Mercedes is known for many excellent qualities, such as style, luxury, and power, but now, it’ll be known for something else. Finally, the all-new Mercedes pickup truck has been revealed.
Who says there can’t be a luxury pickup truck? Mercedes is proving that it can be done. The brand-new X-Class concept is already turning heads and it’s not stopping there. It was revealed in all of its beauty at an art gallery in Stockholm.
When you’re in the interior of the X-Class, it’ll be more luxurious than you could ever imagine a pickup truck to be. You’ll get the same premium material that outfits the inside of every Mercedes, plus a crystal-clear screen with a backup camera and a comfy, flat-bottom steering wheel.
Don’t worry though; the X-Class isn’t lacking any of that pickup truck power! It’ll come with a turbocharged V6 diesel engine that’ll give you plenty of “vroom”. Furthermore, a live rear-axle with spring dampers is there to make your truck even more comfortable and capable when you’re driving off the beaten path.
So far, the X-Class is set to be released in South America, Europe, and Australia. Unfortunately, the United States will have to wait a little longer for this luxurious pickup. Are you excited?
Mercedes-Benz EQ, MB’s new all-electric sub-brand, was introduced in early October at the Paris Auto Show. Starting with the Generation EQ SUV coupe concept vehicle, the EQ sub-brand (a combination of “electric” and “IQ”) aims to more clearly define Mercedes-Benz’s EV identity.
The CEO of Daimler AG and Head of MB Cars, Dr. Dieter Zetsche, said EQ is ready to launch a full spectrum of electric vehicles, from “the compact to the luxury class.” The SUV segment is the fastest growing in popularity in North America, as well as the least represented in terms of EVs and hybrids, which means starting off the EQ brand with an SUV is a smart move on the German automaker’s part.
Mercedes-Benz researcher Dr. Thomas Weber said the EQ generation of vehicles will be developed based on a new architecture designed for electric vehicles and will be able to adapt to any model from any segment. Mercedes-Benz says the Generation EQ SUV has a range of up to 500 km or 310 miles, the highest range proposed in an electric vehicle yet, higher than the so far unbeaten Tesla Model S.
Described as “electro-aesthetic,” the Generation EQ SUV has an illuminated grille and blue running lights that make it look sophisticated and futuristic, plus a dashboard-spanning combined infotainment and driver information touchscreen. MB says the Generation EQ shown at the Paris Auto Show is close to what the production model will look like, so hopefully we’ll see it on the market soon.
The future is here… well, at least a preview of it! Mercedes-Benz is pairing up with a tech startup company called Matternet and together they’ve created the futuristic-looking Vision Van.
The purpose of this concept car wouldn’t just be to look good (though it does look really cool) but to also deliver packages. Sure, we already have vans that deliver packages. But the Vision Van would do it a bit differently.
The roof of the Vision Van is actually a launch pad and landing pad… but not for a helicopter, for a drone! Matternet developed Matternet M2 autonomous drones that can pick up and carry a package of up to 4.4 pounds. The drones can travel across 12 miles of sky on just one battery charge! So they’ll have plenty space to roam.
This drone is smart, and even swaps out batteries on its own. It can get all of its information from the Vision Van. This will help in package delivery if the Vision Van is stuck in traffic or cannot access a particular drop-off location. Instead, they can send out their drone!
So maybe sometime soon, you’ll see a Vision Van on the road… or a delivery drone on your doorstep! Isn’t the future grand?
Mercedes-Benz is known for luxury vehicles, but the German automaker also produces the popular Sprinter Van. Commonly used for business purposes in the United States, demand has been steadily increasing over the years. Due to high import tariffs, the vans, which were assembled in Germany, have been taken apart, shipped, then reassembled in the United States. In order to simplify the process, the German automaker is building a new manufacturing plant.
Mercedes-Benz’s new manufacturing plant will be located in North Charleston, South Carolina. The German automaker plans to invest $500 million into building the new plant that will ultimately create 1,300 jobs. The new production center will join the existing Mercedes-Benz plant that reassembles the vans once they arrive in the United States.
Overall, 2015 Sprinter van sales jumped 11% compared to the previous year, coming to a total of 28,000 units moved. With 2016 looking even better, the automaker decided to build the new plant in order to reduce delivery time and avoid the high import tariffs.
“We are combining all of our global expertise and experience in this plant. In doing so, we make it one of the most advanced facilities in North America,” said Frank Klein, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Head of Operations.
Here at Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead, we couldn’t be more excited for the building of a new plant here in the United States!
AMG will be getting some exciting new upgrades and expansions in the upcoming years. Announced at the New York International Auto Show, the chairman of AMG announced that vehicle sales rose a whopping 40%, leading the Mercedes-AMG brand to expand its lineup.
Although nothing is official yet, according to AutoNews(subscription required) the brand will get roughly 10 new nameplates, based on existing Mercedes models. AMG is known for its high-performance design, making it a world leader in street-to-track automotive design and engineering. Plus, the styling is unparalleled, with sleek curves, carbon fiber, chrome and more. Best of all, the Mercedes-AMG model lineup is notorious for rich engine sounds.
“We’re going to expand our portfolio to 48 different models by the end of the year,” said Tobias Moers, chairman of AMG. “Stand-alone AMG showrooms are getting feasible worldwide. We are going to open up one in Japan, and we’re having a discussion in Australia about that.”
Roughly a dozen dealerships in the US have a dedicated AMG showroom, which will likely see an expansion thanks to good sales. Mercedes announced this number may be expanding to over 100 in upcoming years. We can’t wait to see more AMG models on the road. What do you think of this incredible news? Tell us below!