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A lot of companies have accessories available like a key chain or a license plate frame, but Mercedes-Benz has taken accessories to a whole new level with their Lifestyle Products. They have everything from luggage and handbags to mugs and tumblers and with Mother’s Day just around the corner you are sure to find that perfect something for any Arizona Mercedes-Benz Mom!

The entire collection features the following categories: timepieces, key rings, accessories, pens, luggage and handbags, leisure, mugs and tumblers, kids and cars, automotive, menswear, sport, AMG/Motorsport/Formula 1, caps, women’s fashion, classic collection, and holiday.  The timepieces offers a variety of watches for both men and women and range from $120 to $466, and includes a light pink genuine leather strap, polished stainless steel case with 45 Swarovski crystals, white dial, Swiss quartz movement with date calendar, perfect for Mother’s Day.

The key ring category has a large selection of 32 different styles and a price range from $5 to $65. The accessories category includes a wide variety of items from USB ports to sunglasses, and even has custom Mercedes-Benz nail polish. So now your Moms good taste in cars can extend right to the tips of her fingers and toes with three different custom colors.


The pens category includes from 18 different styles that range from $8 to $144, you’re sure to find any pen collectors’ ideal pen. The luggage and handbags section has an extensive collection including totes, hobos, luggage, backpacks, wallets, wristlets and more. A few superb choices for Mother’s Day would be the Sweet-Pea Satchel/Seatbelt bag that is made from real Mercedes-Benz seatbelts and has the logo medallion on the lower right corner, the Black Medium Boat Tote which has a horizontal design providing a lighter weight feel, or the Seatbelt Zip Wallet which has woven seatbelts with six internal credit card pockets and the logo medallion in the lower corner.


The new Mercedes-Benz leisure category consists of items that would complete any day out; from blankets to coolers you could find the perfect gift for anyone. The mugs and tumblers, kids and cars, automotive, menswear, sport, AMG/Motorsport/Formula 1, and caps categories all have a variety of items that fit into each respective grouping that are all worth checking out. The women’s fashion category features rhinestone shirts, long-sleeves, short-sleeves, jackets and everything in-between. You’re sure to find your Mom a perfect Mercedes-Benz shirt in this section of the catalog. The classic collection features a wide variety of items that highlight Mercedes-Benz classic, vintage, and historical cars and designs. Finally the holiday section has many items that would be idyllic for Mother’s Day. A few favorite pieces include a set of 4 – 21 oz. stemless red wine glasses in deluxe box with blue velvet lining. Star logo laser engraved on glasses, the ladies bling compact mirror which is high-polished chrome finish with crystals with the horizontal logo on top, or the Deluxe Truffle Box that consists of deluxe French chocolate truffles are made with the most decadent chocolate.  Any of these are guaranteed to be one of the most memorable gifts received.


Head to your Mercedes-Benz of Tucson today to order any of these gifts in time for Mother’s Day!


Later last year Mercedes-Benz released the new SLK55, a sportier version of the SLK R172, to Arizona Mercedes dealers. The car specializes in torque with 398 lb-ft and goes from 0-60 in about four seconds. The V-8 engine in the SLK55 is called the M152, a variant of the M157, and can fire up all eight cylinders in fewer than 30 milliseconds. This twin-turbo, 5.5-liter engine is made for a balance of fuel efficiency and performance. The engine also comes standard with a cylinder deactivation system, direct inject, variable valve timing, and a stop/start system, 415 horsepower and is remarkably balanced and fast.

The M152 engine is mated to the familiar seven-speed gearbox with three different shift modes: Controlled Efficiency (C), Sport (S), and Manual (M).  With the Controlled Efficiency setting the engine will activate the cylinder shut-off system which automatically improves the fuel efficiency while still providing up to 170 lb-ft of torque. This is the first Mercedes to feature this technology. This setting is recommended for most light-driving situations since it is the most fuel efficient focused. Putting the transmission into the Sport or Manual mode really allows drivers to make the best of the available 415 horsepower. Both modes feature a new Sport Exhaust System, which is new to the SLK55. The system features active flap controls to keep the exhaust quiet when the engine is running at less than 2000 rpm, anything over that and spectators will be ensured to hear the V-8 roaring load and clear.

Inside the hood the SLK55 has all of its usual exceptional features including: stiffer springs and dampers, a variable-assist hydraulic steering gear, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and a pseudo torque-vectoring function for the brake that uses rear-caliper pressure. Shoppers can also customize with the AMG Handling Package which is available at all Arizona Mercedes-Benz dealers. The package enhances the vehicles sportiness even further, raising the MPH from 150 to 174. Furthermore, the new Mercedes SLK class is great for when drivers want to hit the gas and get immediate speed or for when they’re trying to carry big speed over long distances.

As for the interior the SLK55 is just as impressive. Shoppers have the choice of carbon-fiber or black-ash trims, park assist, the Magic Sky Control electrochormatic glass roof panel, dual-zone climate control, a windstop, a keyless entry, active cruise control and many more options.

So come to Chapman Mercedes of Tucson to test drive the new Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class today!



Like its predecessors, the new Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG sets new standards in terms of performance, exclusivity and a superlative driving experience – plus the efficiency factor, which is acquiring ever greater emphasis at Mercedes-AMG. As the inventor of the high-performance SUV, Mercedes-Benz remains true to the philosophy which they introduced in 1999 with the ML 55 AMG and continued in 2005 with the ML 63 AMG.

The new ML 63 AMG comes with a fascinating technology package: the AMG 5.5-litre V8 twin turbo engine features spray-guided direct petrol injection with piezo injectors, ECO start/stop system, an all-aluminum crankcase, four valves per cylinder with camshaft adjustment, air-water charge air cooling and generator management. The ML 63 AMG features sports-car performance: acceleration from zero to 60 takes 4.8 seconds. The AMG Performance package further includes an engine cover in high-quality real carbon, calipers in red painted finish and the AMG Performance steering wheel in leather.

“Beneath its leather-lined and sound-insulated cabin is a 550-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8, electronically controlled suspension, six-piston brakes and permanent all-wheel drive – it’s the most powerful SUV on the market,” said Mercedes-Benz of Tucson General Manager John Hornbeck.

 The design of the new MG 63 AMG exudes self-confidence, athleticism and power while a sporty character and premium quality define the interior of the high-performance SUV from AMG. This is embodied in the electrically adjustable AMG sports seats offering pronounced lateral support as well as the four-spoke AMG Performance steering wheel, which ensures optimum control of the vehicle with perforated leather in the grip area, aluminum shift paddles and a flattened bottom rim. Aluminum trim elements and the piano-lacquer retractable cover in the center console highlight the interior’s special dynamic and exclusive flair. Leather is standard and includes contrasting double topstitching and AMG badges in the backrests of the front seats and the outer rear seats.

Mercedes-Benz Arizona drivers are most impressed with the vehicle’s ability to be both dominating and soft – because of its comfort level inside the cabin and its massive power under the hood,” said Hornbeck.

Other standard equipment includes:

• AMG door sills in stainless steel
• AMG sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with rubber studs
• Audio 20 CD radio with Bluetooth and USB interface
• Tire pressure monitoring system
• Electric sliding glass roof
• Heated seats for driver and front passenger

Exclusive optional extras are also available from the AMG Performance Studio:

• AMG floor mats
• AMG light-alloy wheels (10 x 21) in 5-spoke design, painted in titanium grey with a high-sheen finish, fitted with tires in size 295/35 R 21
• AMG Performance steering wheel in leather/
• AMG Performance package, AMG engine cover in high-quality real carbon, AMG Performance steering wheel in leather, calipers in red painted finish

The new ML 63 AMG‘s extremely robust occupant compartment, together with the front and rear deformation zones, forms an effective basis for the occupant protection system. Up to nine airbags, activated on demand in accordance with the accident type and accident severity, can reduce the loads exerted on the occupants. In addition to active safety systems such as the standard-fit Brake Assist which help to prevent an accident or reduce the severity of an accident, the new M-Class features further enhanced passive-safety measures to help protect pedestrians.

Both active safety and driver-fitness safety are improved by assistance systems that will already be familiar, primarily from the S- and E-Class. The standard equipment package includes the drowsiness detection system ATTENTION ASSIST, the anticipatory safety system PRE-SAFE® and a tire pressure loss warning system, as well as adaptive brake lights and the ESP® electronic stability program. Active assistance systems such as Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist are available as additional equipment options.

To learn more about the Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG contact your Arizona Mercedes dealer.