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New for 2016: Mercedes-Benz

New for 2016: Mercedes-Benz

By Philly Murtha, February 06, 2016

Mercedes-Benz charges into 2016 with an abundance of 2017 model-year redesigns and replacements. Debuts for 2017 later this year include a new technology-loaded E-Class. Also launching this year are a new SLC-Class (replacing the SLK-Class), SL-Class, GLS-Class (successor for GL-Class), and S-Class Cabriolet. As if that weren’t enough, Mercedes’ top-selling C-Class will gain a new coupe for 2017.

For the 2016 model year, Mercedes debuts a track-ready AMG GT S coupe. Also, refreshed for 2016 is the M-Class, renamed GLE-Class. In Mercedes’ nomenclature, SUVs now start with “G.” Two variants in the benchmark S-Class range are a new Maybach (after a decade-long hiatus) and a plug-in hybrid. In the van segment, Mercedes adds the midsize 2016 Metris.

Mercedes also equips 2016 models with a 5-year complimentary next-generation mbrace2 Connect telematics package that features Web connectivity, roadside assistance, and diagnostic info. Also, Collision Prevention Assist Plus is now standard on all 2016 Mercedes models. Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel drive (AWD) is available on nine models (CLA-, CLS-, C-, E-, and S-Class plus GLA-, GLC-, GLE- and GL-Class SUVs).

Following is an overview of new or updated features for each 2016 Mercedes-Benz model:



2014 Merceds-Benz B-Class Electric Drive photo

2014 model shown

2016 Mercedes-Benz B-Class

  • New B-Class Electric Drive




2016 Mercedes-Benz C350e photo2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

  • Three new variants: C450 AMG Sport (replaces C400) with peppier turbo V-6; plug-in hybrid (C350e); and diesel (C300d)
  • AMG C63 and C63 S sedan will feature new available interiors
  • New updated option packages for C300/C300 4Matic include Cardinal Red interior and Night package with black trim and silver wheels
  • C350e arrives in ZEV states




2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 photo

2014 model shown

2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

  • 750-unit, limited-production “Edition: Orange” available for CLA250
  • Four-mode Dynamic Select standard
  • Adaptive brake system standard
  • New standard features include electronic cruise control, keyless start, pre-wiring for Garmin navigation, 7-in. center display, rain-sensing wipers, auto headlamps, plus dual-zone climate control
  • Optional Night package and ambient lighting
  • Optional Adaptive suspension
  • New seat-length adjustment for front seats
  • Optional features include new advanced safety features, panoramic sunroof, premium sound, Dynamic Plus enthusiast package




2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class photo

2015 model shown

2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

  • 9-speed automatic transmission on CLS550 4Matic
  • Selenite Grey metallic paint
  • New options include premium sound, 19-in. wheels, AMG Night package




2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 photo

2014 model shown

2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

  • Garmin navigation with more safety systems (Sedan); color instrument display; dual-zone climate control; power sunroof; power-adjustable seats with lumbar support
  • New optional advanced driver-assistance systems, premium sound, and rear-seat entertainment system (Sedan)
  • New standard safety technology, leather upholstery, engine start/stop, power heated adjustable front seats, new convenience features, power panoramic sunroof, infotainment system (Coupe)
  • Cabriolet equipped with leather upholstery, standard convenience features, power-adjustable heated front seats, and new optional advanced safety systems
  • New Night package available for all variants
  • Available Selenite Grey metallic paint (Sedan/Wagon)
  • Selenite Grey metallic paint replaces Palladium Silver metallic (Coupe/ Cabriolet)




2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class photo2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

  • New instrument cluster
  • New wood trim option
  • New wheel designs on G550 and AMG G65
  • New front bumper, exterior design, adjustable suspension on G550
  • Many driver-assist safety systems, cabin enhancements including power heated front seats and HD Radio are standard




2013 Mercedes-Benz GL63 photo

2013 model shown

2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

  • New options include panoramic sunroof, wood/leather heated steering wheel, ventilated front and heated rear seats, premium sound plus rear-seat entertainment system




2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 photo

2015 model shown

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

  • New infotainment system with upgraded standard features
  • Larger 7.0-in. display standard with media interface, wiring for Garmin navigation
  • Standard keyless start, dual-zone climate control, new seat-length adjustment feature
  • New Dynamic Select 4-mode driving system available
  • New 180-degree rearview camera available
  • New standard Interior package with ambient lighting plus optional Night and Sport packages
  • Kryptonite Green metallic exterior paint replaces Universe Blue
  • Available 2-tone beige/black leather interior replaces gray leather




2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class photo2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

  • Larger, more fuel-efficient successor to GLK-Class with enhanced off-road capabilities
  • Powered by turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that generates 241 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 12 exterior color choices
  • Standard leatherette upholstery
  • Standard high-tech safety features
  • Standard 7-in. infotainment display
  • Available upgrades for cabin include upholstery, seating, lighting
  • Interior/exterior options include navigation, premium audio, panoramic sunroof, hands-free tailgate, adaptive headlights, wheel selection
  • New head-up display system with 360-degree view; park-assist optional
  • Plug-in hybrid GLC350e model debuts




2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class photo2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

  • Replacement for M-Class with refreshed styling, interior upgrades
  • Exterior features new hood, grille, lighting systems, bumpers, tailgate
  • Plug-in hybrid GLE550e model debuts
  • New GLE Coupe variant
  • New powertrain lineup: turbocharged 4-cylinder; V-6; V-8; turbodiesel engines mated with 7-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard advanced safety and optional driver-assist technologies
  • Optional 8-in. infotainment screen
  • Two AMG performance variants plus Night package, AMG Line styling package
  • New interior color choices




2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S photo2016 Mercedes-AMG GT

  • New GT S racetrack-born model with aluminum architecture with hand-built AMG 4.0-liter V-8 biturbo engine and 7-speed dual clutch transmission produces 503 horsepower
  • Claimed 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds with top speed of 193 mph
  • Aviation design interior with wing-like dashboard
  • AMG Dynamic steering, handling, suspension with paddle shifters
  • Interior Nappa leather upholstery and numerous trim options
  • Standard advanced safety technologies plus optional performance, infotainment, driver-assist systems




2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris photo2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris

  • New 7-seat, midsize passenger van
  • Lots of standard, optional safety systems
  • Audio head unit with 5.8-in. color display screen
  • Wide-opening doors
  • Cargo van variant with 180 cu. ft. interior volume




2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic photo2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

  • Two new variants: Maybach S600 on longer wheelbase and S550e plug-in hybrid
  • Maybach S600, powered by 523-horsepower, 6.0-liter biturbo V-12; equipped with all Intelligent Drive technologies plus forward stereo camera to “read” road surface and adjust suspension
  • Maybach S600 features appointments similar to custom-built private jet cabin including hand-stitched leather, fine wood, chrome accents, foldout tables plus optional fridge and champagne flutes
  • S600 equipped with Speed Limit Assist and Near Field Communication plus standard advanced safety systems
  • S-Class Coupe includes speed-limit assist, new upholstery, crystal headlamps, Selenite Grey metallic paint replaces Palladium Silver metallic




2016 Mercedes-Benz SL Special Edition Mille Miglia 417 photo2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

  • SL550 power increased from 429 to 449 horsepower
  • Mille Miglia Edition (limited to 400 units) with unique paint, upholstery, trim
  • New safety brake system, optional driver-assist systems, new premium sound, soft-close doors




2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK250 photo

2013 model shown

2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

  • SLK300 replaces SLK250
  • Powered by turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 241 horsepower with 9-speed automatic
  • Simplified trim levels (Premium 1, 2, and 3)
  • Standard panoramic sunroof
  • Standard 8-way power seats, engine start/stop, Driver Drowsiness monitor, active head restraints, new 5.8-in. screen
  • Blind-spot monitor available separately from Driver Assistance package
  • New Selenite Grey metallic, Mango Shadow Grey exterior paint colors




2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker photo2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

  • More standard driver-assist technologies
  • Sprinter 2500 and 3500 models gain standard window and thorax air bags
  • Standard locking glovebox


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