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2014 Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-In Hybrid

 

If you are in the market for a money-saving Mercedes-Benz in Arizona, you’re in luck! The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-in Hybrid offers a fuel consumption of about 78.4 mpg and is motivated by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine rated at 328 BHP and 480 Nm and an electric motor that adds another 107 BHP and 340 Nm.

The combo enables the plug-in hybrid sedan to reach a top speed of 155 mph and accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 5.5 seconds. In addition to the Hybrid mode, the Mercedes-Benz 500S Plug-in Hybrid can be set with three different drive settings to most efficiently use power from the gas engine and the electric motor. E-Mode uses electric power alone, E-Save Mode maintains the battery for electric only use and Charge-Mode enables the battery to charge while driving.

The new plug-in hybrid addition to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is powered by a turbocharged V6 and an electric motor. A lithium-ion battery pack is mounted in the trunk and will be rechargeable through a port on the right rear bumper. According to Mercedes-Benz, the S500 is the greenest S-class yet. The S500 will reportedly only emit 43.5 grams of carbon dioxide per mile, putting it under most tax-incentive thresholds for emissions.

The 2014 S-Class will be arriving at dealerships this fall, and news of an upcoming hybrid model means that it should appeal to an even wider range of drivers. Until then, make sure you stop by Mercedes-Benz of Tucson. We’ll show you the latest vehicles in the exciting Mercedes-Benz lineup, including the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class and E-Class sedans, as well as the M-Class and GL-Class SUVs. We look forward to going on a test drive with you soon!

 

2015-Mercedes-Benz-GLA-Class

Mercedes-Benz recently announced a new crossover that is even smaller than their compact GLK. The new Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is distinctly the brand, with an upright front end, bold grille and the Mercedes badge prominently showcased.

The GLA’s styling includes soft lines that contribute to an overall aerodynamic silhouette. Although it doesn’t look nearly as aggressive as the concept version, its tall ride height and large wheel arches combined with standard chrome roof rails still give it a masculine feel. At 173.9 inches long and 58.8 inches tall, the new crossover is about 4 inches smaller and about 8 inches lower than the GLK, which you can find at Mercedes-Benz of Tucson. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard, while 19s are optional.

Inside, a glossy black multimedia panel is front and center, powered by the Comand entertainment system and mbrace2 connectivity system. Also competing for attention are the brand’s hallmark air vents, integrated into a matte-finish, burled-wood multilayered dash. Alas, the production version ditched the concept’s temperature-dependent color-changing air vents.

Standard features include the Attention Assist drowsy driver detection system, a radar-based collision prevention assist system and the brake assist system. Newly available is the Collision Prevention Assist Plus system.  If a collision is detected, it can automatically brake the car at speeds up to 124 mph. Also optional are blind spot and lane keeping assist systems along with the Parktronic with Park Assist auto parking device.

Under the hood is a version of the new CLA sedan’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder; in the GLA horsepower is rated at 208 and torque at 258 pounds-feet. A seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission is standard, and Mercedes says the setup is good for a zero-to-60 sprint of 6.4 seconds and top speed of 145 miles per hour. Fuel economy figures haven’t been released, but an Eco mode with stop/start functionality is standard.   Power gets to the pavement through the front wheels or Mercedes’ optional 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. Mercedes says the GLA-Class is the first to use the next generation of the 4Matic permanent all-wheel-drive system, which is lighter and more efficient than the previous version and offers fully variable torque distribution.

Pricing has not yet been announced, but the 2015 GLA-Class will hit Mercedes-Benz dealership showrooms in the fall of 2014.