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New for 2011-Mercedes-Benz

New for 2011-Mercedes-Benz

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2010

Mercedes-Benz welcomes a new flagship SLS AMG sports car, new E-Class wagon, and a limited-production hydrogen F-Cell vehicle for 2011

In addition to option changes across the board, there are two all-new, twin-turbo V-8 engines, a facelifted CL-Class, and the diesel powerplant finds a new home

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMGHistory
Mercedes-Benz Motor Company, a German automaker, was founded in 1881, making it the world's oldest automotive brand still in operation today. The company is often credited with inventing the world's first motor-driven automobile, a gasoline-powered "Benz Patent Motorwagen," in early 1886. The company underwent many changes in ownership in its early years, and it wasn't until the merger of Karl Benz's and Gottlieb Daimler's companies that the Daimler-Benz company was formed. Today, Daimler-Benz is a division of Daimler AG.

Mercedes-Benz isn't just known for its passenger vehicles. The company's history includes commercial vehicles such as busses and vans (the company is the world's largest manufacturer of trucks). In addition, Mercedes-Benz has developed a successful racing program over the past several decades. Its most notable models include the 300SL "Gullwing," 450SEL 6.9, SLR McLaren, and current SLS AMG.

Today, Mercedes-Benz manufactures a full range of passenger automobiles and commercial vehicles. The current lineup of passenger cars contains coupes, sedans and sport utility vehicles with up-to-7-passenger seating capacities. Mercedes-Benz vehicles run with gasoline, diesel, hybrid, and fuel-cell powerplants. Models include both rear- and all-wheel drive. Mercedes-Benz vehicles are manufactured and sold around the globe.

2011 Mercedes-Benz Models at a Glance:

2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2010 Mercedes-Benz Altima Sedan

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the automaker's most popular model (by sales volume). The compact sedan is the smallest model the automaker currently offers, and it is designed to compete directly against the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Acura TL, Lexus IS, and Infiniti G Series.

First introduced in 1993, the C-Class replaced the 190 model range. Now in its third generation, and last completely redesigned for the 2008 model year, the C-Class is offered only in 4-door sedan body style (the automaker also builds the C-Class in a wagon body style, but it is not currently offered in North America).

Mercedes-Benz makes two different variants of the C-Class: Sport and Luxury. Sport models are distinguished by a more prominent grille, more aggressive wheel/tire combination, and the lack of a hood ornament. Luxury models feature more chrome trim, elaborate wheel designs, and a 3-pointed star on the hood (the automaker's trademark hood ornament). The C63 AMG model is fitted with a V-8 engine, suspension upgrades, and performance tuning that enables it to go head-to-head against the BMW M3 and Audi S4. Mercedes-Benz has made several option package changes to the C-Class for 2011.

Also, the available "P31" AMG Development package features new lightweight forged pistons, connecting rods, and crankshaft with modified engine management to provide an extra 30 horsepower (for a total of 481 hp). The AMG Development package also includes track-calibrated sport suspension, limited-slip differential, red brake calipers, a carbon-fiber rear spoiler, and a higher speed limiter of 174 mph.

Highlights:

  • Several changes for 2011
  • Six models: C300 Luxury, C300 4MATIC Luxury, C300 Sport, C300 4MATIC Sport, C350 Sport, and C63 AMG
  • Standard 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 228 horsepower (C300 models)
  • Standard 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 268 horsepower (C350 models)
  • Standard 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 228 horsepower (C300 models)
  • Standard 6.3-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 451 horsepower (C63 AMG models)
  • Standard 6-speed manual transmission (C300 Sport)
  • Standard 7-speed automatic transmission (C300 Luxury, optional on C300 Luxury)
  • Standard 7-speed "AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS" automatic transmission (C63 AMG)
  • Standard rear-wheel drive (RWD)
  • Standard "4MATIC" all-wheel drive (4MATIC models only)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW 17-inch 5-spoke wheels (C350 Sport)
  • NEW Sport sedans receive standard LED daytime running lights while models without bi-Xenon headlights receive black headlamp inlays
  • NEW All models receive new headlight control switch and relocated ESP controls
  • NEW Optional "P31" AMG Development package

2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class

2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class

The Mercedes-Benz CL-Class is the automaker's flagship luxury coupe. The full-size, 4-passenger 2-door shares much in common with its S-Class sibling; in fact, the engines are identical and so are the cockpit layouts. First introduced in 1992, the CL-Class is now in its third generation, last completely redesigned for the 2007 model year.

For 2011, Mercedes-Benz has fitted the CL-Class with two new powerplants. The standard model (CL550) receives a direct-injected, twin-turbo, 4.7-liter V-8 engine, while the performance-oriented CL63 AMG model benefits from a hand-built, direct-injected, 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8. The flagship CL660 model features a 6.0-liter V-12, while the CL65 AMG (built only in very limited quantities) is fitted with a twin-turbo, 6.0-liter V-12 engine rated at 621 horsepower. In addition to the new engines, all CL-Class models also receive a facelift and new technology options for 2011.

Also, all CL-Class models receive standard ATTENTION ASSIST, available automatic emergency braking, torque vectoring brake, "Nightview" Assist Plus, "Splitview" dual-content view screen (in states where it is permitted), as well as Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist with automatic brake intervention.

Highlights:

  • Facelift and new engines for 2011
  • Four models: CL550 4MATIC, CL63 AMG, CL600, and CL65 AMG
  • Standard 4.7-liter, twin-turbocharged 8-cylinder engine rated at 429 horsepower (CL550 4MATIC)
  • Standard 5.5-liter, twin-turbocharged 8-cylinder engine rated at 536 horsepower (CL63 AMG)
  • Standard 6.0-liter 12-cylinder engine rated at 510 horsepower (CL600)
  • Standard 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged 12-cylinder engine rated at 621 horsepower (CL65 AMG)
  • Standard 7-speed automatic transmission (CL550 4MATIC)
  • Standard 7-speed "AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS" automatic transmission (CL63 AMG)
  • Standard 5-speed automatic transmission (CL600)
  • Standard 5-speed "AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS" automatic transmission (CL65 AMG)
  • Standard rear-wheel drive (RWD)
  • Standard "4MATIC" all-wheel drive (CL550 4MATIC)
  • 4-passenger seating
  • NEW Direct steering
  • NEW More efficient 7-speed automatic transmission (CL550 4MATIC)
  • NEW Start/Stop engine technology (CL63 AMG)
  • NEW Increased engine power to 621 horsepower (CL65 AMG)
  • NEW Optional performance package bumps power to 563 horsepower (CL63 AMG)
  • NEW Exterior paint color: Magnetite Black

2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class was introduced for the 2005 model year as a "4-door sports coupe." It was designed to replace the gap that remained after the company discontinued its E-Class Coupe in 1995 (the automaker had introduced the CLK-Class by this time, but the C-Class-based coupe was notably smaller).

The CLS-Class shares platforms with the previous-generation E-Class sedan, but its styling is radically different-a sloping roofline creates dramatic styling at the expense of rear passenger headroom. All CLS-Class models sold in North America have been fitted with 8-cylinder engines. These include the first CLS500 and CLS55 AMG models (at the model's launch) through the current CLS550 and performance-oriented CLS63 AMG.The 2011 CLS-Class is the last year of the current body style, as a completely redesigned 2012 model has already been introduced for delivery in mid-2011.

Highlights:

  • Carryover for 2011
  • Two models: CLS550 and CLS63 AMG
  • Standard 5.5-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 382 horsepower (CLS550)
  • Standard 6.3-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 507 horsepower (CLS63 AMG)
  • Standard 7-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard rear-wheel drive
  • 4-passenger seating
  • NEW Standard sport styling and 18-inch AMG wheels with high-performance summer tires and shift paddles (CLS550)

2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet

2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is a midsize 2-door coupe and convertible designed for 4 passengers. The Coupe was launched in 2009 as a replacement for the outgoing CLK-Class. The Cabriolet was launched in 2010 to be an all-new entry for the 2011 model year.

Unlike the E-Class sedan, the Coupe and Cabriolet are built on the slightly smaller C-Class platform. However, their equipment levels mirror the E-Class sedans, meaning a long list of standard equipment is included. The all-new Cabriolet features a power-operated folding soft convertible top, which, Mercedes says, saves weight and reduces complexity.

Like other Mercedes-Benz convertibles, it is equipped with the automaker's "AIRCAP" wind deflector and adjustable "AIRSCARF" system. Both are designed to improve comfort during top-down driving. The standard engine on both models is a 6-cylinder, while the highline models receive standard 8-cylinder power. In addition to the new convertible model, Mercedes has made several changes to the carryover Coupe for 2011.

Highlights:

  • New model, features and options for 2011
  • Four models: E350 Coupe, E550 Coupe, E350 Cabriolet, and E550 Cabriolet
  • Standard 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 268 horsepower (E350 models)
  • Standard 5.5-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 382 horsepower (E550 models)
  • Standard 7-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard rear-wheel drive
  • 4-passenger seating
  • NEW Convertible "Cabriolet" model
  • NEW Standard "AIRCAP" wind deflector, adjustable "AIRSCARF" and improved 3-layer soft-top (Cabriolet models)
  • NEW Launch Edition planned in Olivine Grey with Natural Beige/Black interior and black soft top (Cabriolet models)
  • NEW Standard staggered-width, 17-inch, split 5-spoke wheels (E350 models)
  • NEW Standard staggered-width, 18-inch 5-spoke wheels and standard LED daytime running lights (E550 models)
  • NEW Optional lane-departure warning and blind-spot assist
  • NEW Updates include new grille mesh; headlight control switch; 18-inch, AMG twin 5-spoke appearance package wheel; standard LED daytime running lights (model specific); and relocation of ESP controls
  • NEW Special-order options include Black Ash wood trim and two-tone interiors

2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan and Wagon

2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan and Wagon are midsize models that compete against the BMW 5 Series and Audi A6. But those are just its direct German competitors, as the Lexus GS Series, Jaguar XF, Cadillac CTS, and Infiniti M37 are also competitors.

The E-Class traces its roots back to the 1930s, but the current "E-Class" nomenclature wasn't adopted in North America until 1994. Now in its fourth generation, and last redesigned for the 2009 model year, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is offered in two body styles-sedan and wagon-with a multitude of powertrain choices.

Standard models are fitted with a 6-cylinder engine, while upgraded models receive one of two 8-cylinder powerplants. New for 2011, Mercedes-Benz has introduced its E350 4MATIC Wagon (standard all-wheel drive) with optional 7-passenger seating (thanks to an available rear-facing seat in the back) and a 50-state-certified, fuel-efficient, diesel-powered E350 BlueTEC Sedan. There are only minor changes to the other models for 2011.

Highlights:

  • New wagon and diesel offerings for 2011
  • Five models: E350 Sedan, E350 BlueTEC Sedan, E350 4MATIC Wagon, E550 Sedan, and E63 AMG Sedan
  • Standard 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 268 horsepower (E350 Sedan and E350 4MATIC Wagon models)
  • Standard 3.0-liter, turbocharged, 6-cylinder diesel engine rated at 210 horsepower (E350 BlueTEC Sedan)
  • Standard 5.5-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 382 horsepower (E550 Sedan)
  • Standard 6.2-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 518 horsepower (E63 AMG Sedan)
  • Standard 7-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard rear-wheel drive (RWD)
  • Standard all-wheel drive (4MATIC model)
  • 5-passenger seating (optional 7-passenger seating in the E350 4MATIC Wagon)
  • NEW All-new E350 4MATIC wagon debuts with sport or luxury trim available and standard all-wheel drive, third-row rear-facing seat, power tailgate and rear air suspension
  • NEW Fifty-state certified V-6 turbodiesel engine (E350 BlueTEC Sedan)
  • NEW Optional 18-inch, AMG 5-twin-spoke wheel (E550 Sedan)
  • NEW Upgraded top stitching on the dashboard and door trim, Alcantara headliner and black piano lacquer trim on the center console (E63 AMG Sedan)
  • NEW Available new features include Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist with automatic brake intervention
  • NEW Standard LED daytime running lights and a restyled headlight control switch and relocation of the ESP controls

2011 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

2011 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class-short for Gel_ndewagen-is a sport utility vehicle that began life in military service but was later modified for civilian use.

Operating in civilian guise, the G-Class has retained its upright and essentially boxy exterior design, but customers are drawn in by its unique appearance. The G-Class last received significant upgrades for the 2007 model year, but nothing overly significant has changed since the body style was introduced in 1979. Today, the G-Class is offered with a choice of 8-cylinder engines suitable for both on- and off-road driving. With the exception of a new wheel design, the model is a carryover for 2011.

Highlights:

  • A carryover for 2011
  • Two models: G550 and G55 AMG
  • Standard 5.5-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 382 horsepower (G550)
  • Standard supercharged, 5.5-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 500 horsepower (E55 AMG)
  • Standard 7-speed automatic transmission and 2-speed off-road transfer case (G550)
  • Standard 5-speed automatic transmission and 2-speed off-road transfer case (G55 AMG)
  • Standard full-time 4-wheel drive (4WD)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW Redesigned 18-inch twin 5-spoke wheel (G550)

2011 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

2011 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is the largest sport utility vehicle in the automaker's lineup, with seating for up to 7 passengers. Introduced for the 2007 model year, the GL-Class was originally designed to replace the 5-passenger G-Class-a rugged truck-based SUV that has been in production for decades. Mercedes chose instead to manufacture both.

Larger than the entry-level GLK-Class-and sharing the same unibody architecture as the smaller, 5-passenger M-Class-the full-size GL-Class is the flagship SUV offering from Mercedes-Benz. All GL-Class models are fitted with standard full-time all-wheel drive and a third-row seat. The differences are found in the powerplants, as Mercedes-Benz offers a choice between a turbocharged 6-cylinder diesel and two 8-cylinder gasoline powerplants. For the 2011 model year, the top-of-the-line GL550 model receives the minor facelift that was applied to its siblings last year. The rest of the lineup receives minor trim changes.

Highlights:

  • Minor changes for 2011
  • Three models: GL350 BlueTEC, GL450 and GL550
  • Standard 3.0-liter, turbocharged, 6-cylinder diesel engine rated at 210 horsepower (GL350 BlueTEC)
  • Standard 4.7-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 335 horsepower (GL450)
  • Standard 5.5-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 382 horsepower (GL550)
  • Standard 7-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard all-wheel drive (4MATIC model)
  • 7-passenger seating
  • NEW Restyled front bumper (GL550)
  • NEW Standard safety equipment includes "saddle" head restraints for second- and third-row seating
  • NEW Standard rearview mirror with integrated compass
  • NEW Optional Blind Spot Assist
  • NEW Exterior paint color: Diamond White

2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

The newest addition to the Mercedes-Benz sport utility lineup is the GLK-Class. Introduced as a 2010 model, the compact luxury crossover initially arrived in showrooms in January 2009. The GLK350 is the smaller SUV sibling to the midsize Mercedes-Benz M-Class, and much smaller than the flagship GL-Class.

Sportier than both of its siblings, the GLK-Class competes against the BMW X3, Land Rover LR2, Acura RDX, and the Audi Q5. Standard GLK350 models are fitted with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine mated to a rear-wheel-drive powertrain. The GLK350 4MATIC model adds full-time all-wheel drive.

According to Mercedes, each letter in the nomenclature has a specific connotation. The "G" alludes to the archetypal cross-country vehicle, the "L" characterizes luxury and, as in other Mercedes model series, the "K" stands for compactness. Introduced just last year, there are minor equipment changes to the GLK-Class for 2011, availability of a new AMG Sport package, and a new exterior color.

Highlights:

  • New features and options for 2011
  • Two models: GLK350 and GLK350 4MATIC
  • Standard 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 268 horsepower
  • Standard 7-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard rear-wheel drive
  • Standard all-wheel drive (GLK350 4MATIC model)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW Improvements include a new headlight control switch, premium leather steering wheel, new knee air bag and driver/passenger pelvic air bags, and new rearview camera
  • NEW Optional AMG Sport package includes AMG bumpers, LED daytime running lights, aluminum roof rails and 20-inch AMG 5-twin-spoke wheels
  • NEW Exterior paint color: Pearl Beige

2011 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

2011 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Mercedes-Benz launched the first-generation M-Class (then referred to as the ML-Class) in 1997 as a 1998 model. While the automaker introduced its truck-like G-Class years earlier, the M-Class was a unique 5-passenger model in a new segment. The first-generation M-Class was built on a rugged body-on-frame chassis, with a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, designed to offer equal performance on- and off-road. Advanced safety features, such as stability control and side-impact air bags, earned the model high safety ratings, but it still couldn't escape its truck roots (making the platform heavy).

The second-generation M-Class was introduced as a 2006 model. Built on a new unibody platform (shared with the larger GL-Class), the larger M-Class offered car-like handling and greater performance compared to the model it replaced. The automaker has made minor changes to the M-Class over the past several years, introducing diesel, hybrid gasoline-electric, and performance variants. There are only minor changes to the M-Class for 2011.

Highlights:

  • Minor changes for 2011
  • Five models: ML350 BlueTEC, ML350 4MATIC, ML450 Hybrid, ML550 4MATIC, and ML63 AMG
  • Standard 3.0-liter, turbocharged, 6-cylinder diesel engine rated at 210 horsepower (ML350 BlueTEC)
  • Standard 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 268 horsepower (ML350 4MATIC)
  • Standard 2-mode hybrid, 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 335 horsepower (ML450 Hybrid)
  • Standard 5.5-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 382 horsepower (ML550 4MATIC)
  • Standard 6.2-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 503 horsepower (ML63 AMG)
  • Standard 7-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard continuously variable transmission (ML450 Hybrid)
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW All models receive new side mirror design, rearview mirror with integrated compass and available Blind Spot Assist, and a new rearview camera
  • NEW Exterior paint color: Diamond White Metallic

2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class

2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class

The Mercedes-Benz R-Class is a crossover utility vehicle that combines the 3-row capabilities and seating positions of a traditional minivan, the doors and cargo capacity of an SUV, and car-like ride and handling.Launched as a new model in 2006, the R-Class is based on a unibody platform shared with the automaker's M-Class and GL-Class SUVs. Like those sibling models, the R-Class is offered with full-time all-wheel drive (4MATIC), although the R-Class is not designed for off-road use.

While Mercedes-Benz has offered the R-Class with a variety of engines over the past six years-even offering an entry-level, rear-wheel-drive model and a high-performance, 500-horsepower R63 model-only two facelifted models will arrive in North American showrooms in 2011. The 2011 R350 4MATIC and 2011 R350 BlueTEC 4MATIC wear completely redesigned front ends with new front bumpers, grilles and headlamps (vehicles with the optional HID headlamps also received LED daytime running lights). The rear of the R-Class has been upgraded with a new bumper (featuring integrated reflectors), new taillight lenses, and a new rear diffuser. However, the interior has been mostly left untouched for 2011.

Highlights:

  • Exterior refresh and facelift for 2011
  • Two models: R350 4MATIC and R350 BlueTEC 4MATIC
  • Standard 3.0-liter, turbocharged, 6-cylinder diesel engine rated at 210 horsepower (R350 BlueTEC 4MATIC)
  • Standard 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 268 horsepower (R350 4MATIC)
  • Standard 7-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • 6-passenger seating (7-passenger seating optional)
  • NEW Exterior refresh includes restyled hood, fender, bolder grille, sleeker side mirrors as well as new headlights and optional LED daytime running lights. Restyled rear includes LED taillights, bumper with integrated reflectors and exhaust pipes and a black diffuser
  • NEW Minor interior restyling includes new horizontal seat stitching and "saddle" head restraints for second- and third-row passengers, new wood trim, silver air vents, 3-D instrument cluster and rearview mirror with integrated compass
  • NEW Optional Blind Spot Assist now available

2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

In production since 1954, the S-Class is now in its 10th generation (it was not officially called the "S-Class" until 1972). Over the years, Mercedes has used the flagship S-Class to introduce new technology to their entire product line. According to Mercedes-Benz, the S-Class is credited with introducing air bags, anti-lock brakes, and stability control, among other things, to the rest of the Mercedes family.

The current S-Class model was introduced in showrooms as a 2007 model. In North America, it was initially offered with a choice of 8- and 12-cylinder powerplants, and rear or 4MATIC all-wheel drive. In 2008, a performance-oriented S63 AMG model was added.

Mercedes gave its S-Class a facelift for the 2010 model year, including a new front and rear fascia and modern LED illumination. Following up on its fresh look, the S-Class welcomes two new engines for 2011. The all-new V-8 powerplants offer twin-turbocharged technology and direct fuel injection; they are smaller than their predecessors, but they offer more horsepower and improved fuel economy. In addition to the engines, there are also numerous small option changes for the 2011 model year.

Highlights:

  • New features and options for 2011
  • Five models: S400 Hybrid, S550, S600, S63 AMG, and S65 AMG
  • Standard 2-mode hybrid, 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 295 horsepower (S400 Hybrid)
  • Standard twin-turbocharged, 5.5-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 382 horsepower (S550)
  • Standard 6.0-liter 12-cylinder engine rated at 510 horsepower (S600)
  • Standard twin-turbocharged, 5.5-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 536 horsepower (S63 AMG)
  • Standard twin-turbocharged, 6.0-liter 12-cylinder engine rated at 604 horsepower (S65 AMG)
  • Standard 7-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard 7-speed AMG Multi-Clutch Transmission (S63 AMG)
  • Standard 5-speed automatic transmission (S600 and S65 AMG models)
  • Standard rear-wheel drive
  • Optional "AMG Performance" package bumps engine output to 563 horsepower (S63 AMG)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW Redesigned 18-inch 10-spoke wheels, and new dark brown eucalyptus wood (S400 Hybrid)
  • NEW Standard start/stop function (S63 AMG)
  • NEW 7-speed "AMG Multi-Clutch" Transmission (S63 AMG)
  • NEW Redesigned, 20-inch twin 5-spoke wheels (S63 AMG)
  • NEW Larger, 19-inch multi-spoke wheels (S600)
  • NEW Bump in power to 621 horsepower (S65 AMG)
  • NEW Optional Splitview dual-content view screen (in states where permitted), available Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist with automatic brake intervention
  • NEW Exterior paint color: Magnetite Black

2011 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

2011 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

The Mercedes-Benz SL, the flagship roadster from the German automaker, is a descendant of the legendary Mercedes-Benz 300SL "Gullwing" of the 1950s. Traditionally configured as a sporty 2-passenger vehicle, early SL models were available in either coupe or convertible body styles with a choice of 4- or 6-cylinder engines (the coupe versions featured a fixed steel roof while convertible models offered a soft top, supplemented with a bolt-on hardtop, if optioned).

Now in its fifth generation, the current convertible-only body style has been on sale in North America since the 2003 model year. With a choice between 8- or 12-cylinder powerplants, Mercedes utilized an electric-powered folding steel "Vario Roof" as standard equipment. It was a first for the SL-Class. After a refresh for the 2009 model year, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class receives minor updates and a new limited-edition "SL550 Night Edition" model for 2011.

Highlights:

  • New features and options for 2011
  • Three models: SL550, SL63 AMG and SL65 AMG
  • Standard 5.5-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 382 horsepower (S550)
  • Standard 6.2-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 518 horsepower (SL63 AMG)
  • Standard 6.0-liter 12-cylinder engine rated at 604 horsepower (SL65 AMG)
  • Standard 7-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard 7-speed "AMG MCT" automatic transmission (SL63 AMG)
  • Standard 5-speed "AMG Speedshift" automatic transmission (SL65 AMG)
  • Standard rear-wheel drive
  • 2-passenger seating
  • NEW Now available with natural beige interior, contrast stitching on black interiors and Direct Steering (SL550)
  • NEW Limited-edition (just 100 units) "SL550 Night Edition" models offered with matte-finish "designo magno" night black paint; black premium leather interior; 19-inch AMG 5-spoke light-alloy wheels with a two-tone, high-gloss finish; silver-painted front brake calipers with "Mercedes-Benz" script; and darkened headlamps/tail lights. Interior features include chrome accents and new arrow-shaped seat stitching.
  • NEW All models receive advanced tire-pressure monitoring systems, HD radio and Sirius Traffic
  • NEW Exterior paint color: Quartz Blue

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

The Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is a compact 2-seat roadster launched in 1997 (as a 1998 model) to compete against the Porsche Boxster and the BMW Z3 (now Z4). While the automaker already had a 2-seat SL-Class, the SLK-Class was priced much lower than the flagship coupe to align it with its entry-level competitors. Unlike the Boxster and Z3-both fitted with soft convertible tops-the SLK-Class offered a folding hardtop, just like the SL-Class.

Under the hood, the SLK-Class was offered with a supercharged 4-cylinder engine. Mercedes launched a range-topping performance model-called the SLK32 AMG-fitted with a supercharged V-6 engine in 2001. The second-generation model debuted for the 2004 model year. Styled much like the flagship Mercedes/McLaren SLR, it was offered in North America with a choice of 6- and 8-cylinder powerplants. The high-performance SLK55 AMG, with its 5.4-liter V-8 engine, is no longer offered. Due for replacement soon, there are only minor changes to the SLK-Class for 2011.

Highlights:

  • Minor changes for 2011
  • Two models: SLK300 and SLK350
  • Standard 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 228 horsepower (SLK300)
  • Standard 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 300 horsepower (SLK350)
  • Standard 6-speed manual transmission
  • Optional 7-speed automatic transmission (standard on SLK350)
  • Standard rear-wheel drive
  • 2-passenger seating
  • NEW Redesigned 18-inch, split 5-spoke wheels (SLK350)
  • NEW All models receive no-charge sport body styling and black headlamp inlays

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

The Mercedes-Benz SLS-Class is a 2-seat, flagship grand touring sports car launched in 2009, but not offered for sale in North America until the 2011 model year.

The SLS AMG was designed to celebrate the iconic 300 SL Gullwing, a model that was originally launched in 1954. As such, the SLS-Class is fitted with uniquely-hinged doors-they rotate up and away from the vehicle. Unlike other models in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, the SLS-Class features an aluminum spaceframe, aluminum body panels, and a rear wing that pops up to aid stability during high speeds and braking, Mercedes says.

The standard powerplant under the hood of this flagship model is a hand-built V-8 engine with a front-mid layout (which aids handling) and dry sump lubrication (for performance driving) mated to a carbon fiber driveshaft and advanced dual-clutch transaxle transmission with 4 driving modes. The 6.2-liter V-8 engine is tuned to make 563 horsepower. Mated to a standard 7-speed AMG transmission (with a rear transaxle for improved weight distribution), the SLS-Class is capable of hitting 60 mph in less than 4 seconds, says Mercedes. Its top speed is reportedly near 200 mph, according to the automaker.

Highlights:

  • All-new model for 2011
  • One model: SLS AMG
  • Standard 6.3-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 563 horsepower
  • Standard 7-speed "AMG SPEEDSHIFT" automatic transmission
  • Standard rear-wheel drive
  • Aluminum spaceframe and body panels
  • Unique "Gullwing" doors
  • 2-passenger seating

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