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New for 2018: Mercedes-Benz

New for 2018: Mercedes-Benz

By Christian Wardlaw, November 08, 2017

Given the depth and breadth of the Mercedes-Benz lineup, it is no surprise that many changes are in store for 2018. Most significantly, the E-Class lineup adds redesigned coupe and convertible body styles, while the sedan and wagon offerings expand. Mercedes also gives the flagship S-Class sedan a significant update, and debuts a new AMG GT roadster along with more performance variants of the company’s sports car. The GLA-Class, a small SUV, is also freshened for 2018.

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet photoDetailed changes for each 2018 Mercedes-Benz car, SUV, and van model are shown below, listed in alphabetical order.



2018 Mercedes-AMG GT

  • New roadster body style added to the roster
  • Continuing GT and GT S models make more power: 469 horsepower and 515 horsepower, respectively
  • New GT C model for both coupe and roadster, making 550 horsepower and featuring rear-axle steering
  • GT C additionally offered in a limited “Edition 50” run of 50 coupes and 50 roadsters
  • High-performance, track-oriented GT R Coupe debuts with 577 horsepower and rear-axle steering
  • New front styling for all AMG GT models with “Panamericana” grille design
  • Standard equipment includes new AMG Track Pace App, new Air Panel active cooling and aerodynamics system
  • New options: AMG Interior Night package


2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

  • C300 sedan gets new 9-speed automatic transmission
  • New standard equipment for all C300 models: 18-in. wheels
  • New standard equipment for sedans: power sunroof, LED headlights (C350e only)
  • New standard equipment for convertibles: wood interior trim, extending sun visors
  • New standard equipment for AMG models: decklid spoiler, AMG Track Pace App
  • New options: heated steering wheel, 19-in. and 20-in. black wheels, AMG Performance Studio package for C43
  • AMG C63 Convertible offered in an Ocean Blue Edition
  • Minor updates to equipment availability


2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

  • New Ice Edition debuts with AMG Line styling, Night package, and exclusive equipment packaging


2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

  • Reversing camera now standard


2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

  • Redesigned coupe and convertible models join the E-Class lineup, in E400 specification with a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter V-6 engine
  • Coupe and convertible models seat 4 passengers and are roomier inside with added rear passenger space
  • Coupe and convertible models are rear-wheel drive, with 4Matic all-wheel drive (AWD) available as an option
  • New E400 sedan debuts, equipped with twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6 engine and standard 4Matic AWD
  • AMG E63 S sedan and wagon debut, featuring a 603-horsepower, twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine, a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission, and performance-tuned 4Matic AWD
  • Reversing camera now standard
  • New options: Night package (E300 sedan and E400 wagon)
  • Minor updates to equipment availability


2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

  • G550 available with new Designo Manufaktur Red and Black Edition package
  • AMG G63 available with new AMG Performance Studio package
  • New paint colors: Orange, Ocean Blue


2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

  • Entry-level small SUV is freshened this year
  • Continues in GLA250 and AMG GLA45 model variants
  • Minor exterior and interior styling changes accompanied by new wheel designs
  • Added standard equipment: 18-in. wheels, reversing camera, automatic emergency braking, 8-in. infotainment screen
  • New options: Android Auto smartphone projection, off-road suspension raises ground clearance by 1.2 ins., LED headlights, Parking Assist package with surround-view camera, AMG Performance Studio package
  • New interior colors: AMG Design Black/Red, AMG Design Black/Silver
  • New paint color: Canyon Beige


2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

  • Hotter performance added in the form of the AMG GLC63 and AMG GLC63 S
  • New AMG GLC63 variants powered by a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine making 469 horsepower to 503 horsepower
  • AMG GLC63 equipped with 9-speed dual-clutch transmission, performance-tuned 4Matic AWD, Race powertrain setting, new AMG air suspension with adaptive damping and three settings
  • New standard equipment: Entry lighting and a Storage package, AMG Track App for AMG models
  • New options: Sport exhaust system for AMG Line, performance exhaust system for AMG
  • Sport packages discontinued for GLC Coupe


2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

  • AMG GLE43 gets a power bump to 385 horsepower
  • New AMG Performance Studio package available for AMG GLE43 Coupe


2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

  • Additional 19-in. aluminum wheel design available for GLS450


2018 Mercedes-Benz Metris

  • Mercedes has not announced any changes to the Metris as this guide is published


2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

  • Major mid-life update performed on S-Class sedans
  • Subtle styling changes include “triple torch” headlights and “stardust” taillights
  • New range of engines for most models: Twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 (S450); twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 (S560 and Mercedes-Maybach S560); hand-built, twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 with new 9-speed dual-clutch transmission (AMG S63)
  • New LED Intelligent Light System with ultra-wide high-beam function
  • Magic Body Control suspension with curve tilting function now available on S-Class sedan in addition to S-Class coupe
  • Next-generation instrumentation, infotainment, driver-assistance, and collision-avoidance technologies
  • New Energizing Comfort system optimizes climate, fragrancing, ambient lighting, and seat massage for maximum satisfaction
  • AMG models equipped with AMG Dynamic Select


2018 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

  • New standard equipment: Reversing camera, projectors on side mirrors shine Mercedes or AMG logo on the ground
  • New options: Black Mercedes star logo for wheels and grille


2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class

  • Standard side mirror logo projectors
  • Mercedes star logos on wheel and above the grille are black instead of chrome
  • New RedArt Edition debuts
  • New AMG Performance Studio RedArt package
  • Steering wheel in AMG model wrapped in leather and Dinamica simulated suede


2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

  • Mercedes has not announced any changes to the Sprinter as this guide is published

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