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Mercedes-Benz’ new MBUX infotainment system will debut in next-gen A-Class

The 2018 Consumer Electric Show is full of exciting new technology for everyone, including the automotive industry. One of the most anticipated is the unveiling of the Linux-based MBUX that promised to bring a “revolution in the cockpit.”

Expect to see this infotainment system in upcoming compact models starting off with the next-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback. A camouflaged near-production prototype of the five-door model is currently in Las Vegas at the CES. This won’t be offered in the United States but then, the sedan version will make it to the country soon enough.

We will be giving you all the details you will need to know about the infotainment system, starting off with the seven-inch instrument cluster with a touchscreen of the same size that can be found on the A-Class. For the higher trim, the touchscreen gets an upgrade to a 10.25-inch version. Meanwhile, the top trim gets a dual 10.25 inch setup.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class gets a darker Night Package option

With all the photos Mercedes-Benz has been posting of the new 2019 G-Class, not one of those featured the SUV in a light exterior finish, as they were all in black, or other darker shades. It’s only today that they showed off the Night Package in a brighter shade of red. And all we can say is that it looks very stunning.

You are probably wondering why the Night Package here comes with a lighter body paint. Well, that is because it refers to certain parts of the SUV that has been blackened, including the turn signals, taillights, and headlights. The cabin windows now have tinted glass as well, while the grille’s slats, vertical sections of the bumpers, side mirror housings, and the surround for the spare tire carrier at the rear will be finished in Obsidian Black.

The A-pillar accents, as well as the accents that go up the roof, have a matching look too. The 2019 G-Class with the Night Package rides on 20-inch multi spoke wheels with dark details. All these new blacked-out parts act as a perfect contrast to the red body, as you can see in the photos.

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Long wheelbase Mercedes-Benz GLC-L is ready to make its debut in China

The Chinese market will soon be getting the exclusive China-only model, Mercedes-Benz GLC-L, for a premium of 15,000 yuan ($2,300) more than the regular model.

The difference is actually quite noticeable as this model has a longer wheelbase. It had been increased by 10 cm (3.93 inches). As you can see from the images from CarNewsChina and Autohome, the roofline seems to have grown starting from the B-pillar.

Since we are discussing a longer wheelbase, then we might as well talk about the vehicle’s dimensions. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-L is 4,765 mm (15.6 feet) long, 1,898 mm (6.2 feet) wide, and 1,648 mm (5.4 feet) high. Its wheelbase has grown to a total of 2,973 mm (9.7 feet).

Read the entire article Long wheelbase Mercedes-Benz GLC-L is ready to make its debut in China

2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class offers more luxury and off-road features

We wouldn’t disagree with Mercedes-Benz when they claim that their G-Class is a true icon in the automotive world. In fact, it has been around in its same form for almost 40 years. Besides, can you think of any other vehicle that has survived that long, with very minimal changes? All we can say is the G-Class has been proven to be timeless.

Today, the spotlight is on the 2019 G-Class. Unsurprisingly, it has the same rugged appearance as its predecessor despite the number of updates. Several new exterior updates were implemented that make the surface look smoother, with its reshaped headlights and tail lights, slimmer front blinker, and a new set of wheels. It has grown in size a little too, by 2.1 inch in length, 4.8 inch in width, and 0.3 inch in height.

But most of the new upgrades can be found inside the cabin. Passengers will now get more room inside, particularly back passengers. This has been done because the previous model had tighter accommodations for back riders. This also means more legroom for them, because the wheelbase had been extended by 1.6 inches in length. Aside from that, the rear seats had been repositioned as well. Late last year, we also talked about the G-Class’ new interior that has been made so much nicer, with the new surface that gives us the same familiarity, but with a more upscale feel.

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Mercedes-Benz is building on the success of the Marco Polo travel vans by offering more diversity with their newest offering -- the camper van conversion, catering to the more adventurous crowd. This new package does not directly come from Mercedes. Instead, it is the product of Tischer, a German company that specializes in converting pickups into recreational vehicles.

If you check out the German tuner’s page online, you would see a number of similar conversions for different brands and models such as the Land Rover Defender, the Volkswagen Amarok, Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara, Isuzu D-Max, Ford Ranger, and to the Dodge Ram. As you know, Mercedes’ X-Class is somewhat based on the Navara, much like the Renault Alaskan. And that is why it should not come as a surprise that Tischer is adding the X-Class to its lineup.

The cabin is designed like a cove and the inside area measures 1.5 meters wide with nearly two meters of headroom. It offers plenty of space and includes a kitchen with a three-burner gas stove for cooking while on the road. It has enough space for three seats, which can easily be transformed into an extra bed when needed. The best part is that the entire cabin is demountable.

Read the entire article Tischer converts Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup truck into a posh camper van

Not many car models can get away with retaining the look for many years. In fact, the only models we could think of are the Land Rover Defender and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Though the G-Class’s latest variation, the W464, is supposed to debut in mid-January, official images of the boxy vehicle have already emerged in a Chinese website.

As mentioned earlier, the G-Class is one of the oldest designs we have seen, but it could still get away with it. And true enough the W464 still retains the Mercedes’ G-Class’ exterior design, just minus the old block, which was a good move for them. For 39 years, the automaker has kept virtually the same exterior appearance for the reputable off roader. The evolutionary design just makes perfect sense given the G-Class’ heritage.

Based on the photographs we saw, we cannot tell you much about the vehicle’s dimensions just yet. What we do know is that the new generation will most likely not be wider than the current W463 model that has been out since 1990. But even if the size will not increase, what we do know is that Mercedes has developed a more spacious cabin with its smarter packaging. Besides that, the new interior will have a technology infusion, which we have already known about for quite some time now.

Read the entire article Images of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class display retro exterior with high-tech cabin

As the year 2017 comes to an end, the race for luxury sales has also reached a remarkable finish. This has always been a highly contended segment in the United States with each automaker making various daring attempts to elbow each other out. Well, we’re here to report that it seems like Mercedes-Benz will be taking the crown home for the second year in a row.

Last month, Bloomberg reported that Mercedes-Benz has delivered a total number of 302,043 units in 2017. And that number is mostly comprised of their strong sellers including the C-Class, GLC, and the GLE. That’s not all, because the Mercedes-AMG alone was doing so well too. In fact, sales were up by 49.6% in 2017, adding up to a total of 30,116 units. There is also the entry-level 43 lineup that is a lot cheaper than the pure AMG models.

According to reports, Mercedes-Benz has been doing very well with their SUVs. This could be because their offerings have become more practical.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz keeps crown as top luxury brand in the US in 2017

During the recent 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, one of the few cars that stood out would be this 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS that made its debut. Because it turned heads, it has inevitably become a favourite among rendering artists.

Some of them may just be for the hell of it, like the Coupe and the Cabriolet. The newest one looks actually quite promising. Imagined by artist Aksyonov Nikita, is a four-door coupe in the range topping AMG guise.

Up front, some of the noticeable changes would be the new bumper and the modified grille that includes the AMG badging. The rear end, on the other hand, gets a new bumper, carbon fiber diffuser and a boot lid spoiler, as well as quad tailpipes.

Read the entire article 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS rendered as a Coupe, Cabriolet and in AMG guise

Mercedes-Benz has a completely new infotainment system that will make its debut as early as 2018. Details are scarce so far, but Mercedes is expected fill in the needed information when it unveils the new infotainment system – dubbed as the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) – to the global public at the upcoming 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.

Currently, all of Mercedes’ luxury offerings – from the A-Class to the S-Class -- are provided with the Comand (Cockpit Management and Data) infotainment system. This infotainment system – featuring a dedicated flat display screen -- serves as the command and control center for all telematics and telecommunications functions. The latest Comand system was launched in the 2013 S-Class, but the very first version of this technology was introduced before the year 2000. In short, the Comand infotainment system is now old, with its age already becoming an issue.

It turns out that Mercedes has been developing a new infotainment system that would replace Comand – the new MBUX. According to Mercedes, the MBUX features innovative technology derived artificial intelligence and an intuitive operating system. It will soon define a new era of infotainment and connectivity, as the German premium carmaker will make this new system as standard in the next generation of its compact car – in particular in the all-new Mercedes A-Class – in 2018. This new MBUX infotainment system is expected to find its way through the rest of Mercedes’ vehicle compact lineup. Thus, expect the MBUX system to trickle its way to the B-Class, CLA and CLA Shooting Brake as well as GLA. Expect the MBUX system to also be offered on other vehicles in Mercedes’ future lineup.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz to unveil new MBUX infotainment system at 2018 CES in Las Vegas

Mercedes-Benz has officially released the pricing details of the new 2019 CLS. The base variant is the CLS 350d 4Matic that’s equipped with the inline-six rated engine and comes with a displacement of 2,925 cc and an output of 286 hp with maximum torque measured at 443 lb.-ft. This has been priced at $80,176 (€68,127.50) for the German market.

Much like the base model, the CLS 400d 4Matic is fitted with the same diesel engine although it has been tuned to offer more power at 340 hp having peak torque of 516 lb.-ft. Acceleration from 0 to 62 mph is at 5.0 seconds, faster than the 5.7 seconds offered by the CLS 350d 4Matic. The CLS 400d 4Matic is priced beginning at $85,330 (€72,507.70).

Those who want a petrol-powered version can choose the CLS 450 4Matic with is equipped with a 3.0-liter engine. Maximum output is 367 hp with top torque of 369 lb.-ft. It can go from 0 to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds. Mercedes-Benz has given this model a starting price of $83,445 (€70,906.15).

Read the entire article 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS is priced from €68,127, set to start selling in Germany this March

Mercedes-AMG revealed that it will be unveiling the CLS 53 during the North American International Auto Show in January 2018. This was confirmed by none other than that brand’s very own Chairman of the Management Board Tobias Moers.

Moers however confirmed as well that Mercedes-AMG will no longer be coming out with the CLS 63 AMG. The main reason is that the brand needs to make room for its AMG GT4 offering. This model is expected to go on sale by 2019 in the U.S.

This news could well make a number of customers sad, particularly those who have a preference for the CLS 63. Mercedes-AMG however did suggest that it may offer AMG versions for the E-Class Convertible and even the E-Class Coupe. Moers clarified that there will be 53 variants and these may arrive in the markets as early as 2019. There are also reports that hint at the redesigned GLE being given the 53 treatment. However, this will occur only once the standard version is launched, which is sometime in early 2019.

Read the entire article Mercedes-AMG ditches CLS 63 to allow for new AMG GT4

Fans and enthusiasts of the Mercedes-Benz CLS don’t have to endure anymore the teasers over the upcoming third generation of the four-door coupe. This is because Mercedes Benz has finally unveiled the next generation of the CLS four-door coupe – now more impressive and more intelligent – at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The third generation of the CLS coupe is underpinned by the MRA (Modular Rear Architecture) platform, which means it has some similarities with E-Class sedan. However, the driving experience provided by the CLS coupe is different, since it boasts of a sportier chassis tune. Compared to its predecessor, the new 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS coupe has its length extended by 2.0 inches while its height has been shrunk by 0.5 inch.

Nonetheless, the new generation coupe is easily recognizable as the CLS, but is now influenced by the carmaker’s Sensual Purity design language. Its front end is defined by the diamond grille common with Mercedes coupes, with a single louver. Now, the contours of the grille are similar to those of the grille on the Mercedes-AMG GT. Dynamically following these contours while bordering the grille are very flat and wide LED headlamps with inward-slanting flanks.

Read the entire article 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS four-door coupe is on display at 2017 LA Auto Show

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet is certainly a premium convertible that many desire. Of course, it would be nice if customers could create their ideal E-Class Cabriolet according to their taste and preferences. To help customers in the process of creating their perfect E-Class Cabriolet, Mercedes-Benz has already included the new model in its official online configurator.

As offered in the United States, the new E-Class Cabriolet is availed in two flavors -- E400 Cabriolet and the E400 4Matic Cabriolet. The E400 Cabriolet has a starting price of $66,300 and comes powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine that delivers 329 hp (245 kW) of max output and 354 lb-ft (479 Nm) of peak torque. The two-wheel drive E400 Cabriolet could sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds. On the other hand, the E400 4MATIC Cabriolet comes with base price of $68,800. Although it is powered by the same engine as the E400 Cabriolet, the E400 4MATIC Cabriolet has power sent to all four wheels, allowing it to accelerate from nil to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds.

Thanks to the online configurator, interested customers could further individualize the E-Class Cabriolet. For instance, interested buyers could choose between 11 different exterior paints. These finishes include black (no extra cost) and designo Diamond White Metallic (additional $1,515). Four colors are available for the soft top of the E-Class Cabriolet – Black, Blue, Red and Dark Brown.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz opens online configurator for 2018 E-Class Cabriolet

Before the W177 goes on sale in 2018, Mercedes-Benz had to go back to the drawing board to check on the A Class’ interior. This is because the new model will have a completely different cabin compared to the current model. One of the most noticeable changes would be the dual display layout that has been received from the range topping model of the range. Instead of being fully incorporated into the dashboard, the screens will be sticking out, so it will be quite different from the E-Class.

As you can see in the images, there is a pair of 12.3-inch wide displays in the top of the range 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The base model, on the other hand, will have a dual 7-inch setup, while the mid-range version will come with a 7-inch instrument cluster and a 12.3 inch infotainment system. There is a total of 64 ambient LED lighting colours that passengers can choose from, and that is a huge jump from the outgoing model that only had 12 hues.

You have already seen the steering wheel from before and that is because it had been sourced from the S-Class to enable Mercedes’ entry-level model for a more upscale feel. Other features that were carried over from the E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet include the nifty turbine-style air vents.

Read the entire article 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class shows off its premium high-tech interior

Mercedes-Benz just made an announcement that the 2018 E Class Cabriolet has finally landed in the United States. If you had not known, the E Class will be positioned in between the C and the S-Class convertibles. In fact, the E Class is being marketed as a luxury drop top that will have both a pure, elegant design, with long distance comfort just enough for four occupants.

As its name suggests, it will have a number of similarities with an E Class Coupe, except it will feature a fabric soft top in several colour options like black, red, dark blue, and dark brown. No matter which colour the customer selects, all of them will have the same feature, which promises to reduce both wind and road noise. It is fully automatic with sophisticated insulation that cuts down wind and noise when driving on the highway. In only 20 seconds, the top can fully be opened and closed, while traveling at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour (48 kilometers per hour). The roof then folds into a compartment in the trunk after opening.

Aside from the convertible fabric roof, the E Class Cabriolet comes with remarkable options including a heat reflecting leather upholstery, an Aircap wind deflector, as well as an Airscarf neck level heating system.

Read the entire article 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet now available at US dealerships, priced from $66,300

Days ago, Mercedes-Benz provided us with images of the face of the next generation 2019 CLS-Class. And today, the teasing continues as we get a view of the stylish sedan’s interior, which has a lot of red accents. Fortunately, it won’t be a long wait since the CLS will soon make its premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show in a few weeks.

While looking at the CLS-Class, we can’t help but think that it is the E-Class’ better-looking sibling, especially with its handsome interior design that’s shown here. It has an ultra-wide panel that contains the infotainment and instrument displays. This design creates the illusion of a wider interior. There is also crimson ambient lighting behind the screen that makes it more sophisticated, complete with a strip of carbon fiber trims on the HVAC vents.

Furthermore, Mercedes has informed us that this model features the newly introduced Energizing Comfort system. What makes this new feature exciting is that it is integrated on the vehicle’s comfort systems. These include the ambient lighting, climate control, and the seat’s heating, ventilation and massage functions. Passengers can enjoy several modes when it comes to comfort, and these include Freshness, Warmth, Vitality, and Joy modes. Like the S-Class, there are also options like Comfort and Training.

Read the entire article Teaser: Next-gen 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS interior features stylish ultra-wide panel with red accents

In 2013, Mercedes-Benz started offering a novel way to make the vaunted Mercedes-Benz star on the grille more noticeable in the dark – by illumination. This simple but innovative illuminated Mercedes-Benz star managed to attain huge success, with increasingly more customers availing of this option from Mercedes’ original-parts program. Now, this program is offering another way to spice up a Mercedes vehicle – the new LED Projector AMG Emblem feature.

Mercedes is making the LED Projector AMG Emblem available to almost every model in its lineup. This means that whether a customer drives an A-Class or is hitting the road in a GLS, he or she could have this customization feature be installed on his or her ride. However, the LED Projector AMG Emblem could only be fitted on Mercedes model with the door lighting packages that come with factory-installed entrance light mounted at the bottom of the front doors. Once installed, the LED Projector AMG Emblem would replace the factory-installed entrance lights.

Once the driver or front passengers open their respective doors, the AMG emblem – an apple tree on the river that symbolizes the company’s location in Affalterbach, Germany – would be projected into the entrance area in a three-dimensional manner through the entrance lighting mechanism located at the bottom of the front door. This mechanism makes one’s entry into a Mercedes vehicle more special, allowing the driver or the front passenger to enjoy a more exceptional experience.

Read the entire article Show your love for the Mercedes-AMG brand with a new option: the LED Projector AMG Emblem

The Mercedes-AMG GT R isn't in any way underpowered. Dubbed as the “Beast of the Green Hell” by the AMG – owning to the fact it was mostly developed in the Nordschleife circuit of the famed Nurburgring – the AMG GT R has the specs to prove this moniker. However, tuning company Renntech has transformed the beast into a more powerful monster and wrapped it in an attention-seeking orange suit.

It is unknown whether Renntech has found the AMG GT R underpowered or just wanted to boost the speed predator’s credentials. Either way, Renntech did a great job in making the Beast of the Green Hell more impressive and more noticeable.

As it is, the AMG GT R is powered by 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 engine paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It is tuned by AMG to deliver 577 hp (585 PS) of max output and 516 lb.-ft. (700 Nm) of peak torque. This V8 engine – along with a number of dynamic elements and high-tech components – allow the AMG GT R to sprint from a standstill to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and achieve a top speed of 198 mph (319 km/h). Furthermore, an AMG GT R driven by Christian Gebhardt of Sport Auto managed to complete a lap at the Nurburgring Nordschleife in just 7 minutes and 10.92 seconds.

Read the entire article Renntech creates a 761 hp orange beast out of a Mercedes-AMG GT R

When Mercedes-AMG created the new Mercedes-AMG GT R, Mercedes-Benz’s high-performance brand had the racetrack in mind. Since most of the development time of the AMG GT R was spent in the "Green Hell" of the Nurburgring, the AMG GT R earned the nickname the “Beast of the Green Hell.” Now, that mindset is translated from four wheels into two wheels, resulting to the creation of the ROTWILD R.S2 Limited-Edition Beast of the Green Hell.

As its name indicates, the ROTWILD R.S2 Limited-Edition "Beast of the Green Hell" is a special-edition hand-built racing bike that takes heavy inspiration from the AMG GT R. While the development of the AMG GT R was underpinned by AMG’s vast experience in AMG GT3 customer sport and in the German Touring Car Masters, that of the ROTWILD R.S2 Limited-Edition "Beast of the Green Hell" is cored on driving dynamics, design, comfort and lightweight construction.

Just like the AMG GT R, the ROTWILD R.S2 Limited-Edition "Beast of the Green Hell" racing bike employs a number of state-of-the-art technology. While the AMG GT R employs intelligent lightweight construction incorporating aluminum and carbon with specific reinforcements in the body shell, the hand-built frame of the special edition bike takes on "Carbon Module Monocoque Technology" (MMT2) as well as "High Modulus" and "High Tenacity" fibresto. This allowed the bike frame to offer high levels of rigidity with ideal damping properties while weighing as low as possible.

Read the entire article Rotwild R.S2 Beast of the Green Hell racing bike pays tribute to Mercedes-AMG GT R

Demand for the Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar is so high that people had been lining up to get a piece of this 1,000-hp-plus road machine even before Mercedes has commenced its production. Mercedes has placed the production cap at just 275 examples. In fact, the AMG Project One is practically sold out. Thus, those included in the shortlist of customers for the new AMG Project One could be considered as having a great amount of luck.

It turns out that one of those in the shortlist is trying to transform such luck into fortunes. Of course, with a price tag of around $2.7 million, the AMG Project One is reserved for the rich and affluent. Aside from taking into possession a one-of-a-kind hypercar laden with Formula One technologies, future owners would be getting their hands on one of the most exclusive and limited supercars in the market. This person in question doesn’t seem to like the prestige that comes with owning an example of the AMG Project One. But instead of just giving it away, he or she is selling his/her spot on the shortlist, as advertised on the German marketplace Mobile.de

It goes without saying that there would be people willing to take up this person’s offer. Getting into the shortlist of buyers for the new AMG Project One would be like hitting the jackpot. Even if this person is offering to sell his or her build slot for $5.22 million (€4.51 million) –– or nearly twice the price of an actual AMG Project One -- there would still be people who would ink a deal.

Read the entire article Shortlisted customer for Mercedes-AMG Project One is selling build spot for $5.22 million
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