Monday, August 30, 2010

Mercedes-Benz is set to launch a wave of small luxury vehicles in the United States

An exciting new design with expressive front features including a central star in the grille and dynamic feature line flowing back towards the rear the new Mercedes-Benz CLS brings refined sportiness to life. A mixture of satin and high-gloss finishes are used on the metal surfaces inside the Mercedes-Benz CLS. Customers can choose between three exclusive types of wood, high-gloss brown burr walnut, high-gloss black ash and satin-finish light-brown poplar.

Mercedes-Benz is set to launch a wave of small luxury vehicles in the United States. An all-new C-class coupe will debut next year, followed by three derivatives of the front-wheel-drive B class in 2012 and 2013.

"Everyone wants to be Mercedes-Benz," said Ernst Lieb, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA. B class: Coupe, crossover and sedan versions of the next-generation B class come to the United States in 2012-13. The B-class range is expected to have four-cylinder engines, which are currently not available in any Mercedes product sold in the United States. F cell: An electric fuel cell version of the current B class sold in Europe is coming to the United States in the fourth quarter. All together, Mercedes has said it will test 100 of the 240-mile-range electric vehicles in the United States.

C class: The sedan gets a mild freshening this year, and an all-new coupe based on the current-generation sedan goes on sale next year.

E class: A redesigned E-class Cabriolet and station wagon went on sale this year, joining the new-generation sedan and coupe. CL: The CL is slated for a redesign in 2013, when Mercedes probably will change the name to the S-class coupe.

The CL500 version gets a new twin-turbocharged, 4.6-liter V8 direct-injection gasoline engine with 429 hp. The high-performance CL63 AMG gets a more powerful engine: a 5.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 with 536 hp. The CL65 keeps its 621-hp, 6.0-liter V12.

S class: The S63 version with a new 5.5-liter biturbo engine goes on sale in November. A redesigned S class comes to the United States in 2013. SLK: A redesigned SLK hard-top convertible is expected next year.

SLS AMG: The $185,750 SLS gull-wing AMG went on sale in mid-May. It is powered by a 563-hp, 6.3-liter V8. Mercedes isn't saying whether it will make a second-generation R class.
ML: A redesigned SUV goes on sale next year with a new generation of engines, including a 50-state diesel.

Sprinter: A select group of Mercedes dealers began selling the commercial vehicle this year. The Sprinter is powered by a Mercedes V6 diesel.

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