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Mercedes-Benz’s 2018 product offensive includes CLS Coupe, A-Class Sedan and GLC long-wheelbase

What can we expect from Mercedes-Benz for this year and the next? It seems all matters have been laid out with luxury carmaker’s vehicle lineup for 2017 and 2018. As revealed by parent Daimler AG in its second-quarter interim report, a roadmap for the Mercedes’ product offensive includes interesting new vehicles up for release in 2018.

The road map included in Daimler’s second-quarter 2017 interim report details Mercedes’ product offensive starting 2017 through next year. Some of these products were already presented or are set to be introduced in the period January to September 2017 -- such the E-Class Coupe and the E-Class (March 2017), GLA facelift and AMG GT Roadster (April 2017), S-Class Facelift (July 2017) and the E-Class Cabriolet (September 2017). The remaining product to be introduced in the remaining months of 2017 is the Mercedes X-Class pickup truck, which is bound for release in November or December 2017, according to this product offensive roadmap.

Mercedes’ product offensive in 2018 will be headlined by the S-Class Coupe Facelift and the S-Class Cabriolet Facelift, both of which were recently unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Bound to arrive in the first months of 2018, the S-Class Coupe facelift and the S-Class Cabriolet facelift features -- more or less -- the same tweaks made on the 2018 S-Class Saloon facelift that was introduced in July 2017. These include new steering wheels and new OLED rear lamps.

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BMW executive describes the Mercedes-Benz X-Class as a disappointment

That there’s bad blood between Mercedes-Benz and BMW doesn’t surprise anyone. The fierce competition between the two brands may have stemmed from the fact that they both have German roots, and have been in the automotive industry for a very long time. Nevertheless, it’s quite unusual for either automaker to bash the other in public.

During the Frankfurt Motor Show, Motoring witnessed Hendrik von Kunheim, BMW Senior Vice President for Asia and South Africa, criticize Mercedes’ new X-Class pickup calling it “appalling”, while being interviewed by the Australian media.

Furthermore, von Kunheim said that he was very disappointed when he saw the pickup at Geneva a couple of months ago, adding that “they can do better”. Though he did say that Mercedes-Benz builds fantastic cars, he said that this particular one was a “disappointment.”

Read the entire article BMW executive describes the Mercedes-Benz X-Class as a disappointment

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell combines hydrogen fuel and plug-in power

Recently, Mercedes-Benz came out with the Project One, and that probably is the company's most powerful hypercar to date, giving out as much as 1,000 horsepower. But during Frankfurt, the German automaker introduced us to something more environmentally friendly. This includes models like the EQ A Concept, Vision EQ Fortwo, and the GLC F-Cell in its pre-production stage. The F-Cell is actually a fuel-cell powered luxury crossover that owners can plug in when charging the batteries.

Thanks to its unique powertrain, the GLC was made with a plug-in hybrid that works with a fuel cell stack instead of a combustion engine. All in all, the GLC F-Cell has a total output of 197 horsepower (147 kilowatts) and 258 pound feet (350 Newton-metres) of torque. In terms of range, this setup has a range of 272 miles (437 kilometers) in the New European Driving Cycle test.

The fuel cell portion comes with two carbon fiber tanks that carry as much as 9.7 pounds (4.4 kilograms) of hydrogen. One of the tanks is found under the rear seats, while the other is on the area where the driveshaft usually is.

Read the entire article 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell combines hydrogen fuel and plug-in power

Mercedes-Benz EQ A Concept has quite the futuristic design

Mercedes-Benz has been planning on extending their full lineup of electric cars, and this time, it is the new EQ A Concept that they have just unveiled for a futuristic three-door hatchback. As seen at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the EQ A is even smaller than the Vision EQ ForTwo Concept that is great for future car-sharing fleets.

Similar to other Mercedes-Benz EQ concepts, the EQ A has a smooth, rounded shape. It is slightly different with its round nose with short overhangs that lead to a steeply raked windshield and flowing roof that goes over the hatch. Overall, it definitely looks like it has come from the future.

New upgrades had been added to the EQ A such as high-tech bits and pieces. For instance, it was designed with an adaptive grille instead of the conventional ones we often see, and this even reflects the car's driving modes. For instance, when on Sport mode, the grille draws a horizontal blue line to indicate this. On Sport Plus mode, the image on the Panamericana grille switches to vertical red slats instead. How cool is that?

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While Mercedes-Benz, through its AMG unit, is toying with its Project One hypercar, it has unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show the newest and cleaner addition to its S-Class model range – the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S560e next-generation plug-in hybrid.

Meant to replace the S500e plug-in hybrid of the pre-Facelift S-Class, the new Mercedes S560e boasts of having more power and being able to travel longer distances. These capabilities are centered on the S560e’s more dynamic hybrid drive system that employs a more powerful V6 engine and electric motor as well as a higher capacity lithium-ion battery.

The hybrid system that propels the new Mercedes S560e makes use of a 3.0-liter V6 engine that delivers 270 kW (367 hp) of max output and 500 Nm (369 lb.-ft) of peak torque. For other vehicles, this amount of power is already enough, but Mercedes has adjudged that this conventional mill wasn’t enough to make the S560e not just powerful, but also efficient. As a plug-in hybrid, the new S560e also makes use of an electric motor – developed in collaboration with Bosch -- that generates up to 90 kW of output and 440 Nm of instant torque.

Read the entire article 2018 Mercedes-Benz S560e Plug-in Hybrid is a more powerful and more efficient successor to S500e

Ever since Mercedes-AMG announced that it was developing and building a new hypercar – the new Mercedes-AMG Project One -- that could deliver around 1,000 hp of power output, people have been anxiously waiting for the carmaker to finally unveil its of new offering.

Now, the long wait is over as the new Mercedes-AMG Project One – as a show car -- finally reveals itself to the global public at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA).

Prior to its formal unveiling, Mercedes-AMG has been dropping juicy details about the Project One. Now, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the German carmaker finally spilled all the beans about the Project One, from its exterior, interior and aerodynamics to its performance and Formula One-inspired technologies.

Read the entire article Mercedes-AMG unveils 1,000+ PS Project One hypercar at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

Have you been waiting for the most powerful twelve-cylinder off-roader? If that’s the case, you might want to look into this Brabus G65 with as much as 888 horsepower.

When looking at it from the outside, the Brabus G65 has a boxy design with a go-anywhere appeal, and capability of course. The German tuner first came out with the most powerful four-seat cabrio (based on the S65), following a E63 S sedan with as much as 700 horsepower, and now, they are on to the G65, or the legendary G-Class in its highest specification. Brabus only plans to build 10 examples of the Brabus G65, and each one will have a whopping price tag of €666,000 ($800,000), and the same 6.3-liter V12 biturbo engine (instead of the original one with 6.0 liters).

Speaking of the engine power and performance, the Brabus G65 will be armed with 888 horsepower (662 kilowatts) and 1,106 pound-feet (1,500 Newton-metres) of torque. The Bottrop-based tuner says that the ten Brabus G65 examples will be the most powerful off road vehicle in the world with a twelve-cylinder engine. However, one will not be able to enjoy the full mountain-moving torque as it will be electronically limited to 885 pound-feet (1,200 Newton-metres).

Read the entire article Brabus Mercedes-AMG G65 'One of Ten' has 888 HP and a hefty price tag of $800,000

Those who will attend the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show will be able to personally witness the Mercedes-Benz EQ A Concept, but if you want to experience something even more high-tech, check out the automaker’s E-Class Estate that features an augmented reality roof box. You’ll probably wonder how Mercedes-Benz Accessories’ demonstration works. Well, visitors of the auto show will have to use Microsoft’s HoloLens glasses and a camera to recognize their hand movements, which lets them store skis and bags into the storage space.

Some of you may not be into high-tech gimmicks like this, and that’s completely fine because Mercedes-Benz Accessories will also display several customized X-Class pickups that will demonstrate the wide variety of available parts to improve the truck’s overall appearance. These include soft or hard tonneau covers for the truck, a bed cap, styling bars, side steps, a bed liner and storage box. For a more durable and a better off road truck, Mercedes can offer you a three-piece stainless steel underbody guard to protect the engine, transmission and exhaust system.

It is not just the pickup that Mercedes will be putting on display in Frankfurt. A GLC Coupe will feature the company’s aftermarket roof spoiler. In the cabin, passengers will get an attachment point that fits a coat hanger, folding table, a camera mount, or tablet holder. The C-Class Estate gets the same item too. The GLA-Class, on the other hand, will be getting roof rail tracks. This lets the compact crossover carry the Mercedes-Benz Mountain Bike, with a carbon fiber frame and 3.9 inches (100 millimeters) of suspension travel. Last but not the least, the S-Class Cabrio sits on a set of 10-spoke, 20-inch wheels.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz will entice customers with a wide range of accessories at Frankfurt

Brabus has a new tuning program for the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S and that is the additional 88 horsepower (65 kilowatts) it can give the E63 S. After countless test drives on racetracks and streets, the company has developed a plug-and-play auxiliary control unit that upgrades the electronic engine control unit with new mapping for ignition and injection, thus boosting pressure.

With Brabus’ new upgrade, the 4.0 liter biturbo V8 engine can now produce a total of 700 horsepower (515 kilowatts) and now 701 pound-feet (900 Newton-metres) of torque, from only 627 pound feet (850 Newton-metres) before. It comes with a nine-speed automatic gearbox and 4Matic system that channels power to all four wheels. After the upgrade, the E63 sedan can now accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in only 3.2 seconds, while the heavier station wagon can do it in 3.3 seconds.

The Brabus 700 is the perfect solution for those who thought that the 603 horsepower E63 S is underpowered.

Read the entire article Brabus will introduce this powerful 700 hp Mercedes-AMG E63 S in Frankfurt

When Mercedes-Benz unveiled the face-lifted or updated sedan (or saloon) version of the S-Class for the 2018 model year, the carmaker stunned the public with new front and rear fascias, new grille design, new engines and an array of innovative technologies. Of course, it was expected that Mercedes-Benz would also update the coupe and cabriolet versions of its flagship model.

Now, the German carmaker is officially confirming those updates with the face-lifted 2018 Mercedes S-Class Coupe and 2018 Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet models. Both new models will be formally unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

As expected, the updates on the 2018 Mercedes S-Class Coupe were more or less the same as the extensive tweaks implemented on the 2018 S-Class Saloon. For instance, the new S-Class Coupe is provided with new or functionally extended driving assistance systems, integrated Energizing comfort control and the latest infotainment generation.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz introduces 2018 S-Class Coupe, S63 and S65 AMG Coupe facelifts

Mercedes-Benz is introducing the face-lifted 2018 Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet, along with the new 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe. Official unveiling of the 2018 Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet is scheduled to happen a week from now at the upcoming 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The introduction of the updated S-Class Cabriolet was well-expected after Mercedes took the wraps off the face-lifted S-Class Sedan or Saloon earlier this year. Compared to its predecessor, the new S-Class Sedan offers a new appearance, new dynamic feeling and new levels of comfort and convenience. This is thanks to a number of changes like new front and rear fascias and new grille design as well as new engines and a host of innovative technologies.

Just as expected, the updated 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet Facelift features more or less the same changes as that made on the 2018 S-Class Saloon. For instance, the new S-Class Cabriolet comes with new or functionally extended driving assistance systems, the latest infotainment generation, integrated Energizing comfort control as well as a new generation of steering wheels. The S-Class Cabriolet also features a modern control and display concept with Widescreen Cockpit.

Read the entire article 2018 Mercedes-Benz S560, S63 and S65 AMG Cabriolet get a facelift ahead of Frankfurt Motor Show

Just like any other automaker that aims to debut its most exciting models at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz seeks to tickle everyone’s imagination. It has now given us a teaser of the EQ A Concept, just a few days after teasing us with the Project One hypercar. During this month’s motor show, Mercedes-Benz will showcase the Project One together with models with the EQ nameplate. The “EQ” name was patented back in 2016, the same year that we saw the Generation EQ at Paris.

The Mercedes-Benz EQ A Concept, as you can see in the photo, is like a minimized version of the larger EQ - an electric hatchback. Also, the EQ A looks a lot closer to production compared to the SUV concept that we saw before it. It’s not like we have seen all angles of the vehicle in the photos, but we can kind of tell. So far, the EQ A’s headlights, grille, and diffuser look like something that you will see in a production car. The one thing that we may not see in on is the LED strip around the grille.

Since this is just a teaser, of course Mercedes-Benz will share with us very limited information about it as well. One thing we know for sure that has been confirmed is that it will be a “small electric vehicle”, which will most likely be a hatchback. During the upcoming motor show, the updated EQ (which is also larger) will join the EQ A as it goes on stage. Both models will feature similar designs and proportions, and may possibly even share the same platform.

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Mercedes-AMG Project One may be one of the most awaited premieres at the upcoming 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, and yet, the automaker continues to give us teaser images of it, calling it a “two-seater supersports showcar”. What we know about it so far is that a near-production model will make its reveal at the 2017 IAA.

The new photo they released only shows the silhouette of the Project One that looks like a Formula 1 roof scoop, headlights that have been turned on, as well as what seems like the grille with the AMG logo. We don’t exactly know what the model is like but we would like to think of it as a road-going Le Mans prototype equipped with a Formula One engine, and other F1 technology such as its hybrid system and the electronics. As mentioned earlier, the roof scoop was probably designed with a huge influence on the world’s most advanced motorsport category.

Underneath the Project One’s hood is a 1.6-liter turbo V6 with hybrid assistance that it got from the Mercedes-AMG’s 2015 W06 Hybrid Formula One car. It will be given two electric motors on the rear, and another two on the front axle, letting the hybrid system produce over 1000 horsepower. To make it into a road legal car, they have to thoroughly revise the system. The company also made a promise that it will last 31,000 miles (50,000) between rebuilds, considering that its rev limit is above 10,000 rpm.

Read the entire article Mercedes-AMG Project One confirmed for 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

The 2017 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet is no doubt a powerful car, with a 621 horsepower engine under its hood. Despite its power, Brabus still decided that they'd push the S65's V12 engine even further. By doing so, they were able to extract an additional 267 horsepower, giving it a total of 888 horsepower (662 kilowatts) available from 5,500 rpm. Naturally, torque is also increased to 1,106 pound-feet (1,500 Nm) at 4,200 rpm from only 738 pound-feet (1,000 Newton metres). To preserve reliability, it had to be electronically capped to 885 pound feet (1,200 Nm).

With that much power hike, Brabus didn't just have to do some software revision, but they also had to increase engine displacement from 6.0 to 6.3 liters and enlarge the cylinder bores. Exhaust manifolds and larger turbochargers had to be installed too. The new control system takes care of cooling and stabilizing the car, making it work in the most efficient way while ensuring you get a smooth V12 cabriolet.

Brabus modified a seven-speed automatic transmission that works with the immense power of the V12, giving power to the rear wheels. It has been given a custom limited-slip differential, new intake manifold, bigger down pipes, and a high-performance exhaust that completes the hardware upgrades.

Read the entire article 2017 Frankfurt Preview: Brabus Rocket 900 Cabrio based on 2017 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet

Emissions, emissions, emissions. We have been hearing a lot about this issue lately, and we know that automakers dread it too, as it is the worst thing that could happen right now for their business.

This time, the victim of emissions would be Mercedes-Benz and now they have to halt the production of their E350d in Germany. This is because they have to implement some changes to the 3.0 liter V6 turbodiesel so it produces less NOx emissions. The company's plan is too fit in a selective catalytic reduction system with more surface area, maximizing the company's AdBlue after-treatment fluid, but Mercedes will still inject the same amount of AdBlue in the system.

Autocar said that it will take a few weeks for Mercedes to do the engine tweaks. Currently, the 3.0 liter V6 produces 258 horsepower (192 kilowatts) and 457 pound feet (620 Newton metres) of torque. The company makes it clear that the only affected engines are the ones on sale in the market since May.

Read the entire article Emission issues now affecting Mercedes-Benz E350d models, sales stopped in Germany

A few months ago, Mercedes-Benz promised that they will be treating everyone to a “big surprise” during the Monterey Car Week. And true enough, many of us were stunned as they unveiled the all electric Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet convertible version of the hardtop model that made its debut at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last year.

Just like an art piece, this model is no doubt a head turner just like its predecessor. The Vision 6 Cabriolet stretches out to nineteen feet in length, and it sits on 24-inch wheels. Its hood appears extra long, while the tail tapers uniquely to a certain point. The front fascia gets a huge grille finished in chrome, which contrasts with the slim headlights. Mercedes actually refers to the rear end as a “boat tail”, complementing the Nautical Blue Metallic name for the exterior finish.

The Vision 6 Cabriolet’s interior completely stands out from the exterior. The two-seater cabin is finished in a clean white interior with silver accents - from the seats, the dashboard, to the steering wheel. The center console gets a wing-like “flowing” design that is given an ambient blue lighting around the elements, as well as the door panels. The illuminated dots around the seats all have tiny backlit Mercedes logos.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz surprises us with Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet

Most of you must’ve heard the news that Mercedes Benz’s high-performance arm has got something up on its sleeve. This is true since Mercedes-AMG has been working on a new hybrid system to be eventually included into its entire range of engines.

In fact, the CLS 53 AMG will be the first to have the new performance hybrid system. It’s expected to go on sale sometime next year. There has been no confirmation yet on when the premiere will take place but Mercedes will probably launch the new CLS version before the end of 2018. It’s anticipated that when combined with its new 3.0-liter inline six turbo along with its 67hp electric motor, this hybrid power plant should be more or less capable of delivering a total of 496 hp output.

Further, the new AMG 53 lineup will actually replace the AMG 43 range with 3.0-liter V6 motor. The inline-six turbo will make use of both eZV or electric auxiliary compressor and ISG (or the Integrated Starter Alternator) to achieve up to 70,000 rounds per minute at merely 300 milliseconds. In short, Mercedes-Benz’s new hybrid technology isn’t just powerful but is also relatively more efficient.

Read the entire article Mercedes-AMG preparing the new 53 line

Pedestrian protection is increasingly becoming one of the priorities in vehicular safety. In fact, Euro NCAP includes pedestrian protection as of one of the four aspects by which it rates overall safety in vehicles. Now, Mercedes-Benz is trying to get ahead of its rivals in the field of pedestrian protection by registering a patent that would allow the German premium carmaker to install external airbags.

According to its patent application with United States Patent and Trademark Office, the pedestrian protection device includes a bonnet that could be popped up or opened in order to further soften an impact. The car is fitted with a number of sensors that could detect when the vehicle hits a pedestrian. As soon as the car senses that a collision has occurred against the edge of the bonnet, this part of the vehicle would shift in the direction of the windscreen.

The pedestrian protection device also includes two airbags, which when triggered, would extend across a region of the windscreen pillar, which is also known as the A pillar. The airbag would have a cylindrical shape -- or even an oval shape -- and would be fitted inside a fabric tube. The associated actuator system is also fitted in the fabric tube. One end of the fabric tube would be connected to the edge of the bonnet or to the hinge of the hood. Meanwhile, the other end is fixed to front frame cross-member of the roof or to the A-pillar.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz patents a pedestrian protection system with airbags on the A-pillar

Before the Mercedes-AMG GT came to life, there was the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. But production for the latter only lasted for four years, and now, it is gone for good. There are some people who get attached to their cars, not wanting to sell them because owners consider them valuable, and this might be the case for Inden Design. The German tuner recently came out with a kit that will keep the SLS AMG fresh and running for several more years.

Inden Design says that the result after installing the kit will be the “world’s most advanced SLS AMG”. The SLS AMG gets a whole body makeover, and I mean all original Black Series parts will be dismantled as it goes through the process of upgrading. Everything from the apron to the hood, and even the side sills will be changed.

But the upgrades are not just about how it looks on the outside. The SLS AMG will be getting an upgraded interior and engine as well. The cabin originally comes with a factory carbon package. Underneath will be a new ice-blast treatment, combined with some original durable plastic laminated parts. Having said that, all the upgrades are not just for show, but have their functions too.

Read the entire article Inden Design restyles and upgrades the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Earlier this year, we had the chance to test the Mercedes-AMG GLE43. That time, the GLE43 had a 3.0-liter biturbo V6 engine that was capable of producing an impressive 362 horsepower. We were quite impressed with the six-cylinder mill considering that the car weighed almost 5,000 pounds. Now, the company decided they would give the 2018 model year an extra push of 23 horsepower, now giving it a maximum of 385 horsepower for the “43” model.

The sporty model will still be equipped with the same nine-speed automatic transmission that gives power to the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. But the other GLE models will only be getting a seven-speed gear box. As for performance, we have not heard from Mercedes USA just yet, but we do know that the previous year model could sprint from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in just 5.6 seconds, while continuing to a top speed of 130 miles per hour (209 kph).

With this performance upgrade, we would naturally expect a price increase as well. The 2018 model year GLE43 now starts at $67,750 MSRP - that is $600 more than its predecessor. If the GLE43 is not fast enough for you, then you can opt for the more powerful GLE63 model that will cost you almost double at $102,550. The “63” model can give out 550 horsepower, or you can even go all out with the 577 horsepower GLE63, which starts at $109,700. These models can now be had with additional wood trims as part of the 2018 upgrade.

Read the entire article Mercedes-AMG GLE43 gets power upgrade for the 2018 model year
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