2017 Detroit Auto Show: Mercedes-Benz Adds New Models

© Rod HatfieldNew E-Class Coupe
At the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mercedes-Benz hosted the world premiere of an all-new E-Class Coupe, which joins the E-Class sedan and wagon that debuted last year. The elegant, sporty design features a low grille with center star, an aggressive front fascia, a long hood, a flowing roofline and a short decklid. Frameless windows and no B-pillar add to the clean, smooth arch of the cabin.

© Rod HatfieldLarger Coupe
The new coupe rides on a 4.4-inch longer wheelbase than its predecessor, and overall dimensions are 4.8 inches longer and 2.9 inches wider for increased interior space. The cockpit includes a standard 12.3-inch high-resolution COMAND display with an optional 12.3-inch widescreen instrument cluster combined under a single screen that floats above the dash. The wide screen and trim that sweeps into the doors emphasize the cabin’s spacious environment.

© Rod HatfieldHigh-Tech Interior
The virtual instruments in the digital instrument cluster can be displayed in Classic, Sport or Progressive modes. The driver uses touch control buttons on the steering wheel to adjust the instruments and multimedia system with finger swipes, or via a controller in the center console. The air vent design is influenced by a turbine engine. The design and materials for the seats evoke a luxurious feel, and two new light wood trim choices are offered in natural grain and high-gloss finishes.

© Rod HatfieldBiturbo Engine
The E400 Coupe is powered by a 3.0-liter Biturbo V6 engine producing 329 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque, combined with a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission. Mercedes-Benz’s 4MATIC all-wheel drive and AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension are optional. The available Sport Package adds more aggressive bumpers, side skirts, larger AMG-style wheels, a chrome-trimmed grille and an AMG leather sport steering wheel.

© Rod Hatfield50 Years of AMG
Mercedes-AMG is celebrating 50 years of performance with a new addition to the AMG GT line of sports cars, as well as updates to all AMG GT and AMG GT S variants. With the addition of the new Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe, the complete lineup now includes the AMG GT Coupe and Roadster; AMG GT S; AMG GT C Coupe and Roadster; and AMG GT R. Mercedes-AMG also offers the AMG GT3 customer race car.

© Rod HatfieldEdition 50
The new AMG GT C Coupe will initially be offered exclusively as the Edition 50 to commemorate the golden anniversary of AMG, which was founded in 1967. The U.S. market will receive 50 coupes and 50 roadsters of the AMG GT C Edition 50. The Edition 50 gets finished in Graphite Grey Magno with black chrome accents and black-surface AMG forged wheels. The interior is contrasting silver and black with silver pearl/black Nappa leather, a black AMG performance steering wheel with grey stitching, and the AMG Interior night package that includes black steering wheel spokes, black shift paddles and black door sills.

© Rod HatfieldNew Front End
All 2018 AMG GT variants will include the AMG Panamericana Grille, which pays tribute to Mercedes-Benz motorsports history with 15 vertical bars similar to the Mercedes-AMG GT3 race car. The new front bumper includes large air inlets, and all AMG GTs receive the AIRPANEL active air management system from the AMG GT R, featuring louvers that open and close electrically to regulate cooling.

© Rod HatfieldPowerful Engines
All AMG GT versions are powered by a 4.0-liter Biturbo V8 engine with a different power output for each level. For 2018 the AMG GT and AMG GT S both receive power increases, with the GT now rated at 469 horsepower (13 additional) and 465 lb-ft of torque, while the GT S gets rated at 515 horsepower (12 additional) and 494 lb-ft of torque. The GT C produces 550 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque, while the GT R tops the range at 577 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque.

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content ExperienceMercedes-Benz GLA250
The entry model in the Mercedes-Benz SUV lineup, the compact GLA crossover is refreshed for 2018 with revised front and rear bumpers, new wheel designs and a new Canyon Beige exterior color. Inside is a new instrument cluster design, a standard 8-inch high-resolution display and a standard rearview camera.

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content ExperienceGLA Lineup
The GLA is offered in three versions: the front-drive GLA250, all-wheel drive GLA250 4MATIC and the high-performance Mercedes-AMG GLA45. Both the GLA250 and the GLA250 4MATIC are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine producing 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, combined with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

© Rod HatfieldAMG GLA45
The Mercedes-AMG GLA45 receives a handcrafted AMG turbocharged 2.0-liter engine producing 375 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, combined with an AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed transmission and AMG Variable all-wheel drive.

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