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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

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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.

Examining the Beauty of the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow

Showcar feiert bei der Monterey Car Week in Kalifornien Weltpremiere: Vision EQ Silver Arrow: Ein emotionaler Wegweiser in die Zukunft des Designs

Mercedes-Benz has plenty of history from which they can pull out a concept so beautiful and ethereal that it can make our eyes water. And that’s exactly what they have done when they pulled back the sheet from the Vision EQ Silver Arrow at the Monterey Car Week in Pebble Beach, California.

The concept is a forward-looking take on the legendary streamliners of the 1930s, particularly the W125 Rekordwagen which set the world record for the highest speed on a public road. It held that record for 79 years until the Koenigsegg Agera RS went 8 mph faster last fall. For added context, the Rekordwagen is scheduled to appear alongside this Vision EQ Silver Arrow concept.

The difference would be what’s under the hood. The W125 made its 275 horsepower from a twin-supercharged 5.6-liter V-12 engine while the Vision EQ Silver Arrow will produce 750 horsepower using two electric motors (one per axle) and an 80kWh battery. The W125 can comfortably exceed 250 miles per hour while the Vision EQ is built to produce 250 miles per charge.

The exterior is made of carbon fiber, and to achieve that Silver Arrow appearance, the top layer of the exterior was painted in Alubeam Silver. This is a reference to the unpainted metal of old cars. The liquid-like finish is matched by the very fluid surfacing. You can find not a single crease on the Vision EQ. The only “imperfections” found on the smooth surface were the place where the top surface meets the unpainted front mask and the protruding side skirts.

The 168-spoke wheels are half-covered and they are painted in “rose gold” to loosely resemble the copper wire inside an electric motor. Since this is a concept car, the wheels are naturally so big it’s almost impossible to imagine what tires could fit them.

According to Mercedes, the Vision EQ Silver Arrow is intended to draw on the brand’s legacy of unmatched acceleration and driving pleasure. It “provides an insight into the future of our design.”

Take A Long Look At These 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe Spy Shots

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Ten years ago, BMW single-handedly introduced this weird coupe-SUV segment by launching the original X6 and following that up with the model’s third generation due next year. On the other side of the coin, Mercedes is doing a similar thing with its Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe.

Whatever this niche is called, we’re sure about one thing: it’s a premium segment and one that has attracted family-car-loving people. The higher seats plus the better legroom and headroom in the cabin make this car such an enticing prospect for families to have.

Mercedes, particularly, is going all the way with the production-bodied prototype of the GLE Coupe spotted at the Nurburgring just this week. The spy shots show the second-generation model dressed in full camo attire but we can make out its aggressive styling.

Though it’s completely wrapped in camouflage, we can see that there’s a large rear spoiler attached to the tester, which is likely part of an AMG Line styling package. Both LED headlights and taillights appear to have a sleeker shape.

The GLE Coupe is riding high based on the photos, but that’s likely because the air suspension is in the highest possible setting.

The vehicle will use Mercedes’ MHA modular platform that was designed for crossover SUVs, so we should expect similar proportions with its predecessor. This platform, which debuted in the 2016 GLC, is closely related to the German company’s MRA platform which is being used by the automaker’s sedans and coupes.

There are no details about the drivetrains yet, but we expect to see Mercedes’ latest inline-6 with mild-hybrid tech and a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 reserved for the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 Coupe. There should also be a plug-in hybrid version in the future.

These engines should be paired with a nine-speed automatic and rear-biased all-wheel-drive system for all trim models.

The GLE Coupe will likely be revealed next year as a 2020 model. But before that, we can expect the debut of the GLE late this year or early next year.

3 Things We Learned About the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster

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Mercedes-AMG is finally making a top-down version of the GT R—following the footsteps of the GT C version and the GT S Roadster. There have been rumors that the Germans are planning a top-down version of the Mercedes-AMG GT R, and now, it looks like they are coming true.

Spy shots of the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster have been leaked as the car made its first testing session.

1. Exterior

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The GT R Roadster will be similar to the coupe version from the waist down. The AMG grille with chromed out vertical slats and big Mercedes emblem are very recognizable even through the camouflaged photos.

The big difference will be with what happens from the waist up. There will be a soft top, of course, as well as modifications at the rear deck. The windshield will be shorter and fully framed, there will be no rear quarter glass, and there will be roll bars behind the seats for safety purposes.

2. Interior

The interior of the GT R Roadster will be identical to the coupe, except for the unlimited headroom during open-air drives and the roll bars behind the rear seats. There will be two, manually-adjustable bucket racing seats with AMG lettering and contrasting seatbelts, flat-bottom steering wheel, and a digital instrument cluster. All of these are wrapped with Nappa leather and Dinamica microfiber treatment. There will also be a large infotainment display at the center of the stack.

3. Drivetrain

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The GT R Roadster will have a similar powertrain as the coupe version, except that its 4.0-liter Biturbo V8 engine will make 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. That’s an increase of 74 ponies and 35 pound-feet of torque over the same engine in the GT S. The Roadster will be a bit slower in reaching the 60-mph sprint by 0.1 seconds. The coupe can reach this by 3.5 seconds while the GT R Roadster will likely take 3.6 seconds. The top speed is estimated to be at 198 mph.

$1.2 Million Mercedes-AMG G63 Limo Has Bulletproof Body

You never know when you’ll need a bulletproof vehicle and if you ever do, take a look at the Mercedes-AMG G63. It’s a limousine with a bulletproof exterior and lavish amenities in the cabin. You can never go wrong with this armored sport utility vehicle.

You may have to shell out a whopping $1.2 million in cold cash but if you need the extra protection, there’s no bulletproof vehicle more elegant than the Mercedes-AMG G63 limousine. INKAS, the Canadian maker of armored autos, is offering the G63 limousine along with a number of their other creations.

Outside, the limo is wrapped in advanced body armor, ballistic glass, and perimeter surveillance systems. There are infrared and thermal cameras that have the capacity to record local footage. These footages can then be uploaded to a secure cloud server that owners can later view.

The best feature is that the body armor can stop bullets leaving a 7.62 mm high-power rifle. The limousine can also handle explosions from two DM51 hand grenades. In other words, even the president of the United States can be safely tucked inside this vehicle.

Inside, the $1.2 million price tag brings plenty of comfortable features such as the rear seats with a massage function and fully recline. From where you seat, you will be able to control the built-in command center that operates all of the media, lighting and security functions of the SUV.

Included in the entertainment system are 4K Apple TV hooked to a 4K television, voice control capability, and a motorized bar with a chiller to keep those fuzzy champagnes chilled.

Still looking for more? The limo also comes with a daylight function that will simulate real light and reduce passenger fatigue.

The Mercedes-AMG G63 will be powered by a 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that can make 563 horsepower. Hopefully, the added features won’t make it slow and turn it sluggish.

2019 Peugeot 208 GTi Hot Hatch To Come In Pure EV Form

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We’ve been pretty excited with the 2019 Peugeot 208 GTi hot hatch when it was introduced, but it looks like there’s another reason to party. According to the French automaker, it is lining up a pure electric form of the 208 GTi hot hatch. The electric vehicle (EV) variant will sit alongside the petrol version when both are introduced at next spring’s Geneva Motor Show.

The arrival of an EV form will mean Peugeot will switch to a new architecture, preferably the Common Modular Platform or CMP, which offers much-improved efficiency, cheaper build costs and, crucially, the scope for pure-electric variants.

This is not really a surprise since we’re expecting that an EV form will come. Earlier, Peugeot announced that the next 208 will arrive in two versions: the CMP (also known as the EMP1) and the e-CMP. However, what’s surprising to us is the fact that the electric 208 will also be offered as a GTi.

Peugeot head Jean-Pierre Imparato spoke to Auto Express and said that full details of the cars will be revealed in March, just in time for the show in Switzerland. He added that each time the brand comes up with a new model, it will be offered in an electrified form, so it will still be up to the buyers to choose the powertrain they want.

A pure EV form is being offered in the GTi version because Imparato does not want “to generate [a] difference between EV and combustion-engined models.” Aside from this tidbit, Peugeot is also working on manufacturing and developing high-performance vehicles with electrified powertrains.

Just last year, it has been revealed that the French company is developing a 300-bhp hybrid version of the 3008. There are also other concepts, though the most notable is the 308 R Hybrid.

Photos via Auto Express

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