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The 2014 Mercedes Benz M-Class

The 2014 Mercedes Benz M-Class is one of the most perfect SUVs in the market. This stunningly stylish super utility vehicle is one hell of an off-roader and yet is a favorite and strong status symbol for the high end families in the up-class suburbs. What’s newer with the already new SUV is that it has recently been awarded with the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ honor by The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Though what this amazing charmer can do and what it is used for isn’t always the same thing, this is a life for a luxury SUV it cannot escape from. The current 2014 Mercedes Benz M-Class looks more aggressive yet it doesn’t come too strong on you thus holding on to its outward image. On the inside, this plush SUV sports swooping curves and sculpted lines with soft sedan-like features.

While the 2014 Mercedes Benz M-Class does flaunt its off-roadness with sharp lines and masculine structure, it drives like a luxury sedan most of the time sporting a smooth, refined character behind the wheel. The SUV takes it all away with strong and responsive powertrain, secure handling and confident roadholding. The new 302 horsepower base V-6 engine in the M-class, which is a 3.6 liter 60-degree V6 engine was completely new last year and its one of the best V6 luxury engines. The gasoline engines especially tend to work well in concert with the seven sped automatic transmission, singing all the way up to the rev range with no rough edges. While the ML550 model sport a stronger, direct injection 4.6 liter V8 good for 402 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, the top-of-the-range ML63 AMG boasts a 5.5 liter biturbo V-8 making 518 hp and 516 pound feet of torque which gets better with the AMG Performance Package.

The 2014 Mercedes Benz M-Class offers many of the same comforts, infotainment, connectivity and plush luxury features you’ll find in the brands top sedans like the S-class; as well as some features that help it stand out against other utility vehicles. To a list a few standouts, there is a heated or cooled cup holder that keeps a capability of heating up to 141 degrees F and there is an iPad docking station – positioned between the front seats and in view for the rear passengers (which is soon to be available in all Mercedes Benz models).

With classier and more upscale interiors than the previous generations, the M-Class still looks familiar in its current design; however, the detailing is more with a broad grille, large air dams and more lines and creasing on the sides.

Tasteful exterior, indulging interiors, the new 2014 Mercedes Benz M-Class has turned out to be a pleasant vehicle to drive, even on a challenging track. The crossover faces tough competition with models like the redesigned 2014 BMW X5 that provides better handling, or the 2014 Porsche Cayenne, or the 2014 Acura MDX and Lexus RX 350. But for those who feel like cruising in dignified comfort, the 2014 Mercedes Benz M-Class is a good satisfaction.

2014 Mercedes Benz M-Class – IIHS’s Top Safety Pick

The 2014 Mercedes Benz M-Class is one of the most perfect SUVs in the market. This stunningly stylish super utility vehicle is one hell of an off-roader and yet is a favorite and strong status symbol for the high end families in the up-class suburbs. What’s newer with the already new SUV is that it has recently been awarded with the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ honor by The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The accolade translates to an impressive rating for performance in various evaluations that are conducted by the IIHS. Small front overlap, moderate front overlap, side/roof strength and seat/head restraints club together to form the IIHS evaluations.

The tricky and one of the major adjustments that has to be faced by all the automakers was the small front overlap test. The new evaluation test was started just a year back by the IIHS. The 2014 Mercedes Benz M-Class was reinforced with newer and stronger door sills to increase the SUV’s protection in small overlap front crashes like running into a tree or a lamp post while driving. The Institute’s reports reveal that the new 2014 Mercedes Benz M-Class takes pride in the driver’s space that has been “maintained reasonably well”. The crash test on a dummy resulted in a possibility of a few lower left leg injuries; however, a significantly lower risk of injuries to the rest of the body was an impressive outcome. Moreover, as the reports say, the crash tested dummy head “made good contact with the front airbag” which didn’t run and move from its position during the crash.

Also, deployment of the side curtain airbag was quick and efficient and “had sufficient forward coverage”. This implies that the SUV completes protects the drivers head from frond as well as from any contact with the vehicle’s side structures and any outside objects.

The 2014 Mercedes Benz M-Class boasts nine standard airbags and the brands very own Mercedes’ Attention Assist system. The safety feature keeps a check on the monitor for drowsiness, dramatically reducing the risks for accidents. Another striking safety feature in the new Mercedes Benz M-Class is the Collision Prevention assist that comes standard with all the models. And it does not stop there. The brand offers some optional safety features as well. Further safety options include a rear view camera, a blind-spot monitoring system, and the Parktronic system that is a great when it comes to parallel parking assistance.

The 2014 Mercedes Benz M-Class is a luxury SUV with masculine deftness and aggressive features on its outside and soft sophisticated curves, smooth lines and a sedan-like appeal on the inside. And the luxury SUV also drives like a posh sedan even while exuding its off-roadness from its appearance. The new additions to the safety features in the new Mercedes Benz M-Class and then the acknowledgement of the changes with the IIHS Top safety Pick+ award surely makes the stylish luxury SUV one of the best picks in the booming market of big and beautiful SUVs.

 

Mercedes Benz Unveils the Amazing GLA Concept Crossover!

Mercedes Benz seems to be on a pretty vigorous role lately as the company has launched a number of incredible concepts and vehicles which are certainly unmatchable in their respective categories. Be it off road beasts or amazing and futurities hybrids, Mercedes has come up with quite a number of worth waiting for SUVs. The company unveiled another one of its beauty at the Shanghai Motor Show recently, and believe us when we say it; this one’s an absolute darling! Why do we call the Mercedes Benz GLA Concept Crossover SUV an absolute darling? Well, it has all the mighty engines and other stuff, but what’s most amazing about this machine is the amount of awesome futuristic and classy stuff that Mercedes has added.

We’ll get to the amazing stuff that we talk of in a bit! Talking about the technical specifications, Mercedes flaunted the concept at the Shanghai Motor Show with a decent 2000cc four cylinder turbocharged engine. The engine is capable of producing a power of 208 horsepower and a torque of 258 lb. – ft. The concept features the amazing 4Matic all-wheel drive system that Mercedes has been incorporating in its new concepts lately. Also, the engine is coupled with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, which makes the whole thing just downright brutal. Being a compact crossover, the GLA certainly boasts of a very impressive engine!

But the amazing engine is not the thing GLA wins hearts for! Instead, it’s the awesome stuff that we mentioned before. Let’s begin with the headlamps. Now you might be wondering that what can be so amazing about a vehicle’s headlamps. Well, laser-based headlamps with video-projecting capability might be the answer to your question! Yes, the headlamps of the SUV are capable of projecting images and videos on a screen! Now the question arises that what would that be used for!? There is a pair of high definition cameras mounted on the roof rack which might explain! The cameras can be used for taking images as the vehicle cruises around. Also, the HD cameras are detachable, and can be carried along if you wish to capture images somewhere else. There are adjusting lamps fitted in each camera which ensure that the lighting is right for capturing images. Further, you can even watch movies inside the car as an alternative to the projection option! The lamps also feature a cooling system consisting of fans, which make the headlights sparkle in a pretty impressive way!

Enter the interiors and you will get to know what real class is! An example of perfect craftsmanship, the GLA features some of the most elegant interior cabins that you might have ever come across. The exteriors are equally gorgeous, making the GLA Concept a worth mentioning example of the fine German engineering that the company is known for! We certainly hope that Mercedes gives a green signal for the SUV. Equipped with so many futuristic features and awesomeness, the GLA is certainly a concept that must go under production!

Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG | An Absolute 6×6 Beast!

What else can a SUV intended for off road purposes have, besides an insanely powerful engine and an impeccable strong body? Six wheels, maybe? Ask Mercedes the same question, and you will get a ‘yes’ as your answer! Mercedes has introduced a 6 x 6 SUV, which has been welcomed to the SUV world very warmly by SUV lovers as well as critics. Any SUV lover would love the unique 6-wheeled beast once he or she acknowledges the advantages that the vehicle possesses. Accompanied by a crazier than ever engine, this beast can deliver flawless performance in almost every terrain that you can think of!

They named it Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6. We think that this is a pretty cool name for such a monstrous vehicle. Anyway, needless to say, the G63 AMG is perhaps the best off road SUV that has ever been produced. It might even end, and of course, conquer the battle of the best off road SUV once and for all. However, being an off road vehicle doesn’t make it a bad on road choice. Take your monster out of your garage and go on a cruise on a highway. You might turn quite a number of eyes towards yourself. Maybe more than that you will possibly be able to pull off with a Lamborghini!

We mentioned an insanely powerful engine above. What other adjective would you use for a twin-turbocharged 5500cc V8 engine? Yes, you read it right. Capable of providing the six wheels with a power of around 536 horsepower, the engine thrusts the machine from rest to a speed of 62 miles an hour (100 kilometres per hour) with a flabbergasting acceleration in barely six seconds! Speaking of the highest attainable speed, the G63 AMG can touch the mark of 100 miles per hour (160 kilometres per hour). It might seem less if you go on comparing statistics with Lamborghinis or Porsches, but don’t skip on the fact that these supercars don’t have to carry a 3.8 tonne machine on six wheels. Also, put your Porsche off road and its half dead. The G63 AMG wouldn’t lose traction on any possible surface!

Another monstrosity that the G63 AMG boasts of is the size of the wheels. The beast comes with mammoth sized 37 inch wheels. Stuck in traffic? Consider crushing the tiny vehicles in front of you! The clearance from the ground is also quite large, and you will be able to confront any obstacles while driving off road!

Amazing things lose their charm if present in large numbers, and Mercedes knows it. Henceforth, only 30 or so models of the G63 AMG will be made. If you are lucky, and yes, rich enough to ever lay your hands upon the beast, you might be one of the lucky people who will ever get the chance to feel the monstrosity that Mercedes has offered. It will be quite interesting to see how other SUV makers respond! What if the idea of an 8 x 8 SUV comes up next? Only time will tell.

Mercedes-Benz Will Bring All-New SUV to Alabama Plant

Luxury auto brand Mercedes-Benz has big plans for the next decade. Recently, at a Daimler Group Annual Press Conference in Stuttgart, the company’s CEO Dieter Zetsche laid out the brand’s aggressive plan to introduce 13 new models over the next eight years. All of these vehicles will be completely new to the brand, with no true predecessor model. Some of these vehicles include a reworked Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan, a four-door Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class coupe, a revamped flagship Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan, and a completely new Mercedes-Benz SUV, which will be added to the company’s production line in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

According to reports from Dieter Zetsche, the new SUV will most likely be added in 2015 as the fifth of the thirteen new models, and it will be the only new model to be produced in the U.S. Earlier reports stated that a mystery vehicle would be added to the Tuscaloosa County production lines, and now we know what kind of vehicle it will be!

Zetsche explains, “At our plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, we are currently preparing for the production of another new SUV: an especially dynamic all-terrain vehicle. You will hear more about that soon.” The Mercedes-Benz exec. does not elaborate further. A prototype of the new SUV (which is still without an official name) was recently shown to the state’s governor, Robert Bently and several local officials during a visit to Stuttgart.

Currently, the Tuscaloosa County plant produces Mercedes-Benz M-Class and GL-Class SUVs and Mercedes-Benz R-Class crossover vehicles. A new generation of the popular Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan will also be added to the Vance plant later this year, with the first new model likely appearing in early 2014.

Over the next two years, Mercedes-Benz will invest over 21 billion euro in research and development for its equipment and plants to battle BMW and VW for the number one automaker spot. (The company is currently in third place). Zetsche also recently noted that the upcoming Mercedes-Benz S-Class Series will make its world debut in the middle of this year. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is arguably the brand’s most important vehicle.

In a response to the fact that the S-Class is regarded as a symbol of luxury and the symbol of the impressive nature of German engineering, Zetsche also notes, “[Mercedes-Benz] will live up to this reputation once again with this new model: in terms of fuel consumption and safety as well as comfort and design. Plus, there will be unprecedented choice in models at the top end of our portfolio. In the coming years, we will launch five versions of the new S-Class.” The five model variants of the new S-Class are expected to include the standard and long-wheelbase models, a convertible, a coupe, and a flagship limousine.

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