While the press days at the Detroit Motor Show 2014 are well and truly finished, the public still has six days to visit and to check out North America’s largest and most important annual auto show. One of the most prominent brands at this year’s show is Mercedes-Benz.
First and foremost, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class made its world debut at the show. For those that didn’t know, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been the volume model of the Mercedes-Benz range for a number of years now. It is a consistent top seller. The new model looks very similar to the recently released Mercedes-Benz S-Class. It is lighter, more economical and looks more modern than the outgoing model.
Three model variants will be available from launch, a diesel in the guise of the Mercedes-Benz C 220 BlueTEC and the two petrol models, the C 180 and C 200. The range of engines will then increase after launch to include a new small 4-cylinder diesel engine with a displacement of 1.6 litres and single-stage supercharger. This will be offered with a 115 or 136 hp power rating and 280 or 320 Nm of torque.
Also released at Detroit, was the brand new Mercedes-Benz S 600. Providing the perfect balance between the luxury of the S 500 and S 550 and the S63 AMG, the new S 600 features a massive V12 engine like previous S 600′s but do not think that the 2015 car features the same 5.5 litre V12 are the previous generation. In a world of economy and efficiency, Mercedes have made an even bigger engine for the car, a 6.0 litre unit. Its output registers at 523 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque.
Being the flagship S-Class model, the Mercedes-Benz S 600 also gets a comprehensive list of features as standard. The very impressive Magic Body Control suspension, which is not available on the S 63 AMG, with Road Surface Scan and the Driving Assistance Package, all come as standard. The latter comprises Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, Distronic Plus with Steering Assist autonomous driving, PRE-SAFE Brake with Pedestrian Recognition and PRE-SAFE PLUS a whole host of driver aids that mean you can spend more time enjoying the S Class in comfort!
What’s more, the production-spec GLA 45 AMG also debuted at Detroit. Featuring the now familiar AMG 2.0-litre turbocharged engine. It gets 360 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque transferred to a 4MATIC all-wheel drive system via a seven-speed AMG Speedshift DCT transmission. It accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.
Completing the Mercedes-Benz booth was the stunning S-Class Coupe Concept first revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year.