Mercedes-Benz has never been a company to rest on its laurels and their continuous updating and refreshing of their model line-up continues apace. Here are the most exciting new models coming:
A few years back we saw the advent of a new class of car – the Coupe SUV, and here is the Mercedes-Benz contribution to the sector. Not long after we saw the hugely popular GLC land in the showrooms, now we have the long-awaited Coupe variant with swooping lines and a rugged stance. Like its bigger brother, the Coupe benefits from more than just a curvy roof. It’s 76mm longer, 40mm lower and 40mm wider than its sibling affording it a more aggressive look. At launch, we will have two engine options – a 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder diesel, whilst l will be looking forward to the coming V6 AMG GLC43. The entire range will benefit from four-wheel drive and that just about rounds off a spectacular package that, l am sure, will fly out of the showrooms.
Priced from £40,580 and available now.
Technically, this is the first time that Mercedes-Benz have launched a convertible version of the C-Class. The CLK certainly filled the gap but was never really a true C-Class. Wait no longer as one of the prettiest cars l have seen for a while is indeed the new C-Class Cabriolet. And they have not skimped on the variants as it is available with two diesel engines, two petrol engines and three high powered AMG models. Not content with that, they also offer four-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and the choice of automatic or manual. The model that will likely take the lions share of the sales will be the C250d, offering 210bhp and very lively performance. The most remarkable thing is the total lack of any wind noise when the roof is up. Drop the roof, which can be done up on the move to 30mph, and you have a beautiful, luxurious cruiser with lashings of refinement and an interior that is so well put together that you might never want to get out of it.
Priced from £36,200 and available now.
Few cars can do it all. The E-Class Estate is certainly one of them. As commodious as a cathedral, smooth as silk and reassuringly stylish, it is also one of the very few estates that offers a third row of seats (arriving with the new model next year) and this extra space cannot be taken for granted, as if it is purchased for shipping children around, the difference between hauling five and seven is highly significant. The other design item that the Mercedes-Benz geniuses have managed is to make it look quite compact at the same time as making its interior cavernous. The boot opening is 1.1 metres wide and it will take a 3.2 metre load and of course, it has that famous sweeping dash that looks delicious. Available with 191bhp 4-cylinder and 254bhp V6 turbodiesel married to a nine-speed auto transmission you have it all, but that is never enough for Mercedes. Try the 395bhp 3-litre V6 petrol in next years four-wheel drive AMG E43 and you will soon come to realise that there is a model from every buyer.
Prices from £37,935 and available now