Mercedes-Benz at the New York International Auto Show 2009: Mercedes-Benz takes the Big Apple by storm

Apr 8, 2009
Mercedes-Benz will be presenting an entire range of contemporary motor vehicles at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) - bringing together fascination and responsibility. The line-up includes the new E-Class Saloon and the E-Class Coupé along with the US version of the recently updated GL-Class. Compelling performance coupled with superlative efficiency are the hallmarks of the ML 450 HYBRID designed specifically for the US market with its innovative two-mode hybrid system. The E 250 BlueTEC combines the qualities of the new ultra-efficient four-cylinder CDI engine with the benefits of SCR emissions-control technology. Show visitors looking for the ultimate in performance will find the perfect answer in the guise of the E 63 AMG.
The ML 450 HYBRID comes with state-of-the-art hybrid technology with its impressively low fuel consumption figures. Its innovative two-mode technology boasts superb efficiency both in inner-city stop-and-go traffic as well as on fast motorway journeys involving increasing engine loads and speeds. The management system on the hybrid vehicle automatically selects the optimum drive configuration. Depending on the situation, the ML 450 HYBRID can be driven under electric power alone or solely using the combustion engine, or any combination of the two drive modes.
Its performance figures are on a par with a conventional eight-cylinder SUV with permanent all-wheel drive while fuel consumption and emissions have been reduced by up to 60%. The ML 450 HYBRID designed specifically for the US market delivers 'city' fuel consumption of 21 mpg (miles per gallon) and 'highway' consumption of 24 mpg, making it the most efficient vehicle in its segment. With its SULEV (Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle) classification, the SUV meets the most stringent emissions standard currently applicable in the US.
At the same time, the ML 450 HYBRID with a system output of 250 kW (340 hp) and a combined torque of 517 newton metres guarantees a superlative driving experience combined with an enhanced level of ride comfort. The driver can concentrate fully on the traffic and enjoy the driving experience without having to select additional functions as the drive management system is fully automatic.
The ML 450 HYBRID retains all the typical benefits of the M-Class such as economy of space, high active and passive safety, optimum ride comfort or the 4MATIC permanent all-wheel-drive system. The hybrid technology has been integrated perfectly, without taking up any additional installation space which would compromise comfort or practicality. The space in the passenger compartment and the boot capacity are as generous as ever. The only external clues on the ML 450 HYBRID are the redesigned bonnet and the HYBRID lettering on the rear.
E 250 BlueTEC - unique study combines highly efficient four-cylinder CDI engine and SCR emissions technology
The E 250 BlueTEC puts into clear focus the opportunities presented by the innovative BlueTEC concept and adds emphasis to the leading position held by Mercedes-Benz in the development of fuel-efficient, low-emissions diesel models. Thanks to the highly effective exhaust gas treatment system introduced by Mercedes-Benz, BlueTEC vehicles fulfil the strictest global emissions standards to make them the cleanest diesels in the world. With the E 250 BlueTEC, Mercedes-Benz is demonstrating how BlueTEC technology in the E-Class can be combined with a four-cylinder engine with optimised fuel consumption. When fitted to the 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission, the E 250 BlueTEC boasts fuel economy of 28 mpg U.S. in city traffic and 39 mpg U.S. on the motorway (U.S. FE standards).
Top-class performance: the new GL-Class
New appointments, fresh body sections and an enhanced interior - the Mercedes-Benz GL is even more desirable. The first-class model among the luxury off-roaders boasts up to 5 percent lower fuel consumption figures and further enhanced environmental compatibility in the new model year: the entire model family now meets the EU5 emissions standard.
Updated bumpers, a redesigned chrome underguard at the front and rear, revised chrome tailpipes and the new radiator grille plus the fog lamps/daytime driving lights linked with chrome inserts make the expressive appearance of the GL-Class even more compelling. The 18 to 21-inch light-alloy wheels are also new.
The interior of the GL-Class will accommodate up to seven passengers with more than ample space and comes with leather/ARTICO man-made leather seats with contrasting stitching as part of the new model year. The standard specification of the flagship GL 500 includes nappa leather appointments. All the models feature new instrumentation, a multifunction steering wheel in nappa leather and crash-responsive NECK-PRO luxury head restraints for the driver and front passenger. An additional touch of style can be added to the interior courtesy of the optional two-tone leather appointments and indirect ambient lighting. Standard equipment on the premium off-roader also includes the innovative PRE-SAFE® safety concept. State-of-the-art assistance systems such as the Intelligent Light System (ILS) are also available as an option.
Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG: the high-performance version of the E-Class
Shortly after the launch of the new E-Class, the performance brand within Mercedes-Benz Cars is set to unveil the new E 63 AMG. The dynamic sports saloon that is practicable for everyday use boasts outstanding performance, scintillating driving dynamics and technology transfer from the high-performance Roadster, the SL 63 AMG. The new E 63 AMG distinguishes itself from the regular Mercedes-Benz E-Class models with an all-new AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with electronically controlled damping and a new front axle, and with its autonomous exterior and interior design. At the same time, Mercedes-AMG has achieved a reduction in fuel consumption by almost twelve percent for the new E 63 AMG, thanks to the concerted use of fuel efficiency measures. With its unique combination of pioneering driver assistance systems, the E 63 AMG further consolidates the brand's leading position in the field of automotive safety.
The AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine in the new E 63 AMG develops an output of 386 kW/525 hp and a torque of 630 newton metres, matching the outstanding figures for the SL 63 AMG. The high-performance Roadster has also donated its AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission to the new model. This transmission dispenses with a conventional torque converter and uses a compact, wet start-up clutch. In conjunction with the four individual driving modes, the double-declutching and RACE START functions, the resulting, direct connection to the powertrain allows an extremely emotional and highly dynamic driving experience.
The drive unit is unique in this segment, and ensures decidedly sporty performance figures: the E 63 AMG accelerates from standstill to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited). The fast-revving, naturally aspirated engine with a displacement of 6208 cc impresses with its agile responsiveness, muscular power delivery and great flexibility.
Despite 8 kW/11 hp of additional output versus the preceding model, the fuel consumption of the new E 63 AMG has been significantly reduced: at 12.6 litres of super-premium grade petrol per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined consumption, provisional figure), the fuel consumption of the E 63 AMG is almost twelve percent lower than before, and leads the field among sports saloons developing more than 377 kW/500 hp.
The newly composed AMG V8 sound is a thrilling accompaniment for mile after mile, while the smooth-running engine guarantees typical Mercedes long-distance comfort. A newly designed water cooling system ensures maximum endurance even under the enormous dynamic stresses of the racetrack.
All-round safety, outstanding comfort, trailblazing assistance systems: The E-Class from Mercedes Benz
The E-Class from Mercedes-Benz represents the pacemaker when it comes to safety, comfort and environmental compatibility in this market segment. With its unique combination of driver assistance systems, the Saloon consolidates the leading position of Mercedes-Benz in the luxury class. Its features include a drowsiness detection system, Adaptive Highbeam Assist and the proximity control system which is capable of performing automatic emergency braking when there is acute danger of a collision.
Mercedes-Benz has improved the already exemplary long-distance comfort of the E-Class even further in the new saloon, principally through the use of intelligent bodyshell technology with up to 30 percent greater rigidity, further improved seats and a newly developed suspension whose shock absorbers automatically adjust to the current driving situation. The optional air suspension now works in combination with a continuously adjustable electronic damping system.
The outstanding safety and comfort of the E-Class are matched by its environmental compatibility and economy: the four and six-cylinder engines are direct-injection units, and consume up to 23 percent less fuel than before. The combined NEDC consumption of the new four-cylinder CDI engines is just 5.3 litres per 100 kilometres, which corresponds to 139 grams of CO2 per kilometre. All the engines for the new E-Class meet the EU5 emissions standard, while the emissions from the E 350 BlueTEC are already below the EU6 limits planned for 2014.
E-Class Coupé: excitement can be this efficient
An exciting product concept will make its debut at the New York International Auto Show NYIAS: Mercedes-Benz will be unveiling the E-Class Coupé in the USA. The brand is therefore launching a new highlight in the model series while continuing a tradition that has repeatedly met with great enthusiasm throughout the history of the E-Class.
The new E-Class Coupé offers a very special combination of emotion and efficiency. With its classic coupé side profile - no B-pillars and fully retractable side windows - the new two-door model is a particularly sporty interpretation of the new E-Class's dynamic design. At the same time, the most aerodynamic variant of the Coupé achieves a new world best in terms of drag coefficient: with a Cd figure of just 0.24, this model is the world's most aerodynamically efficient series-production car.
The model programme includes two new 4-cylinder engines, which consume up to 17 percent less fuel whilst offering a significant increase in performance and torque. The new E-Class Coupé's standard-fit AGILITY CONTROL suspension adjusts automatically to the current driving situation. It combines driving enjoyment and excellent handling with maximum comfort.
The new Coupé offers a multitude of technical innovations that one might expect to find in a sports-oriented luxury coupé. These include selective damper control, drowsiness detection, anticipatory occupant protection and the Active Bonnet. As a feature specific to the Coupé, the Dynamic Handling package allows different suspension setups at the touch of a button. Adaptive Highbeam Assist, road sign recognition and an automatic emergency braking system are other features with which the new model series sets standards in this vehicle category.
Mercedes-Benz M-Class, ML 450 HYBRID
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, GL 350 CDI, interior
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, GL 350 CDI, exterior
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, GL 350 CDI, exterior
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, GL 350 CDI, exterior
Mercedes-Benz E-Class, E 63 AMG, exterior, sedan
Mercedes-Benz E-Class, E 250 BlueTEC, exterior
Mercedes-Benz E-Class, E 500 Coupé with AMG Sports Package, exterior
Mercedes-Benz E-Class, E 350 CGI AVANTGARDE, exterior