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Mercedes Bringing New GL Crossover to New York

Bigger ute will share M-Class platform.

by on Mar.21, 2012

The outgoing Mercedes GL.

The New York Auto Show has landed another big announcement, Mercedes-Benz planning to bring to the Big Apple its next-generation GL SUV.

As with the smaller ML, the big G, the descendant of the legendary Gelandewagen, will migrate to a car-based platform.  In fact, various media reports indicate the GL will share the smaller crossover’s underpinnings.

Spy photos show a big ute with a more aggressive front end than the outgoing GL, including a two-bar grille and with what one source described as “LED-infused” headlights.

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Overall length is expected to remain the same, though the modified platform reportedly will permit a much larger cabin – and one more lavishly outfitted.  Along with premium leather and wood, the new ML is also expected to get the latest Mercedes-Benz COMAND infotainment system and other high-tech goodies.

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Mercedes Adding Coupe-Like SUV to Alabama Line-up

Maker also introducing its most powerful compact ever.

by on Jul.25, 2011

Mercedes unveils the most powerful C-Class ever.

Mercedes-Benz isn’t slowing down its product proliferation program.  The maker, once limited to a handful of models such as the C, E and S-Class sedans, now has a broad range of sedans, coupes, crossovers and SUVs – and will add a new model that apparently blends the off-road capabilities of its M-Class line with the sleek coupe-like shape of its CLS sedan.

Reports indicate the new model will be one of the new additions to go into the Mercedes plant in Vance, Alabama.  The maker has announced that it will spent about $2 billion to upgrade the factory – more than twice the original cost of the plant.  Among other things, the investment will permit Mercedes to produce its C-Class model in Alabama, as well.

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The C-Class line-up will also be getting bigger, the German maker revealed, with the 2012 launch of the new C63 AMG Coupe Black Series.  It will be the most powerful version ever in the compact line – originally known as the Baby Benz.  Powered by a 6.3-liter V-8 developed specifically for the AMG brand-within-a-brand, the Black Series coupe will make 510 horsepower and should launch from 0 to 60 in about 4.2 seconds, Mercedes says.

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First Look: 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

There’s a Jeep under the hood.

by on Jun.08, 2011

Mercedes launches the third-generation ML for 2012.

Mercedes launches the third-generation ML for 2012.

The new 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class rolling into showrooms later this year won’t look all that much different from the current version – at least not if these first images released by the German maker are any indication.  But there’ll be some big differences “under the hood” that could significantly improve the capabilities of the Teutonic crossover-ute.

The third-generation Mercedes ML will be the last major project to emerge from the star-crossed “merger-of-equals” between Daimler AG and America’s Chrysler Corp.  Though Mercedes will stress that it has since done plenty of engineering on its own, the fact is that the 2012 crossover shares its underpinnings with the popular new Jeep Grand Cherokee, a runner-up in the recent voting for North American Truck of the Year.

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The exterior of the new ML maintains essentially the same dimensions as the gen-2 model, and it will likely take most observers a moment to recognize this is a new offering.  A closer look reveals a bit more sculpting to the body, with the side panels flaring rearward from the front wheel well, and a more muscular bulge to the hood.

The interior is modestly upgraded; roomier than before, it features a fatter steering wheel and sporty rectangular air vents replacing the previous round ones.  Despite the extensive use of leather and chrome, some observers might even find some surprising similarities to the latest-generation Jeep.

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