New for 2015: Mercedes-Benz
By Jeff Youngs,
2015 Mercedes-Benz Overview
There's been some shuffling of features, a few new engines, and the replacement of one model with another, but no truly radical changes for the Mercedes-Benz lineup for the 2015 model year.
Probably the biggest news is that the CL-Class has been eliminated, replaced with a new model, the S-Class Coupe. This is the last year for the highly specialized SLS-Class coupe/convertible, and only 350 units of that model will be produced.
Mercedes vehicles can be found with rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD); the CLA-Class offers front-wheel drive (FWD) as an alternative. The line encompasses a broad spectrum, from 2-seat roadsters to full-size 7-seat SUVs. Trim levels range from relatively conservative to ultra-sporty, but always luxuriant.
2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
The C-Class is Mercedes' entry luxury sedan, and it has been completely redesigned for the 2015 model year. It's longer and wider, with more room in the cabin, and has added several luxury features. Available in coupe and sedan body styles, and with RWD and AWD, the 2015 C-Class offers a choice of engines. The least powerful of these is found on the C250 coupe: a turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder that makes 201 horsepower and 229 lb.-ft. of torque. The C300 sedan features a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 241 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. The C350's 3.5-liter V-6 makes 302 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. The C400's engine is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that cranks out 329 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque. The C63 AMG sedan employs a 4.0-liter V-8 that produces 469 horsepower and 479 lb.-ft. of torque, and the C63 AMG S upgrades that engine to 503 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. The biggest engine of all is the C63 coupe's 6.2-liter V-8, which makes 451 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque or, with the Edition 507 package, 507 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of torque.
- Interior and exterior restyling
- New 4- and 6-cylinder engines
- Slightly larger than previous model
- AWD and RWD available
2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
This compact 4-door coupe was introduced for the 2014 model year as a new entry-level luxury option. It slots below the C-Class in terms of size and luxury, and is available with FWD or AWD capability, with seating for five. The base CLA250 features power front seats with 14-way adjustment, infotainment system linked to a 7-in. screen (8-in. screen optional), and a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 208 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Also available is the AWD 2015 CLA45 AMG, fitted with a beefed-up version of the 2.0-liter engine that delivers 355 horsepower and 332. lb.-ft. of torque. The Premium package adds luxury features, while the Sport package and Sport Package Plus address the vehicle's performance and exterior styling cues, and adds upgraded upholstery.
- CLA250 now offers "comfort suspension" as standard; sport suspension is optional
- Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard
- Standard and optional display screens are upgraded
- Brake support kicks in faster on collision-warning system
2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
With a somewhat more imposing 4-door coupe body style than the CLA-Class, the CLS-Class returns for 2015 with slight styling tweaks within and without. Models are available with RWD and AWD, in various trim levels. The base engine on the CLS400 is a 3.0-liter, 329-horsepower turbocharged V-6 that cranks out 354 lb.-ft. of torque. The fully loaded CLS550 features a twin-turbocharged, 4.6-liter V-8 engine that generates 402 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque, while the CLS63 AMG S 4Matic features a twin-turbocharged, 5.5-liter V-8 engine that delivers 550 horsepower. A tuned version of that same engine puts out 577 horsepower and 590 lb.-ft. of torque.
- Slight interior and exterior restyling
- CLS400 joins the model lineup
- CLS550 gets new 9-speed automatic transmission
2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
For 2015, Mercedes has added a new model, the E400, to its E-Class lineup. It features a new turbocharged V-6 engine and heated leather sport seats. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is distinguished by its exceptional variety of trims and sub-trims, as well as its long menu of individual options and packages.
At the top of the line is the high-performance E63 AMG, which features standard AWD and a 550-horsepower engine--unless you opt for the E63 AMG S model, which is tuned to crank out 577 horsepower. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is offered in sedan, coupe, and wagon body styles; trim levels include the E250 Bluetec, E350, E400 Hybrid, E550, and the two E63 AMG versions.
- Previous year's model largely carries over, with minor upgrades
- E400 added to the lineup, featuring new V-6 engine
- Heated seats are standard on E400
2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
With a few added options and a little more storage space, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV carries over into 2015 mostly unchanged from the previous year. A few options have been added, most notably a rear-seat entertainment system. The Mercedes G-Class is known for its upright, boxy profile, its ability to take on rough terrain, and its conservative but ultra-luxe interior. This rugged and luxurious vehicle, popular with Hollywood celebrities and foreign militaries alike, offers three new exterior paint colors for the new model year. Buyers have the choice of the G550, which features a 5.5-liter, 382-horsepower V-8 engine that cranks out 391 lb.-ft. of torque, or the G63 AMG, which boasts a turbocharged version of that V-8 that makes 536 horsepower and 560 lb.-ft. of torque.
- Rear-seat entertainment system now available
- Extra storage space in front-seat area
- Previous year's model largely carries over, with minor upgrades
2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
The big news for the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a new turbocharged, 3.0-liter V-6 engine that promises superior fuel efficiency to its predecessor, a V-8. This engine appears on the GL450 and makes 362 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. According to the EPA, it returns 17 mpg in the city, 21 mpg highway, and 19 mpg combined.
Mercedes offers the 2015 GL-Class in three other versions, including the diesel-powered GL350 Bluetec, 4.6-liter V-8-powered GL550, and the high-performance GL63 AMG, which boasts a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 that makes 550 horsepower and 560 lb.-ft. of torque.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a full-size SUV that seats 7. At the highest trim level, it offers exclusive 21-in. alloy wheels, sport suspension, and exclusive leather upholstery.
- Turbocharged V-6 engine on the GL450 promises improved fuel efficiency
- Gasoline-powered models all add fuel-saving automatic start/stop feature
2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
A compact crossover SUV, the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class returns for 2015 as a virtual carryover from the 2014 model. The GLK is known for its angular profile, luxury features, and tasteful interior trim. The GLK250 Bluetec employs a 2.1-liter, 4-cylinder, twin-turbo diesel engine, while the GLK350's standard engine is a 3.5-liter, 302-horsepower V-6.
- Compact SUV is virtually unchanged from previous year
2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Mercedes-Benz has introduced two new engines to the M-Class for the 2015 model year. The midsize crossover SUV's ML250 Bluetec boasts a 2.1-liter, 4-cylinder diesel engine that makes 302 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque, and gets 18 mpg in the city, 24 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined with standard RWD, or 17/22/19 mpg with optional AWD. All other versions of the 2015 M-Class have AWD as standard equipment. The ML350 uses a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that makes 302 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque; the ML400 features a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 that makes 329 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque. Top of the line is the ML63 AMG, which offers a 5.5-liter, 518-horsepower turbo V-8 that cranks up to 516 lb.-ft. of torque--and can be enhanced, via the AMG Performance package, to 550 horsepower and 560 lb.-ft. of torque.
- Diesel engine for ML250
- Turbocharged V-6 engine for ML400
- Automatic start/stop is standard on all versions
2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Mercedes' flagship S-Class sedan adds three new model variants for 2015--the S550 Plug-in Hybrid, S600, and the ultra-powerful S65 AMG--and an all-new coupe that replaces the CL-Class, which was discontinued after the 2014 model year. The electronics have been upgraded and now include an optional head-up display for the AMG model.
The 2015 S-Class also boasts a wide range of safety amenities, such as a forward-collision warning system, LED headlights, night-vision technology, rear seat belt air bags, and a multi-view camera system. The forward-looking camera is part of the Magic Body Control option, which actively looks for bumps in the road ahead and readies the suspension before the car gets to them.
- S-Class Coupe replaces discontinued CL-Class
- Upgraded air filtration system, formerly optional, now standard
- S600, S65 AMG join lineup
- S550 offers plug-in hybrid technology
- S65 AMG available with optional upgraded brakes
2015 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
A new iteration--the slightly less expensive, V-6-powered SL400--is available for the 2015 model year. Otherwise, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class roadster sees only slight changes. The top-of-the line SL63 AMG receives a slight power increase, raising its top speed. The 2015 SL-Class features RWD, a power-retractable hardtop roof, and seating for two. The new SL400 features a turbocharged, 329-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 engine that cranks up to 354 lb.-ft. of torque. It's slightly less luxuriously appointed than the upper trims, but many upgrades are optional. The SL63 AMG's 5.5-liter V-8 engine gets a slight power boost this year, to 577 horsepower and 644 lb.-ft. of torque. At the top of the line, the SL65 AMG's turbocharged 6.0-liter V-8 makes 621 horsepower and 738 lb.-ft. of torque.
- Adjustments to standard Harman Kardon sound system
- Slight reshuffling of option packages
- Top trims are slightly more powerful
2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
The 2015 SLK-Class 2-seat roadster provides a compact alternative to the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class. The 2015 SLK isn't much changed from last year's model, but it offers a solid black roof panel as an alternative to the standard glass panel as a no-cost option. The model lineup includes the SLK250, equipped with a turbocharged, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine; SLK350; powered by a 3.5-liter V-6; and the SLK55 AMG, which features a 415-horsepower, 5.5-liter V-8 motor. The SLK-Class is noted for its wide range of options, packaged and individual.
- Roof panel may be glass or solid black, at no extra cost
- Slight reshuffling of option packages
2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS-Class
Only 350 units of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS-Class will be available, as this is the last year for this highly specialized RWD "supercar," offered in coupe (with its signature gull-wing doors) and convertible body styles. Both the SLS AMG coupe and roadster feature a standard 6.3-liter V-8 engine that produces 583 horsepower and cranks up to 479 lb.-ft. of torque.
- Last year of manufacture for the model; limited availability
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