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Mercedes To Debut New A-Class MBUX Infotainment Systems At CES 2018 12
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in CES, mercedes, Mercedes A-Class, Mercedes B-Class, Mercedes CLA, Mercedes GLA, Tech on 12 12th, 2017


After sharing the first interior photos of the upcoming 2018 A-Class, Mercedes-Benz will give educate us on the car’s newly developed infotainment system on January 9, 2018, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The new infotainment system is named “Mercedes-Benz User Experience”, or MBUX for short, and promises “to ensure a pioneering in-car experience” by being “introduced as standard equipment in the next compact car generation”.

From the images shared with the next-gen A-Class’ interior, we already know that base grades will get two 7-inch displays, whereas better-equipped models will come with two 10.25-inch or one 7-inch and one 10.25-inch screens. These replace the traditional instrument panel on one side, and control the infotainment, air-conditioning, and other functions on the other.

As the Germans have already announced, the new MBUX will be found on the brand’s upcoming compact models, which include not only the new A-Class hatch, B-Class MPV, CLA four-door coupe, CLA Shooting Brake, and GLA, but also the A-Class sedan and yet another crossover, probably dubbed GLB.

Set to be displayed alongside the infotainment system at CES 2018 will be the Concept EQA and Smart Vision EQ ForTwo, in addition to the impressive Mercedes-AMG Project One.

The automaker will also demonstrate their automated and autonomous driving technology with test drives in Las Vegas.

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Get An Inside Look At The 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class 23
Nov
Posted by John Halas in featured, Geneva Motor Show, mercedes, Mercedes A-Class, Mercedes CLA, new cars on 11 23rd, 2017


Mercedes-Benz is whetting our appetite for the new, fourth generation A-Class with the first official photos of the compact car’s cabin, released at an exclusive event in Germany, Wednesday night.

If the interior design looks familiar, that’s because the new A-Class draws heavily from the latest E-Class and to a lesser extent, the S-Class. It borrows the former’s dashboard layout with two high-tech, free-standing flat screens, five turbine-look air vents and simplified center console, and the S-Class’ multifunctional steering wheel.

The highlight, of course, is the two screens that seem to be floating on top of the dashboard that’s divided by a ‘trench’. They will be available in three versions, depending on the model and equipment chosen. Base trims get two 7-inch (17.78 cm) screens, while higher level models either one 7-inch and one 10.25-inch (26 cm) or two 10.25-inch displays. The latter two variants use bonded glass technology for the screens.

The first screen replaces the traditional instrument panel while the other is used to display, and in conjunction to the buttons on the center console and the touchpad, control the air-conditioning and infotainment systems.

The same interior will be used on all A-Class derivatives.

“Thanks to the visual separation of the lower section from the main body of the dashboard, the former appears to float in front of the dashboard,” says Hartmut Sinkwitz, Head of Interior Design. “At the same time, the A-Class is the first series-production model to dispense completely with a classic cockpit shroud. This literally places the large widescreen cockpit with its bonded glass technology in the forefront. Moreover, there is no longer a display in the A/C control panel, as the visual representation is exclusively via the central display.”

If you haven’t figured it out already, one of Mercedes’ main goals was to nudge the A-Class closer to its more luxurious siblings by offering buyers of its entry model the sense that they’re getting the same treats, but in a smaller, and more city-friendly, package.

To that extent, the Germans claim to have amplified the level of luxury by offering features and options more commonly found in higher segments. Two examples mentioned by Mercedes include the seats with climate control and massage functions, and the use of 64 LEDs for direct and indirect lighting to create a special and personalized ambience

On top of that, Benz says that the new A-Class will be more spacious for both passengers and their luggage. In particular, there’s more shoulder-room (front +9 mm, rear +22 mm), elbow-room (front +35 mm, rear +36 mm) and headroom (front +7 mm, rear +8 mm), while boot space has increased by 29 liters to 370 liters.

Furthermore, thanks to the two-section rear lights, the loading aperture is 200mm wider than before, and the luggage compartment floor is 115 mm longer. The rear seats have a 60/40 split as standard, while a rear seat backrest with a 40/20/40 split will be available.

Passengers will have more and bigger storage units inside, with the door panels now having enough space to hold 1.5-liter bottles or A4-sized magazines.

Mercedes also stated that the A-Class will offer much better visibility as the obscured area has been reduced by 10 percent compared to the current model. “This was principally achieved by specifically slimming down the A, B and C-pillars and their claddings. Improved visibility is also assured by positioning the exterior mirrors on the door outer panel rather than in the mirror triangle,” said the automaker.

The arrival of the five-door A-Class hatchback is scheduled for next year’s Geneva Motor Show in March, with European sales starting in the summer. It will be followed by a more conservative A-Class Sedan in both regular and long-wheelbase (likely for China) forms in the same year, while in 2019, we’ll see the replacements for the GLA crossover and the CLA in four-door sedan and possibly, shooting brake (estate) body styles.

All models will share the same underpinnings and powertrains that will include diesel, gasoline and 48V plug-in petrol-electric hybrid units. On the performance front, we’ll see a new A40 AMG model with a de-tuned 2.0-liter four producing around 300 horses, and a full-force A45 AMG with a newly developed 2.0L four banger churning out over 400 horses.

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Mercedes Recalls Half A Million Vehicles For Unexpected Airbag Deployment 22
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in mercedes, Mercedes B-Class, Mercedes C-Class, Mercedes CLA, Mercedes E-Class, Mercedes GLA, Mercedes GLC, Mercedes GLK, NHTSA, Recalls on 10 22nd, 2017


Mercedes-Benz has announced the recall of nearly half a million vehicles across the United States due to a problem with their airbags.
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New Mercedes-Benz A-Class Could Debut In Geneva Next Year 8
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, Geneva Motor Show, mercedes, Mercedes A-Class, Mercedes A45 AMG, Mercedes CLA, Mercedes GLA, PHEV, Reports on 10 8th, 2017


Following a long development process, the new generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class is almost ready, and we could see it as early as next spring.
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Ferrari Exotics Among Victims Of Hurricane Harvey 4
Sep
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Accidents, featured, Ferrari, ferrari 458, Ferrari-Videos, mercedes, Mercedes CLA, Mercedes G-Class, Mercedes Videos, Offbeat News, video on 09 4th, 2017


Following news of hundreds of thousands of cars being scrapped after Hurricane Harvey made its way through Texas, it became obvious that no type of vehicle was safe down there.
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Next Mercedes-Benz CLA Coming With Fastback AMG GT Concept-Inspired Looks 13
May
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in mercedes, Mercedes A-Class, Mercedes CLA, Reports on 05 13th, 2017


Mercedes-Benz wants to draw a clear line between the upcoming A-Class Sedan and the next generation CLA.
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Japan Welcomes Mercedes-Benz CLA 180 Star Wars Edition 5
May
Posted by Brad Anderson in japan, mercedes, Mercedes CLA, new cars on 05 5th, 2017


In order to celebrate 40 years of Star Wars, Mercedes-Benz has introduced a special edition CLA 180 in Japan dubbed the Star Wars Edition.
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Vilner Adds A Touch Of Exclusivity To The Mercedes-Benz CLA 26
Apr
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in mercedes, Mercedes CLA, tuning, vilner on 04 26th, 2017


The Bulgarian aftermarket specialists from Vilner have worked their magic once again, this time around a Mercedes-Benz CLA.
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Next-Gen Mercedes-Benz Compact Cars To Be Made In Finland As Well 24
Mar
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, mercedes, Mercedes A-Class, Mercedes B-Class, Mercedes CLA, Mercedes GLA, Reports, Valmet on 03 24th, 2017


Besides the Hungarian plant in Kecskemet, the German facility in Rastatt, and the Chinese production site in Beijing, Mercedes-Benz will also produce the next generation compact cars in Finland.
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Consumer Reports Says FCA Builds 4 Of The Worst 10 Vehicles Of 2017 4
Mar
Posted by Brad Anderson in Cadillac Escalade, Chrysler 200, Consumer Reports, Dodge Journey, FCA, Fiat 500L, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Maserati Ghibli, Mercedes CLA, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Mitsubishi Mirage, SUV, Toyota Tacoma, Trucks on 03 4th, 2017


Alongside naming its best vehicles currently on sale, Consumer Reports has announced the lowest-rated vehicles in each of its 10 categories and it isn’t good news for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
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Mercedes To Add A Four-Door Sedan And An SUV To Its Compact Model Range 10
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Detroit-Auto-Show, mercedes, Mercedes A-Class, Mercedes B-Class, Mercedes CLA, Mercedes GLA, Reports on 01 10th, 2017


Mercedes has officially confirmed that they are going to expand their compact model lineup to eight models in total, at the official reveal of the updated GLA.
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Mercedes Issues Three US Recalls, But Each One Of Them Is Tiny 4
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in mercedes, Mercedes CLA, Mercedes E-Class, Mercedes GL, Mercedes ML, Mercedes S-Class, Mercedes SL, Recalls on 01 4th, 2017


Mercedes sells luxury automobiles. That means that, while some are more accessibly priced than others, they're inherently more scarce than more mass-market offerings.
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Mercedes-Benz To Open Second Plant At Its Site In Hungary 5
Aug
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Daimler, mercedes, Mercedes B-Class, Mercedes CLA, Reports on 08 5th, 2016


Mercedes-Benz will expand its operations in Hungary by investing approximately €1 billion ($1,1 billion) into a new plant, in Kecskemet.
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Mercedes-AMG Releases New Accessory Line For The CLA 14
Jul
Posted by Brad Anderson in mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes CLA on 07 14th, 2016


The Mercedes-Benz CLA range is getting a shot of steroids following AMG's decision to offer a number of sporty accessories.
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