Mercedes-Benz have announced the Final Edition for the SLC (aka SLK), with the initial yellow that was revealed in 1997. I was sad to learn that the SLC will no longer be produced. Nowadays, everyone wants to own an SUV, like the MPV trend a decade ago. During the last decade, people have moved away from sports cars and even sedans to SUVs. As the SUV market has become more saturated, there is an SUV for any taste.
People like the practicality of an SUV and assume that an SUV can be sporty. The demand for the sports car started to decline. This happened slowly but, when we look at recent years, people don’t really buy sports cars anymore. Just SUVs!
This trend is the most evident in the premium market; we still see Ferraris, Aston Martins, and Bentleys. However, we don’t really see BMW Z4s or SLCs like the old days. As I have understood, Mercedes-Benz pushed as far as possible to keep the SLC on the production line, but it didn’t manage to survive.
SLC was a ground-breaking car when it was revealed in 1997! With a metal roof and a very attractive design, it was the most iconic car of its era. However, the metal roof is a serious additional weight and people generally want more space. Also, most importantly, buying an SLC is not cool or trendy anymore. People usually buy this type of car to show that they are trendy and cool. They are not buying it for its features! As being trendy moved from SLC to GLC, people started to avoid the SLC.
This shockwave has reached the SL as well. Hopefully, Mercedes-Benz will keep the SL in production, even though it will make a loss. Their strategy is to keep an iconic product in the production line. Like the S-Class, the SL is an important asset of Mercedes-Benz and makes it distinctive from other manufacturers. People might be buying other Mercedes-Benz products while being influenced by the SL.
Long story short, the SLC is going to end soon, but it will be remembered in the future. I am sure the same will happen to SUVs, as it happened to MPVs. Sooner or later, we will see a reduction in the SUV range.
Mercedes-Benz recently revealed the fourth generation GLE (otherwise known as the ML or M-Class). The first generation was recognised as entirely ground-breaking when it was first revealed in 1997. Prior to it being unveiled, the SUV did not exist; Mercedes-Benz created a new market. They did quite well with a half-baked vehicle. Despite this problem, it was a really good-looking vehicle.
Then the second generation of M-Class arrived. Despite the widespread improvements across every dimension of the car, the design did not benefit from the revamp, resulting in the M-Class becoming known as the most boring SUV.
The third generation failed to escape the boring reputation and was simply an average SUV. I, personally, couldn’t find a single reason to own one. One addition to the third generation that was interesting, however, was that Mercedes-Benz dropped the rear-differential lock and made it a proper soft off-roader. Additionally, the facelifted ML became the GLE!
We are now graced with the presence of the fourth generation of this historic brand and the design reached a different level. It looks hilarious and it kind of resembles the early sketches of the M-Class in the mid-1990s. Despite its melted LEGO design, it has some good tech underneath. Now, if you lose traction, the suspension system increases the pressure on the wheels to increase the traction, which is a brilliant trick! Unfortunately, Mercedes-Benz has yet to outline whether the new GLE has the rear differential lock or not.
Keep in mind, if you buy a 4-cylinder version, it will contain the old 4MATIC system. If you buy the larger engines, you will benefit from the new 4MATIC system that, currently, very little is known about.
Worth to buy? Kind of! The BMW X5 looks like an estate car and the Audi Q7 looks quite interesting. The Range Rover is being a Range Rover. Literally, it is up to you.
The London Fashion Week with a delay. I know it has been ages since the London Fashion Week took place. However, it is never too late for the London Fashion Week Street Style. Here are the nice catches from the Street Style that emerged during the London Fashion Week.
You can also see the sneaky Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the background. MB is the official sponsor. :)
Mercedes-Benz did it again! They created a sub brand and then stuck it to every Mercedes-Benz in existence. The iconic (this is very questionable) G-Wagon is ruined, first by offering the AMG, secondly with the G63 AMG 6×6, thirdly with the G63 AMG 4×4 and, finally, the Maybach.
From the outside, the Mercedes-Benz Maybach G 650 Landaulet looks fine, and it also has some retro touches from the past Mercedes-Benz models. However, the G-Wagon design is outdated and now preferred by people who want to show off. Also, in the meantime, the G-Wagon is not as well built as the old days, and the proof is here.
The main issue why I have with this G-Wagon is that the Maybach extension is too much for it. I drove this car, and was not comfortable ride at all. You are still driving on a ladder frame chassis and leaf springs at the rear-axle. Despite these facts, Mercedes-Benz did a great job with the car. I really love the rear seats and the final touches.
Do my comments matter? Actually, no. This car will be produced with a number of 99, and I am sure those cars are already gone. Mercedes-Benz has a very strong emotional bond with customers and it won’t be a struggle to sell all them. However, stretching a brand like Maybach sometimes can create uncomfortable situations like this.
What about the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class? My suggestion: go buy one! Seriously, buy it! It offers the best price for the best features. I really loved the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class; however extending the Maybach sub brand to other ranges is still questionable. Existing SUVs are not offering up-to-date features and the comfort to match the promises of Maybach comfort and quality. Anyway, this G-Wagon will be a collectors’ item in future.
Performance? Mercedes-AMG V12 biturbo, which delivers a maximum output of 463 kW (630 hp) with a peak torque of 1000 Newton-metres!
The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R is a proper McLaren and Porsche competitor, but I would never fancy one. This is because it is a Mercedes-Benz and I would never ever buy a Mercedes-Benz over a Porsche 911! Despite this fact, Mercedes-Benz is doing really well with the AMG GT and recently introduced the AMG GT R to reduce the monotony of the AMG GT’s design.
To be fair, I like the design of the AMG GT R. It looks really appealing and is probably marvellous to drive. However, when I think about a Porsche 911, it stops my day dreaming.
Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R is a great car. I would never ever complain about its performance, but it lacks the emotional bond. On the other hand, the Porsche 911 has been an icon for more than a half century. It is really hard to convince the Porsche 911 lovers to love a Mercedes-Benz.
AMG GT R im Windkanal; 2016 ; AMG GT R in the wind tunnel; 2016;
AMG GT R im Windkanal; 2016; aktives Aerodynamik-Profil im Unterboden (geschlossen) ; AMG GT R in the wind tunnel; 2016; active aerodynamics profile in the underbody (closed);
AMG GT R im Windkanal; 2016; aktives Aerodynamik-Profil im Unterboden (offen) ; AMG GT R in the wind tunnel; 2016; active aerodynamics profile in the underbody (opened);
AMG GT R im Windkanal; 2016 ; AMG GT R in the wind tunnel; 2016;
AMG GT R; 2016; Rennstrecke; Interieur: Leder Nappa/Mikrofaser Dinamica Schwarz, Carbon Zierteile ;Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 11,4 l/100 km, CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 259 g/km AMG GT R; 2016; race track; Interior: nappa leather / DINAMICA microfibre upholstery, carbon-fibre trim parts; Fuel consumption, combined: 11.4 l/100 km, CO2 emissions, combined: 259 g/km
AMG GT R; 2016; Landstraße; Exterrieur: AMG Green Hell magno; neuer AMG Panamericana Grill ;Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 11,4 l/100 km, CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 259 g/km AMG GT R; 2016; country road; Exterior: AMG Green Hell magno, new AMG Panamericana radiator grille; Fuel consumption, combined: 11.4 l/100 km, CO2 emissions, combined: 259 g/km
Mercedes-Benz’s success with the Maybach increased the motivation to introduce a sexy and a ground-breaking concept vehicle, the Vision Mercedes Maybach 6.
Mercedes-Benz decided to fight back against Rolls-Royce with this concept vehicle. Maybach is eating into some of the Rolls-Royce market share due to the Rolls-Royce ageing product range. The Maybach 6 is the answer. Mercedes-Benz can always do better in terms of high quantity.
The Mercedes-Maybach 6 is a pointlessly long vehicle (6-metres) with an electric propulsion system that can generates 750 HP, can accelerate to 100 km/h in under four-seconds and with a limited top speed of 250 km/h. That’s where the Mercedes-Benz always fails. They (try) to create a cool vehicle and limit the top speed to the 250 km/h to reduce the cost of manufacturing.
Why? Very simple. After 250km/h, the vehicle’s components will face very high levels of stress, therefore they would have to be design it in such a way as to overcome this stress. This leads to an increase in cost. That’s why a Porsche 911 is always more expensive! It can easily handle its top speed without falling apart.
I was expecting Mercedes-Benz to get rid of the limited top speed with this cool car!
The design of the car is a very subjective matter. I can’t love it or hate it. When I first saw it, it reminded me of wealthy people in the 1920s. Expensive tuxedos, hair with lots gel, talking about their “start-ups” (usually in the diamond business) and mostly hanging around Mayfair, London and Monte Carlo. When I read the Mercedes-Benz press release, I realised that it perfectly matched its target audience.
“Mercedes-Maybach stands for the ultimate in exclusivity and individuality. The target group is made up of status-oriented customers”
FYI, status-oriented means poser!
Regarding the technology behind this red car, it is clever! The electric propulsion system is capable of driving this 6-mt long vehicle up to 500 km! Also, in 10-minutes the batteries can be charged for 100 km more!
Overall, Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 is a very lavish car with an exaggerated design approach that will not satisfy many people (including me). As the Maybach sub-brand has gained a very good competitive edge in terms of its competitors (Bentley and Rolls-Royce), Mercedes-Benz must introduce a car that captures the luxury coupe market by narrating the technological know-how of the brand.
The recipe is perfect. People love it and I am definitely sure many status-oriented people with their large wrist watches will order one. However, will the Über generation order one? Actually, that’s the question! Because, the millennial generation has a totally different approach to luxury products that are status-oriented, and their consumption patterns have started to hurt many luxury brand such as Tiffany & Co.
The Unimog U423 for the rails, probably the only cool vehicle from the Mercedes-Benz stable. Unlike its passenger vehicles and SUVs, the Unimog is not designed to impress people. Rather, it is designed to do the job that is promoted for which it is designed . As you can understand from my words, I am not a fan of the G-Wagon anymore and of the rest of the Mercedes-Benz SUV range. However, Mercedes-Benz trucks and heavy duty vehicles are my favourites. They are built to do their job until they are due to come out of service.
Recently, Mercedes-Benz announced a new version of the Unimog designed for the rail network. Usually, Unimogs are used on rail tracks involving a special system. You would probably see them in many places around the Europe. However, those Unimogs were not designed for rail transport, they were adapted to the rails!
This time, Mercedes-Benz has created a Unimog that is capable of towing 1000-tonnes of wagons, powered by a 5.1-lt four-cylinder diesel engine with 900 nm of torque. Probably you will be saying ‘Oh my Range Rover has more power than a Unimog’. However, heavy duty engines are designed to work under heavy workloads and at low RPMs. The amount of torque from this engine at the idle can be more than your peak torque! The top speed of this Unimog on the rails is 50 km/h. It also features a braking system for the wagons.
The traction is applied to the rails by conventional rubber tyres and designed to be used on various rail gauges.
If you are still thinking your SUV is cool, you haven’t seen this vehicle yet!
A truck to be loved. I have always loved trucks more than cars. Trucks are made for work, not for impressing others. They are on the street for a reason! And the sheer amount of power from their diesel engines has always impressed. If you ask me if I wanted to own a brand new Mercedes-Benz truck, I wouldn’t say no. Actually, I would like to own the latest Mercedes-Benz Urban Electric Truck (e Truck). It is designed for urban transportation.
Urban transportation unfortunately pollutes the environment more than the #dieselgate. This is due to the stop-and-go traffic and the loading and unloading over short distances which increases fuel consumption and pollution. In addition, urban transportation distances are not that very long and a diesel engine is not very efficient in such a situation.
Thus, Mercedes-Benz created the electric urban truck to tackle the problem of pollution and fuel consumption. The range of this truck is 200 km which is more than enough for urban transportation (except if you live in Istanbul). The battery sits under and around the metal chassis frame. There are lots of spaces for placing batteries on a truck chassis.
The gigantic torque level of an electric motor can easily overcome any high weight load problems. Shifting to the electric motor from the diesel engine will not have any side effects for urban transportation. Electric motors are as powerful as diesel engines, and a 200-km range is more than enough for most urban transportation. The rest of the truck is the same as a Mercedes-Benz truck. In addition, many companies can benefit from the free or reduced-fee electric charging points!
Really excited to see these trucks on the street!
The operating costs were 64 percent lower on average.
Permissible gross vehicle weight of the Urban e Truck 26 tonnes.
The costs of batteries to lower by the factor 2.5 between 1997 and 2025 – from 500 Euro/kWh down to 200 Euro/kWh. At the same time, performance will improve by the same factor over the same period – from 80 Wh/kg up to 200 Wh/kg
The new Mercedes E-Class. It has been more than three years since I wrote about the Mercedes Benz UK. Recently, I came across the new E-Class, the all-time innovative and all-time conservative Mercedes-Benz. I always both liked and disliked the E-Class, and with my recent experience things have changed a bit.
Earlier I mentioned on my blog the pre-crash, semi-autonomous and driving assistance systems of the new E-Class. With my latest experience, I had the chance to see these technologies in real life, and to enjoy the massive screens on the dashboard.
I loved the screens on the dash. They are very clean and clear. The PPI rate is way way better than the Land Rover and Jaguar. Also, the E-Class may have overtaken the new BMW 7-Series in this area. However, the menu structure of the E-Class resembles that of the new 7-Series. I consider this to be beneficial for the driver. It will make it easier to control and use the infotainment systems on different brands. However, it is still more complicated than the IOS.
The comfort level of the new E-class is improved and now it is the smallest sized S-Class. However with the recent technological features, the E-Class has overtaken the S-Class! These features include semi-autonomous overtaking, pre-safe internal ear. The upcoming facelift of the S-class will embed all these technologies.
Despite my all efforts to find a problem inside the vehicle, everything was perfectly put together. Mercedes is literally at the same level as the Audi in terms of interior production quality.
The E-class is still practical, still good to drive, still looks conservative. However, with the latest driving assistance systems, it is way better. Also, the latest 2-lt diesel engines will increase the market share of the E-class in markets with a higher tariff for the larger engines. The only missing engine is a 1.6-lt diesel, and I am definitely sure that it will be released soon.
Unfortunately, the E-class will not be able to capture the 5-series’s core customer range. You can still feel the conservativeness of the E-class when you enter the car. However, this is Mercedes-Benz, whose cars will always have a focus on comfort.
In case you are planning to buy one to get the all pre-safe features, the semi-autonomous driving up to 130km/h, the massive infotainment system, the airmatic feature which improves the ride significantly, you may ignore to order the sound system. The base system will be more than enough. You will not regret it.
The ultimate car for the celebrities, designed to be driven on the high quality roads of Hollywood and the Mayfair, London. However, the reality is the G-Wagon you usually spot in the streets of posh areas is not the pure G-Wagon. Mercedes-Benz still sells the real G-Wagon, which is called G350d Professional. It is designed for off-road and bought by the people who really wish to do off-road. Therefore, G350d was offering not a very tempting interior and a poor exterior design. Recently, Mercedes-Benz decided to change the faith of the Professional and revised the exterior and the interior.
My suggestion, the existing interior parts are not longer manufactured and Mercedes had to do this. Thanks to this revision, G350d pro now offers a better interior comfort with a cooler exterior. Despite this revision, you will never ever spot a G350d professional on the Keeping Up with Kardashains. Prof is still a utility vehicle, not a vehicle to show off.
In case you wish to buy a proper G-wagon, go for the professional, it the real one.
Displacement (cc) V6,2987 with 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic gearbox.
Rated output (kW/hp at rpm) 180/245 at 3600.
Rated torque (Nm at rpm) 600 at 1600-2400.
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s) 8.8.
Top speed (km/h) 160.
Fuel consumption (combined) from (l/100 km) 9.9.
Combined CO2 emissions from (g/km) 261.