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Mercedes-Benz: Future Models

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  • rleyrley Posts: 4
    Just guessing, but I think the ML320CDI will be at 24/30 and the R320CDI at 24/31. I arrived at these figures by taking the difference between the E350 and E320CDI, (8mpg city, 10mpg hwy) and applying these figures to the ML350 and R350.

    The question one has to ask is: Does this difference in mileage make sense considering the inconvenience (small that it may be) of having to find diesel fuel and the difference in the initial cost of the vehicle? The cost of diesel in my area (Indiana) varies between the same as mid grade and sometimes as high as premium.
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    I meant to post this a few days ago, but it appears that more AMG models are on the way:

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    A model I don't see the point of actually, the GL63 AMG. Running the same 475-507hp 6.2L naturally aspirated V8 as all the other recently introduced "63" cars.

    Then of course there is the CL63 or C65 AMG:

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    Finally there are some really good detailed spy pics of the upcoming 2008 C-Class:

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    Then there is of course the C63 AMG:

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  • scott1256scott1256 Posts: 531
    I know you get this request every few months, but here goes again.

    Can you give us another of your brief "upcoming MB model" summaries? It's nice to see everything in compact list form.

    Thanks in advance! :)
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Sure!

    All the 07's are here now except the S550 4Matic (November), the ML/R/E diesels (October) and the new CL which is due in December.

    For 2008....the C-Class will be all new. The C230, 280, and C350 I expect to all return but the C230 and C280 will likely be called the C250 and C300 to reflect their actual engine sizes. The C350 I'm betting will get the direct-injection version of the 3.5L V6, good for 292hp. This class is moving fast in hp thanks to the 335i/IS350/G35.

    The SLK will get the usual mid-life facelift. The SLK350 will get the same engine as the 08' C350, and the SLK55 should become the SLK63 with something like 420-450hp.

    The SL, E, and CLK should all stay put until they get redesigned in 2010, 2009, and 2008 respectively.

    The new CL63 and S63 AMG versions of the CL and S-Class will be shown in Sept at the Paris Auto Show. Expected is a 525hp naturally aspirated version of the new AMG V8. These will land here next spring as early 08' models. I nor anyone else seems to know anything about the missing S450 version of the S-Class.

    The CLS might get a facelift for 2008, not sure. A GL320 CDI per Edmunds is dues in Jan, my first time hearing about it.

    That is all I can think of at the moment.....

    Oh....the SLK55 Black Series isn't likely to come here, but the upcoming CLK63 Black Series is, expect a breathtaking price!

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  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    I forgot the GLK is due in 2008. That is the smaller brother of the ML/GL. It will compete with the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Acura RDX etc. etc.

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  • I think the new C class will be a big boost for sales. It is the weak link in the lineup right now.

    Have you heard if there's any chance of a diesel C model coming here in the medium term?
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Have you heard if there's any chance of a diesel C model coming here in the medium term?

    Nope, haven't heard anything, but I'd bet that for 2009 we'd see a C-Class diesel if diesel sales of other Benzes really take off.

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  • It would sell well. The diesel C200 model is rated at 32 mpg city and 55 mpg hiway (imperial gallons) in the UK.

    That translates to about 27 mpg city and 46 mpg hiway in US gallons - pretty impressive.

    The 4 cylinder diesel would not be out of place in US C class, IMO. The 240D sold very well as long as it was offered here.
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
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    The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is now available with 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive. Developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-Benz, this all-new drive system combines perfect traction, first-class comfort and impressive driving dynamics with good fuel economy. Two powerful eight-cylinder models are available in the form of the S 500 4MATIC and S 450 4MATIC while the S 320 CDI 4MATIC is the first S-Class all-wheel-drive variant to be equipped with a particularly economical V6 diesel engine. The new models with all-wheel drive are identified clearly by the 4MATIC legend which appears both on the boot lid and on the wooden trim element on the centre console.

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  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
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    Mercedes-Benz is presenting a broad cross-section of product firsts and technical innovations at this year's Paris Motor Show. Exclusive high-performance models such as the CL 63 AMG and the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition super sports car are celebrating their world premiere here. The latest version of the CL-Class is making its public debut under the slogan "The Virtuoso Luxury Coupé".

    Mercedes-Benz at the Paris Motor Show 2006

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,161
    I like those coupe lineup shots...does anything like that exist for sedans?

    I found this pic online somewhere

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    And I suspect there might be more to it
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    The new S63 AMG:

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    The S-Class is now also represented by the S 63 AMG and equipped with the 386 kW/525 hp high-tech engine. Both AMG models accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, and the maximum speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.

    The CL63 AMG:

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    With the CL 63 AMG, Mercedes-AMG is presenting the flagship model of the new CL-Class in Paris. Its wholly independently developed AMG 6.3-litre V8-engine develops an output of 386 kW/525 hp and 630 Nm of torque. The high-tech appointments of this luxury coupé include an AMG sports suspension based on Active Body Control. The CL 63 AMG is the current highlight of the 2006 strategic model initiative by Mercedes-AMG – with ten brand-new cars to date.

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  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
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    Sales were up 13.2 percent in Sept.

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  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    The best look yet at the next C-Class:

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  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Following after the recently introduced (though not in the U.S.) SLK55 Black Series, now comes the CLK Black Series:

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    Awesome car.

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  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Mercedes' U.S. sales were up 12.3 percent last month.

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  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Some of the best pics of the new C-Class yet:

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  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    From MBworld.org:

    CL550 $99,900 + Destination($775) + Gas Guzzler($1300)$101,975 base

    CL600 $144,200 + Destination($775) + Gas Guzzler($2600)$147,675 base

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  • We chatted earlier in the year about the 2007 E class.
    Just an update:
    We ordered in june and took delivery on Sept 30.

    Called M-B for break in instructions: no kick down shifts, no cruise control,vary speed, not over 4000 rpm; all this to break in the gears properly.

    Took off the next day for FL; 640 mile first day, same second day.

    The E-350 4-Matic wagon is all that it should be and more.
    We are very happy and after 4500 miles in 7 weeks I can say no problems and have only praise for all that is new in '07 especially the steering and brakes.

    Got 24 mpg calculated manually and with the onboard computer.
    Oddly I get 28mpg for the same trip to Daytona in our S-430 4-Matic sedan. Both weigh in at 4200 lbs.
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Glad to hear and remember if you get a survey on fill it out truthfully like a good MB owner should..lol!

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  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    I see a GL320 CDI in January 07, well ok Edmunds told you that.

    I also see a ML550, R550 and GL550 for July 07' as 2008 models.

    The new C-Class will be shown in March and arrive here in August as a 2008 model of course.

    A CL65 AMG will be shown in Jan at the Detroit auto show.

    A S450 will arrive in July 07 as a 2008 model.

    Current events - The CL550 has arrived at dealers for a cool 100K and change. The CL600 arrives at the end of the year.

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  • Actually had 2 surveys: one from the Gallup org and one from Mercedes.
  • I'm thrilled to see some info on the New Mercedes Benz S450. Is that pretty "solid" info that it will be in the US in July 2007 as an '08?
    All I see around now is the S 550.
    Marty
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    I'd say so, they can't hold the starting price for the S-Class at 87K forever. Look for the S450 to arrive around that time for about 8-10K less than the S550.

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  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Sales were up 20 percent last month vs. the previous year. The S,CL,GL,E, and M all contributed to this gain.

    Press Release

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  • In Italy for 2 weeks and saw A Class, B Class and Viano everywhere. Viano used as limo transport, tho at the Salone del Gusto in Turin, they had a camper version set up outside !
    Glad to see MB doing better. Really loved our 02 C Class Sport (loaded) and sad that it had SOOOOO many problems we gave it up before it gave up.
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Another clear (rear) shot of the 08' C-Class from Autospies:

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    Look like baby S550s with the AMG package to me, a good thing. There is also a strong link to the CL there too.

    In other news, the ML550 has been confirmed by various dealer contacts per MBWorld members as a 08' model to arrive in July 07'. It appears that a GL550 will be released in the spring.

    Recap: During 2007 and/or for the 2008 model year:

    S450, GL550, CL63, S63, C-Class, ML550, R550 and late in 2007 the SLK should get a facelift, SLK55 becomes SLK63 AMG.

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  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Press Release

    Mercedes sold 248,080 vehicles in 2006 including 146 Maybachs. Surprisingly with all the new models compared to Dec 2005 sales were down 10 percent on a month vs. month basic for Dec.

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