2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Mercedes’ AMG division, and to celebrate it they added the new Mercedes-AMG GT-C Coupe. The GT-C Coupe was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) along with the AMG GT-C Roadster. Also present at the show, was the Mercedes-Benz GLA compact SUV and their new E400 E-Class Coupe.
Mercedes Celebrates 50 Years of the AMG
Two months before the Detroit show, Mercedes debuted its AMG GT-C in Los Angeles. The Detroit show gave the public another look at this newest car in the AMG GT lineup. With 550 horsepower and 502 lb.-ft. of torque, the V8 is one powerful engine. Couple that with the performance exhaust system and the negative camber on the front wheels, you have a car built for performance.
The GT-C sports wider wheels and fenders than the other GT models. It also has a sports suspension, four-wheel steering, and larger front brakes. All of this is necessary when you put the Coupe in “race” mode. To handle that much car, Mercedes incorporated a 7-speed dual clutch transmission into its design. Mercedes boasts the the GT-C will go 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds – faster than any other GT model except for the Mercedes GT-R.
The Mercedes-Benz GLA Compact SUV
Mercedes unveiled its first compact SUV in 2013 with the GLA. The newest version of this popular model, which they showcased at NAIAS, featured updated interior styling and sleeker lines.
The Mercedes GLA enjoys a reputation for light handling and fuel efficiency. Its direct injection system re-tunes every few milliseconds so that you get more mileage for your dollar.
Mercedes has long been associated with luxury vehicles, and their SUV holds onto that reputation. Inside the cabin, you find a freestanding color screen both for entertainment and information. Bluetooth audio streaming is standard along with navigation, music, and other online features. If you enjoy playing with the newest thing out there, the GLA comes with Apple’s new “Car Play.”
E400 E-Class Coupe
The new 2018 E-Class Coupe features a longer wheelbase which translates into a bigger backseat. Inside the car, you find leather seating, wood accents, and technological gadgets galore.
The car comes with the Mercedes infotainment system. A 12.3 inch, high-resolution screen displays car functions and media. A second screen displays the instrument cluster. Both units are voice activated and controllable from the steering wheel. The Coupe also comes with Apple Car Play and wireless charging.
Outside, the E400 features such things as active brake assist and the Distance Pilot Distronic which automatically maintains speed and distance, even at high speeds.
The E400 boasts a 3.0 liter V6 with 329 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque. The E400 is not as fast as other European models, taking 5.2 seconds to hit 60mph – but that is still fast enough to get the adrenaline pumping! The coupe comes with the 9G-Tronic 9-speed automatic transmission.
Mercedes Upholds Its Reputation for Luxury
One thing is for sure, all of the Mercedes models on display at NAIAS reflected the Mercedes reputation for elegance. Whether it was the luxurious leather, state-of-the-art gadgets, or high-performance engines, one couldn’t help but feel the high-profile glamor that is uniquely Mercedes.