2012 Mercedes-Benz lineup

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  By Don Hammonds "What's up"  at Mercedes for 2012? Plenty. Try an all-new SLK.  How about an all new M-Class?  How about some new AMG iron, too?  And all of that is just for starters. 2012 SLK Let's talk about the all-new SLK. It's tougher, even better handling, and at least to the eyes of those of us at Automobile Journal, it's even better looking, if that's possible. And it's also got some interesting new technology, too. There's also some new iron under the hood-- a 201 horsepower four cylinder that gets 27 combined miles per gallon, with a top speed of 155. It hits 60 in 6.5 seconds. The other powerplant is 350 horsepower V-6 with 23 muiles per gallon overall rating and hits 60 in 5.6 seconds.    " The new SLK combines nimble-footed sportiness with stylish comfort, a striking sports car design with suitability for everyday use, and top performance with environmental responsibility, "   the release says.      "In addition, " the release says, "a unique series of safety equipment makes the SLK benchmark in this segment. Standard equipment on the vehicle includes, among other features, the Attention Assist drowsiness detection system."      Another feature almost guaranteed to get plenty of attention is what the company is calling "Magic Sky Control." " Mercedes-Benz will also be the world's first automotive manufacturer to offer the panoramic vario-roof with Magic Sky Control as an optional extra. With this innovation, the transparent glass roof can be darkened in a matter of seconds at the touch of a button," the release says. Standard equipment on the new SLK includes:
  • Vario folding roof
  • Aluminum trim
  • Floormats
  • Integrated garage door opener
  • Integrated compass in mirror
  • Auto-dimming side and rearview mirrors
  • Leather shift knob
  • Cloth windscreen
  • Cupholders + flex bottle holder
  • Rain sensor
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • 6-speaker sound system with auxiliary input
  • HD Radio
  • 5.8" display with central controller
  • Single-Zone Analog Climate Control
  • Black headliner
  • Sun-reflecting leather upholstery
  • Enhanced interior lighting
  • Power-folding exterior mirrors
  • Electronic parking brake*
  • 18" 5-Spoke alloy wheels
  • 225/40 R18 (f) & 245/35 R18 (r) performance tires
  • 7-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Direct Steering w/ Variable Assist
  • Sport Suspension
  • Steering Wheel Gearshift Paddles
  • Attention Assist
  • Neck-Pro active head restraints
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Adaptive Brake
  • Driver's Knee Airbag
  • Dual-Stage Front Airbags
  • Thorax Side Airbags
  • Head Airbags
  • Remote key with panic button
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • Advanced Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • mbrace Telematics
     The 2012 SLK-Class goes on-sale in the U.S. this summer. 2012 M Class The M-Class has been around for two generations, and as such, it was one of the earliest of luxury SUVs on the market. Now comes the third generation, with many of the same design and style cues of its predecessors, but with its own appearance language as well.  You'll know you're looking at an M-Class, but you'll also know that, because of the dramatic new style elements, you're looking at an all-new 2012 model.    You'll find that it's more economical, a bit bolder looking, and now includes 4MATIC permanent all-wheel -drives and The new M Class comes in      two models,  ML350 4MATIC and ML350 BlueTEC, both of which go on sale in September. The ML350 BlueTEC 4MATIC delivers an output of 240 hp and 455 lbft of torque, with an estimated fuel consumption of 20 city 25 highway. With 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, the gasoline-engine ML350 4MATIC has an estimated fuel economy of 17/22. For starters, a lot of attention by the Mercedes engineers has been focused on refining and upgrading the current powerplant lineup. The ML350 BlueTEC has a heavilyrevised and refined  3.0-liter V6 engine, which meets emissions standards in all 50 states and delivers better performance, yet with considerably less  fuel consumption. The efficiency improvements have been achieved, above all, through the use of something called TWAS (twinwire- arc spraying) technology – in use since 2005 in AMG'shigh performance engines. The positive results at AMG have led Mercedes-Benz to adapt this cylinder wall coating technology for use in the V6 diesel engine as well. The process reduces internal friction in the engine significantly. At the same time, the weight has been reduced by 9.5 lbs., as there is no longer any need for the grey cast iron cylinder liners that, until now, had to be pressed into the engine block. The benefits are striking: with these measures alone, fuel consumption could be reduced by around 3 percent.  The 350 4MATIC gasoline-engine model offers strong engine performance as a result of  its BlueDirect engine, Mercedes said in a news release. "The key is direct gasoline injection system with spray-guided combustion and new piezo injectors that have an injection pressure of 2,900 psi, together with fast, multi-spark ignition and a new combustion process," the release claims. In terms of new features, there's Agility Control. During normal driving on only moderately uneven roads or during slow off-road driving, the system responds with a soft ride that makesk things pretty comfortable for those onboard, but at the same time, mainjtains the M-Class's prowess off-road. In order to maintain this sense of comfort during hard driving or abrupt evasive maneuvers, the shock absorbers become firmer, ensuring a high level of driving stability.  The M-Class driver is supported by an electromechanical steering system that provides the optimum level of power assistance to suit the particular driving condition. Parking or maneuvering off-road is made easier thanks to maximum power assistance.  Mercedes  claims that the M-Class also features the tightest turning circle in its market segment, with a 180-degree turn negotiated within a circle diameter of just 38.7 feet. At higher speeds, the power assistance is reduced to improve SUV's handling. Want to go off-roading?  The M-Class is ready and waiting, the Mercedes news release says. "The ML350 BlueTEC 4MATIC and ML350 4MATIC feature comprehensive traction systems as part of their standard equipment, including the permanent 4MATIC all-wheel drive system and the electronic traction control system ETS, as well as an off-road button that activates a special off-road transmission mode. To improve traction, the slip thresholds and shift points of the automatic transmission have been raised, a flatter accelerator pedal curve improves the sensitivity with which the driver can accelerate, off-road ABS provides optimum braking on a loose surface," the release says. It adds, " Hill Start Assist and the HOLD function are further features that help the driver pull away on a slope. Downhill Speed Regulation, or DSR, enables the M-Class to automatically maintain the speed set via the cruise control lever." Meanwhile, "The ON&OFFROAD package for the new M-Class (available next year in the U.S.) uses a range of six transmission modes to optimize driving dynamics and handling safety, by ensuring that the necessary drive control is available to cope with the very different driving conditions on and off-road. One automatic mode, two dedicated off-road modes and three on-road modes are available. The system is controlled via a rotary knob on the center console. The settings for AIRMATIC, and the powertrain, are adapted to accommodate these specific requirements." The six transmission modes are: Automatic – covers most everyday driving operations
  • Offroad 1 – light terrain, dirt roads and tracks
  • Offroad 2 – challenging off-road terrain with hilly stretches
  • Winter – for driving in wintry conditions on slippery roads, on snow, ice or with snow chains
  • Sport – more adventurous, aggressive driving on winding roads
  • Trailer – optimizes acceleration, maneuvering and braking with a trailer
Despite so many options,Mercedes says the setting is "made intuitively, and the program selected is shown in the multifunction display as well as in very realistic, almost photo-quality imagery on the screen of the COMAND system. Irrespective of which underlying program is set, the gear reduction, lock, DSR or the self-leveling suspension of the AIRMATIC system can all be adjusted individually. As with the basic settings of the ON&OFFROAD package, it is practically impossible for the driver to make mistakes. Conflicting settings, which might have a negative impact on handling, safety or traction, are ruled out. If there is any doubt, the system will revert to automatic mode." Mercedes has had a large number of safety technology advancements that its made over the last few years, and these are already installed on as standard equipment or available as options on the M-Class. "Both active safety and driver-fitness safety in the new M-Class are further improved by Assistance Systems that are already familiar, primarily from the S- and E-Class. Standard equipment includes the drowsiness detection system ATTENTION ASSIST, the anticipatory safety system PRE-SAFE® and a tire pressure loss warning system and Brake Assist (BAS). The following Assistance Systems, some of them active, are available as additional equipment options:
  • Lighting Package with specific lighting functions
  • Night View Assist Plus with pedestrian detection
  • Lane Keeping Assist – active/passive
  • Blind Spot Assist – active/passive
  • BAS PLUS (in conjunction with DISTRONIC PLUS)
  • PRE-SAFE® Brake with autonomous emergency braking (in conjunction with DISTRONIC PLUS)
Active Park Assist and the reversing camera enhance both safety and convenience." Style-wise, the new model adds some new sources of eye interest with some new athletic-looking charactrer lines that nmake the M-Class look as though its in motion even when standing still. The headlight design is new and equally dramatic and the grille has been given a more aggressive appearance. The LED daytime running lamps are set in chrome inserts integrated into the bumpers. A deeper, broad, chrome-effect skid plate continues down from the lower edge of the radiator grille, reinforcing the impressive overall appearance.  A Mercedes news release says," "The state-of-the-art instrument cluster with its two clear and easy to read round dials and a large, 4.5 in display between them, impresses with the high-quality look of its design. Dominating the center of the dashboard is the large screen for the COMAND system. The control and display concept was developed specifically with user-friendly operation in mind. In the M-Class, Mercedes- Benz is introducing an advanced ergonomic concept that will find its way into all future new models. Just one element of this is the improved accessibility of the turn signal stalk on the steering column. All control levers can now be clearly seen. The cruise control lever has been moved to the lower position," the Mercedes news release said. 2012 C63 AMG Black Series If you've been blessed enough to get behind the wheel of one of Mercedes' extremely limited series of Black Series models, you know the awesome power and peerless handling of these automobiles. But you've got one more now to dream about--and if you're lucky, to drive. It's the company's all-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series and the company says it's unlike any other AMG model. The new high-performance vehicle is the most powerful C-Class of all time, boasting a maximum output of 510 hp and a maximum torque of 457 lb-ft. The high-revving AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine delivers stunning pulling power and exceptional performance - the 2012 C63 AMG Coupe Black Series accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds (all data provisional). 2012 SLK55 AMG    Years ago, Automobile Journal staffers had the chance to test drive an SLK55 AMG from a previous generation, and it was an experience we won't forget anytime soon.  Thunderous acceleration, handling that was just indescribable, and exhaust tones that could put chill bumps all over you.     Now,  with any kind of luck, we'll have a new one to drive one day: The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG, described by the company as the most powerful SLK of all time.  Its new AMG 5.5-liter V8 engine featuring cylinder shutoff combines the ultimate in performance with the lowest possible fuel consumption. With a peak output of 415 hp and maximum torque of 398 lb-ft, the 2012 SLK55 AMG is poised to outperform all of its direct competitors. High-performance driving is ensured thanks to the AMG sports suspension with Direct-Steer system, Torque Vectoring Brakes and 3-stage ESP®, as well as the AMG high-performance braking system. The 2012 SLK55 AMG will arrive in U.S. showrooms in early 2012. Forming part of the third-generation of the SLK launched in June, the new AMG model catches the eye at first glance: distinctive AMG light-alloy wheels, exclusive AMG body styling with AMG spoiler lip and two chrome-plated twin tailpipes at the rear complement the classic roadster proportions, while adding a distinct athletic touch. The expressive design of the 2012 SLK55 AMG is both eye-catching and unmistakable. The SLK55 AMG is the perfect embodiment of the new AMG brand claim of "Driving Performance": in the compact high-performance Roadster segment there is nothing to compare to its combination of tangible driving dynamics, superior sportiness, unique high-technology and low fuel consumption. The SLK55 AMG accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, and reaches a top speed of 155 mph. 2012 C-Class The C-Class is arguably the easiest way to become an owner of a new Benz, and as such, it's also one of the most important products for the company.  As you might expect, no time or expense is spared in keeping this particular model lineup up to date and competitive. This year, Mercedes-Benz is launching a new two-door C-Class coupe for the 2012 model year, complete with bold AMG styling and a standard panorama sunroof. At the same time, the popular four-door C-Class sedan has been redesigned with new bumpers, front grille, headlights, an aluminum hood, LED daytime running lights and taillights. Its totally redesigned interior includes a color instrument cluster display and a new-generation telematics system. Under the hood, customers have a choice of two new direct-injection engines mated to a more fuel-efficient 7-speed automatic transmission. In addition to new convenience and performance features, the 2012 C-Class line also features numerous new Mercedes-Benz safety systems such as standard ATTENTION ASSIST and ADAPTIVE BRAKE technology. Advanced optional technologies such as the ultrasonic-based Blind Spot Assist as well as camera-based Lane Keeping Assist and Adaptive Highbeam Assist bring new levels of safety to the segment. Both the C-Class coupe and sedan are available in three different versions: the C250 Sport, powered by a new direct-injection, turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine (201 horsepower, 229 lb.-ft. of torque); the C350 Sport, with a new direct-injection 3.5-liter V6 (302 hp, 273 lb.-ft.) and standard rear trunk spoiler; and the high-performance C63 AMG with a normally aspirated 6.3-liter V8 (451 hp, 443 lb.-ft.) and AMG's 7-speed SPEEDSHIFT MCT multi-clutch transmission. With an optional AMG Development Package, the C63 AMG jumps to 481 hp. - more -In addition, a C300 4MATIC Sport Sedan is available, with standard all-wheel drive and a port-injected 3.0-liter V6 engine (228 hp, 221 lb.-ft.). Lastly, the C250 and C300 sedans are also available in Luxury trim. Sport models feature staggered-width, five-spoke 17-inch wheels; sport shocks; springs and stabilizer bars that provide a crisper ride and more than a half-inch lower ride height as well as standard AMG styling, including deeper front and rear aprons as well as sculpted rocker panels. The Mercedes-Benz 3-pointed star emblem is housed in the front grille as opposed to mounted on the hood for Luxury models. There's clear styling differentiation between the C-Class Sedan and Coupe, with the clearly lower profile and more aerodynamic looks going to the C-Class Coupe. "From the side, the new coupe captivates the onlooker with its compact proportions, low silhouette (1.5 inches flatter than the sedan) with powerful shoulders and a narrow C-pillar in a classic three-box design," a Mercedes news release says. "Typical coupe features include the short front overhang, long hood, steeply raked windshield and long, sloping roof. The greenhouse extends far beyond the rear axle to an aggressive short rear end. In addition to a standard panorama roof, the new two-door C-Class is distinguished by standard AMG styling." The release adds, "While the wedge-shaped, sloping beltline provides a link to the C-Class sedan, the strong upsweep into the C-pillar is an entirely distinctive element. This sharp upward angle not only adds an aggressive touch to the side windows but also enhances the powerful shoulders." Inside, the C-Class Coupe features standard race-inspired sport seats with integrated headrests, more prominent bolsters as well as memory functions for the driver, steering wheel-mounted shift paddles, and split-folding rear seats. Both the C-Class sedan and coupe receive an extensively redesigned interior with many high-tech enhancements found on larger Mercedes-Benz models. You'll see an aggressive 3-spoke, 12-button multifunction steering wheel finished in aluminum with a flat bottom and perforated leather hand grips. Deeply recessed tubular gauges in the instrument cluster feature a 4.5-inch color display in the center of the speedometer, which can call-up numerous screens and functions related to audio, telephone, navigation and vehicle settings. A fixed 5.8-inch central display screen is surrounded by a stepped hood that flows across from the instrument cluster and continues into the passenger side by a subtle character line. The trapezoidal air vents in the center and the circular outer vents are accentuated with metallic trim. Central to the design of the new dashboard is a prominent trim panel which stretches from the center air vents along the passenger side dashboard, adding visual width to the interior. The new-generation center console is distinguished by its rectangular silver keys and emphasizes the premium nature of the interior in combination with matte keys, high-gloss surfaces and a new knurled control knob. All C-Class models for 2012 are equipped with a new 5.8-inch color display that's located at the top of the console. The new head unit includes a Bluetooth interface for wireless audio streaming and hands-free phone operation, an FM phase-diversity twin tuner, MP3compatible CD drive, HD/AM/weatherband and a USB port in the center console.

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