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Mercedes-Benz GLE 400d 2019
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We’re now getting through the range of the fourth-generation Mercedes-Benz GLE (once known as M-Class), which brings us here to the most potent diesel-powered version you can buy. 

The GLE 400d uses a 2.9-litre straight-six turbodiesel producing 325bhp and a hefty 516lb ft. You can also get a lower-powered (268bhp) version of this engine in the 350d, plus an entry-level four-cylinder in the 300d with 242bhp. Whatever version you choose, power is sent to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic gearbox. 

Elsewhere, the 400d is much the same as we already know. This new GLE is longer, wider and lower than the car before it and comes with the option of seven seats for the first time. It’s also a technological tour-de-force, with a high-tech, high-quality interior and just one trim 'option': AMG Line. 

Yet the GLE’s real party piece that we were so impressed by on its international launch, the clever E-Active suspension – which integrates a development of the Airmatic air suspension with a 48-volt electrical system and camera to scan the road ahead and individually prime each wheel – remains absent from the UK options list and therefore our test car.


What we can marvel at on the GLE, though, is that engine. It’s a really lovely thing, with actual aural character. That’s so lacking in most petrol cars these days, let alone diesels that were never known for their bark, yet the growl from the under the bonnet as you explore the wide band of torque – which is delivered with some considerable shove – will raise a smile. It’s an engine willing to be revved, and one with acceleration that feels better than the official 0-62mph time of 7.6sec suggests.

The engine is ideally suited for towing, too, our GLE coming equipped with the £1150 Towing Package that boosts capacity to a mighty 3500kg. Real-world economy hovered around 30mpg on our mixed-roads test route, which is decent if not outstanding for a big, heavy car, yet the 85-litre fuel tank at least means infrequent fill-ups, thanks to a range of close to 600 miles. 

A great engine, then, but not a great car overall. While the primary ride is as about as comfortable as they come, the secondary ride really lets your backside know you’ve been over a bump or a scar in the road surface. It’s the biggest thing that lets the 400d’s mask slip from being a complete, well-rounded, luxurious and comfortable SUV.

The biggest thing, but not the only thing: it also exhibits too much roll around corners, with steering too remote to feel you’re hanging on and the car’s taking you around a corner rather than you guiding it around yourself if you display even the tiniest bit of enthusiasm.

This dynamic performance makes it all the telling that the lacking E-Active suspension is chiefly designed to counteract body lean, as well as iron out the ride by reading the road ahead, much like the previous version of the system – Magic Body Control – used on the S-Class. It’s too expensive an option for Mercedes UK to deem worth offering here, but it would be fascinating to see just how much it could transform the GLE.

Mercedes-Benz Premieres 2020 CLA 250 Coupe


Mercedes-Benz turned heads at CES Las Vegas when it debuted the 2020 CLA 250. The second generation CLA garnered praise from critics for its trim silhouette and sleek body, buoyed by a bevy of improved technical specs.

The 2020 CLA boasts 221 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, made possible by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine. Mercedes also reports that suspension and steering improvements make the CLA the best-driving compact model produced by the German behemoth, with standard front-wheel drive, though 4Matic all-wheel is an option. Mercedes also touts its improved infotainment system, which purportedly improves upon the edition debuted in 2018’s A-class CLA; the automaker demonstrated that the system can answer more complex questions (“What child-friendly Asian restaurants are nearby that are neither Chinese nor Japanese?”) and can be activated by a simple “Hey, Mercedes.”

Visit the Mercedes-Benz site for detailed information and look for the car to debut later this year.

Meanwhile, Porsche is revving up its 2020 911 Carrera Cabriolet.

Mercedes-Benz Revamps the G-Class With Stainless Steel

First revealed in January at the Detroit Motor Show, the Mercedes G-Class has been showcased in an assortment of different high-end makes, including the all-red “Night Package” and murdered-out Edition 1. Following the other drool-worthy reveals, this latest iteration is informed by stainless steel accents and enveloped in a cool-hued paint job.

Rear bumper detailing, sill protectors, door stripes, the spare tire carrier, and more are all executed in stainless steel, granting the car extra sturdiness and weather resistance. It’s not the only Mercedes-Benz model to feature the optional stainless steel treatment, but this is the first G-Class to offer the make. Fueled by a 4-liter twin turbo V8 and elevated by four-wheel drive, the SUV is friendly to both big city cruising and off-road exploration.

The G Class is already on roads now, with basic options starting at $123,600 USD. Most recently, Mercedes-Maybach revealed the safety symbol-projection feature of its 2019 S-Class.

Mercedes-AMG Unveils the 2017 C63 Cabriolet

Mercedes-AMG has already unveiled a couple of cabriolets this year (the C43 and C300), but now the German giant is back with yet another C-Class: the 2017 C63 Cabriolet. Intended as a competitor to the likes of BMW’s M4, the new C63 boasts a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine capable of 469 horsepower, 479 pound-feet of torque and acceleration of 0 to 62 mph in 4.1 seconds before topping out at an electronically-limited 155 mph. The new cabriolet will also be available in a special S edition that’s not only more powerful and faster (with 503 horsepower, 516 pound-feet of torque and a top speed of 174 mph), but also more luxurious thanks to heat-reflecting diamond-quilted Nappa leather sport seats and a white paint scheme with glossy black accents. As for the retractable top, it comes in black, blue or red and can be opened and closed at speeds up to 31 mph.

Finished with 18-inch wheels (19-inch alloys in the case of the S), the 2017 C63 Cabriolet is currently slated to hit dealers this fall.

This 1955 Mercedes-Benz Gullwing Racer Is Expected to Fetch $6 Million USD

An extremely rare 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Racer W198 will soon be auctioned at RM Sotheby’s this year, with an expected price tag of around $6,000,000 USD. The car, which paved the way for Gullwing automotive design to modern day, is one of only four ever prepped for racing and testing out of the factory by Mercedes-Benz. The car in question has actually been raced by Sir Stirling Moss, hall-of-fame Formula 1 racer, and placed second at the Tour de France championship. Once decommissioned, the Gullwing Racer was then owned by a single owner for 40 years and thus restored by the owner’s son in 2008 to its present day condition. Currently, the highest valued Gullwing sold, according to Sports Car market, was $4.62 Million in 2012 at the Gooding & Company’s Scottsdale auction, so a $6 million price tag for this racer version is no surprise.


The Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA Transforms Its Shape in the Name of Aerodynamics

The Frankfurt Motor Show is currently under way, showcasing some of the finest cars and concepts to hit our roads in the near future. One of such concepts is this: the Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA. While most will assume the IAA stands for the show’s full German title “Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung,” the cleverly convenient acronym actually stands for “Intelligent Aerodynamics Automobile.” Accordingly, once the IAA hits a set speed of about 50 mph (or manually triggered), its tail section will extend almost 15 inches away from its core chassis, allowing for a much higher degree of rear downforce and a drag coefficient of a mere 0.19. While this technology is not new (the SLS AMG, also manufactured by Mercedes-Benz, has an adaptive rear spoiler that would deploy at 75 mph), a transformation of this magnitude is definitely a feat of engineering. Along with the rear, aerodynamic flaps in the front and rear bumper also activate to force wind away from the “active rims,” thus reducing turbulence. Due to the conceptual stage of the IAA, no release date or pricing is available, but keep an eye out for this new technology in the near future.


2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe

Combining the stellar Mercedes-AMG C63 sedan and the recently unveiled Mercedes-Benz C-Class brings about an even more stunning vehicle: the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 coupe. Debuting at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, the new car is sleek but aggressive, with equally impressive performance. Its interior makings include the same twin turbo 4.0-liter V8 as the C63 sedan, offering two different states of tune. The standard C63 coupe offers 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, while the C63 S offers 503 and 516 respectively. Additionally, the car runs to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds in the standard, and 3.8 in the S. Its interior boasts an equally impressive attention to detail, and sharp and strong aesthetics to match the beautiful car. While the AMG C63 will officially make its debut next month, American deliveries won’t begin until summer 2016.

Mercedes-AMG GT-Inspired Rotwild GT-S Bicycle

Mercedes-AMG and Rotwild have teamed up to set a new standard for high-performance mountain biking. The Rotwild GT-S was inspired by the AMG GT, and built for competition with its lightweight frame and slick yellow and black accents. Other bells and whistles include carbon fiber handles bars, multi-shift functionality, Formula AMG R1 Racing FCS disc brakes and 29-inch carbon fiber wheels with Continental Race King tires. Production of these beauties is limited to 100 units, with prices starting at €9,990 ($11,000 USD).

Mercedes-AMG Previews the GT3 Ahead of Geneva Motor Show

Last week we got an advance look at the new Mercedes-AMG GT3, and today official images have hit the web in all their glory. Replacing the SLS AMG GT3 that won its class at the Nürburgring 24 Hours in 2013, this new racing version of the Mercedes-AMG GT is built specifically to comply with the FIA GT3 class’s homologation and set to be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show. Under the hood the GT3 sports a 6.3-liter V8, sourced from the SLS AMG GT3. The exterior is simply stylish, featuring vertical grille slats, a circuit-hugging body kit, and huge wing at the rear. For now we can enjoy these photos, until we get to see this beauty in action in Geneva.


2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600

The Mercedes-Maybach relationship represents a progression for two names already synonymous with luxury, as parent company Daimler revives the Maybach legacy through Mercedes‘ already-elite S Class line. Although the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 retains classic lines and, admittedly, isn’t aesthetically radical, it still represents the best of German engineering for the streets. This exclusive model features a V12 6.0-liter twin-turbo engine underneath the hood, a powerful motor that generates 523 bhp. Aside from its standout road performance, the S600 features MAGIC BODY CONTROL media center and a 3D surround system – courtesy with Burmester – embedded into the plush leather interior. Priced to the tune of $189,000 USD, deliveries of this exclusive vehicle will begin on February 7.


Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé

The mercedes-benz ‘GLE coupé’ combines a flamboyant nature with the striking robustness of a SUV to create a convincing and dynamic on-road/off-road vehicle.  Its raised seating position and all-round view is reminiscent of a 4×4 but interlocks well with the styling features such as the flowing side contour, elongated and low greenhouse, radiator grille with a central chrome louvre, and rear end design, that are typical to the company’s sports models. The automobile demonstrates the bridge between intelligence and emotion, and the blend of tradition and modernity to combine sportiness and modern luxury. The mercedes-benz ‘GLE coupé’ which is available as a diesel or petrol V6 biturbo engined model, has the performance to match its external look by offering an output range between 258 and 367 hp. The car has the DYNAMIC SELECT handling control, the sports direct-steer and the driver assistance systems which are all standard with the company’s products, in order to aid the driver when controlling all this force. Likewise, the 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission and 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive are also offered with the models.



Mercedes-Benz 540k Streamliner


The one-of-a-kind mercedes-benz 540 k streamliner will take center stage at pebble beach’s concours d’elegance, after the 1938 trendsetting model was reconstructed. The model has a powerful, 8 cylinder supercharged engine – offering 180 horse power – that is dedicated for high-speed, long distance motoring. due to its wind-tunnel developed, lightweight aluminum body-shell, the classical car has efficient aerodynamics. Its exterior and interior design, elegant features and spaciousness will be on show in the 14th august tour d’elegance and the 17th’s concours d’ only using the technical skills, methods and materials of the period from which the 540 k streamliner originates, the classic vehicle was restored and rebuilt. ‘The integrity of its overall design as well as numerous technical details do not only epitomise the innovative power of the mercedes-benz brand but also its expertise in the development of one-off vehicles to meet the very highest expectations in terms of design, comfort and customer benefit.’ said michael bock, head of mercedes-benz classic and customer center. the car was called ‘a herald of the future’, due to combining innovative 1930s car design with efficiency and a sleek aesthetic appeal. 

Mercedes-Benz S65 2015 AMG Coupe

Mercedes-Benz has taken to the web today to unveil its all-new 2015 S65 AMG Coupe. Just as one would expect, this luxurious sports car doesn’t deviate very much in appearance from the recently revealed S63 AMG Coupe however, it does feature a shinier mesh grille, yellow brake calipers, a different set of 20-inch wheels, a more prominent rear diffuser, and the appropriate rear badges. As for what’s under the hood, the S65 AMG Coupe boasts a V12 6.0-liter twin-turbo engine with 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque that travels 0-62 mph in 4.1 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph in Europe and 186 mph in the United States. Additional details include a seven-speed AMG Speedshift, Designo Nappa leather sport seats, and a Magic Body Control suspension system that allows the car to lean into bends, similar to a motorcyclist or skier. Likely to reach a price tag of around $250,000 USD, Mercedes-Benz will begin delivering its S65 AMG Coupe later this year.


Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sculpture by Gerry Judah

Aside from the vehicles themselves, the major highlight of Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 was undoubtedly the event’s arching Mercedes-Benz sculpture. Created by London-based artist and designer Gerry Judah, the enormous 90-meter-tall steel arch soars 26 meters above the historic Goodwood house and pits two Mercedes racers against one another. Designed to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Mercedes racing team’s distinctive silver colorway, the piece makes use of two classics: the 1934 W25 – which won in its very first outing at the notorious Nürburgring with Manfred Von Brauchitsch behind the wheel – and the F1 W04, the Formula 1 team’s current vehicle of choice and one that’s been led to victories at both Silverstone and Monte Carlo by Nico Rosberg.


Mercedes-Benz Classics Center

The Mercedes-Benz Classics Center in Irvine, California specializes in bringing ne life to the brand’s most iconic models. The center not only restores vintage vehicles, but provides tune-ups with hard-to-find deadstock parts, searches for and sells out-of-production models, and hosts summits for passionate owners. Gear Patrol got the inside scoop on this gem, delving inside the gearhead’s dream palace. Enjoy select photos from inside above.

source: hypebeast

Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUV

Set to make its real world debut next week is Mercedes-Benz‘s new Concept Coupe SUV. The concept looks to merge the best qualities of an SUV and coupe, making this a sporty drive with enough space for the dog and kids. Powering the car is a 3.0 liter V6 good for 333 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque and mated to a nine-speed automatic gerarbox. The exterior is a purposeful mix of graceful lines and hard edges, giving the car an aggressive look similar to BMX X6. No word on whether or not this will become a production reality but this should give a good indication of the marque’s possible design direction for any future SUVs.

source: hypebeast