for its occupants. Moreover, the auto is powered by a V12 engine with an output of 630 hp and 1,000 Nm of torque.

3. Four-Door Mercedes-AMG GT Concept

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The company previewed the early phase of the development of the four-door Mercedes-AMG GT Concept. The sports car is the response of the brand to the Porsche Panamera.

Details about the high-performance saloon is still scarce. It is expected to get the form of the Mercedes-AMG GT and its engine trims. However, look forward to a smoother exterior with reduced body lines in the four-door sports car compared to the two-door AMG GT. The enhanced styling is in line with the new “Aesthetics A” design language of the luxury car brand. Of course, there might be adjustments in the measurements of the four-door AMG GT due to its new interior layout.

Photos

Check out the official photos of Mercedes-Benz at the 87th Geneva Motor Show in the gallery below:

5 Things to Expect From the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet

Der neue Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet: Streng limitiert: Open-Air-Luxus on- und offroad

After the revival of Maybach, now as a sub-brand of Mercedes-Benz known as Mercedes-Maybach, it used to focus only on the S-Class. Later on, a concept car exclusive to that name was released.

Recently, it was revealed that the G-Class is also getting the same treatment. The Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet will be introduced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March.

It should be noted that Mercedes-Benz teased the landaulet around two weeks ago. But shortly following the teaser image came a leak of the vehicle without any camouflage, which probably forced its maker to prematurely unveil the auto before it even reached Geneva.

Here are the 5 major features of the new Mercedes-Maybach landaulet:

1. Design

The Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet follows the styling cues of the Mercedes-AMG G 63 6×6 and its successor, the Mercedes-Benz G 500 4×42. However, the hard roofing in the rear portion of the vehicle has been replaced with a retractable fabric roofing to allow the passengers to enjoy an open air ride.

2. Measurements

The Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet is 5,345 millimeters long with 3,428 millimeters wheelbase and it is 2,235 millimeters high. It has a ground clearance of nearly half a meter.

3. Capacity

The G-Class landaulet from Mercedes-Maybach can accommodate up to four passengers. The rear seats can be fully-reclined for the utmost comfort of its occupants. Aside from the high-end leather surfaces of the auto, it also has massage functions and neck-level heating system.

4. Engine

The Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet carries a V12 biturbo engine like the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class models. The output of the unit is 630 hp with 1,000 Nm of torque. Mercedes-Benz claimed that the vehicle has a combined fuel consumption of 17.0 l/100 km and its combined CO2 emissions is 397 g/km.

5. Exclusivity

The G-Class Landaulet under Mercedes-Maybach will only be produced in 99 samples to keep its exclusivity.

Photos of the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet

Check out the photos of the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet in the gallery below:

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