The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive was already one of the most impressive electric cars on the market, running purely on electricity, producing zero emissions, and offering up to 87 miles of range.
But new reports are indicating the B-Class’s range could possibly increase enormously. Sources are saying that there’s a major upgrade in the works for the Mercedes-Benz B-Class, which could include increasing the range to more than 200 miles.
The same source said the luxury automaker would be designing the new motor and power-train components on its own, instead of getting its engine parts from Tesla Motors, as the B-Class currently does.
An increase in range such as this would truly be monumental for the Mercedes-Benz B-Class, which has already been a total game-changer in the world of electric vehicles. Hopefully, more official data will follow soon.
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Vehicles have come a long way since the days when airbags were an optional feature and the use of seat belts was elective rather than mandatory. These days, technology has advanced so much that we’re now close to seeing self-driving cars on public roads, with many automakers already testing this technology. The new Mercedes safety tech in the next-gen E-Class will help bring the automaker’s vehicles one step closer to achieving autonomous, accident-free driving.
The E-Class is expected to be released in spring 2016. The technology, which Mercedes calls Intelligent Drive next Level, includes steering assistance with hearing and safety protection. The steering assist will help the driver outmaneuver an obstacle in order to avoid an accident. The hearing protection includes systems that protect occupants’ ears and hearing during a crash. Finally, the safety protection helps push the driver and front passenger away from the doors in case of a side impact.
Intelligent Drive next Level is part of the Driver Assistance Package, which includes: Active Brake Assist, Evasive Steering Assist, Remote Parking Pilot, Car-to-X Communication, Digital Car Key, PRE-SAFE® Impulse Side, PRE-SAFE Sound, and MULTIBEAM LED headlamps. All of these features, along with Intelligent Drive next Level, will help keep Mercedes on the cutting edge of safety technology as we move into the future.
As Professor Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, explains, “”We are taking a further major step along the road to autonomous and connected driving. The innovations that will be available for the future E-Class taking safety, stress relief, and comfort to a new level. And as such further Mercedes-Benz is underlining its leading position as a safety pioneer.”
We look forward to seeing these innovations in person when the new E-Class arrives at Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead next year!
Just when you thought the GLC-Class AMG model couldn’t get any cooler, Mercedes-Benz announces it’ll be adding an AMG Sport variant in 2017. That’s right—the crossover that’ll be replacing the GLK-Class for 2016 will offer a tricked-out sport model that’ll combine utility, performance, and sheer excitement like never before.
The GLC-Class AMG model—also called the GLC450 AMG Sport—will be powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6. While performance figures haven’t been released, we know that it’s the same engine found in the C450 and GLE450 AMG Sport models, both of which pump out 362 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. This should mean a top speed of 155 mph and a 0-to-60 time of just five seconds.
It’s also assumed that the GLC Coupe, which should make its debut around the same time as the GLC450 AMG Sport, will get its own AMG Sport variant. Only time will tell, and we here at Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead will be on the lookout for more news of these models ahead of their 2016 debuts!
Mercedes-Benz has set a new record for production diesel cars at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. The near-production Mercedes-Benz C 250d 4Matic completed the 12.4-mile-long ascent in just 11 minutes and 22 seconds, beating the previous record of 14 minutes 3.320 seconds set in 2007 by a 2000 Volkswagen Golf TDI.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has long been known for its daunting twists, turns, and bends, putting even the most skilled racers to the test. The dangerous course reaches 5,000 feet in altitude, and features more than 150 bends.
“Shoving a series-production diesel sedan with an automatic transmission up Pikes Peak sounds like a crazy idea, but it was a lot of fun. It shows that the preconceived notions about diesel engines are no longer relevant,” explained driver Uwe Nittel.
Though the Mercedes-Benz C 250d 4Matic was nearly stock, it did have a few modifications, including the disassembly of the interior to accommodate a rollover cage, enhanced brakes, racing tank, ultra-high-performance tires, and a fire extinguishing system.
Maybe most importantly, digitaltrends.com points out that the four-cylinder diesel engine and transmission were stock versions, untouched or modified, proving just how capable and powerful the Mercedes-Benz C 250d 4Matic’s engine is.
Stop by Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead to learn more about the Mercedes-Benz C 250d 4Matic and the rest of our exciting and powerful lineup. What Mercedes-Benz vehicle would you race up Pikes Peak?
It’s not uncommon for car enthusiasts to own a second… or third… or even fourth vehicle. Sometimes these cars go on an equal rotation, sometimes they are taken out on special occasions, or sometimes they only emerge for show. In any case, it’s important to maintain these vehicles just like any car that you would drive regularly, and they also require a little extra TLC if they spend most of the year safely in a garage.
Regardless of how often you drive your secondary vehicle, you need to maintain it according to the owner’s manual. That means oil changes roughly every six months or every 5,000 miles (or whatever your owner’s manual says) – whichever comes first. For a secondary vehicle, that usually means every six months. The “whichever comes first” rule should apply to every type of regular maintenance.
Oils and other fluids break down over time, deteriorating more quickly when the vehicle is not in use. Though it seems counter-intuitive, a vehicle that spends most of its time in the garage may need oil changes more often than one that is driven regularly. To avoid moisture build up and extend the time between oil changes, take your secondary car out for regular highway drives, allowing the car to fully warm up before putting it away again.
Check the tire pressure, fluids, and lights monthly with a simple visual check to make sure your car is still in good condition and ready to drive. If you put your car in storage for more than a month at a time, make sure to fill the tank with gas and add stabilizer (especially for cars left over three months). Doing so will keep the fuel lines and engine from corroding.
For information on long-term storage preparation, visit allstate.com.
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