Thursday, August 1, 2013

Mercedes-Benz at the IAA Frankfurt 2013: Impressive fleet of dream cars

Between 12th and 22nd September, the city of Frankfurt am Main will held the most eagerly awaited motor show in the automotive industry. Mercedes-Benz will bring to the location an entire fleet of brand new models that will stir the imagination of media and car enthusiasts.

- The new S-Class makes its first official public premiere at Frankfurt. You can read more interesting articles on the 222 model generation of the luxury flagship from Mercedes-Benz in our special section --> HERE .

- The new S 500 Plug-In Hybrid (or Hybrid Plus, as it will allegedly be called) will too be unveiled at the IAA 2013 (more details --> HERE).

- The new S 63 AMG boasting V8 BITURBO and a staggering 585 hp will be another highlight at the Mercedes-Benz stand (more details --> HERE).

- Then will be the turn of the all new GLA-Class compact crossover to celebrate its world premiere during the show (more details --> HERE).

- Last, but not least, Mercedes-Benz will present a concept car that previews the new generation C 217 S-Class Coupe (more details --> HERE). The series production car is set to be unveiled next year at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

For an easy reach of all the articles related to the IAA Frankfurt 2013, we have created the special search tag 'íaa2013' and the special section 'IAA Frankfurt 2013', both aimed to guide you towards the information you desire to read. Enjoy!

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The new S-Class in model car form: The S-Class excels on a small scale too

Perfection down to the finest detail is one of the many trend-setting qualities of the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class. And it is a standard which is also met by the high-quality miniatures now available as part of the Mercedes-Benz Collection in scales of 1:87, 1:43 and 1:18. Created in conjunction with renowned manufacturers Herpa, Schuco and Norev, the collectors' models are initially available exclusively from Mercedes sales and service outlets and Mercedes dealerships, the Mercedes Museum and also the online shop.

The S-Class in a scale of 1:18 has been assembled by hand by Norev from more than 145 individual parts. The model is based on the S 500 with long wheelbase and measures around 29 centimetres. Its equipment highlights include a panoramic sliding sunroof, LED Intelligent Light System and also multi-spoke light-alloy wheels. The doors, bonnet and boot lid can all be opened. The interior features a high-quality printed finish and all interior details have been faithfully reproduced. With a First-Class rear suite, folding table and Individual Entertainment System with screens in the rear, the S 500 is luxuriously appointed. The model car is available in blue anthracite, iridium silver and diamond white metallic BRIGHT for 79.90 euros [1]. Gloves are also included.

The 1:43-scale S-Class from Schuco is also based on an S 500 with long wheelbase and also a panoramic sliding sunroof, LED Intelligent Light System, multi-spoke light-alloy wheels, First-Class rear suite and Individual Entertainment System in the rear. Measuring around twelve centimetres in length, the hand-assembled model comprises more than 55 individual parts. It is available in the paint finishes diamond silver, diamond white metallic BRIGHT and magnetite black. All of the interior details have been faithfully reproduced and the interior features high-quality printing. The Schuco model comes mounted on a printed plinth in a presentation case and costs 29.90 euros.

The S-Class from Herpa produced in a scale of 1:87 is available in blue anthracite, diamond white metallic BRIGHT and magnetite black. Measuring around 5.8 centimetres, the model car comprises more than 26 individual parts and also features a high-quality, highly detailed interior. This collectors' piece also comes with a printed plinth and presentation case. Price: 15.90 euros.

[1] All prices are recommended retail prices for Germany including 19% VAT

Credits: Daimler AG

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REPORT: The new S 65 AMG scheduled for unveiling in spring 2014

It came to our attention that Mercedes-Benz will add the S 65 AMG high-performance limousine to the new S-Class portfolio beginning with the spring of next year.

The outrageous S-Class sports saloon will be powered by a thoroughly revised M279 12-cylinder twin-turbo engine with a maximum displacement of 6.0 litres. This unit is already known from the new SL 65 AMG where it develops a staggering peak output of 630 hp and an impressive torque of 1000 Nm. However, we expect some increased performance for the new S 65 AMG, so the new numbers should sound like this: 650 hp and around 1200 - 1250 Nm.

Most of the innovations that debuted on the S-Class will be standard equipment on the S 65 AMG, including the exquisite MAGIC BODY CONTROL. The car will be offered solely in RWD configuration, with the great amount of torque being handled out with the help of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT gearbox. Consumption values don't matter for such a car, but it appears it will do 100 km using 11.6 litres of petrol. If you intend to have the new S 65 AMG in your personal garage, then you will have prepare 200,000 euros to purchase one.

Note: The new S 63 AMG pictured.

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SPY: The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class XL (X 222) conquers the European roads

Mercedes-Benz will develop a consistent luxury range on the basis of the new S-Class. After the SWB (W 222) and LWB (V 222) versions were premiered in May at Hamburg, the Germans will launch a third model - the extralong wheelbase (XLWB) S-Class (X 222), nicknamed "XL".

According to reports, Mercedes-Benz decided to name the new model as the S-Class Grand. Compared to the other body variants, this one will have a total length of near 5.5 meters. To compensate the increased measures, designers had to enlarge the rear doors and also a visible third, triangular window on each side.

The new S-Class Grand is set to arrive next year, in April, and it is directly addressed to the wealthy clients from the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, the Middle East and China. The two passengers that will seat on the rear couch will be the most privileged given the consistent array of comfort features the car will offer them, such as various functions for massage, heating and ventilation, reclining possibilities, a refrigerator, Wi-Fi internet access and more.

It is important to know that the S-Class Grand has nothing in common with the S-Class Pullman that will be unveiled in 2015, will sport a dramatically different exterior design, a 2+2+2 seating structure inside, near six meters in length, more state-of-the-art technology than the standard S-Class models and will compete with the Bentley Continental Flying Spur and Rolls-Royce Ghost.

Moving back to the X 222 models, they will be recognizable through the modified lamella grille, as you can see, identical to that on the upcoming S 500 Plug-In Hybrid (see HERE). Power will come from both the current 4.7-litre 455 hp V8 unit and a new V12 engine, engineered by AMG, and capable of producing around 550 hp - 600 hp. The 12-cylinder S 600 model will feature quad design for the exhaust pipes. When introduced on the market towards the end of 2014, the new S-Class Grand should display a starting price tag of around 150,000 euros in Germany.

Image Credits: / Autoevolution / Worldcarfans

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

SPY: 2015 Mercedes-Benz MLC-Class (C 292) test mules snagged at Nurburgring

After some months with no news on the future MLC, spy photographers were able to capture new images of the test mules used to develop the C 292 SUV coupe at Nurburgring. These vehicles display a shorter clearance, a slightly enlarged wheelbase and modified wheel arches to house the new underpinnings until the finished ("frozen") design body comes into force.

In January, we were getting the first look at the forthcoming MLC-Class as the first test vehicles got out. Like then, the M-Class W 166 mules are still used to hide the new chassis of the car. The C 292 model series will be using a slightly different M-Class platform, modified with sharper settings for ensuring better driving dynamics, given the fact the MLC is intended to be a dynamic SUV coupe.

Arriving in early 2015, the new MLC-Class will sport a radical styling, so do not expect an evolution of the bland design seen on the M-Class. Inspiration might also come from the latest Mercedes-Benz concepts, in addition to obeying the latest philosophy. The cabin will have four seats and will boast refined materials, improved functionality and connectivity and a slightly different dashboard than on the W 166 and X 166.

Technology will be at the highest level whether we talk about drive management, assistance, safety or telematics. The latest generation of PRE-SAFE, Crosswind Assist, DIRECT STEER, AIRMATIC suspension, Head Up Display, the DISTRONIC PLUS with Traffic Assist, the COMAND Online with internet access and Car-to-X communication will certainly equip the new MLC. The engine range will be shared with the GL-Class and M-Class, so there will be a choice to suit every taste and driver from the frugal MLC 250 BlueTEC up to the grumpy MLC 63 AMG. The new 9G-TRONIC automatic gearbox will be standard equipment for most MLC versions. Insiders suggest a hardcore MLC 65 AMG will also be launched, sporting a thoroughly revised M279 V12 engine rated at 630 hp.

Image Credits: Worldcarfans

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