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Mercedes-Benz to Showcase Six Vehicles at the Auto Guangzhou

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Mercedes-Benz officially revealed that it is scheduled to unveil six vehicles at the Auto Guangzhou in China on November 22, 2019. Highlighting the bunch is the much-anticipated Mercedes-Maybach GLS ultra-luxury sport utility vehicle.

According to the Daimler Global Media Site, the company will be showcasing six vehicles in the event. The models include the new Mercedes-Maybach SUV, the Mercedes-Benz GLB, Mercedes-Benz GLS, Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS, Denza X, and Mercedes-AMG A35 L.

It should be noted that the GLB, GLS and the EQS concept are no longer new to us, but their arrival in the show will signal their roll out in Chinese dealerships soon. However, what we will be seeing for the first time is the Mercedes-Maybach SUV, the Denza X, and the Mercedes-AMG A35 L.

Mercedes-Maybach GLS

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Basically, the Mercedes-Maybach SUV is based on the Mercedes-Benz GLS. The Mercedes-Maybach variant stands out from the regular Mercedes-Benz model though with its more spacious interior, more advanced tech, more comfort features, and Maybach accessories plus badges in and out. The auto is rumored to get a 4.0-liter V8 with a mild-hybrid setup that should allow it to produce at least 483 hp similar to the Mercedes-Benz GLE 580.

Denza X

Denza X is an electric vehicle that comes from the partnership between Daimler and BYD. The EV was developed by the China Advance Design Center. We don’t know yet how much Mercedes is present in the vehicle since information about it is very scarce as of now, but its makers confirmed that it will come with a plug-in hybrid version and all-electric-powered variant.

Mercedes-AMG A35 L

The Mercedes-AMG A35 L is another China-exclusive model. In a nutshell, everything about it is all too similar to the Mercedes-AMG A35 but with some tweaks in the wheelbase so it could offer more space at the back for Chinese owners who prefer to be chauffeured most of the time. Powering the car is a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine with 306 hp.

Suzuki Jimny Copies a Brabus-Tuned Mercedes-AMG G63

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We don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing (it probably depends on what end of the spectrum you are looking at) but the Suzuki Jimny has gained fame or infamy as a poor man’s Mercedes-Benz G-Class, thanks to its rather clever design.

The boxy body of the Jimny makes it an ideal candidate for a G-Class transformation. Just equip it with the iconic three-pointed star logo, front grille, spare wheel cover, and side exhaust pipes so it can easily pass as the iconic Mercedes SUV to the untrained eye. We have seen Wald International do that with the Suzuki Jimny Black Bison Edition. The only major giveaway that it is a G-Class replica is its two-door design and compact body.

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Although not as masterful as Wald, the Russian website Kolesa recently released a rendering of the Jimny with G-Class elements, which could become the basis of future tuning packages for the Suzuki compact SUV. The Jimny can be seen sporting new bumpers, hood scoop, exhaust system, and wheels. It should be noted that the four exhaust pipes of the Jimny have been equally distributed on each of its sides similar to the Mercedes SUV.

The source claimed that they took inspiration from the Brabus version of the G-Class called the G V12 900, so one might say that it is not Mercedes that is being infringed here. As a recap, the tuning package took out the V8 engine of the G-Class and replaced it with a V12 engine capable of producing up to 900 hp as its name implies.

Although tuners might not be able to squeeze out that ridiculous amount of power from the Jimny, we would love to see them give its 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine a boost way past its original 101 hp configuration.

A Peek Into The World of The New Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Models

Die neuen Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC ModelleThe new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC models: More agile and more distinctive: chocks away for the dynamic duo

Entry-level Mercedes users can get their hands on the new range of Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC models that have increased performance reliability, innovative MBUX infotainment system, and practicality for everyday use.

Performance

Die neuen Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Modelle The new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC models: More agile and more distinctive: chocks away for the dynamic duo

In a statement, the group said that both the SUV and coupe will have increased output, thanks to their 3.0-liter V6 engine. They can now produce 390 horsepower and 520 Nm is available from 2500 to 4500 rpm. The SUV and coupe can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds. The top speed is pegged at 250 km/h.

Exterior

Die neuen Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Modelle: Agiler und markanter: Start frei für die ungleichen ZwillingeThe new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC models: More agile and more distinctive: chocks away for the dynamic duo

At one look, you know that this is from the performance arm of the Mercedes-Benz. There’s the AMG-specific radiator grille with the vertical chrome-plated fins, as well as the LED High-Performance headlamps with flare effect for the daytime running lamps.

On the sides, you’ll immediately notice the AMG light-alloy wheels. The standard set of wheels comes in at 19 inches with AMG lettering. There are five rim options that range from 19 to 21 inches in size.

The sportier look is further accentuated by the read end with its broad apron, diffuser and two round twin tailpipes, and redesigned LED taillights.

MBUX Infotainment System

Die neuen Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Modelle: Agiler und markanter: Start frei für die ungleichen Zwillinge The new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC models: More agile and more distinctive: chocks away for the dynamic duo

The latest MBUX infotainment system adds to the cars’ elegance and versatility. There are four ways to control it: with the touchpad, through Touch Control buttons on the steering wheel, via voice control, or via gesture control.

You can activate the system by saying “Hey Mercedes,” opening up features you will not see in any cars. The technology understands nearly all commands—from infotainment to vehicle operation.

Suzuki Jimny Transformed Into a Baby Mercedes G-Class

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The Mercedes-Benz G-Class mashes the old school design of sport utility vehicles with the modern day’s premium automotive technology. However, is very pricey. The cost of the iconic Mercedes sport utility vehicle starts at $124,500 for its base G550 model while its Mercedes-AMG G63 trim is at least $147,500. Luckily, we have the new Suzuki Jimny with an introductory price of $23,990 that’s unofficially referred to as the “Baby G-Class”.

The cheaper price tag of the Jimny makes its platform a favorite of tuners who are looking to make a G-Class replica. Recently, the Dubai-based Fast Car Service Center did just that. They turned the compact SUV into a smaller, two-door version of the Mercedes-AMG G63.

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The Middle Eastern tuner certainly did a great job in customizing the Jimny that one might easily mistake it as the high-performance model of G-Class at a glance. Then again, the two door frame and smaller dimensions of the Suzuki baby SUV would tell otherwise.

The Jimny was given a Panamericana grille design with vertical slats similar to the signature look of the latest AMG cars. Next, it was equipped with huge air intakes, LED lights, side steps, exhausts, mirror caps, and spare wheel cover resembling the ones found in the AMG G63 SUV. Even the contrasting body line of the G-Class was carried over to the Jimny.

Despite the badass changes to the Jimny, it seems the tuner did nothing to increase its output since there was no mention of it. With that, we assume that the small 1.3-liter engine of the compact SUV with 100 hp was retained by the specialist.

The Mercedes-Benz GLB Is The Crossover We Never Knew We Needed Til Now

Mit bis zu sieben Sitzplätzen: Der neue Mercedes-Benz GLB: für Familie & Freunde With up to seven seats: The new Mercedes-Benz GLB: for family & friends

Think of the G-Class in miniature size. That’s how the new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB looks like. It’s a three-row, seven-seater crossover that slides between the 2019 GLA and the 2019 GLC. Using the German company’s new platform that’s also in the A-Class and B-Class, the GLB’s boxy design is the latest in the brand’s compact car range.

Spacious Family Car

Mit bis zu sieben Sitzplätzen: Der neue Mercedes-Benz GLB: für Familie & FreundeWith up to seven seats: The new Mercedes-Benz GLB: for family & friends

The main advantages of the GLB are its cabin and compartment. It’s the first in this segment to be offered in a seven-seat capacity, with the two seats in the third row compatible for people up to 1.68 meters in height.

The GLB has a wheelbase of 2,829 millimeters, which is 10 millimeters more than the B-Class. The headroom in the first row is 1,035 millimeters—the best in the segment—while the legroom in the rear in a five-seater configuration is 967 millimeters.

The load compartment is 560 liters for the seven-seater setup and 1,755 liters for the five-seater setup. The second row can be longitudinally adjusted while the standard inclination for the backrests is adjustable in several stages. The load compartment can then be maximized by up to 179 liters and put to versatile use.

Second Best Powertrain

Mit bis zu sieben Sitzplätzen: Der neue Mercedes-Benz GLB: für Familie & Freunde With up to seven seats: The new Mercedes-Benz GLB: for family & friends

The GLB has a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that cranks out 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. In the US market, the only competitor to best that specification in the segment is the BMW X2, which has seven horsepower more and same amount of torque output. To reach 60 mph from a standstill, the GLB and the X2 need only 6.9 seconds. The top speed is rated at 130 mph.

In Europe, there are two diesel options to choose from: the GLB200d and the GLB220d. Both are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder oil burner but the GLB200d comes with 150 horsepower and 236 pound-feet on tap and hits 62 mph in nine seconds while the GLB220d benefits from 190 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

Mercedes-Benz GLB Concept and Mercedes-AMG A35 L 4MATIC Launched in China

Mercedes-Benz Cars auf der Auto Shanghai 2019: Zahlreiche Premieren auf der 18. Auto Shanghai Mercedes-Benz Cars at Auto Shanghai 2019: A Plethora of Premieres at the 18th Auto Shanghai

Mercedes-Benz stole the show again at the Shanghai Auto Show this year. The German automaker unveiled the new Mercedes-Benz GLB Concept sport utility vehicle and the Mercedes-AMG A35 L. Six other vehicles from the company also marked their entry into the Chinese market.

Mercedes-Benz GLB Concept

Mercedes-Benz Cars auf der Auto Shanghai 2019: Zahlreiche Premieren auf der 18. Auto Shanghai Mercedes-Benz Cars at Auto Shanghai 2019: A Plethora of Premieres at the 18th Auto Shanghai

The concept vehicle for the Mercedes-Benz GLB showcases a muscular compact SUV with a long wheelbase measuring 2,829 millimeters. The auto features clean surfaces that use minimal body lines and with curvaceous corners.

The vehicle is highlighted by its white magno paint finish with high-gloss black accents. The exterior features headlights with Multibeam LED technology, front grille with orange highlights, roof rails, roof box at the rear, roof lights, chrome underguard with large air intakes, and set 17-inch wheels.

Inside, the GLB can carry up to seven occupants. The middle row can be adjusted to free more legroom for either middle or rear passengers; whichever needs more space.

The Concept GLB is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine with 224 hp and 350 Nm of torque. All that power is distributed to an all-wheel-drive system via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Mercedes-AMG A35 L 4MATIC

Mercedes-Benz Cars auf der Auto Shanghai 2019: Zahlreiche Premieren auf der 18. Auto Shanghai Mercedes-Benz Cars at Auto Shanghai 2019: A Plethora of Premieres at the 18th Auto Shanghai

The Chinese market exclusive Mercedes-AMG A35 L 4MATIC is very much like the Mercedes-AMG A35 Sedan. The AMG A35 L only has a longer wheelbase as indicated by the “L” in its name. The AMG A35 L is longer by 60 mm in terms of wheelbase size compared to its AMG A35 Sedan brother.

The extra wheelbase size gives the rear passenger of the AMG A35 L more legroom. Meanwhile, its cockpit gets the same treatment found in the AMG A35 Sedan model such as the twin widescreen displays, sporty steering wheel, turbine-looking air vents and the MBUX multimedia system that can be operated via voice commands.

Beneath the hood of the AMG A35 4MATIC lies a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with exhaust gas turbocharger. It produces 306 hp and 400 Nm of torque distributed to all four wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission.

The AMG A35 L can go from 0-100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds while its top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.

Mercedes-Maybach GLS SUV to be Exclusively Built in Alabama

It won’t be long until we see the Mercedes-Maybach GLS ultra-luxury sport utility vehicle on our roads. Mercedes-Benz revealed that they will be producing it in their Vance, Alabama, plant.

The Alabama factory of Mercedes is already home to the Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV as well as the GLE and GLE Coupe. Therefore, it just makes sense that the Maybach version of the GLS will be made there for efficiency’s sake.

The Maybach GLS is projected to fetch a price tag of around $200,000, making it the most expensive vehicle assembled in the US. The model is rumored to make its debut in China this year, and its sale will commence in the early part of 2020.

The Maybach GLS is expected to adopt the styling cues of the Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept vehicle. Mercedes describes it as a “halo car”, which will help further propel the three-pointed star brand in the luxury vehicle segment of the market. With that, the product will be competing against the likes of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus.

Compared to the standard Mercedes version, the Maybach GLS is more like a clash between an SUV and a saloon. Then the auto features smoother surfaces based on the “Sensual Purity” design language of its maker. Other highlights in the vehicle’s exterior include slimmer headlamps, turbine-styled wheels and closely-knit vertical front grille.

Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury, Auto China 2018  Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury, Auto China 2018

Meanwhile, the interior of the Maybach GLS might get the same high-profile amenities of the Ultimate Luxury concept showcasing high-grade leather and wood in crystal white, rose gold and pearl grey colors.

The cabin of the Maybach GLS is spacious but it only has a four-seating arrangement, which is meant to attract chauffeur-driven individuals. Free-standing 12.3-inch displays are located at its front while the air vents follow the design of the front grille. The rest of its features come from the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.

Beneath the hood of the Maybach GLS is a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 with 577 hp. There’s a possibility that Mercedes will fit it with a hybrid setup too in order to attract the Chinese market and other key locations that have implemented stricter rules when it comes to emission and fuel-efficiency.

3 Amazing Things To Expect From The New Mercedes-Maybach GLS


What else can we expect from a Mercedes-Maybach but pure unadulterated luxury? The new Mercedes-Maybach GLS was spotted testing weeks before its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Remember that this is the top-of-the-line Maybach and since Mercedes is planning to expand the lineup with luxurious models, what better way to do that than add the GLS into the mix.

1. Chrome Detailing For A Plush Appearance

The Mercedes-Maybach GLS, which could be called the GLS560, has been spotted wearing a full camouflage though we did see some details that suggest chrome detailing to make it look plush and luxurious. It may also feature unique vertical grille slats. And since this is a Maybach model, we also expect to see a distinct badge and unique wheels.

The interior will be the primary focus of the changes that Mercedes will make in the GLS. Instead of the seven-seat layout, the Maybach variant will have a four-seat layout with captain chairs in place. The cabin will also be roomier and more comfortable.

2. Architecture Similar To BMW X7

Similar to the regular GLS and the BMW X7, the Maybach GLS will have an aluminum-and-steel bodyshell and advanced four-wheel-drive. Its use of the Modular High Architecture platform, which is also being used in the smaller GLE, will reduce the curb weight compared to the older GLS. The platform can also support a 48-volt electrical architecture and the latest in radar, camera, and sensor-supported driving functions.

3. New Engine And Plug-In Hybrid Option

It looks like the Maybach GLS will offer the AMG-developed M177 engine that’s found in the S560 as well. In the sedan, it can produce 462 horsepower. We don’t have the data for the Maybach GLS. This new engine replaced the turbocharged 4.7-liter, twin-turbocharged, V8 unit that’s in the current Mercedes-Benz GLS 500.

There could also be a plug-in hybrid option for the Maybach GLS, similar to the one in the S560e. That’s a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder electric supercharger that makes 362 horses. It comes with a 121-horsepower electric motor that has an electric range of 31 miles.

Next-Gen Mercedes-Benz GLE Plug-In Will Have A 62-Mile Range

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The next Mercedes-Benz GLE plug-in hybrid will have a huge improvement over the 2018 GLE 550e plug-in that only produces 10 miles of electric driving. The new plug-in hybrid is rated with 62 miles of electric range, according to a WLTP test cycle.

Ola Kallenius, head of Daimler group research and Mercedes-Benz cars development and Daimler’s next CEO, told in an interview that the plug-in hybrid is scheduled to be launched in the second half of next year.

It remains unclear if the GLE PHEV will only be launched exclusively in Europe initially but we’re pretty sure that the United States will have to wait for a few more months before getting their hands on the vehicle.

There are also no indications yet of what engine will be paired with the existing electric motor. Most plug-in hybrids come with a four-cylinder gasoline engine, but Kallenius said it’s possible we might even see a diesel powertrain. Things will be very different for the US market, though, which will quite possibly see a wider range of engine options.

An issue that may crop up, however, is the validity of the WLTP test cycle. In most cases, the WLTP testing correlates closely with the EPA test results but there are some instances where these two have butt heads. The Chevrolet Bolt is rated at 240 miles by the WLTP but only 238 miles by the EPA. The Hyundai Kona got a 292-mile range rating from WLTP but the EPA only rated it for 250 miles.

This means we cannot be too sure about the GLE plug-in hybrid’s numbers. The US market, specifically, may want to wait for the EPA results, though the WLTP figures still represent a huge advancement for plug-in hybrid vehicles, a vast majority of which don’t go as far as 62 miles on electric power alone.

3 Things To Know About The All-New Mercedes-Benz GLE

Mercedes-Benz GLE sketch

German company Mercedes-Benz came up with a sketch and short video clip showing the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLE sport utility vehicle’s redesigned front fascia and exciting new set of LED headlights. As if the GLE has not been talked about a lot lately, now the sketch and teaser video turned people’s enthusiasm to a near obsession.

Exterior and New Platform

The new-generation Mercedes-Benz GLE will be based on the MHA RWD platform. The silhouette of the car might remain the same, but the styling on the new GLE is bolder and definitely more futuristic. It is longer, too, at 3.1 inches (80 millimeters). Spy shots revealed a prominent new grille, sweptback LED headlamps, and wraparound taillights. The new model is less boxy, too, and has sharper-looking bumpers, larger alloy wheels, and the familiar twin exhausts.

Powertrains

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE will most likely use the 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 engine on the GLE 63 which will be available in two flavors—one that makes 563 horsepower and another one that produces a whopping 604 horsepower. We also believe that the German carmaker will introduce an entry-level GLE 53 AMG to the SUV’s lineup. This will use a 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine.

For the standard versions, Mercedes will use a number of four- and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines for the 2019 GLE. These engines will be paired with a 9-speed automatic gearbox. There might also be a 48-volt plug-in hybrid version that’s going to be paired with the six-cylinder versions.

Interior

Spy shots revealed an interesting take on the interior, especially because of the new technology that Mercedes has been working on. In terms of in-car tech, Mercedes is doing a complete revamp. It will now come with twin 10.25-inch display units for the instrumental console. The center console, on the other hand, will run the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) interface. The new SUV will also arrive with a three-spoke steering wheel, grab handles integrated into the central tunnel and powered seat adjustments for the rear passengers.

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