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New for 2009-Mercedes-Benz

New for 2009-Mercedes-Benz

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2008

Critical Knowledge:
  • GLK-Class is an all-new 2010 model introduced in 2009
  • C-Class receives new safety equipment and minor option changes
  • CL-Class benefits from standard 4Matic all-wheel drive
  • CLK-Class loses the AMG Black Series model, but gains a Grand Edition model
  • CLS-Class receives a freshened exterior, new wheels and equipment updates
  • E-Class welcomes the E320 Bluetec diesel, and standard 4Matic all-wheel drive
  • G-Class gets an updated powerplant and minor equipment changes
  • GL-Class receives minor equipment updates
  • M-Class sees a cosmetic refresh and new wheel designs
  • R-Class adds the R320 Bluetec diesel to the lineup
  • S-Class is updated with new standard features and options
  • SL-Class benefits from a facelifted exterior and a revised interior package
  • SLK-Class receives a significant refresh inside and out
  • SLR-Class remains mostly unchanged
Mercedes-Benz models:

2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
The all-new C-Class was introduced in 2008, so the changes for 2009 are minor. All models receive pelvic-protection air bags for front-seat passengers and the capacity of the infotainment hard drive is increased to 40GB. The C300 model receives a more compliant suspension in Luxury trim, and the C350 receives a power-adjustable steering column and driver seat memory. The high-performance C63 AMG model is unchanged.

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2009 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class
The 2-door CL550 model will receive standard 4Matic full-time all-wheel drive, shift paddles on the steering wheel, parking guidance, and a blind-spot warning device for 2009. New 18-inch wheels adorn the CL550 coupe. The CL600 and CL65 remain unchanged for the new model year.

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2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class
The limited-edition, ultra-high-performance CLK63 AMG Black Series has been discontinued, but a new CLK350 Grand Edition arrives. The new Grand Edition is available in coupe and convertible models equipped with AMG styling cues. The CLK550 is unchanged.

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2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
The CLS-Class debuted in 2006 as a stylish 4-door coup_. Style took precedence over function, so the incrementally larger CLS-Class actually offers less interior room than its sibling, the E-Class. For a fresh new look in 2009, Mercedes-Benz redesigned the grille, exterior mirrors, bumpers and exhaust pipes. The rear taillights are now illuminated by LEDs and the wheels are new 18-inch dual-spoke alloys. The interior of the CLS-Class benefits from a new steering wheel, new white-on-silver gauges, and an updated COMAND (COckpit Management And Navigation Device) infotainment system. Mercedes-Benz offers two 8-cylinder models in this class for 2009: the CLS550 and the high-performance CLS63 AMG.

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2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
The big news for the E-Class comes with the arrival of the E320 Bluetec. The 50-state diesel will be sold in both sedan and wagon body styles. Also for 2009, all E-Class sedan models receive standard 4Matic full-time all-wheel drive (it is already standard on the wagon), and an updated infotainment system. The E63 AMG sedan is unchanged.

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2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
The boxy G-Class is a traditional off-roader with rugged looks and the enhanced heavy-duty equipment to back it up. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2009, the off-roader received a minor facelift this year with a new grille and several other enhancements. The stability control system was updated, and the off-roader now features hill-start assistant. The interior received updated telematics, standard designer leather upholstery, and the option of both cooled and heated seats. With a bump in displacement and power, the G550 replaces the G500 as the standard model. Mercedes-Benz also increased the power of the supercharged 5.5-liter V-8 engine under the hood of the high-performance G55 AMG. It is now rated at 500 hp.

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2009 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Only minor changes affect the GL-Class for 2009. They are limited to an updated media system with surround sound and iPod capabilities and an available rear-seat entertainment system with 8-inch LCD monitors.

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2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Mercedes made minor cosmetic changes to the M-Class for 2009. The exterior receives a larger grille and new headlamps, while the interior is fitted with improved seats and a new 4-spoke steering wheel with transmission shift paddles. New 19-inch wheels are available for the ML350 and ML550. The high-performance ML63 AMG is unchanged.

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2009 Mercedes-Benz R-Class
Like the E-Class, the R-Class benefits from the addition of the new 50-state-legal diesel model called the R320 Bluetec. All R-Class models gain an updated infotainment system with iPod connectivity, a standard sunroof, and the option of a Class II towing package. A rear-seat entertainment system, with dual 8-inch LCD displays, is now optional.

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2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
The flagship S-Class receives last year's Premium 1 option package and the leather/wood steering wheel as standard equipment across all models for 2009. In addition, all S-Class sedans will receive transmission shift paddles on the steering wheel. There is a new 18-inch wheel design for the S550, and a new 19-inch wheel on the S600. The S63 AMG and S65 AMG continue unchanged.

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2009 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
Significantly facelifted for the 2009 model year, the SL-Class model lineup includes the 8-cylinder SL550 and the 12-cylinder SL600-they represent the flagship convertibles for Mercedes-Benz. For the new model year the 2-seaters receive revised headlamps to complement their updated front bumper and grille. The steering has been recalibrated and improved with a variable-ratio rack to reduce the driver's steering inputs for more comfort. Bi-Xenon headlamps are now standard, as is the Intelligent Light System. The interior receives better seats, a new steering wheel, and a restyled instrument panel with an updated COMAND system. The SL550 gets a new 18-inch wheel design, and the S600 gets redesigned 19-inch wheels. All changes, with the exception of the new wheels, have been carried over to the two high-performance SL63 and SL65 AMG models as well.

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2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
Significantly updated for 2009, the SLK received some 650 new parts and components for the new model year, according to Mercedes. These changes were geared to give it an "even more dynamic" appearance and provide "an even more emotionally charged driving experience." The car, now in its sixth year, is significantly more driver-focused with a sport steering wheel and revised instrument cluster. A new direct-steer system with variable power assist is designed to elicit optimal performance from the 2-seater's sport suspension. There will be three different SLK models in 2009. These include the 6-cylinder SLK300 and SLK350 (each with new 17-inch wheels), and the 8-cylinder, high-performance SLK55 AMG model.

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2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR-Class
For 2009, there are no changes to this limited-production exotic that is nearing the end of its life cycle.

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2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
New to the Mercedes-Benz family is the GLK-Class, the automaker's smallest SUV offering. Set to debut in 2009 as a 2010 model, it is significantly sportier than the other Mercedes SUVs in the lineup. The 5-passenger GLK will be initially offered as the GLK350 with a 3.5-liter 268-hp engine. The standard driveline is Mercedes' 4Matic full-time all-wheel-drive system. Within the interior, drivers will find the latest version of the Mercedes-Benz COMAND APS system. COMAND APS is the hub of control for nearly all of the navigation, entertainment and communication electronics on the vehicle. Competing against the BMW X3, Land Rover LR2, Acura RDX, and all-new Audi Q5, the new GLK offers the latest in active and passive occupant safety systems including the innovative Pre-Safe accident anticipatory system.

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