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2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan and Wagon Unveiled

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The unveiling of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan and wagon went ahead despite the cancellation of the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. The vehicle made its digital debut at the Global Media Site of Daimler.

The new E-Class features a minor facelift giving it a fresher look. The range also upgrades its tech and engine configurations that include a plug-in hybrid model.

Cosmetic Upgrades

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The E-Class gets subtle styling upgrades on its front. The front grille of the car is now downward-inclined while its high-performance variant, the Mercedes-AMG E53 features more defined vertical slats in its Panamericana grille. The lights of the auto are thinner too compared to the current model, and the headlamps are already in full LED. The available exterior paints for the vehicle include Graphite Grey, Mojave Silver, and Cirrus Silver.

Powertrains

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The Mercedes-Benz E-Class was introduced in its E350, E450, and E350e trims. Sitting on top of the hierarchy of the range is the Mercedes-AMG E53.

The E350 comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine producing 255 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. The plug-in hybrid E350e gets the same unit combined with a 90 kW electric motor. In full-electric mode, the car peaks at 121 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. Combining the combustion engine and the electric motor yields a total of 315 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.

The E450 is equipped with a 3.0-liter inline-six engine with a mild-hybrid configuration. Thanks to the addition of the EQ Boost, the overall output of the auto is 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.

The most powerful trim, the AMG E53, carries a 3.0-liter turbo inline-six engine. The unit delivers 429 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque distributed via a nine-speed automatic transmission. The high-performance E-Class sedan sprints from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds while the wagon does that in 4.6 seconds. The top speed of the vehicle is electronically-limited to 155 mph.

Tech

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Going inside the E-Class reveals a new set of upholstery, and its cabin is highlighted by two large displays measuring 12.3 inches each. The infotainment system has the new MBUX software integrated into it that can recognize voice commands.

The additional safety features of the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class include hands-off detection for the steering wheel, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, active steering, active blind-spot assist, auto emergency braking and 360-degree cam with an extended side-view monitor.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 Shown Ahead of Geneva Motor Show

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The wraps of the second-generation Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 compact sport utility vehicle were just removed. The unveiling of the auto happened before its scheduled debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Performance

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The AMG GLA 45 is equipped with the same 2.0-liter turbo inline-four power unit found in the Mercedes-AMG A 45 and Mercedes-AMG CLA 45. Same as its low-stance siblings, the engine of the SUV has an output rated at 382 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. The power goes to the 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system and managed through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The setup lets the SUV sprint from zero to 62 mph in mere 4.3 seconds. Meanwhile, the maximum speed of the auto is electronically-limited at 155 mph.

The upcoming Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 S will be topping the output of the newly-released SUV model with its output totaling 415 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.

Exterior

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The AMG GLA 45 distances itself from the standard Mercedes-Benz GLA with its Panamericana-styled front grille, new forged wheels, black accents, more aggressive front bumper, and AMG badges. The aero elements mostly copy the ones found in the AMG A 45 and AMG CLA 45.

Interior

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Entering the compact SUV reveals twin digital displays on the dashboard with the MBUX multimedia system integrated on it. The software allows the driver to issue voice and gesture commands to the infotainment system of the auto. Furthermore, the AMG GLA 45 is fitted with all the goodies found in the AMG A 45 and AMG CLA 45 like the multi-function steering wheel, jet turbine-inspired air vents, and aluminum accents.

Lastly, the upholstery is covered in black MB-Tex and Dinamica leather with red stitching, red seatbelts, and carbon-fiber trim. Through the optional AMG Performance Package, buyers can add MB-Tex Neva Grey and Black upholstery with aluminum accents plus more leather options.

Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pickup Truck Gets Axed From Production Line

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For a vehicle that just made its debut in 2017, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class luxury pickup truck is relatively new in the automotive scene. Before it could even get a mid-cycle facelift though, its maker officially announced that it will be axed from the production line this year.

In 2019, Mercedes managed to deliver 15,300 units of the X-Class worldwide. However, the numbers fell by 1,400 units compared to its sales between 2017 and 2018. The figures may be impressive for a niche product, but these failed to impress the Daimler board. As a result, they have decided to strike down their future plans for the pickup. As of the moment, those who will visit the website of Mercedes will already notice that the X250 and X220d models of the vehicle have been removed from its online configurator. Only the X35d, a V6 diesel version of the auto, is available on the site.

Mercedes also revealed that the X-Class is only important in some markets like Australia and South Africa. There used to be a plan that the vehicle will be assembled in Argentina for South American buyers too but it was scrapped citing that it was no longer “economically viable”.

The company explained that the pickup was just too expensive compared to its rivals and the vehicles whom it shares underpinnings, namely the Nissan Navara and the Renault Alaskan. Crunching the numbers, the X-Class starts at €48,790 in Germany, which is €16,000 more than the price of the Navara and €4,000 up against the cost of an Alaskan.

The days of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class are numbered. Mercedes will discontinue the unit in late May of 2020.

Top 3 Things About the Mercedes-Benz GLA and Its High-Performance AMG Version

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After teasing us with its camouflaged prototypes and partially photographed portions of the crossover, Mercedes-Benz finally unveils the next-generation Mercedes-Benz GLA 250, and its high-performance variant, the Mercedes-AMG GLA 35.

The GLA range will be rolled out in US dealerships by the summer of 2020. European buyers will get their orders delivered to them as early as spring next year though. There’s no official information yet regarding the pricing of the compact SUV but it is estimated to start at the £35,000 mark.

1. Appearance

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The exterior of the new GLA is not that different from its outgoing model. However, checking it closer will show that it now has a smoother body similar to the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class. It also adopts a new front radiator grille, narrower lights, and redesigned bumpers.

The dimensions of the auto have been updated too. Compared to its predecessor, the new GLA is now 0.6 shorter although it gains 1.1 inches in its wheelbase, 1.2 inches in width and 4.1 inches in height. The new configuration provides extra legroom for the rear seat passengers of the vehicle.

2. Tech and Comfort

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Most of the goodies found in the new A-Class are simply carried over to the new GLA such as the circular air vents, steering wheel, controls, standard twin 7-inch displays that can be upgraded to 10.25 inches, and the MBUX multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The AMG GLA 35 version adds the MB-Tex/Dinamica microfiber-covered seats in black with red stitching as well as a carbon-fiber look on the dashboard and side panels. The AMG unit also adds four optional leather upholsteries to choose from.

The car wash function of the Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV trickles down to the GLA too. Basically, this function folds the side mirrors and closes all the windows, including the sunroof, upon activation during car washing. Then the integrated rain sensors of the wipers are deactivated so that they will not automatically engage. In addition, it switches the climate control to air-recirculation mode during the process.

3. Power

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The range starts with the Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 carrying a 1.33-liter engine producing 161 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque managed by a seven-speed automatic transmission. This one is only offered in Europe.

The US gets the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 equipped with a 2.0-liter inline-four engine capable of 221 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The power of the auto is distributed via an eight-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels. The unit boasts a 0-60 mph acceleration at 8.6 seconds and an electronically-limited max speed of 130 mph.

The Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 is fitted with a 2.0-liter turbo inline-four engine. It has 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The numbers take the vehicle from 0-60 mph in just 5 seconds while its top speed is electronically-capped at 155 mph.

Mercedes is expected to introduce more power trims for the GLA, including a plug-in hybrid model powered by electricity and petrol. Furthermore, it is set to receive the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 and 45 S models with 382 hp and 354 lb-ft torque plus 416 hp and 369 lb-ft torque, respectively.

Daimler Plans to Drop the Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pickup from the Production Line

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Daimler AG, the parent of Mercedes-Benz, earlier warned investors about a slump in its profits in 2019. As a way to prevent further losses, the company is planning to focus on its key products and drop some of its underperforming models in the market. With the low sales of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class, it has become a target in the automaker’s streamlining efforts.

The future of the X-Class now looks bleak despite the warm welcome it received from critics during its unveiling. Based on a report by Automotive News Europe, the Mercedes pickup truck has been struggling in the market. Only 16,700 units were delivered to customers since its rollout in dealerships. The figures also failed to generate enough income for the luxury brand. As a result, insiders revealed that the production of the model might be halted by its maker soon.

Another key issue in the X-Class is its pricing. The pickup’s starting price is at €37,294, and the V6-equipped variant begins at €48,790. The numbers are way too steep compared to its competitors such as the Volkswagen Amarok, Ford Ranger and even the Nissan Navara, which it shares a platform with.

The X-Class recalls plaguing Mercedes could play a role in the axing of the pickup too. The first was a software problem in the tire monitoring system of the auto. The next involved the braking system of the vehicle.

Although the information is yet to be confirmed, the problems surrounding the Renault Nissan Alliance partnership with Daimler could also be put into the table during the evaluation process. Previously, the same source claimed that Ola Källenius, the new CEO of Daimler, no longer plans to renew the said cooperation. Instead, he plans on focusing on the company’s partnership with rival BMW.

Mercedes was keen on expanding the X-Class range by introducing a V6-powered version of the unit. A V8-engined variant was put into consideration as well. However, with the unfortunate developments surrounding the product, all plans might be scrapped for good.

Which Looks Better: 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA vs 2019 Jaguar XE

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Jaguar is aiming to reintroduce the XE with a facelifted version but until that has arrived, we’ll compare the current XE we have in the market; one that has been around since 2014 (though it only went on sale in 2016). The XE, however, wants a cut of the market of both the C-Class and the 3 Series, both of which are also targets of the Mercedes-Benz CLA.

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Design-wise, the Jaguar looks far more impressive than the Mercedes, even if the design was engineered four years back. It looks better up front, thanks to Ian Callum, who followed the direction of the contemporary Jaguars as seen on the original XF and refined throughout the years. The elongated narrow headlights have twin headlamps above the L-shaped running light. It also has Jaguar’s large-size grille with curved corners and the logo in the middle.

The pop-up hood houses the four creases that highlight the frown-angled headlights, making the fascia look even more aggressive than it already is. The CLA, on the other hand, borrows from the design elements of the third-generation CLS, the first one to use an aggressive razor-shard design with triangular headlights that frame the standard grille. The CLA is unique in a sense that it comes with light units that are less pointy compared to the CLS and the A-Class.

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When you move inside the CLA, you’ll feel like you’re in the cabin of an A-Class, which is good since it boasts of the retro-inspired A/C vents, the 10.25-inch infotainment screen, the gauge cluster with the 10.25-inch screen (on the more expensive trim levels), the MBUX, and many safety technologies that come as options.

On the other hand, the Jaguar’s interior is almost outdated with an infotainment screen on the center console and a small digital screen between the odometer and the tachometer. And while the steering wheel is still rock solid, there are dials and needles that make the cabin look antiquated.

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE Makes Its Way at the Paris Auto Show

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Arriving in style at the eve of the 2018 Paris Auto Show was the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE bringing in new powertrains, tech elements, and more cabin space. The latest sport utility vehicle from the famous German luxury automaker made its world premiere alongside the new Mercedes-AMG A35, Mercedes-Benz EQC electric vehicle, and the Smart Forease concept car.

Powertrains

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The range was highlighted by its GLE 450 trim. The unit is equipped with a 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor to deliver a mild-hybrid setup. The petrol-fed engine offers 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque going to the 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system. The electric motor provides a boost of 22 hp to the power of the GLE 450.

Mercedes said that diesel and plug-in hybrid versions of the GLE will follow. We are eagerly waiting for its AMG variant too!

Tech

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The new GLE is riddled with new safety and driver assistance systems. The innovative technologies packed within the SUV are the 48-volt E-Active Body Control active suspension and the Active Tailback Assist. These elements help improve the vehicle’s ride comfort and agility.

The MBUX multimedia system introduced by the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan also comes with the new GLE. Basically, the system functions like Siri or Alexa. That means it is capable of recognizing and executing voice commands after the user utters “Hey Mercedes”.

Bigger Wheelbase

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The new GLE extends its wheelbase by more than three inches. That translates to more legroom in three-row seating capacity. The second-row seats mostly benefit from the upgrade with more than two inches increase in legroom.

Photos

Check out the official photos of the new Mercedes-Benz GLE together with the Mercedes-AMG A35 and the Smart Forease at the Paris Auto Show in the gallery below:

Mercedes-Benz EQC Electric Crossover Unveiled in Stockholm

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The Mercedes-Benz EQC is out as its maker just unveiled the electric crossover in its EQC400 4MATIC guise. The launch of the first fully-electric vehicle from the Mercedes EQ sub-brand happened on September 4, 2018, in Stockholm, Germany.

According to Daimler, the Mercedes-Benz EQC400 4MATIC will go on sale in the US in 2020. So what makes it very special? Here’s a rundown of the key features of the EQC EV:

Powertrain

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The Mercedes-Benz EQC400 4MATIC is powered by two asynchronous electric motors. The units have a combined output of 402 hp and 564 lb-ft of torque going to all four wheels. The top speed of the EV is electronically limited to 112 mph, and it can accelerate from a standstill to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds.

The EQC400 4MATIC has an electric range of 200 miles at full charge. That’s 100 miles less than the promised range of its concept.

The lithium-ion battery of the EV can store up to 80 kWh. Using a DC fast charger, Mercedes claimed that it only takes 40 minutes to juice up the power of the battery pack from 10 to 80 percent.

Styling

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The Mercedes-Benz EQC is classified as a crossover SUV. Shades of the Mercedes-Benz GLC and GLC Coupe can be seen in its design. However, the new EV adopts the new “Progressive Luxury” design language of its maker, which has cleaner and smoother surfaces with well-sculpted panels that are free of the sharp body lines present in the current Mercedes SUVs.

The electric crossover gets rid of the typical roof rails found in modern SUVs in order to maintain its clean look. Meanwhile, going around the vehicle reveals a coupe-like ridge on its roofing that certainly adds to its appeal.

Moreover, the EQC introduces an LED band on top of its radiator grille that also bridges the DRLs and the LED headlamps. A red LED strip running across the liftgate and connecting the taillights can be found on its rear too.

Further adding to its beauty is the set of wheels with blue spokes and rims. The wheels are available in sizes ranging from 19 to 21 inches.

Interior and Tech

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The interior of the Mercedes-Benz EQC mirrors the same level of luxury and tech found in the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan. Rose gold accents adorn the cabin of the auto while its comfort elements are boosted by its heated leather seats.

The main attraction in the EQC is its twin digital displays. Each screen measures 10.25 inches and joined by a single glass cover. The infotainment system of the EV uses the Mercedes-Benz User Experience or MBUX interface.

In a nutshell, MBUX functions like Siri or Alexa. It carries an artificial intelligence that can recognize and process voice commands. It takes note of the preferences of its user too.

Mercedes-Benz EQC Photos

Feast your eyes on the official photos of the Mercedes-Benz EQC in the gallery below:

Mercedes-Benz EQC Electric Car To Be Revealed on September 4 at 6PM UK Time


Mercedes-Benz is set to unveil its highly-anticipated Mercedes-Benz EQC all-electric car in a grand event in Stockholm at 6PM UK time on Tuesday. Though it won’t go on sale until next year, the German automaker is hoping to wow the industry with its foray into the all-electric realm.

The EQC is a battery electric operated vehicle that signals the first model from EQ, Daimler-owned Mercedes’ new product and technology brand. The company has not released full images of the production version of the vehicle ahead of the launch. There are a number of concepts released in the past and several teaser images that led us to believe this is a medium-sized SUV with coupe-like styling.

Mercedes first unveiled the EQC all-electric car as a concept in a technology forum at the Paris motor show almost two years ago. Back then, the German brand said that the EQC will feature a 70kWh lithium-ion battery pack that provides a range in excess of 300 miles.

As with electric cars, the competition begins from the range capacity. The EQC with its 300-mile-plus range would put it in the competition of Elon Musk’s Tesla.

In a teaser trailer, the EQC was shown to have a rear light signature that looks like a folded staple with the front one looking like a slightly open staple. The EQC seems to have borrowed elements from the GLC at the rear.

The side profile, on the other hand, looks like a large bulky SUV with a conventional shape that could make it a rival for cars like the Tesla Model X.

The car’s large proportions and the fact that the battery will be mounted on the floor will give it plenty of room in the cabin for at least five passengers. Based on the trailer, the interior will include the new MBUX display and infotainment system.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQ C Electric Crossover Is Nearly Production-Ready

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Mercedes-Benz has been very open about its plans to produce an electric vehicle and we might be seeing that in the upcoming EQ C electric crossover SUV. Spy photos showed that the electric crossover SUV has a glitzy concept, thanks in part to the interesting front fascia.

Until now, we haven’t seen a clear picture of the vehicle, but the latest spy shots showed the crossover SUV with less camouflage and body-hugging vinyl wrap.

The most interesting part about the vehicle is the front fascia, which is very different from the current styling that Mercedes-Benz does on its SUVs. The grille is upswept, unlike the frown-like shape of other recent Mercedes cars. The grille also extends all the way to the headlights, eliminating the need for a body-color section between them.

Speaking of the headlights, they are now reshaped and starts thin at the edges and sweeps downward toward the inside. It looks like the body panel will wrap around the bottom of the grille and will match the unique shape of the headlights. They will come with a contrasting color, possibly black, to put a rather unique spin to the car.

Interestingly, these are the same details shown during the unveiling of the car’s concept in 2016.

The rest of the EQ C electric crossover looks conventional and traditional. It has a profile that speaks of an internal-combustion, rear-drive car with a long nose and plenty of space between the front axle and the A-pillar. The lines on the car are smooth and curvy while the windows and the taillights would not be out of place on any other Mercedes vehicles.

The back end is quite rounded, though, almost looking like a bulbous Land Rover Velar tail. Capping the exterior design is the wheels, the design of which is based on the 2016 concept (but this one is simpler).

Inside, you’ll find the cabin wrapped in premium materials with elegance written all over it. The interior has giant dual screens for instruments and infotainment.

The Mercedes-Benz EQ C is scheduled to be on sale in 2020. Details about the powertrains remain vague for now, but it looks like it would have dual motors that produce 402 horsepower from all four wheels.

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