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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.


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Google Glass is quickly becoming a must have accessory of the moment, but it could play the same role for luxury car owners soon. Google Glass is a wearable computer that provides the user with real-time information that is projected in front of their eyes. As well as providing turn-by-turn directions to the wearer, Glass can display the time, take photographs and videos, display emails and answer queries. It is voice-activated, meaning the wearer would not need to take their hands off the wheel to navigate to a new destination while driving. Glass currently offers navigation when tethered to a smartphone, but using it requires that you wear the device the entire time.

Mercedes-Benz believes it can play a key role in the future of motoring by making Google Glass a complete navigation experience. The idea is described as having a seamless navigation experience that combines the driving directions while in a car and directions while walking without requiring any switching.

The primary goal, according to Mercedes-Benz, is to create a navigation system that seamlessly moves with the wearer from inside to outside the car. This means that if you enter a destination before you leave your home it’ll automatically transfer to the car’s built in navigation system as you drive and back to the Glass when you get out of the car, allowing for walking directions to your final destination.

Although, this idea is still a few years away from being implemented into the real world, as Google Glass itself is still under development and not even generally available to consumers yet, but Mercedes Benz is clearly aiming to be ready if it catches on with its customers. In the meantime, visit a Mercedes-Benz dealership to see how Mercedes continues to prove its agnosticism when it comes to technology with applications such as those that work with Apple’s Siri voice command system.

For the latest in Mercedes-Benz technology, visit Mercedes-Benz of Tucson.


Mercedes-Benz’s and AMG relationship started 45 years ago and to honor the relationship Mercedes-Benz has released a special edition AMG. The car is the super powerful SL65 AMG convertible.

The 45th anniversary edition of the Mercedes’ AMG is not only a collector’s item but homage to the history between Mercedes-Benz and the AMG division. Only 45 special edition cars will be made to ensure the car stays as a collectable.  The paint on the outside is a special hue of Designomagno graphite, a gray paint with a satin finish. On the exterior there are also trimpieces made out of real carbon fiber, including a cross strut, both wing mirrors, and the lip spoiler. There are also radiator grille slats, the daytime running light surrounds, and the hood wing fins, are all finished in chrome.

A look at the new Mercedes-Benzs interior reveals even more items from the Designo collection, including diamond stitched leather on the door panels and the seats. The seat backs have the AMG logo and the convertible hardtop is lined with nappa leather. Finally, each car has a badge on the ashtray cover that shows exactly which one of the 45 special edition units you are driving.

Outside of those upgrades and editions it’s the same SL65 AMG that the public has seen before. Under the hood it features a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12 engine that produces 630 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission. The 45th anniversary model AMG also has a sports exhaust system that can take you from 0-60 in 4.0 seconds.

Mercedes released a video to remind consumers just how powerful the SL65 AMG is: you can check it out here. For more information on the special edition of the Mercedes-Benz AMG contact your local Mercedes-Benz dealership.



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.


The Mercedes-Benz C-Class combines a thoroughbred performance with sophisticated luxury and advanced innovation in the redesigned C-Class family. Available as a sedan or coupe, there are several trim options to choose from. The sedan comes in five trims: C250 Sport, C250 Luxury, C300 4MATIC Sport, C300 4MATIC Luxury and C350 Sport. The coupe is available in two trims: C250 and C350.

Tucson drivers say the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class offers a good middle ground among upscale midsize cars. Specifically, Mercedes-Benz of Tucson customers are delighted by the high-quality comfortable interior and the tech features that are easier to use than many competitors.

“The new-generation C-Class also sets the pace in its segment when it comes to design. This is especially apparent in the interior: fine materials displaying painstaking attention to detail and the generous use of trim parts add an exclamation mark; the C-Class is dressed up to the nines,” said Mercedes-Benz of Tucson General Manager John Hornbeck.

Compared to the pre-owned Mercedes-Benz of years earlier, the 2012 redesign also accounts for the very latest in advanced technology must-haves including Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and cutting-edge seatbelt technology. New-generation telematics offer new infotainment and navigation features.

Fuel economy has been improved by as much as 15 percent in the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan, thanks to new direct-injection engines and the redesigned 7-speed automatic transmission.

The U.S. Sedan model line-up consists of the:

  • C250 RWD : 1.8L Turbo I4 , 201 hp / 229 lb-ft
  • C300 4MATIC: 3.0L V6, 228 hp / 221 lb-ft
  • C350 RWD: 3.5L V6, 302 hp / 273 lb-ft


The Coupe consists of the:

  • 302-hp 3.5-liter V-6 or 201-hp 1.8-liter inline-four engine
  • 7G-TRONIC PLUS 7-speed automatic transmission


In total, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class now offers more choice while adding to its already impressive array of talents. Of course, it still resides in a segment with quality picks but there’s only one car in the class that provides the honest, unapologetic and meticulously engineered goodness of a genuine Mercedes-Benz.