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3 Things To Expect From The 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC has been spotted out and being tested. This car is based on the Generation EQ concept shown during the 2016 Paris Auto Show.

Although the test mule in the spy shots was using the body of a GLC Coupe, there were a lot of un-GLC Coupe like with it that ultimately, we deducted this was the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC in hiding.

It Will Use The Modular Skateboard Platform

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Mercedes already confirmed that the new EQ range will use the modular skateboard platform, which means the battery is going to be stored in the floor and an electric motor is mounted on one or two axles. This was proven by spy shots that showed a bare engine bay. Yes, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC isn’t simply a hybrid option. It’s a full-pledged electric SUV. That’s confirmed also by the electric symbol seen on the windshield.

It Will Follow The Generation EQ Concept

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The said concept uses two electric motors that can produce an estimated 400 horsepower. This is paired with an all-wheel-drive system, allowing the car to go 0-to-60 mph in less than five seconds. It’s more likely that the EQC, which is purportedly Mercedes’ first model under this range, will offer a varying degree of power and range.

For now, all Mercedes wants us to know is that the battery can go up to 70 kilowatts-hours. It will have a range of 300 miles on a single charge. The battery is going to be a lithium-ion unit from Deutsche Automotive. The German firm already established a factory to build such batteries. They are extending it to accommodate Mercedes’ next-generation electric cars.

It Will Debut In 2018

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We can expect to see the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC by late 2018 or early 2019. After debuting this, Mercedes will start working to introduce nine more electric cars until 2025. There will be electric sedans and SUVs, and possibly even a sports car.

3 Things To Note About The Off-Road Trucks From Mercedes and Toyota

There are three new off-road trucks that you can choose from—the Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4², the Toyota Arctic Trucks Hilux AT 35 6×6, and the Toyota Arctic Trucks Hilux AT 35.

Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4²

The German automaker is adding to its already spectacular G-Class lineup with the G500 4×4². With an all-wheel-drive powertrain, this is the perfect companion for all your off-the-road adventure. It comes with a new 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine coupled with its lightweight construction and promises high efficiency. Just how efficient and comfortable it is to ride on the G500 4×4²? Passengers will feel like they are riding in a sports car instead of a cross-country vehicle.

Toyota Arctic Trucks Hilux AT 35

With a 35-inch tires, an off-road vehicle doesn’t get any better than this (except the Arctic Trucks Hilux AT 35 with the 6×6 package), The suspension system in this particular Arctic Truck has been completely re-engineered and the exterior has been upgraded to provide a “macho” appearance. What sets this apart, though, is the color-coded fender flares, although the humongous tires can make their own case.

The 35-inch tires help the trucks better ram through snow, sand, and mud. It ensures the ultimate off-road performance.

Toyota Arctic Trucks Hilux AT 35 6×6

If you think the Toyota Arctic Trucks Hilux AT 35 is good, try fitting it with Toyota’s 6×6 conversion package. This gives the truck higher load capacity and improved towing ability, so if you ever need to haul something across the desert, this package is for you. With a total of six tires, your Toyota Arctic Trucks Hilux AT 35 6×6 will have greater pulling capacity regardless of the road conditions.

4 Things You Must Know About The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA

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The Mercedes-Benz GLA just went under the knife for a few facelifts and additional features. But in order to see what actually changed, you will have to squint your eyes. Yes, they are that minuscule.

1. New GLA-Class Has Two Models

The 2018 GLA from Mercedes has two new models: the base GLA250 and the AMG GLA45. The base model produces 208 horsepower from its I4, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, standard front-wheel drive, and optional all-wheel drive.

The AMG GLA45, on the other hand, has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 375 horsepower. Standard to the AMG version is an all-wheel drive system.

2. Visual Changes Are Minimal

Here are what you can expect from the car’s exterior changes: newly designed front and rear bumpers, new wheel designs, and LED headlights optional on the GLA250 but standard on the AMG GLA45. European models will get taillights that dim depending on the time of the night. Issues with LED lights are usually on how it hurts the eye when point directly.

3. Interior Updates Are Also Minor

When you sit inside the cabin of the new Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, you’ll notice how it changed so minimal you can almost not see the updates. The seat covers are new on the GLA250. There’s chrome around the control panels, center console, and seat adjustment switches. The new set of gauges has red needles while the air conditioning vents have more noticeable accents around them.

4. Difference Between The GLA250 And GLA45

Since the AMG GLA45 is expected to be priced higher, it’s safe to say that it has a more aggressive styling than the GLA250. The AMG GLA 45 has a rear spoiler lip, larger wheels, and a more aggressive front end. Standard to the GLA45 are sport seats with red contrast stitching. There’s plenty of AMG badging in the cabin while the whole dashboard is covered in premium leatherette.

2018 Mercedes E-Class Coupe vs Mercedes E-Class Sedan

Don’t tell us you didn’t see this. The release of the Mercedes E-Class Coupe comes directly after the E-Class Sedan. That’s not a surprise. We saw that same order with the S-Class and the C-Class.

The coupe version isn’t exactly original. It has the same silhouettes and rear-end designs as the C-Class and the S-Class coupes, but the E-Class wins because it reminds us of the Mercedes-AMG GT sports cars. And if you don’t have the money for the GT sports car, then the E-Class Coupe is the next best thing.

Interior

The exterior may look like a sports car but once you get inside, you’ll see that it is still a luxury car. Similar to the sedan, you can use a 12.3-inch widescreens in the coupe. Where they differ is in the gauge cluster. The coupe incorporated this in a single screen.

Both the sedan’s and coupe’s steering wheels have the touch-type controls.

Powertrain

Under the hood of the E-Class Sedan, there’s a 4-cylinder E300. The coupe comes away with an E400 with a 3.0-liter V-6 engine that can produce 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. Standard to both variants is a nine-speed automatic transmission. You can choose from either a rear- or all-wheel drive.

Technology

Fond of innovation? You’ll thank the E-Class Coupe’s and Sedan’s Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless phone charging, and a concierge service. The E400 Coupe also boasts of the Magic Vision Control.

Safety Features

The Coupe comes with a bunch of safety tech that are not readily available on the sedan. This includes the standard autonomous emergency braking and the Drive Pilot suite for semi-autonomous driving.

If you want to see the E-Class Coupe in person, you’ll have to wait until the North American International Auto Show on January 29. It will be available to US market by summer next year.

3 Things To Know About The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS

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Spy shots and a video of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS have been taken while the car was caught testing on the road lately. The new-generation CLS is closely related to the E-Class than the S-Class, so many thought that it would carry the CLE label.

The current generation has been around since 2012, so it’s just about time that the German automaker is coming up with a revamped edition. The new name strategy by Mercedes-Benz was disclosed in 2014, when it announced that the CLS name would remain. It did make sense at that time because the vehicle was already entering its third generation and was close to being on an icon-like level.

It Uses the MRA Design as Platform

The car will be pairing with the same platform used on the E-Class, though the spy shots showed the CLS is longer and wider, which makes sense to call it the CLS rather than the CLE. The model will apparently gap the bridge between the CLS and the CLE.

If you remember the MRA design used as platform for the C-Class and E-Class, this is going to be based on that. The platform will allow for the following options: a rear- or all-wheel drive, a standard nine-speed automatic transmission, and plug-in hybrid capability.

It has Two Powertrain Options Initially

We only have information about the new Mercedes-Benz CLS for the US market. The standard powertrain would be Mercedes’ new turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 while the higher variant is Mercedes’ version of Mercedes AMG-developed twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine.

It Will Have Mercedes-AMG Versions

Mercedes-AMG will reportedly build its own CLS43 and CLS63 versions. In fact, Affalterbach tuner is already waiting to put its own mark on the coupe-like sedan that will resemble its GT sports car.

The CLS will arrive next year as a 2019 model. Those who want to see a wagon body style will be sorely disappointed, though, because there isn’t going to be a repeat of what Mercedes calls the Shooting Brake.

Boxy Mercedes SUV: The Living Legend

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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

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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

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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.

3 Things To Know About The Facelifted Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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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.

3 Awesome Stuff About the Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class Pickup

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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.

3. V6-Powered

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:

Other Features

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.

3 Things We Learned From the Mercedes-Benz GLT Pickup Truck Teaser

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Mercedes-Benz just released the teaser of its upcoming pickup truck called the “GLT.” Although the video only gives us a glimpse of the Mercedes-Benz GLT, it already shows us a lot of hints about the specs of the auto.

Check out the three things we are expecting from the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLT pickup truck:

1. Design

The start of the teaser reveals that the snout of the GLT is very sporty in appearance. The slope of the roofline also gives it an aggressive shape. Then everything is accentuated by the signature body lines of Mercedes-Benz. The front of the auto certainly shares many elements with the SUVs of the three-pointed star brand.

It should be noted though that the unit shown in the video is the “Vision” or concept form of the Mercedes pickup truck. So the production model might have some tweaks in its exterior that are different from it. Nevertheless, the production unit will definitely get many elements from its concept model.

2. Capacity

The GLT shares the same platform with the Nissan Navara. Therefore, expect the two to have almost the same hauling capabilities and both should have the same passenger seating capacity.

Like the Navara, the GLT is designed for off-roading and in carrying around heavy cargo. However, similar to the Navara, the GLT carries the design language that defines its brand.

3. Unveiling

The end of the trailer indicates the live world premiere of the Mercedes-Benz GLT. According to the video, the pickup truck will be unveiled on October 25, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Speculations

We are yet to discover the engine trims available in the GLT. However, it is most likely that it will have the same inline-four and V6 engines offered by Mercedes SUV units.

Teaser of the Mercedes-Benz GLT

Watch the official teaser of the Mercedes-Benz GLT below:

Mercedes-Benz G-Class Is Finally Getting Updates For 2018

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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.

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