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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

Mercedes Benz Media- Preview "Meet Mercedes", Geneva 2017

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:

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.

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