Mercedes-Benz at the New York International Auto Show: Five new models take to the stage
Mercedes-Benz is presenting three new SUVs equipped with the world’s latest and cleanest diesel engine at the New York
International Auto Show 2008. The new R 320 BlueTEC, ML 320 BlueTEC and
GL 320 BlueTEC use the highly efficient AdBlue exhaust aftertreatment
system and are able to undercut the stringent Bin 5 limits applicable
in the USA, with the potential to meet the coming EU6 standards.
Mercedes-Benz is also presenting the meticulously revamped new generation of the successful M-Class. The dynamic, stylish SUV now has even more distinctive characteristics, and looks even sportier and more powerful. The
M-Class standard specification has also been significantly upgraded. It
now includes the unique, anticipatory occupant protection system
PRE-SAFE® and NECK-PRO head restraints, as well as an all-new,
high-performance telematics system. The Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG, the
dynamic top-of-the-line M‑Class, is also set to become more distinctive
and striking. Mercedes-Benz has developed, upgraded
and improved the SL-Class Roaster down to the smallest detail - far
beyond any normal facelift. The cult roadster looks sporty, poised and
assured, is even more dynamic thanks to a new direct-steer system yet
offers more safety and comfort. Two new six-cylinder engines round off
the SL line-up: the SL 280 develops 170 kW/ 231 hp and offers a
compelling entry-level route into the world of SL sports cars.
Meanwhile, a newly developed, particularly free-revving sports engine
powers the SL 350.
Mercedes-Benz is continuing its diesel passenger
car initiative in the USA with three new SUVs equipped with the world’s
latest and cleanest diesel engine. The new models R 320 BlueTEC, ML 320
BlueTEC and GL 320 BlueTEC will initially be available exclusively in
America. They are powered by a cutting-edge V6 engine featuring the
environmentally friendly BlueTEC technology developed by Mercedes-Benz,
with whose help the diesel models produced by the Stuttgart
manufacturer already count as the world’s cleanest. The new SUVs are
equipped with AdBlue injection, which has already been demonstrating
its exemplary effectiveness and economy in Mercedes-Benz trucks and
buses for a number of years. As a result the three new models achieve
even lower emissions, are able to undercut the stringent Bin 5 limits
applicable in the USA thanks to their highly efficient AdBlue exhaust
aftertreatment system, and also have the potential to meet the coming
EU6 standards. In addition, all three of these new SUVs have also been
significantly upgraded with much more extensive standard equipment, and
now offer even more comfort together with unique safety features.
Accordingly, first-class environmental credentials and outstanding
comfort are paired with the already legendary power, economy and
operating range of Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles. With this pioneering
achievement, Mercedes-Benz is once again underlining its status as a
technological leader. The new diesel cars with BlueTEC technology and
AdBlue injection will be available in the USA from autumn 2008.
M-Class - more dynamic, more powerful and with even more style
The Mercedes-Benz M-Class is the trendsetter
among today's SUVs. Its exceptional status is down to its
characteristic dynamic, stylish design, a combination of compelling
performance both on and off-road, the ride comfort and ease of
operation of a saloon, along with a high perceived value. The M-Class
also comes with a range of safety features that are unsurpassed in the
SUV segment. Buyers have also come to appreciate these outstanding
qualities. Since the second-generation M-Class was launched in April
2005, some 300,000 units have been delivered to customers around the
world. As such, the state-of-the-art off‑roader remains one of the most
successful vehicles in this rapidly growing market segment.
Mercedes-Benz has now substantially upgraded the
new-generation M-Class with fresh styling touches, even higher quality
and extensively enhanced equipment and appointments. The premium SUV
now looks even more powerful and sportier, making a bolder statement in
terms of character and presence.
The front end is dominated by a new-look, robust
bumper as well as headlamps with a pronounced step in the lower edge.
Three wide, black louvres with large, rectangular air apertures and a
gleaming chrome edge give structure to the radiator, making the
new-generation M-Class appear even more dominant. The rear bumper with integrated reflectors has
also been restyled, making the M‑Class appear even more poised. The
reversing lights also feature darkened indicator repeater lenses in a
smoked-glass look. Roof rails are now also included as part of the
standard equipment in the M-Class. Interior with high-grade appointments
The interior of the new-generation,
state-of-the-art off-roader has been stylishly upgraded with
high-quality materials. In the new interior the eye is drawn to the
four-spoke leather multifunction steering wheel with its chrome trim,
improved ease of operation.
The new-generation M-Class features a brand new
telematics generation developed by Mercedes-Benz, offering a new
dimension in user-friendliness and high performance.The occupants are
also able to enjoy a surround-sound experience of concert hall quality
with the latest generation of the optional Harman Kardon® Logic7® sound
The Mercedes-Benz M-Class has always set the
benchmark in terms of safety in the SUV segment. In future it will also
come as standard with the anticipatory occupant protection system
PRE-SAFE® and NECK-PRO head restraints.
Fuel consumption reduced by up to 0.4 litres per 100 kilometres
The M-Class features powerful yet economical V6
and V8 petrol or diesel engines, which are now even more
fuel-efficient. The 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive offers outstanding
performance both on and off-road.
Five units are available in the new-generation
M-Class ranging from 140 to 285 kW (190 to 388 hp). The engineers’
meticulous attention to detail has reduced fuel consumption by up 0.4
litres per 100 kilometres compared with the outgoing models. Moreover,
the most powerful engine developing 375 kW/510 hp is available in the
guise of the ML 63 AMG 4MATIC.
Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG
The Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG, the dynamic
top-of-the-line M-Class, is also set to become more distinctive and
striking: a chromed underguard now adorns the new front and rear
aprons; the AMG radiator grille in high-gloss black with chrome
highlights appears much larger than before. A new AMG ergonomic sports
steering wheel, new 20-inch AMG light-alloy wheels as well as 21-inch
AMG light-alloy wheels available as an option for the first time
supplement the facelift features on the ML 63 AMG.
The new-generation SL-Class: sportier than ever before
The SL-Class takes its place alongside the very
best Mercedes dream cars. Mercedes-Benz has developed, upgraded and
improved the roaster down to the smallest detail -- far beyond any
normal facelift. The result is a car that offers an incomparable
synthesis of sportiness, safety and comfort in this vehicle class:
Mercedes refinement on a sportylevel.
The new decidedly sporty, effortlessly assured
appearance is in tune with the handling qualities of the Mercedes
Roadster, which is even more dynamic thanks to a new direct-steer
system yet offers more safety and comfort. Two new six-cylinder engines
will supplement the SL line-up from spring 2008: the SL 280 develops
170 kW/231 hp and offers a compelling entry-level route into the world
of SL sports cars. The SL 350 is powered by a newly developed,
extremely free-revving sports engine. Compared to the previous
3.5-litre engine, the output has been boosted by 16 percent to 232
kW/316 hp, while the peak torque has been increased by 10 newton metres
and now stands at 360 newton metres. This powerplant accelerates the
new SL 350 from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 6.2 seconds, making it 0.4
seconds faster than the outgoing SL 350. With this sports car, however,
the extra power does not come at the expense of fuel economy: at 9.9
litres per 100 kilometres, the SL 350 is 0.4 litres more economical
than the preceding 200 kW/272 hp model on the NEDC driving cycle.
The top-of-the-line models in the SL-Class
line-up include the SL 500 with a V8 engine and the twelve-cylinder SL
600. Their engines consume up to 0.4 litres less fuel per 100
kilometres than before.