The next-generation Mercedes- Benz GL has surfaced in the form of spy pictures. Clicked by an enthusiast from outside a development center in Southern Germany, the GL prototype caught on cam appears to belong to the wagon/ SUV family.
The front-end design has similarities with the current E-Class and the GL is expected to be built on a stretched version of the next generation ML platform. The car, going by the pictures, is expected to come sporting LED daytime running lights on the bumper; while there will be compact light clusters for the taillights. A wider grill and a more aerodynamic nose would add to the charm.
Merc is likely to stay with the engines that were earlier part of the ML SUV. This could mean that the 3.0 and 4.0 liter diesels as well as the 5.5 liter gasoline/petrol engine coupled to the brand’s 7G-Tronic (7-speed) transmission would remain. Likely to arrive sometime in late 2012, the next-gen GL would be model to look out for. [via WCF]
Folks from GWA-Tuning are trying to stun the family man with an amazing new four wheeler, their 2011 Mercedes E63 AMG Wagon. They came up with a body-kit that make the aggressive car, even more aggressive thanks to a front bumper with carbon vents and spoiler with LED running lights, a new grill and new brake cooling vents.
On top of that we’re hearing that on the sides there are skirts with cooling ducts for the rear brakes and carbon fiber pillar trim, a carbon fiber diffuser fitted with an LED fog lamp and a roof spoiler. All these for a round €15,000 (~ $18,500) or €22,000 (~ $27,200) if you go for the fully-optioned package that includes a set of 5-spoke GWA wheels and Valvetronic exhaust pipes.
There is some real good news for the American premium car enthusiasts as Mercedes-Benz US detailed their plans to expand the B-Class and the C-Class lineage beyond the existing range.
The move is seen as a step to compete with other premium brands in the US which offer a wide variety of commuters for each of their lineage unlike Mercedes Benz. The CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, Ernst Lieb mentioned that the C-Class will get a coupe version as early as next year to compete with the BMW 3 Series. Sometime later in the future, the C-Class will also get a sedan, a convertible and even an estate wagon. As far as the B-Class is concerned, the expansion will begin in 2012 which will again include a coupe, a convertible and a sedan. The B-Class expansion will be a move to target the likes of the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3.
After finding out that BMW is the most valuable automobile manufacturer in the world, we’re now hearing that the German moniker intends to return to DTM for the 2012 season. The return to the German Touring Car Masters is seen as a move to challenge the already competing racing versions of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG and the Audi A4. BMW will have to fulfill the requirements set by ITR in order to compete in the 2012 edition of the racing series that stretches across France, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom. DTM is currently raced exclusively by cars manufactured by the premier BMW rivals such as Audi and Mercedes. BMW last participated in the series in 1996.
It is no hidden secret that all premium brands are heading to China with their long wheel-base versions of their regular sedans and Mercedes is not the one to be left behind. The LWB version of its E-Class that offers 14 cm more leg space has been unveiled at the Auto China 2010 show. The E 300 L is the first model that has been specifically designed by Mercedes for the Chinese market and the extended wheelbase variant will also be available as an E 260 CGI model. Mercedes focusing on the Chinese market is no surprise as the premium brand has registered 112 percent growth in Q1, 2010 in China.
Long Wheelbase premium models are fast becoming popular in Beijing amongst the multi-millionaires that hail from the growing Asian markets. Bearing this demand in mind, Mercedes is unveiling the LWB version of its Mercedes-Benz E-Class in China and one of those automobiles were spotted outside the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition. Mercedes is rolling out this LWB edition in collaboration with Beijing Auto and the model will likely be dubbed the Beijing Benz E300L. The LWB E-Class is 7mm shorter in height than the standard model but the overall length is 14-centimeters longer. [Images by auto.sohu.com]