Mercedes-Benz plans to have it both ways.
The brand, a status symbol from Osaka to Oslo, is headed downmarket as it looks to lock in the next generation of customers. This year, Mercedes will introduce a new entry-level vehicle in the U.S. The A-class sedan targets millennials with its tech-focused Mercedes-Benz User Experience, or MBUX, multimedia system and an expected sticker price in the low $30,000s.
Meanwhile, Mercedes is reinforcing its high-end luxury reputation by adding to its AMG performance line, including a four-door sport sedan for the GT family and a $2.7 million hypercar. An ultraluxury SUV could arrive at the end of the decade for the Mercedes-Maybach subbrand.
Mercedes is also looking ahead to a world in which autonomous vehicles will ply the streets. Semi-autonomous driving technology will spread across the lineup as Mercedes strives to have fully self-driving vehicles in the next decade.
In the next five years, Mercedes expects to launch electric variants of its A-class sedan, GLB and GLC compact crossovers and S-class sedan.
A class: The A-class compact sedan goes on sale in the U.S. late this year with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine that produces 188 hp and 221 pound-feet of torque. The sedan, which takes aim at the Audi A3, will be the first vehicle with the MBUX system.
CLA: Mercedes will redesign the coupelike four-door in the second half of 2019. It will be based on the next-generation Modular Front Architecture, or MFA2, platform and will have sportier, fastback styling to set it apart from the A-class sedan. It will be freshened in the second half of 2022.
C class: The freshened 2019 C 300 and C 300 4MATIC have new front and rear styling, interior improvements and a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The C-class sedan will be redesigned in the second half of 2021. The coupe and convertible will be freshened this year and redesigned in the first half of 2023.
CLS: The redesigned 2019 CLS, expected to go on sale this year, will be powered by Daimler's new 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine, making it the first U.S. application of the automaker's new 48-volt electrical system. Mercedes is scrapping the eight-cylinder engine for the base U.S.-market CLS, which now will be called the CLS 450.
With the update, the CLS moves to the new Modular Rear Architecture, or MRA, the same platform used for the redesigned E class. It gets the latest suite of Mercedes semiautonomous driving features that debuted on the re-engineered S class. The vehicle will have a fifth seat for the first time.
E class: New variants of the E 450 4MATIC and AMG E 53 sedan are on tap for 2019.
New E 450 and E 450 4MATIC models debut an improved 3.0-liter biturbo V-6 engine that produces 362 hp and 369 pound-feet of torque.
The 2019 model year also marks the debut of the new AMG E 53 sedan, coupe and cabriolet. All E 53 models feature the same powertrain as the CLS 53, which combines a new turbocharged inline-six gasoline engine with the EQ Boost integrated starter-generator, 48-volt electric system and auxiliary supercharger.
The E class is expected to receive a redesign in the second half of 2023. A plug-in version of the E-class sedan could launch in the first half of 2021.
S class: The flagship sedan was re-engineered last year, receiving a new grille and a new range of engines. That includes a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 producing 362 hp in the new S 450, the first six-cylinder for the S class in the U.S. in more than 10 years. The sedan will be redesigned in the second half of 2020. A re-engineered and renamed plug-in hybrid version of the S-class sedan — Mercedes-Benz S 560e — will arrive next year.RELATED CONTENT
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SLC: The small roadster is likely to get a redesign in 2021 with a move to a shortened version of the Modular Sport Architecture, or MSA, platform. It will get lighter and more efficient.
SL: The large roadster is in line for a redesign in the first half of 2021. It likely will move to the lighter, more flexible MSA platform. A fabric top and 2+2 seating are rumored possibilities for the next-generation SL.
AMG GT: The AMG GT series grows for 2019 with the addition of the first GT 4-Door Coupe. The third model developed independently by AMG melds the front and rear design of the two-seat GT models with a four-door, four-seat body wearing a sweeping coupe roofline.
Mercedes-AMG's new midrange 53 line is powered by a new electrified 3.0-liter inline-six engine and will include variants of the redesigned CLS, E-class coupe and E-class convertible. The new engine, which has a 48-volt electrical system, generates 429 hp and 384 pound-feet of torque. A starter-alternator can momentarily boost output by an additional 21 hp, plus 184 pound-feet of torque.
The GT 63 is powered by the same 577-hp 4.0-liter biturbo V-8 as the AMG GT R sports car, while the GT 63 S is the most powerful model in the GT line, with 630 hp from its 4.0-liter biturbo V-8. Both V-8s are teamed with the AMG Speedshift nine-speed MCT transmission. The GT 63 goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds, the GT 63 S in 3.1 seconds.
The AMG GT coupe is expected to be redesigned in mid-2022. The AMG GT roadster's redesign could come in the first half of 2023.Mercedes-AMG Project One: $2.7 million sticker price
Mercedes-AMG Project One: The AMG midengine hypercar, which debuted in September at the Frankfurt auto show, will arrive in the U.S. in the second half of 2019. The car will use a Formula One-based drivetrain to produce more than 1,000 hp, and it will be priced at about $2.7 million. AMG plans to make 275 of the hypercars during a roughly two-year production run. The U.S. allotment of 55 supercars is already sold out.
GLA: A freshened version of the compact crossover went on sale last summer with improved equipment and revised front, rear and interior styling.
The GLA will be redesigned in the second half of 2020. A plug-in hybrid will begin production in 2020 and a mild-hybrid version will go into production 2021.
GLB: Mercedes will introduce the compact crossover in the second half of 2019. It will be slightly larger than the GLA and built on the MFA platform. A plug-in hybrid and a mild hybrid version are expected to go into production in 2020.
GLC: The GLC will be freshened next year and redesigned in the second half of 2022. The GLC coupe will be freshened in 2020 and redesigned in the second half of 2023.
GLE: The redesigned midsize crossover will go on sale in the U.S. in the first half of 2019. It moves to the company's Modular High Architecture, or MHA, platform. The redesigned GLE coupe is expected in the first half of 2020.
GLS: The large SUV will be redesigned in early 2019 and move to the MHA platform for crossovers and SUVs. After its platform change, the GLS may become a base for an ultraluxury SUV with the Mercedes-Maybach name around the end of the decade.
G class: The 2019 G class, which will go on sale this year, is bigger, lighter and more luxurious than the outgoing version.
The 2019 G class is 2.1 inches longer and 4.8 inches wider than its predecessor. With more extensive use of lightweight materials, the SUV has shed 375 pounds. The suspension — a double-wishbone front axle combined with a rigid rear axle — is the result of work between engineers at Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG.
The base G class for the U.S. will continue to be the G 550 with a carryover 4.0-liter turbocharged V-8 engine. A new nine-speed automatic with a torque converter specifically adapted for off-road requirements also helps lower fuel consumption.
The 2019 Mercedes-AMG G 63 is powered by a 4.0-liter biturbo V-8, good for 577 hp, and a nine-speed automatic transmission. The high-performance SUV will reach the U.S. by year end.
EQ: Daimler is developing a family of long-range electric vehicles with stand-alone designs that will launch under the EQ subbrand.
The EQC, Mercedes' first electric compact crossover, could arrive in the U.S. in the second half of 2019. The EQC, equipped with two electric motors, claims to have a 310-mile range and can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in less than five seconds.
An electric version of Mercedes' A-class sedan could go on sale in the U.S. in the second half of 2020. The EQA hatchback will ride on the MFA platform and have a range of up to 250 miles on a full charge.
An electric version of the GLB will launch in late 2020; an electric version of the S class could roll out in 2020.
The EQGLE could arrive in 2022, according to mercedesblog.com. The base EQGLE will be rear-wheel drive powered by a 170-kilowatt motor, the site noted. A seven-seat electric GLC could launch in early 2023 and use the electric propulsion system from the EQGLE, according to the site.
Metris: The midsize commercial van is expected to be freshened in the second half of 2019 and redesigned in the second half of 2023.
Sprinter: A redesigned Sprinter large van will go on sale in November. Production of the EV version — eSprinter — could begin in 2019.
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