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Not many visualize an SUV from Mercedes-Benz that is high and box type. But made initially along the lines of military vehicles for the use of the civilians, the G-class SUV from the company has today become one of the oldest of its cars.
Rumors have it that the car was made on the insistence of the then Shah of Iran who happened to be a major shareholder of Mercedes-Benz. This G-class Mercedes was also referred to as G-Wagen. It was made by a company called Magna Steyr that was formerly Magna-Steyr-Puch.
This was the reason why this boxy SUV from Mercedes was called Puch-G where it was sold under the brand name Puch. Introduced way back in 1979, this boxy Mercedes SUV is still being produced by the company.
G-class happens to be a bold and beautiful vehicle from Mercedes. On the one hand it has beautiful sublime looks and it boasts belligerent character.
In many ways, this large luxury vehicle from Mercedes Benz reminds one of a military automobile standing outside a gated community. As an owner, you can take pride from the fact that you get to see the other cars and individuals from a height. But this is just the start as this old and boxy Mercedes SUV which starts at a base price of $120,000 is mighty quick and gives a powerful feeling with its all wheeled drive.
G-class was not available to the people in America surprisingly for a long period of time even though the car found its way into the country through grey market. It was only in 2002 that this SUV got introduced in the USA. It was christened G-500 and fitted with a V-8 engine.
Combining Off-Road Capabilities with Comfort and Safety
The development of the G-class started in early 70’s when the two companies namely Daimler-Benz and Steyr Daimler Puch started collaborating to design a vehicle that had off-road capabilities but also stood high on safety and comfort. It took years of designing and production with a prototype used to test the off-road abilities in coalfields of Germany and the Sahara desert.
Not many people are aware of the fact that the first of the G-Wagen produced by the company was delivered by the company to the Vatican City where it became the popemobile in honor of the then pope. This particular vehicle, once it retired from the service of the Pope, was permanently shifted to the museum of the company in Stuttgart in Germany. Thousands of people come to take a glance at this revered automobile widely known as The Papa-G.
One of the Oldest Surviving Vehicles in the Stable of Mercedes-Benz
Today, G-class from Mercedes is like a living legend, being manufactured by the company even after 37 long years. It is undoubtedly a tribute to the engineering and design of this automobile. However, the company has tried its best to make sure that this aging vehicle remains modern and stylish by changing the engine and replacing it with a more powerful and racy one.
There are glaring changes made in the exteriors of this SUV as well to make it competitive with other modern SUVs. One of the reasons why this vehicle is still going strong is because of the desire of the wealthy people to get some more in the form of off road capabilities from this model.
G-class is a good automobile with ample space for the driver and the passengers. Not a lot of space to stretch out but not so small to get you cramped for space. This can be a drawback for many consumers given the fact that there are lots of SUVs available in the market at much lower price that are offering more space to the passengers.
There are many people too who feel that the SUV has been made too high for the owners by Mercedes. It might be a good idea to have better visibility but it is a little awkward for average height individuals to step in and out of this automobile.
Despite its limitations that have become more glaring because of the passage of time and development of advanced automobiles, G-class still sells in high numbers.
German company Mercedes-Benz is working to update its C-Class. In fact, a prototype has been spotted being tested at Merc’s headquarters in Germany.
Based on the spy photos, there will be minor tweaks on the exterior of this small design. And though there are no actual photos of the car’s interior, previous rumors point out to a host of new technology inside.
It Resembles the E-Class
You can expect that the Mercedes-Benz C-Class will be fitted with new bumpers. There will also be modifications made to the internals of the lights. You’ll have to look closely if you want to find it. Previously, test photos already showed that the headlights of the new C-Class will closely resemble those found on the newest E-Class.
Switch to Digital Instrument is Possible
Although there are no shots of the C-Class’ interior, but there are expectations that it will be packed with the digital instrument cluster from the E-Class and S-Class models. This has been seen before anyway, so it’s not entirely impossible.
Yet, it’s also possible too that the updated C-Class will simply have an option to have the digital instrument cluster on its panel. This is what Audi did with its own digital instrument cluster for entry-level models.
Powertrain will be Similar to Merc’s Next-gen Engines
There is no word yet on what we can find under the hood of the new C-Class, although it will likely adopt Mercedes’ next-generation engines, which are slates to debut in the 2018 S-Class.
What we do know for now is that the updated C-Class will have numerous efficiency improvements that include a single electric motor to replace the current starter motor and alternator. The change also aims to improve the power of the new C-Class by boosting its performance on the road.
The new engines will reportedly have a modular design. Also, instead of the current V-6 design used by Mercedes-Benz, the 6-cylinder units are depending to an inline design.
This update is nothing spectacular drivetrain- and power-wise. The C-Class simply needs to fresh things up since it has reached the midway point in its life cycle.
The car was introduced as a 2015 model-year. Based on calculations, Mercedes-Benz will be releasing the upgraded C-Class as a 2019 model.
October 25, 2016 marked the world premiere of the Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class in Stockholm, Sweden. The concept Mercedes pickup truck is a preview of the X-Class production model due next year.
1. Mercedes-Benz Design Language
While the concept X-Class carries with it the platform of the Nissan Navara, it makes itself stand out from the Navara’s shadow by incorporating the artsy signature design language of Mercedes-Benz.
2. Comes in Two Flavors
Mercedes unveiled two concept models of its pickup truck in Stockholm, namely the “stylish explorer” and the “powerful adventurer.”
The first variant embodies the mix of luxury and the practical features of a pickup truck. The vehicle is painted pearly white, giving it an opulent look. The snout of the X-Class is somehow similar to the styling of the current Mercedes SUVs, particularly the GLC.
The second variant has the same elements but it further elevates itself from the other by its more muscular form. The auto is finished in pea-green color and its features are jacked up by its 1.9-meter ride height, tires measuring 35 x 11.5, twin louvre grills, and extended carbon wheel arches. Moreover, it is fitted with an electric winch with metal hook in front.
Mercedes revealed that the X-Class will have a V6 power unit. The engine is matched to a 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system. When it comes to hauling things, the pickup can tow up to 3.5 tons and carry around 1.1 ton.
Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class Official Photos
Check out the photos of the Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class concept in all its glory in the gallery below:
So far, Mercedes is silent about the technology that the X-Class pickup truck will have. However, it is safe to assume that it will most probably mirror the ones found in the latest C-Class, SUVs and vans in its market release.
It looks like the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, the Geländewagen, is receiving major, generational change updates. It has been around for 40 years, first used by Germany’s military forces and then later on, as the go-to vehicle of the rich and famous in Rodeo Drive.
Even AMG has a version of the SUV—the powerful G65 AMG with twin-turbocharged V-12 and G65 AMG 6×6 with three Portal axles and pickup bed.
The new spy shots revealed that the new G-Wagen will be wider and longer than the current version. There might also be new underpinnings. At first sight, the G-Wagen doesn’t look that much difference in size to the current model but putting them side by side would reveal that the mule is much wider.
This is apparent on the test mule’s front end that expands outward from a narrow grille, and the extra space on either side of the headlights.
But don’t worry, the iconic look will remain because there is still that wide fender flares, low beltline, almost vertical windshield, and flat side glass and roof.
There are no spy shots of the interior just yet, but we can expect the new G-Wagen to have the same fittings as the S-Class and E-Class sedans, plus the extra room. But despite the new interior space, don’t expect Mercedes to try to fit in a third row. Most likely, there will be cargo space after the second row.
As for powertrains, the G-Wagen will have a number of options—both diesel and gasoline. In the US, the main engine will most probably be a 4.0-liter biturbo V-8 that produces 416 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. This then will be paired with Mercedes’ seven-speed automatic transmission. 4WD will come standard on this model.
It’s still early to estimate prices, but we expect the G-Wagen to start at $125,000.
Audi has finally revealed its brand new Audi A5 and S5 Coupes, which will give the BMW 4-Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe a run for their money. The Audi S5 is decidedly faster, more efficient, and even lighter than before.
But this is exactly what we are expecting from the S5. Recently unveiled, the S5 followed Audi’s new design DNA with a flatter grille, long bonnet and shorter overhangs. The one that we have been most looking forward to is the S5, which is more powerful compared to the A5.
The new S5 will carry the 3.0-liter V6, which is now turbocharged to produce 349 horsepower, which is 20 horsepower more than the outgoing S5 Coupe. It also has an eight-speed auto—a standard fit for the four-wheel drive.
The Audi S5 is so equipped that it can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.7 seconds. In comparison, the closest the BMW can get is the 440i, which has 322 horsepower and can go 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds or 5.4 seconds for the auto transmission.
As for the Mercedes-Benz, it got the AMG C43, which produces 362mph and can go 0-62mph in just 4 seconds.
On the other hand, the regular A5, which is more likely to be the more popular of the two coupes, will have the option of either a 2.0-liter turbo petrol or a 2.0-liter diesel. You may also choose a pair of 3.0-liter TDIs with power ranging from 187bhp to 282bhp.
For the lesser cars, there’s the option of a six-speed manual or seven-speed auto. The diesel option and the S5 can get the eight-speed transmission.
The cars will come with an all-new chassis, which can be equipped with adaptive dampers and dynamic steering. Either way, the A5 will have no trouble handling “narrow, winding mountain roads and long trips on the Autobahn with equal aplomb.”
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-Benz, the name itself oozes out class and luxury. This German car manufacturer has been ruling the luxury car market charts of the entire world since almost a decade now. Mercedes has been the choice of the elite for ages now. Sedan, SUVs and Crossovers models have been the best selling cars of the brand all over the world.
Mercedes is now gearing up to launch its new SUV model MLC in the year 2016. SUVs are gaining popularity even in the luxury segments with Audi leading the charts. This new model of Mercedes is structured on the grounds of its prevalent M-class. This SUV is believed to be an answer to the BMW X6, which is an amalgamation of SUV features and a firm sporting look. Mercedes-Benz is now experimenting in producing a luxurious SUV with more and more sporty features and looks. The design as well as specs are modified to be given the shape of a SUV.
The pictures and elaborate information of the MLC SUV are not yet officially revealed but the talks about it are already high in the market. This elegantly designed sports utility vehicle lives up to the standard of a Mercedes and its exterior as well as interior is modishly designed. As per the car gurus who were able to grab a glimpse of the new Mercedes-Benz, here are some exterior and interior features.
Exterior specifications of the Mercedes-Benz that have been unveiled:
- Ultra stylish LED headlights
- Angled hood
- Short front overhang
- Visible broad lower air intake
- The arched roof line, large wheels, and wheel arches are quite clear
- The sliver of glass that forms the side windows is also very much visible
- The tail lights are a bit taller than the regular razor-thin examples present in the concept coupe SUV
Interiors are said to be as lavish as the other Mercedes products but the final details are yet to arrive. Mercedes lovers from all across the globe await this newly designed MLC SUV. Going into the details about the powertrains.
The powertrains are similar as the M-class which includes:
- 3.5-liter V-6 gasoline engine
- 4.6-liter twin-turbo V-8
- 3.0-liter turbodiesel
- 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8
Also, a new and advanced hybrid model of the M-Class Coupe is in the making, which is predicted to be a combination of 3.5-liter V-6 and the hybrid electric setup of the E400 Hybrid sedan.
The price of this M-Class coupe is yet to be announced but it is obviously going to be a bit expensive as it is 2016 Mercedes-Benz. Spy pictures of the MLC are out on the web but are not detailed. Also, it is unsure whether, Mercedes will go ahead with the same name MLC or pick up a new name for their sports utility vehicle. Whatever the name is, it is a Mercedes product and with that stamp the car is ought to be super stylish and extravagant in looks and design. MLC will face a tough competition as Audi is also coming up with Q8 nearly around the same time. Time will only decide the success or failure of the MLC SUV.
Ever since The Mercedes Benz M Class entered the world luxury car scenario, it has never been used for what it actually can do, but as the experts say, that how a luxury car lives its life. Contrary to the general opinion, the M Class has excellent off-road abilities with ruggedness, which is still unexplored by most of its owners. Instead, they have always used it as a minivan that offers luxurious comfort. But to make it worth its features and utility, the German car maker has come up with an all impressive 2014 Mercedes Benz M Class that comes with same infotainment, comfort, connectivity and luxury features that you will find in all the luxury sedans like S Class from this brand.
The current M Class from Mercedes looks more aggressive than its predecessors but also manages to stay on line without straying too much here and there from its outward image. From inside, it feels more like sedan with its soft interiors, swooping curves and sculpted lines that comprise of an elegant instrument panel, seven inch display screen to access M-B’s latest COMMAND interface and handsome instrument panel.
2014 Mercedes Benz M Class will come with its base V-6, 60 degree engine with 3.5 liter capacity, this is the same which they used for their last year’s M Class and there is no denial it was completely new and by far one of the best V6 luxury engines we have come across. It has the ability to generate 302 horsepower with 275 pound feet torque which makes this engine even and feels energetic while starting or pulling off q quick pass.
The ML 550 models will be fitted with direct-injection 4.6-liter V-8 which is undoubtedly stronger and makes 402 hp and 443 pound feet torque. But for some reasons, the ML 350 BlueTEC remains our favorite model because it effortlessly speeds up on the highway nearing triple digits without making you frown about its gas mileage. With the rework company has done on its engine that makes it generate 240 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque this will surely be your best fit model as well.
For this years’ Mercedes Benz M Class the gasoline powered ML 350 is at par with an EPA of 17mpg in city and 22mpg on highway. But from here it state going down and plummets to 15/20 mpg for the exclusive ML 550. Mileage for ML 63 AMG drops further to 14/18 mpg as specified on its window sticker. If you are looking for a no nonsense towing capable luxury SUV that too without being harsh on environment than 2014 Mercedes Benz ML 350 BlueTEC is your best bet. It is capable of showing remarkable EPA fuel economy figures of 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway with the exception driving range of 650 miles. Anyways we consider it our best pick among the two V6 engine and addition of green credentials makes it even more desirable.
Royal ride quality and imposing on road presence have always Mercedes Benz M Class on the positive side and unlike its American and Japanese counterparts; crossovers from Mercedes come with deep roster engines that can be anything from your regular V6 gasoline to fuel efficient turbocharged V6 diesel or turbocharged V8 for enhanced performance. The quality of its cabin is second to none, thus justifying its high price tag. The availability of plenty of personalization options can actually inflate its price to another five figures if you become a little choosier with your M Class.
All that comes to mind, when someone says Mercedes Benz S Class, is limitless luxuries, generous amount of comfort and of course the ultimate styling which apparently comes natural to the brand as well as to the vehicles that share their names with it. What does not seems so obvious, while talking about the S Class lineup is a great deal of power. That is exactly when the Mercedes Benz S65 AMG steps in to leave all in awe. The SUV combines with the limitless luxury, style and comfort an equal sum of power. As huge as it can get, the Mercedes Benz S65 AMG, in practice, delivers a whopping 621 horsepower. As it was not enough in itself, the SUV is powered by a 12 cylinder twin turbocharged engine. With the class and styling of a true Mercedes S class and the power of God, what more can anybody ask for from the 2015 Mercedes Benz S65 AMG.
Hidden under the hood of this grand vehicle, is a 6.0 liter twin turbocharged V-12 grunt. It is basically like Mercedes S550 taken to a darker, more powerful level of mightiness. There are no significant changes in the 12 cylinder engine from the previous generation of the Mercedes Benz S65. The huge numbers see no stopping for the 2015 Mercedes Benz S65 AMG, as, along with the V-12 engine that produces a mighty 621 horsepower, it also produces a massive amount of torque that sums up at 738 pound feet. The transmission that backs up the amazingly powerful engine is AMG’s seven speed dual clutch automatic transmission which s anticipated to dramatically enhance the shift responses. The earlier generation of the S65 sported a seven speed torque converter automatic transmission.
The tremendously engine is capable of cruising up the s65 AMG to 60 mph from rest in a sprint time of merely 4.2 seconds. However, this is the claimed value by the brand. The calculated value of the top speed the vehicle can reach comes out to be about 155 mph. The brand, however, claims that a few extra additions and changes the 2015 Mercedes Benz AMG can attain a top speed of an impressive 200 mph.
The 2015 Mercedes Benz S65 AMG is a proud sportier of the brand’s Magic Body Control feature. Because of being real wheel driven, the S65’s architecture allows the Active Body Control Suspension. The feature is essentially needed for the vehicle to have magic Body Control.
The interiors of the 2015 S65 hold on to the previous generation. As sumptuous and comforting it can get, the 2015 Mercedes Benz S65 AMG doesn’t fail on being the absolutely luxurious vehicle, truly Mercedes.
The 2015 S65 faces a fair amount of competition from similar SUVs like the BMW’s 760 or Audi’s S8 or as for that matter, even the Bentley’s Flying Spur. All the vehicles sport comparably powerful engines. But the 2015 Mercedes Benz S65 AMG takes precedence over the other because of being absolutely stylish and absolutely Mercedes.