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Next-Gen 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Includes Gigantic Touchscreen

Next-Gen 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Includes Gigantic Touchscreen

The Next-Gen S-Class

For the 2021 model year, Mercedes-Benz will introduce a new S-Class to the market. Always the technological flagship of the brand, the next-gen 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will surely offer the newest tech. Currently undergoing tests, it’s codename is “W223”. The vehicle is in camouflage and even the interior has covers to prevent spy shots. But, in reality, spy shots definitely help attract attention to these cars. One of the most noticeable features in the screens. There appears to be a massive screen behind the steering wheel. On top of this, and more importantly, there is a gigantic touchscreen at the center console. This screen is so massive that it takes up a majority of the space. Obviously, this follows in the steps of Tesla, where some people are mistakenly pulled over by police thinking it’s a computer… it has happened!

Visible Aspects of Touchscreen

The next-gen 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class seems to be an amazing car. As always, Mercedes will attempt to offer the crème of the crop with these vehicles. With a starting price usually close to $100,000, this car will be no exemption. But, let’s jump into those screens. The driver dashboard screen seems to display information such as a speedometer and tachometer. Furthermore, there will most likely be information such as navigation, radio, and more. Surely, there will also be voice commands, and probably even movement commands.

On the center console, there is a gigantic touchscreen in the next-gen 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. This gigantic touchscreen follows in the steps of Tesla. With the increase in driving automation and tech, this car will surely be safe to drive. This screen will display probably most aspects of the vehicle. At the bottom of the screen, there are physical buttons. These seem to be for specific main tasks, such as active-safety features, audio volume, driving modes, hazards, and the infotainment home button. Due to the cloth at the top, it is unknown if there is something hidden under there. This will also most likely feature content such as surround view parking cameras and more.

Who’s Ready for the Next-Gen?

2021 Mercedes S-class w223 spied for the first time – OldBenz – YouTube

Well… with this info, who’s ready for the next-gen? Mercedes-Benz S-Class drivers will either love it or hate it. Mercedes is known for being elegant while lagging behind in technology in the past, whereas it seems to be caught up, and moving ahead nowadays. Obviously, this is a good thing. If tech is important to you, then upgrading your current S-Class to this should be a goal. These cars are amazing for daily commuting, or even being driven around. Unfortunately, most people don’t get to enjoy the luxurious S-Class. But, maybe the doors will be unlocked at an auto show near you to hop in and take a look! In the end, the next-gen 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is quite a tech spectacle.

Mercedes-Benz G-Class Drops from 3rd Story of Parking Garage

Mercedes-Benz G-Class Drops from 3rd Story of Parking Garage

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Mercedes-Benz G-Class - Crash from 3rd Story of Parking Garage - PIGUES15 on Twitter - NBC News - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz G-Class – Crash from 3rd Story of Parking Garage – PIGUES15 on Twitter – NBC News – EuroDrift

On Thursday, January 3, 2019, a series of unfortunate events occurred in Los Angeles, California. A driver was attempting to park a Mercedes-Benz G-Class on the 3rd story of a garage. Unfortunately, the driver hit the gas instead of the brakes. From here, chaos began to unfold right before everyone’s eyes. According to ABC7 Los Angeles, the vehicle drove through a floor-to-ceiling glass wall and plummeted to the street below. Yes, this car fell 3 stories right into the street of LA. Landing on its roof, the driver is lucky to be alive. The event took place on the 5400 block of Tujunga Avenue, near Magnolia Boulevard.

The Driver is in Stable Condition

Broken Glass Wall - Parking Garage in Los Angeles - CBS News - EuroDrift

Broken Glass Wall – Parking Garage in Los Angeles – CBS News – EuroDrift

Thankfully, the driver of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is now in stable condition. At first, it was questionable as the driver was critically injured from the fall. The last statement by Los Angeles Police Department was that the driver was “alert and talking”. LAPD has ruled out DUI, so the driver will most likely walk away with no charges. But, possibly a battle with the parking garage company and it’s insurance. As everyone knows, neither of them will want to cover the driver’s damages to the structure.

”How Could This Happen?”

Driver Survives After SUV Flies Off 3rd Story of Parking Garage, Lands Upside Down – CBS Los Angeles – YouTube

A question many people may have on mind is, “how could this happen?”. Well, incidents in parking lots occur all the time. Just as driving on the road, parking isn’t free of incidents. On a daily basis, cars are bumped about in cities worldwide. Sometimes, people mistakenly hit the wrong peddle. Unfortunately, this time, the driver didn’t have enough time to correct the issue. Sometimes, people get lucky and avoid accidents. In conclusion, although the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is most likely irreparable, the driver is okay.

2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe

2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe

A Beastly 4MATIC AMG

For the 2019 model year, AMG is offering a GLE 63 S Coupe with 4MATIC AWD. The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe is quite a beastly machine. Starting at a MSRP of $113,000 in the U.S., this car arrives with a ton of tech. The technology on the GLE 63 S Coupe include:

  • Active Curve System
  • Adaptive Dampening System
  • AIRMATIC Sport Suspension
  • Dynamic SELECT
  • ECO Start/Stop System
  • Exhaust System
  • High-Performance Braking System
  • Performance 4MATIC AWD
  • Sport-Tuned Direct Steer
  • OPTIONAL: Sport Exhaust System

All of these features are beneficial to the car, making it a track-friendly SUV coupe. With so many advanced options, this car handles quite well and is capable of towing 7,200 pounds via rear trailer hitch. So, if the goal is performance and towing capabilities, this car meets both.

An Engine Built by Hand!

2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe - V8 BiTurbo 4MATIC Side Badges - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe – V8 BiTurbo 4MATIC Side Badges – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe sports a handcrafted AMG 5.5-liter V8 BiTurbo engine. At peak, the AMG V8 produces 577 horsepower and 561 lb.-ft. of torque. Towing with this much power should be cake! The engine works in combo with an AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-Transmission. This allows the AMG GLE to reach 60 mph in only 4.1 seconds. Lastly, to get the power to the ground, this car rocks 22” wheels.

2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe - AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS Transmission - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe – AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS Transmission – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

AMG Doesn’t Disappoint!

All-new Mercedes GLE Premiere REVIEW AMG-Line Exterior Interior 2019 – Autogefühl – YouTube

With the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe, AMG shows the world it is ready to battle for the years to come. With so much power, this car can compete with the crème of the crop. Furthermore, with its closest competition being Audi and BMW, these companies will have to hustle to keep the arena in fair play. Obviously, this car has quite a beautiful interior with the newest Mercedes technology. So, fortunately, this car won’t end up behind in times like the Ghibli or Levante. Overall, the AMG GLE is an amazing SUV that performs like a sedan.

2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe - ECO Start & Stop Button - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe – ECO Start & Stop Button – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz to Unveil Next-Gen CLA at CES 2019

Mercedes-Benz to Unveil Next-Gen CLA at CES 2019

A New Generation for the CLA

With the fresh upcoming year of 2019, manufacturers will introduce technology that’ll be the anticipation of the next decade. At CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Mercedes-Benz plants to unveil the next-gen CLA. Not surprisingly, a few other vehicles will be on display at the Benz CES booth, all new to the United States. Mercedes intends to showcase the most technologically advanced automobiles it has ready to unveil. With the date approaching, Mercedes shared a teaser as seen at the top of the article. This is the roofline of the new CLA. The car should look like an a-class with a 4-door, coupe roof style setup.

Hopes for the Next-Gen CLA

With the next-gen CLA, the first hope is for better rear headroom. Previously, this car was known for rear headroom issues. Furthermore, this car will sport the MBUX infotainment system. This provides the driver with AI-powered assistance. This includes language commands as well as “identifies operation requests on basis of movements”. This statement seems to mean that the driver will be able to use hand or body motion to control the vehicle. This is not new, as BMW seems to be onto the same project.

The CLA Won’t Be Alone!

Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) World Premiere | CES 2018 – Mercedes-Benz – YouTube

With the next-gen CLA, Mercedes plans to display the Mercedes-Benz EQC electric SUV. On top of that, the Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic Concept will be there too. The EQC electric SUV aims to offer customers with 402 horsepower and 564 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, the electric batteries shall allow it to drive for around 280 miles before requiring recharge. It won’t be surprising if Benz begins to offer hybrid versions of typical cars, including the CLA. With the upcoming decade of 2020 to 2030, manufacturers will probably make the shift to hybrids and EVs. In conclusion, anyone in attendance at CES 2019 should be looking for the Mercedes booth!

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren: A Beastly 2-Door Grand Tourer

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren: A Beastly 2-Door Grand Tourer

Production from 2003 to 2010

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren - Side in Motion - AngMoKio on Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – Side in Motion – AngMoKio on Wikipedia – EuroDrift

From 2003 to 2010, Mercedes-Benz sold the utterly stunning Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. This 2-door grand tourer sports car was limited to only 2,157 total units over 7 years. The SLR McLaren was a joint project between McLaren Automotive and Mercedes-Benz. Now, McLaren has its own amazing supercars, ranging from the 720S to the Senna GTR. The assembly for the SLR Mclaren was at the Woking, Surrey, England location. With a front mid-engine RWD system, this car fits the meaning of an adrenaline rush. Now, let’s jump right into the performance numbers!

5.4-Liter Supercharged M155 SLR V8

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren - Engine on Display - BrokenSphere on Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – Engine on Display – BrokenSphere on Wikipedia – EuroDrift

Under the hood, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren sports a 5.4-liter supercharged M155 SLR V8 engine. This motor produces a whopping 617 horsepower and 575 lb.-ft. of torque. In combo with a 5-speed auto transmission, this car can hit 60 mph in only 3.4 seconds. In magazine review testing, 3.3 seconds was achieved at one point. Depending on conditions, specifically temperature, this car may perform even better (i.e. colder weather). On the quarter mile, the SLR McLaren reaches 130 mph at 11.25 seconds. Being from a previous era, this car can still compete with modern sports cars.

Tip of the Hat to the SLR McLaren

McLaren SLR Review | Top Gear | BBC – YouTube

The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is now a rare, unique sports car. It is only respectful to tip a hat to this amazing vehicle. Now a collector’s car, these cars are still available on the market. But, having a deep pocket is necessary, as the lowest usually go for over $200,000. Furthermore, the newer ones run into the $300,000 range.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren - Interior - Axel Schwenke on Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – Interior – Axel Schwenke on Wikipedia – EuroDrift

Cars like this do not depreciate over time, but actually grow in value. It is similar to buying art, somewhat a gamble, but with a car like this, it usually pays off. Depending how long the car is kept, the price shall increase or grow steady. Overall, the SLR McLaren is a beautiful display of a joint project by Benz and McLaren. Some people may not like it, but it is one hell of a sports car.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren - Rear Corner - Alexandre Prevot on Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – Rear Corner – Alexandre Prevot on Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

Note: The featured image is by Alexandre Prevot of Wikipedia, just as the image above.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: A Gull-Wing Masterpiece

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: A Gull-Wing Masterpiece

The Original SLS AMG 2-Door Coupe

From January 2010 to January 2014, Daimler AG produced the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG 2-door coupe. The base version of this car ranges in model year from 2011 to 2015. The original assembly was at a location in Sindelfingen, Germany. The 2-door SLS AMG coupe is an FMR layout with a transaxle. The biggest designation of the SLS is the gull-wing doors. But, there is a lot more to this car than it’s aesthetically pleasing exterior.

6.2-Liter M159 DOHC V8 Engine

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG - Engine Bay - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG – Engine Bay – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is a gullwing that performs on the road and track. With a 6.2-liter M159 DOHC V8 engine, this car cranks out 563 horsepower. Supporting the horsepower is 479 lb.-ft. of torque. This motor works in conjunction with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. From 0 to 60 mph, the SLS AMG takes only 3.7 seconds. On the quarter mile, the SLS AMG reaches the end in only 11.7 seconds at 125 mph. Lastly, the top speed is a staggering 197 mph, almost 200… almost.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG - Interior - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG – Interior – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift

But, at these speeds, the car can still terrify those afraid of quick accelerations. In the event of a rollover, the SLS AMG doors contain explosive bolts that sense a rollover to separate for ease of exiting. This is an important aspect of racing in this car, as being stuck inside could be deadly. Fortunately, Mercedes is usually ahead of the game when it comes to safety. This may help those with worries about this car on the road.

A Beautiful Automotive Masterpiece

Here’s Why the Mercedes SLS AMG Is Worth $185,000 – Doug DeMuro – YouTube

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is simply put, a beautiful automotive masterpiece. Even though this car is not produced anymore, it still can sell for over $200,000 in great condition. With a roaring V8 and gull-wing doors, who wouldn’t want to drive this car? Vrooming around town in this car is sure to attract a lot of attention. In conclusion, the SLS AMG is a beastly automobile meant for car collectors worldwide.

Note: The featured image is the only picture that is not the property of EuroDrift. This image is by user M 93 on Wikimedia Commons.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG - Rear - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG – Rear – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift

Mercedes Vision EQ Silver Arrow: 750-HP EV

Mercedes Vision EQ Silver Arrow: 750-HP EV

The Mercedes Vision Is a Vision to Behold

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow – Front – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Mercedes unveiled it’s retro Mercedes Vision EQ Silver Arrow at this year’s Pebble Beach. The sleek new Arrow’s design paid homage to the world-renowned Mercedes W125 that held the public road speed record from 1937-2017.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow - Front Corner Overview - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow – Front Corner Overview – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is an updated version of the W125. While it does have the same design philosophy, the EQ Silver Arrow is made entirely of carbon fiber and sports the EQ lettering of Mercedes sub-brand.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Light strips run along the bottom of the car and connect the low profile headlights. To take the idea of “sleek” even further, the 255/25 R 24 front tires are partially covered. Furthermore, the back 305/25 R 26 tires finish out the “prowler” feel of the car.

Is This EQ Silver Arrow Really Electric?

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow - Rear Corner at Launch - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow – Rear Corner at Launch – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

There’s no doubt about it, electric vehicles have come a long way. The Arrow is fully electric, running on an 80 kWh battery. Its motor delivers 750 hp and has a range of up to 248 miles.

If the outside of this car doesn’t have saliva dripping off your chin, then consider the interior.

  • Genuine Leather Seats
  • Solid Walnut with Contrasting Inlays
  • Polished Aluminum Accents

And then there are the panoramic screen displays…

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow - Rear - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow – Rear – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Forget the very practical 3D projection of your rear surroundings. Let’s talk about the ability to superimpose a virtual race track on the road ahead of you. Add ghost cars that you can race and see how meshing the virtual with the real creates a whole new reality.

PLUS… you can even configure sound settings so that your “electric” vehicle shirks stealth mode and sounds like a Formula 1 racer, or a V8-powered gas engine. How cool is that?

Driving The Most Insane Concept Car | Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow – Supercar Blondie – YouTube

Too bad this is just a show car. However, it does preview what we can expect from future Mercedes EQ models.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic: An Autonomous Van Concept

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic: An Autonomous Van Concept

An All-Electric Autonomous Van

As life moves into the future, brands such as Mercedes-Benz are attempting to shape the way for humanity. Recently, the Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic was shown to the public. The Urbanetic is an autonomous van concept that runs on battery-electric. The purpose of this vehicle is to help reduce congestion via a 24/7 runtime for passenger hauling services. With the Urbanetic, Mercedes aims to contribute to a whole new segment of mobility. This includes a capacious, comfortable, efficient, and sustainable design. But, this car, truly begins its prowess from its battery-electric platform.

Battery-Electric Platform Design

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic - People-Mover Setup - Hauling Riders on Bridge - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic – People-Mover Setup – Hauling Riders on Bridge – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic begins with its battery-electric platform. This system is the way of the future and provides green commuting accessibility. With a battery system, the car can run on a regular schedule, simply charging every time it is necessary. As battery-operated vehicles become more popular, the battery charging time has dissipated. Recently, the all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron made its debut as a sports car to charge in 15 minutes flat via 800-volts. Obviously, quick charging will be necessary to make this van concept worthy of transportation purposes. But, even furthermore, is the fact this car can alternate between cargo and people-moving within minutes.

Cargo-Van Body Functionality

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic - Cargo-Van Setup - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic – Cargo-Van Setup – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

With the Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic, the functionality can be altered for multiple purposes. This begins with a cargo-van functionality option. The rear of the van can provide 353 cubic feet of space. This allows for 10 pallets at once, obviously wit the help of 12-feet of load space. So, this van can handle traditional cargo transport as well as last-minute deliveries. But, this isn’t the only way the space can be allocated for usage. Not surprisingly, this car also features a people-moving function as well.

From Cargo-Van to People-Mover

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic - People-Mover Setup - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic – People-Mover Setup – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic not only allows for cargo usage, but also people transport. With the large allotment of space in the rear, this vehicle can handle up to 12 people. Furthermore, this car keeps in mind the pedestrians outside of the vehicle. On the front and sides, this car lets civilians know that the vehicle is aware of their presence. This allows bystanders to feel comfortable crossing in front of the vehicle at an intersection. So, while keeping passengers comfy, it is also keeping pedestrians safe. It won’t be surprising in the future when services such as “Uber Pool” end up providing a Urbanetic-style van to transport people at cheap rates.

Autonomy & Electric are the Future

Mercedes-Benz Vision URBANETIC: Mobility for Urban Areas – Mercedes-Benz – YouTube

As the Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic shows, autonomy and electric motors are the future. From the Audi PB18 e-tron to the Vision Urbanetic, manufacturers are moving forward to the next stage of auto engineering. Initially, Tesla led the way for worldwide companies, but now everyone is joining in on the action. What was once a quiet, unsure market, is now the way for all. The sound of the motor may be missed, but will still be available, as gasoline cars will most likely never be fully outlawed. Regardless, transportation will become efficient and reasonable moving forward. One day, these type of vehicles will rotate major cities, running passengers to destinations far and wide.

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic - Different Setup Options - Front Corners - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic – Different Setup Options – Front Corners – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG E53: 429-Horsepower Inline-Six

2019 Mercedes-AMG E53: 429-Horsepower Inline-Six

AMG Replaces E43 with E53 for 2019 Model Year

For the 2019 model year, Mercedes-AMG is replacing the E43 with the E53. The 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 will be available in a cabriolet, coupe, and sedan variant. The cabriolet and coupe were revealed at the Detroit Auto Show (North American International Auto Show 2018). The E43 was a perfect match for someone looking for more than a base E300 and less than the overwhelming E63. Now, the E53 will be the middleman. The E53 has a different engine as well as some slight exterior mods in comparison to the base model. The exterior has two power bulges on the hood as well as a redesigned rear bumper with diffuser.

3.0-Liter Turbocharged Inline-Six with 429 Horsepower

2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 sports a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine. This motor produces 429 base horsepower and 384 lb.-ft. of torque. To support the engine, there is a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. This hybrid system produces only 21 horsepower but a whopping 184 lb.-ft. of torque. The purpose of this is to help with fuel consumption and power during usage. Furthermore, there is an electric auxiliary compressor that works with the exhaust-driven turbo to minimize lag.

In combo with the engine, there is a 9-speed AMG transmission. On top of this, there is an AWD system in the 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53. From 0-60 mph, the E53 coupe takes only 4.3 seconds. On the other hand, the cabriolet and sedan take 4.3 seconds, 0.1 seconds longer. The top speed is electronically limited to 130 mph for all three versions.

Mercedes-AMG is Looking to the Future

2019 E53 AMG Coupe Walkaround and Interior! | Hybrid AMG! – EddieX – YouTube

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 is proof that Mercedes is looking to the future. With more power and better fuel consumption, this car is taking a leap forward. Furthermore, Mercedes-AMG will be offering optional 20” lightweight alloy wheels on the E53. This is on top of the 14.2” brake discs in use for all of the wheels. The MSRP is currently TBD but will most likely be available by the fall or winter. AMG expects to offer the E53 starting end of 2018 in the U.S. In conclusion, the new E53 is a beautiful feat of engineering with sufficient power and luxury.

2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Lost World: Jurassic Park – 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320

The Lost World: Jurassic Park – 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320

The Jurassic Park Mercedes-Benz SUVs

If you’ve seen The Lost World: Jurassic Park movie, you may have noticed the Mercedes-Benz SUVs throughout the film. For the expedition to Isla Sorna, InGen builds three customized 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 SUVs. The purpose of these vehicles is to drive and navigate the island for transporting equipment. This equipment mostly consists of camera and study items. The nicknames for the three vehicles are: AAV Fontana, AAV Montana, and AAV Santana. Unfortunately, the Montana was left behind in this film. Regardless, these vehicles “shine bright like a diamond” through the film.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park Movie

The Lost World: Jurassic Park Official Trailer #1 – Jeff Goldblum Movie (1997) – Jurassic Park Fansite – YouTube

The film The Lost World: Jurassic Park was released on May 19, 1997 by director Steven Spielberg. This 1997 film was able to reach a box office value of 618.6 million USD on a 73 million USD budget. Furthermore, at 2 hours and 9 minutes, this film provides quite a look into InGen’s invasion of Isla Sorna. One main reason for their invasion is to capture dinosaurs to display at an amphitheater zoo in San Diego. Dr. Ian Malcolm, played by Jeff Goldblum, thinks this is a terrible idea, and he isn’t far from being correct. Over the film, the entire process turns into a disaster leading up to a t-rex invasion of San Diego. With such a large box office value, the film unfortunately didn’t receive amazing reviews, with a rating of 6.5/10 by IMDb.

AAV Fontana, AAV Montana, & AAV Santana

1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 - AAV Montana in The Lost World: Jurassic Park - Rear Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 – AAV Montana in The Lost World: Jurassic Park – Rear Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

For the film, the three 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 SUVs were customized with a ton of aftermarket components. Each of three vehicles have the following options:

  • Camouflage Paint
  • Custom Step Bars
  • Fog Lights
  • Front Bull Bars
  • Front Tow Cable
  • Leather Seats
  • Rear Taillight Guards
  • Winch
  • 4-Wheel Drive

These features provide the basis for the overall vehicles before the additional options differentiate the three 320s. Next, each vehicle will be discussed pointing out the additional features that distinguish them individually from the others. The AAV Fontana, AAV Montana, and AAV Santana all have features that provide them slightly different advantages in varying situations.

For the 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 AAV Fontana, the car has quite a few additional features. These features include:

  • Additional Round Bubble Top
  • Bottom & Top Hang on Jerry Cans
  • Bubble Window Roof
  • Duel Mounted Side Mirror Search Lights
  • Grey Interior
  • Mounted Side Lights
  • Protective Bars

For the AAV Montana, the options differ slightly than the AAV Fontana. The AAV Montana’s enhancements include:

  • Bubble Window Roof
  • Duel Grab Bars on Rear Sides
  • Duel Mounted Side Mirror Searchlights
  • Grey Interior
  • Hood Mounted Carrier
  • Extra Wheel Top Mounted
  • Mounted Door Guard Panes
  • Protective Bars

Lastly, the AAV Santana had the least amount of additional options. These features include:

  • Aluminum Interior
  • Bottom Mounted Hang on Jerry Cans
  • Cut Out Backside
  • Mounted Light Bar

Each of these vehicles serves a slightly different purpose due to their features. Unfortunately, two of these vehicles were destroyed during the film. Luckily, for the AAV Montana, it remained safe in the InGen gatherers equipment facility.

R.I.P. AAV Fontana & AAV Santana

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (4/10) Movie CLIP – Ripped Apart (1997) HD – Movieclips – YouTube

Unfortunately, the AAV Fontana and AAV Santana didn’t remain safe during the film. While attempting to fix a young tyrannosaurus rex’s leg, two adult T. rexes show up. As this occurs, the AAV Fontana ML320 is hurtled off the cliff. However, the T. rex adults don’t stop there… the entire trailer containing Ian, Nick, & Sarah is pushed about halfway over the cliff. This causes the characters to fall and eventually dangle from a rope. This rope is set up by Eddie who drives the AAV Santana to the scene. Unfortunately, for Eddie, the two T. rex adults return, and he doesn’t survive, and neither does the Santana.

The AAV Montana is Still Alive!

1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 - AAV Montana in The Lost World: Jurassic Park - Rear - Pixabay - EuroDrift

1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 – AAV Montana in The Lost World: Jurassic Park – Rear – Pixabay – EuroDrift

Overall, The Lost World: Jurassic Park is a great movie. Critics may not agree, but if you’re a fan of dinosaurs, you’re missing out if you haven’t seen it. Furthermore, the 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 SUVs were a perfect match for the movie. These vehicles are built for adventures and the outdoors, so their arrival on Isla Sorna isn’t a surprise. Even though the AAV Fontana and Santana didn’t survive, the AAV Montana is still alive! Long live the Jurassic Park Mercedes-Benz SUV!

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