The new Sprinter will arrive in Australia during the month of October 2018 with a reinterpreted design, safety features at the highest level, maximum cost-effectiveness, customer and sector-oriented features and an infotainment and telematics package designed for the next era. 

Adaptable down to the last detail: 
More than 1700 different Sprinter variants can be generated by combining body types, drive configurations, cab designs, body lengths, tonnages and load compartment heights. This variability makes the new Sprinter the perfect vehicle for a wide range of transport needs and sectors. The panel van and cab chassis variants will launch in October 2018, followed by the minibus and tractor head versions early in 2019.

Front-wheel drive and new transmissions: 
The well-proven drive concept with rear and all-wheel drive is now supplemented with a new, front-wheel drive system. For reasons inherent to the design, the payload of this version increases by 50 kilograms compared to the previous model, and an 80-millimetre lower loading sill makes loading/unloading and access/egress considerably more convenient.

The absolute leader in safety: 
As an innovation driver, Mercedes-Benz Vans equips the Sprinter with safety features that were previously the preserve of passenger cars. The standard safety equipment includes Active Brake Assist, Blind Spot Assist (not applicable for cab chassis variants), reversing camera (not applicable for cab chassis variants), Lane Keeping Assist, ATTENTION ASSIST and front and window airbags for driver and co-driver. Additionally a whole range of optional safety and assistance systems are now available including the radar-based distance control system DISTRONIC, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and the Parking Package with 360 degree camera. 

Telematics system with 7-inch HD display: 
The third Sprinter generation sets completely new standards when it comes to telematics. The MBUX multimedia system (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) has a 7” HD display as standard with an optional 10.25” alternative head unit, and is controlled either via the touch-capable steering wheel controls, the touchscreen already mentioned or a completely new voice control system.

Powerful six-cylinder impresses with smooth running and ride comfort: 
High torque over a wide engine speed range: the most powerful diesel engine with a displacement of 3.0 litres delivers 140 kW and 440 newton metres of torque at 1,600 to 2,600 rpm. As the only six-cylinder in the large van segment, it not only impresses with its enormous torque, but also with its smooth running and maximum ride comfort. 

Four-cylinder family in three output classes for rear and front-wheel drive: 
Like the 3.0-litre version, the smaller four-cylinder diesel engine has common-rail direct injection. From a displacement of 2.1 litres and with rear-wheel drive, this engine generates a choice of three outputs: 84 kW, 105 kW or 120 kW. With front-wheel drive the outputs available are 84 kW or 105 kW and a motorhome segment exclusive 130 kW option. 

Practical and with a high load capacity: 
The optional loadable wheel arches and fully usable load compartment heights in combination with front-wheel drive increase the versatility of the load compartment. The maximum load capacity is 17 cu. m., with tonnages up to 5 tonnes. The maximum payload is in the weight class 5000kg permissible gross vehicle weight, at 2920kgs.

The Total Cost of Ownership – where the new Sprinter scores points: 
All Sprinter variants have service intervals up to a maximum of 40 000 kilometres or two years. Its comprehensive warranty means peace of mind for three years or until the vehicle has travelled up to 200 000kms. Standard Roadside Assist comes at no extra cost during the manufacturer warranty period. This means customers are covered anywhere in Australia. 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Furthermore a simple and flexible range of ServiceCare pay as you go and pre- paid capped priced servicing options will provide transparent servicing costs and peace of mind for customers. 

It was at the 2016 Paris Motor Show that Mercedes‑Benz first presented its new product and technology brand for electromobility. In mid-2019 the time has now come: The EQC (combined power consumption: 22.2 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km, provisional figures)1 is the first Mercedes-Benz vehicle to be launched under the EQ brand. With its seamless, clear design and colour highlights typical of the brand, it is a pioneer for an avant-garde electric look while representing the design idiom of Progressive Luxury. With respect to quality, safety and comfort the EQC is the Mercedes-Benz among electric vehicles, and highly convincing in the sum of its attributes. These are accompanied by dynamic performance, thanks to two electric motors at the front and rear axles with a combined output of 300 kW. A sophisticated operating strategy enables an electric range of more than 450 km according to NEDC (provisional figure)1. EQ also offers comprehensive services with Mercedes me, and makes electromobility convenient and suitable for day-to-day motoring. The EQC also symbolises the start of a new mobility era at Daimler.

As the first Mercedes-Benz model under the new product and technology brand EQ, the Mercedes-Benz EQC has many trailblazing design details and colour highlights typical of the brand. Both inside and out, the EQC embodies the design idiom of Progressive Luxury. This arises from the combination of a previously unknown beauty, the conscious clash of digital and analogue elements as well as the seamless merging of intuitive and physical design.

By virtue of its muscular proportions, the EQC is classed as a crossover SUV. The extended roofline and window layout with a low waistline and the coupé-like roof recess at the rear visually position it between an SUV and an SUV coupé.

A striking feature at the front is the large black-panel surface enclosing the headlamps and grille. For the first time, the black panel is bordered at the top by an optical fibre as a visual link between the torch-like daytime running lamps as a typical Mercedes-Benz feature. At night this creates an almost uninterrupted, horizontal light band. The inner housings and tubes of the standard MULTIBEAM LED headlamps are in high-gloss black. Contrasting colour highlights discreetly confirm the model's membership of the new EQ family: blue stripes on a black background, and MULTIBEAM lettering also in blue.

The high-quality interior of the EQC also pioneers an avant-garde electro-look. One example is the ribbed edge of the instrument panel, which resembles the cooling ribs of a hi-fi amplifier. The instrument panel is designed as a driver-oriented cockpit. The typical Mercedes-Benz wing profile is asymmetrical, with a “cut-out” in the driver area. This is where one of the visual highlights of the cockpit is located - a high-tech, high gloss cassette housing flat air vents with key-shaped, rosé-gold coloured louvres.

[1] Figures for power consumption and CO2 emissions are provisional and were determined by the German Technical Service corporation. The range figures are also provisional. EC type approval and conformity certification with official figures are not yet available. There may be differences between the stated figures and the official figures.

Powertrain: Dynamic performance meets efficiency 

As the first Mercedes-Benz model to be launched under the new product and technology brand EQ, the EQC features an all-new drive system development with compact electric drivetrains at each axle. These give the EQC the driving characteristics of an all-wheel drive.

To reduce power consumption and increase dynamism, the electric drivetrains are configured differently: the front electric motor is optimised for best possible efficiency in the low to medium load range, while the rear one determines dynamism. Together, they generate an output of 300 kW and a maximum torque of 765 Nm.

Mercedes-Benz engineers have enhanced noise comfort with a number of measures. In the EQC the powerpacks are isolated by rubber mounts at two points: where the powerpack connects to its subframe and where the subframe connects to the body. This effective isolation is supplemented with insulation measures. As a result, the interior of the EQC is extremely quiet.

The lithium-ion battery, which has an energy content of 80 kWh (NEDC) supplies the vehicle with power. The power consumption and range of electric vehicles depend very much on the driving style. The EQC supports its driver with five driving programs, each with different characteristics: COMFORT, ECO, MAX RANGE, SPORT and an individually adaptable program. In the more economical driving modes, the haptic accelerator pedal that prompts the driver to conserve power plays an important role. The driver is also able to influence the recuperation level using so-called paddles behind the steering wheel.

The ECO Assist system gives the driver comprehensive support when driving predictively: by prompting the driver when it is appropriate to come off the accelerator, e.g. because the vehicle is approaching a speed limit, and by functions such as coasting and specific control of recuperation. For this purpose, navigation data, traffic sign recognition and information from the intelligent safety assistants (radar and stereo camera) are linked and processed.

Technical data[1]  

CO2 emissions

0 g/km

Power consumption (NEDC)

22.2* kWh/100 km

Range (NEDC)

more than 450* km

Drive system

2 asynchronous motors, all-wheel drive

Output

300 kW (408 hp)

Peak torque

765 Nm

Top speed

180 km/h (governed)

Acceleration 0-100 km/h

5.1 s

Battery

Lithium-ion

Battery energy content (NEDC)

80 kWh

Battery weight

650 kg

Length/width (with mirrors)/height

4,761/1,884 (2,096)/1,624 mm

Track width (FA/RA)

1,625/1,615 mm

Wheelbase

2,873 mm

Boot capacity (depending on equipment)

ca. 500 l

Kerb weight/perm. GVW/pay load (DIN)

2,425*/2,930/505 kg

Trailing load max. (12 per cent)

1,800 kg

*provisional data
[1] Figures for power consumption and CO2 emissions are provisional and were determined by the German Technical Service corporation. The range figures are also provisional. EC type approval and conformity certification with official figures are not yet available. There may be differences between the stated figures and the official figures.

Charging: Flexible and fast 

As standard the EQC is equipped with a water-cooled onboard charger (OBC) with a capacity of 7.4 kW, making it suitable for AC charging at home or at public charging stations.

Charging at a Mercedes-Benz Wallbox is up to three times faster than at a domestic power socket. It is faster still with DC charging – which is standard for the EQC – for example via CCS (Combined Charging Systems) in Europe and the USA, CHAdeMO in Japan or GB/T in China. Depending on the SoC (status of charge), the EQC can be charged with a maximum output of up to 110 kW at an appropriate charging station. In around 40 minutes, the battery can be charged from 10 - 80 per cent SoC (provisional data).

The multimedia system MBUX: with EQC-specific functions 

The EQC features the innovative multimedia system MBUX - Mercedes-Benz User Experience - which has numerous EQ specific functions such as the display of range, charge status and energy flow. EQ optimised navigation, driving modes, charging current and departure time can also be controlled and set via MBUX.

The MBUX display has a special EQ tile where numerous EQ features are grouped. Alternatively the user can access the EQ menu of the MBUX system directly using a key in the lower left control panel. Thanks to natural language recognition, the EQ specific voice control helps the driver to operate the EQC.

Intelligent services: Relaxed travel from start to finish 

EQ with Mercedes me provides comprehensive services for the electromobility of today and tomorrow. The most important new services and functions of the EQC planned for market launch include:

Pre-entry climate control: This ensures that the vehicle interior is already at the desired temperature on departure. It can be programmed directly via MBUX or via the Mercedes me App. A sophisticated system with a heat pump and electric heater boosters pre-climatises the interior. 

The EQ optimised navigation always bases its calculation on the fastest route taking into account the shortest charging time. The route planning also responds dynamically to changes, and can take place both offboard and onboard, i.e. externally (via the Mercedes me App) and within the vehicle. Thanks to EQ optimised navigation, Mercedes-Benz customers can easily find charging stations, and Mercedes me Charge gives them convenient access to the charging stations of numerous providers, also beyond national borders. In this case customers benefit from an integrated payment function with simple accounting.

Active and passive safety: EQC-specific safety concept 

The EQC is equipped with the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz driving assistance systems. In the Driving Assistance package, these include new functions such as predictive speed adjustment when approaching the end of a tailback: when a tailback is detected, Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC reduces the speed to around 100 km/h as a precaution. In a tailback on the motorway, the lane guidance system keeps the vehicle off-centre to leave space for the emergency services.

The EQC also meets the highest requirements with respect to passive safety: in addition to the usual, extensive programme of crash tests, Mercedes-Benz applies further, particularly stringent safety standards to the battery and all component parts carrying electrical current. These standards exceed legal requirements. The vehicle structure of the EQC has been adapted to suit the special requirements of the electrical components and battery, and is configured to achieve the usual high safety level. For example, a new subframe surrounds the drive components located in the front section, and this unit is supported by the usual mounting points.
Mechanical protection of the battery: the high-safety design begins with the installation position of the high-voltage battery beneath the vehicle floor. The energy storage unit is surrounded by a stable frame that can absorb energy. Deformation elements are installed between the frame and the battery, and these are able to absorb additional forces in the event of a severe side impact. A battery guard in the front area of the battery is able to prevent the energy storage unit from being pierced by foreign objects.

Electrical protection of the high-voltage system: the extensive experience of Mercedes-Benz with high-voltage drive systems has led to a multi-stage safety concept that deploys in the event of an accident. The high-voltage system automatically shuts down, reversibly or irreversibly, according to the severity of the accident. There are also shutdown points where emergency teams can deactivate the high-voltage system manually.

Testing: Endurance tests around the world 
By market launch, 200 prototypes and pre-production vehicles of the EQC will have absolved tests covering several million kilometres across four continents (Europe, North America, Asia and Africa). The test program comprises more than 500 individual tests. Like all Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the EQC must absolve the demanding standard test programme. There are also special tests for the electric powertrain, the fuel cell, and the interplay of all powertrain components.

In the process the test experts are able to build upon the extensive findings from their digital testing work, used to ensure both the buildability of the vehicle and for the simulation of e.g. crash behaviour, aerodynamics and NVH: noise, vibration, harshness. In addition, there are intensive tests on numerous test rigs at the Mercedes-Benz Technology Centre in Sindelfingen. The ratio between digital and real testing is roughly 35 to 65 per cent.

Production: Preparations in full swing in the Bremen plant 

Series production of the EQC will start in 2019 at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen. The preparations for this are already fully under way. The new EQC will be integrated into ongoing series production as a fully electric vehicle. The very latest production technologies will be employed.

One decisive innovation is the so-called battery-joining centre where the EQC undergoes a second “marriage”" following installation of the two electric powerpacks in the bodyshell. This is where the EQCs are recognised as electric models with the help of data tags attached to the body, and equipped with a battery. The body is suspended from a so-called C-carrier and deposited on a frame. Support arms raise the battery to the vehicle's floor from below. An employee monitors the automatic bolting in place.

In parallel with this, production of our own batteries for the EQC is coming on stream at the expanded battery plant in Kamenz (near Dresden).
Alongside Bremen, the Sino-German production joint venture Beijing Benz Automotive Co. Ltd. (BBAC) is also preparing for the production start-up of the EQC for the local market.

New Mercedes-AMG performance models plus new engines and a host of added features are among the highlights in a wide-ranging update for the acclaimed Mercedes-Benz E-Class range.

A new turbodiesel inline six-cylinder engine for the Mercedes-Benz E 350 d Saloon lifts power output from 190kW to 210kW, while both power and torque are boosted in the petrol-powered six-cylinder E 450 4MATIC Saloon, Coupé and Cabriolet models to 270kW and 500Nm (up 25kW and 20Nm).

All models in the range will now be fitted with Driver Assistance Package PLUS, which includes enhanced Traffic Sign Assist, which can adapt when interacting with Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and SPEEDTRONIC functions. A new-generation steering wheel with touch controls is now standard across the range.

Adaptive Highbeam Assist is now standard on E 200 and E 220 d Saloon models, while the wellness-focused ENERGIZING Comfort Control function that made its debut earlier this year on the range-topping Mercedes-Benz S-Class is now standard on the Mercedes-AMG E 53 Coupé/Cabriolet models, and optional on a number of other variants.

Also new and for a very limited time is a Sport Edition package. Available on E 200 and 220 d Saloon models for an additional $10,500 MRLP and includes Panoramic Sunroof, Head-up Display, Burmester® sound, AMG Body styling, 20 inch AMG alloys, leather upholstery, heated front seats and metallic paint.

New Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ range

Joining the E-Class family for the first time is the performance-focused Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ range. With Saloon, Coupé and Cabriolet variants, the AMG E 53 4MATIC+ is set to further extend the popularity of the AMG brand in Australia with a potent and approachable combination of performance, technology, comfort and safety.

The 3.0-litre, inline six-cylinder petrol engine fitted to all three variants combines with an EQ Boost starter-generator to send 320kW and 520Nm to the road via a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission and fully variable 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive. A switchable AMG Performance exhaust system is also standard for all variants, as are 20-inch, five twin-spoke alloy wheels.

Other standard equipment across the AMG E 53 range includes a Burmester® surround sound system, nappa leather upholstery, front sports seats and sports steering wheel, and AMG exterior styling including a spoiler lip on the boot lid. A panoramic glass sunroof is fitted to Saloon and Coupé variants, while the Cabriolet receives an acoustic soft-top, AIRCAP automatic draught stop, and AIRSCARF neck-level heating for the front seats.

At Pebble Beach in California, Mercedes-Benz is unveiling the Vision EQ Silver Arrow show car during Monterey Car Week, which is being held from 18 to 26 August 2018. The event attracts car aficionados and collectors from all over the world. The one-seater vehicle is also an homage to the successful record-breaking W 125 car from 1937. The paintwork in alubeam silver is reminiscent of the historic Silver Arrows which, for weight reasons, did not have a white paint layer. The interior is dominated by traditional, high-quality materials such as genuine leather, polished aluminium and solid walnut. The digital cockpit, meanwhile, points directly into the future: It includes a curved panoramic screen with back projection, as well as a touchscreen integrated into the steering wheel.

"Over 80 years ago, the historic Silver Arrows demonstrated that Mercedes-Benz was a pioneer when it came to speed thanks, among other things, to their streamlined shape," says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer at Daimler AG. "The Vision EQ Silver Arrow draws on that legacy. Intended for acceleration and driving pleasure, it embodies progressive luxury and provides an insight into the future of our design. As a result, the show car drives the design idiom of our new EQ product and technology brand to the top." 

The EQ brand is shaped by the avant-garde, distinct aesthetic of Progressive Luxury. This arises from the combination of a previously unknown beauty, the conscious clash of digital and analogue elements as well as the seamless merging of intuitive and physical design.

The exterior: sporty silhouette

With its clear, seamless design, the design idiom of the Vision EQ Silver Arrow is a brand-specific embodiment of the design philosophy of Sensual Purity. The streamlined silhouette of the approximately 5.3-metre long and approximately one metre shallow one-seater vehicle is slender yet sensuous. 

The show car's body structure is made of carbon fibre. The multiple layers of paintwork in alubeam silver appear like liquid metal over the top. This concept represents the design polar opposites of "hot" and "cold". Functional attachment parts made of carbon fibre such as the front splitter epitomise the cool and rational aspect of this philosophy. The same applies to the front trim designed as a display, as well as the continuous lighting strip at the front. The side skirts also feature a lighting strip and the large, recessed EQ lettering in front of the rear wheels is illuminated blue as is characteristic of the brand. 

Other highlights include the driver's cockpit, which can be folded forwards, and the partially free-standing multi-spoke wheels. The non-rotating hub caps and the partial trim on the wheels are other stylish and innovative highlights. The 168 spokes per wheel are made of lightweight aluminium and are painted a rose gold colour as is typical for EQ.

Offering exceptional traction and correspondingly fast acceleration, the Vision EQ Silver Arrow has slick 255/25 R 24 tyres at the front and 305/25 R 26 tyres at the rear. Attesting to the attention to detail, tyre partner Pirelli has helped to realise a star pattern on the tread. 

The rear diffuser is reminiscent of motorsport. Two extendible rear spoilers act as an air brake by increasing the wind resistance when deceleration is desired. 

Interior: between tradition and modernity

The interior of the Vision EQ Silver Arrow represents the values of Progressive Luxury. The design idiom combines timeless aesthetic appeal with futuristic visions. 

When the driver's cockpit is folded forwards, it provides a view of the surprisingly wide interior. A contrast brings it to life: On the one hand, it uses traditional, high-quality materials. These include saddle brown genuine leather on the seat and steering wheel, polished aluminium throughout the interior and solid walnut with darker coniferous wood pinstripes on the floor. This creates a bridge back to the historic racing cars of the Silver Arrow era. On the other hand, modern, high-tech solutions such as the large projection surface for the panoramic screen and innovative user experience solutions such as the virtual race option (see below) represent the EQ's typically visionary character. This contrast is an intentional merging of past and future. 

The sitting surface and backrest have an unusual pattern which is aligned with the seat contour: Stars have been stitched in with the help of laser engraving. AIRSCARF neck-level heating is integrated into the seat. A four-point seatbelt inspired by motorsport holds the driver securely in place. The pedals can be adapted to the driver's specific stature, with a controller located on the seat for adjusting the pedals. 

To match the exterior paint finish in alubeam silver, the side walls of the interior are covered in a luxurious, grey suede. 

Double screen and virtual racing

The driver of the Vision EQ Silver Arrow is encompassed by a large panoramic screen on which a 3D image of the surroundings is projected from behind. As a pointer to future possible charging technologies, the lane of the roadway on which inductive charging is possible is superimposed onto the screen. 

With the help of artificial intelligence it is possible to engage in a virtual race against historic or present Silver Arrow racing cars. For this a virtual racetrack is superimposed onto the real roadway on the panoramic screen and the driver sees their opponent either ahead of them or behind them as a "ghost". The Virtual Race Coach assistance function helps you become a better driver by giving instructions during the race.

There is also a touchscreen on the steering wheel. The driver can use it to select programs such as Comfort, Sport and Sport+, which offer different driving characteristics. Sound settings can also be configured here: Choices include the sound of a current Formula 1 Silver Arrow or a Mercedes-AMG V8 engine.

Emission-free drive system

The Vision EQ Silver Arrow is conceived as an electric vehicle. This soundless Silver Arrow has an output of 550 kW (750 hp). The thin rechargeable battery in the underbody has a useable capacity of approx. 80 kWh and enables a calculated range of over 400 km according to the WLTP. Side air vents help to cool the battery.

The EQ concept vehicles: outlook for electric cars in all segments

With the Concept EQA, Mercedes-Benz demonstrated how the EQ strategy can be translated to the compact class at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Featuring one electric motor on the front axle and one at the rear, this electric athlete has a system output of over 200 kW. The drive characteristics can be altered by varying the permanent all-wheel drive's front to rear torque distribution. The Concept EQA shows which drive program has been selected on a unique virtual radiator grille.

At the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, smart presented the smart vision EQ fortwo – an electric and autonomous vision for highly efficient and flexible local public transport. Autonomous and electric-powered, the smart vision EQ presents a consistent concept for the future of urban mobility and the future of car sharing. The vehicle picks up its passengers directly from their chosen location and has no steering wheel or pedals.

The Concept EQ, unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, heralded the new EQ product and technology brand – a concept vehicle with the looks of a sporty SUV coupé that pre-empted many elements of the Mercedes-Benz EQC, which comes onto the market in 2019. 

The inspiration: the world record-breaking vehicle from 1937

The role model for the Vision EQ Silver Arrow is the W 125 twelve-cylinder, record-breaking car which Mercedes-Benz built in 1937 on the basis of the Grand Prix racing car. 

For the new body in 1937, Mercedes-Benz was inspired greatly by the aviation industry: Examples include the recommendation from the development departments of the aircraft factories of Ernst Heinkel and Willy Messerschmitt to shorten the front overhang and to make the front more rounded. The front was also extended further down and ended more steeply at the tip. As desired, this reduced lift on the front axle. A longer and more strongly raised rear reduced lift on the rear axle. One striking feature – and inspiration for the designers of the Vision EQ Silver Arrow – was the round cockpit glazing modelled on a drop of water in terms of outline and cross-section. 

With it, Rudolf Caracciola achieved 432.7 km/h on the A5 autobahn between Frankfurt and Darmstadt based on the average speed travelling there and back. This speed record on public roads stood until November 2017.

Powered by a 3.0-litre 190kW (258 hp) six cylinder diesel engine the X 350 d 4MATIC completes the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds. Its maximum torque of 550 Nm is available over a wide engine speed range from 1400 to 3200 rpm. This means that high torque is already available from low engine speeds. Permanent all-wheel drive ensures high levels of driving stability and handling dynamics both on and off the road – even on wet and wintry asphalt. A choice of engine and transmission response levels, from comfortable to sporty, is at the driver's fingertips thanks to the standard DYNAMIC SELECT system. 

4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive for driving on and off the road

The 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive with low-range reduction gear and a differential lock on the rear axle ensures excellent performance and traction on a wide range of driving surfaces. The all-wheel drive system is fitted with a central differential, which distributes the drive force between the front and rear axle at a torque distribution of 40 to 60 per cent. This delivers an optimum level of traction in normal driving conditions. As road conditions vary optimum traction is still guaranteed as the 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system continuously adjusts the torque distribution to match the driving conditions.

There are three all-wheel-drive modes to choose from: 4MAT, 4H and 4L. In 4MAT the torque distribution is continuously adjusted between the axles as the road conditions dictate. That way, if the vehicle registers loss of grip on the front wheels for example, then torque is applied to the rear axle instead to maintain traction.  

When driving off-road 4H can be selected. This distributes the drive force between the front and rear axle at a torque distribution of 30 to 70 per cent, which is ideal for driving on rocky, sandy or snow covered terrain.    

The 4L mode is suited for driving on terrain where maximum force at low speeds is required, such as on steep slopes or muddy roads. This distributes the drive force between the front and rear axle at a torque distribution of 50 to 50 per cent. 

The all-wheel-drive system and the suspension with its long spring travel and ground clearance of 222 millimetres together ensure outstanding off-road capabilities. The X-Class effortlessly climbs gradients of up to 45 degrees, fords water courses with a depth of up to 60 centimetres, and maintains its poise on inclines of almost 50 degrees.


Impressive off-road capabilities

Fording depth

up to 600 mm

Ground clearance                        

222 mm

Angle of approach/departure

up to 30°/25°

Maximum tilt

up to 49°

Ramp breakover angle

up to 22°


DYNAMIC SELECT for an individual choice of driving characteristics

With the DYNAMIC SELECT system, the X 350 d 4MATIC features a driving mode switch that is unique in the category. With a choice of five driving modes, the driving characteristics can be changed by fingertip control – from relaxed and comfortable to sporty and dynamic. These modes modify the engine response, the automatic transmission's shift points, and the ECO start/stop function.

  • Comfort: This mode is activated automatically when the engine starts. It provides comfort-emphasising, harmonious accelerator characteristics as well as early shift points. 
  • Eco: 7G-TRONIC PLUS changes the gears at particularly low engine speeds.
  • Sport: The engine responds more immediately to throttle input. The automatic transmission makes use of the entire engine speed range to change gears, and shifts at higher engine speeds. 
  • Manual: The automatic transmission can be manually operated using the gearshift paddles on the steering wheel. This leads to far shorter shift times than in the Comfort and Eco programs.
  • Offroad: This mode is suitable for driving on challenging terrain. It offers higher shift points and a flatter, and therefore more precisely adjustable, accelerator characteristic curve.

The ECO start/stop function is available in all driving modes except Offroad mode. 

Comprehensive range of safety equipment

The X-Class features a comprehensive array of safety features. The standard equipment includes seven airbags, internally vented disc brakes on the front and rear and i-Size attachment system for two child seats. The standard Lane Keeping Assist in the 4 cylinder models is changed for the X 350 d 4MATIC to Active Lane Keeping Assist, meaning if a driver unintentionally departs from the lane not only will pulsed steering wheel vibrations occur, but one sided braking is also applied to manoeuvre the vehicle back into its lane automatically. This compliments Active Brake Assist ensuring driver assistance systems are at the ready to simultaneously increase active safety and comfort. Additionally there is ESP trailer stabilisation, a tyre pressure monitoring system, cruise control, and a reversing camera or in the POWER line a 360° camera as standard. 

Two equipment lines for the X 350 d 4MATIC 

The X 350 d 4MATIC is available in the equipment lines PROGRESSIVE and POWER, both now adorning the unique V6 badging on the fender and X 350 d 4MATIC badging on the rear tailgate. 

The PROGRESSIVE line continues with the equivalent 4 cylinder model specification with the exception of the unique X 350 d 4MATIC features described above and the following additional standard items: KEYLESS-GO, 2-zone THERMOTRONIC air conditioning and new 18-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels. 

The POWER line continues with the equivalent 4 cylinder model specification with the exception of the unique X 350 d 4MATIC features described above and the following additional standard items:  Aluminium dash trim, black roof liner and new 19-inch 6-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels. 

Optional extras and extensive range of accessories for individual character types

Further customisation is possible thanks to a wide range of optional extras such as leather seats. What's more, Mercedes-Benz has designed an extensive range of accessories so that users can customise their individual X-Class even further. If required, the design, functionality or off-road capability can be enhanced to suit specific needs. There is a choice of styling bar, hard cover, hardtop, stowage box, load bed liner, load-securing rails in the load bed, and an underguard. With the introduction of the X350 d 4MATIC a new sports bar is available, which can be combined with a roll cover in black or silver.  

Local Pricing


Engine

Drive

Transmission

Grade

MRLP

X 350 d

4MATIC

7G-TRONIC 7-spd Auto

PROGRESSIVE

$73,270

POWER

$79,415

 

The all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class will arrive in Australia during the month of August with standard features such as the MBUX multimedia system with widescreen cockpit and touchscreen, plus a host of active standard safety features.

The new A-Class is as youthful and dynamic as ever, but grown-up and comfortable like never before. It completely redefines modern luxury in the compact class, and revolutionises interior design. Technologically the new A-Class not only takes first place thanks to MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience: it also offers a number of functions that were previously the preserve of the luxury class.

All models of the new A-Class are powered by new, efficient petrol engines and in conjunction with the 7G-DCT transmission. Available from launch will be the A 200 powered by a new four cylinder called the M 282 with a displacement of 1.33 litres and up to 120 kW of power and 250 Nm of torque. Combined fuel economy is just 5.7L per 100 km.

"Hey Mercedes"

One of the strengths of MBUX is its intelligent voice control with natural language comprehension, which is activated by the keyword "Hey Mercedes". The new LINGUATRONIC (included in MBUX with extended functions and with large media display) supports many infotainment functions, for example, destination input, phone calls, music selection, writing and hearing messages.

Conventional voice control systems in cars call for certain fixed commands from their users. Thanks to natural speech recognition, MBUX's LINGUATRONIC, on the other hand, obeys virtually every command, recognises and understands nearly all sentences from the fields of infotainment and vehicle operation.

The intelligent language assistance is activated either via a button on the steering wheel or with the command "Hey Mercedes". It's not the human who has to adapt to the machine, but the other way round.

The voice control is also capable of learning. On the one hand it tunes into the user and their voice and also understands non-native speakers better. The system also no longer answers stereotypically, but varies in the dialogue output too.

Tailor-made and capable of learning

MBUX is highly personalisable and configurable. It is also capable of learning and adapts to suit the user.

In the Widescreen cockpit, the customer has the opportunity to select from three display styles: alongside Classic and Sport, the Discreet style is also offered as a special feature – all displays are reduced to what is absolutely essential here.

Via the 10.25-inch instrument cluster, users can individually configure the information shown there: as an alternative to the classic speed display in the left-hand tube, displays such as the analogue clock, trip computer (from start, from reset, range) or information on the current radio station/media title can be placed there. In the right-hand tube, as an alternative to the rev counter, an assistance graphic, the current consumption, the ECO display or a navigation map can be displayed.

All settings can be saved in a profile. If two drivers share a car, each can call up his/her favourite settings easily.

Another individualisation possibility with MBUX with extended functions are so-called theme worlds such as private, business, relaxation, sport, etc. One person can have several theme worlds. They are activated by clicking on the menu bar. The data record of a theme world can include e.g. climate settings, seat adjustment, radio station, navigation destination, driving mode.

Artificial intelligence is used for the prediction features; which are also part of extended MBUX functions. With these, MBUX anticipates what the user would like next. For instance, anyone who often telephones their mother on Tuesdays during the journey home will receive her telephone number as a suggestion on the display on this day of the week. Anyone who regularly switches over to a radio station with news at a certain time also receives this as a suggestion.

And if the navigation system detects a route frequently driven, navigation to this destination is already started in the background. For example, MBUX suggests the fitness studio on the navigation screen. The driver then only needs to confirm, and all the information on the route, such as congestion warnings, is already to hand.

Key facts

Completely new multimedia system MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience:

  • An emotional connection between the vehicle, driver and passengers.
  • Learning capability thanks to artificial intelligence and able to be personalised
  • Comprehensive touch operation by touchscreen, touchpad on the centre console and touch control buttons in the steering wheel
  • Intelligent voice control with natural language comprehension and activation using the keyword "Hey Mercedes"

More driving pleasure and ride comfort:

  • Further improved suspension with MacPherson front suspension with aluminium transverse control arms and multi-link rear suspension (optional equipment).
  • Active damping adjustment (optional equipment) with electronic control: in conjunction with the standard DYNAMIC SELECT (four driving modes), there is a choice of comfortable or sporty damping characteristics.

Modern luxury redefined:

  • Avant-garde styling of the dashboard and a cockpit with no cowl create a unique architecture.
  • The two displays measuring up to 10.25 inches (26 cm) each blend together under a shared glass to form a completely free-standing Widescreen cockpit.
  • Ambient lighting with 64 colours and illuminated air vents in a turbine look (optional extra)
  • And also optional are seat heating and seat climate control.

Fully grown-up:

  • More shoulder room (+9/+22 mm front/rear), elbow room (+35/+36 mm) and headroom (+7/+8 mm), as well as easier entry to the rear.
  • At 370 litres the boot is 29 litres larger than in the preceding model, and more usable.
  • All-round visibility has been improved by reducing the pillar claddings by around ten per cent

The key exterior dimensions and the kerb weight compared with the predecessor:

 

New A-Class*

Predecessor

Change

Length (mm)

4.419

4.299

+120

Width (mm)1

1.796

1780

+16

Height (mm)

1.440

1.434

+6

Wheelbase (mm)

2.729

2.699

+30

Kerb weight (kg)2

1.375

1.395

-20

*Information in each case for A 200 with 7G-DCT, 1 without mirrors, 2 in accordance with EC Directive incl. 75 kg for driver

Key standard equipment:

New standard equipment not seen before in previous A-Class models includes: new 18 inch aero alloy wheels, MBUX multimedia system with widescreen cockpit (2 x 10.25" digital screens) and TOUCHSCREEN Central Display with NTG 6 MB Navigation. Standard LED headlights with adaptive high beam Assist, keyless start and wireless charging.

Standard safety equipment:

The new A-Class arrives with a host of standard safety equipment such as nine air bags (front, pelvis side and window bags for driver and front passenger, side bags for rear occupants and knee bag for driver), Active Brake Assist with semi-autonomous braking function, Active Parking Assist inc. PARKTRONIC, Active Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Assist with exit warning, Traffic Sign Assist and reversing camera.

Local pricing:

The new A-Class will launch on August 10 across Australia and will be available from all authorised Mercedes-Benz dealerships, the A 200 is priced at $47,200 (MRLP).

The new A200 is the first of a complete range of A-Class vehicles that will be progressively launched in Australia. Timing and information regarding upcoming models in the A-Class range, including the entry model A 180 and the A250 will be available later this year.

A newly added model to the Australian Mercedes-Benz GLC range brings an enticing new entry point to the popular SUV and Coupé range.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC 200 SUV combines a powerful yet frugal 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine (135kW/300Nm), a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission, and full-time rear-wheel-drive with a long list of standard appointments.

This includes Parking Pilot with a 360-degree camera, an EASY PACK tailgate, Audio 20 entertainment system with seven-inch colour display and touchpad control, satellite navigation system, digital radio, media interface with smartphone integration, keyless start, electric front seats, black ash wood trim, ARTICO upholstery, LED head-lights, Active Parking Assist, DYNAMIC SELECT driving mode selector, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Additionally, the GLC 200 is equipped with a suite of Mercedes-Benz safety features including nine airbags, PRE-SAFE® accident anticipatory system, Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Attention Assist, and Blind Spot Assist (passive).

The new Mercedes-Benz GLC 200 SUV will retail for $61,990 MRLP and is available to order now, first vehicles are expected to arrive in September 2018.

To coincide with the addition of the petrol-powered GLC 200 SUV model, the previous entry model, the GLC 220 d models from its SUV and Coupé range, will no longer be available to order.

Below is the complete GLC SUV and Coupé range from June 2018 production.

SUV range

 

Mercedes-Benz GLC 200 SUV

$61,990 MRLP

Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 SUV

$71,600 MRLP

Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 d SUV

$74,000 MRLP

Mercedes-Benz GLC 350 d SUV

$91,100 MRLP

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV

$103,500 MRLP

Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S SUV

$164,900 MRLP

Coupé range

 

Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 Coupé

$82,300 MRLP

Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 d Coupé

$84,700 MRLP

Mercedes-Benz GLC 350 d Coupé

$101,200 MRLP

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupé

$111,000 MRLP

Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupé

$171,900 MRLP

There will be more incentive than ever to purchase the most affordable model of Australia’s best-selling luxury car, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, with the addition of a new value package, known as Edition C.

Buyers of the popular Mercedces-Benz C 200 sedan can now select the Edition C option, which adds a glass electric sunroof, smartphone integration in the form of Apple CarPlay or Google Android  Auto, metallic paint (excludes designo) and eye-catching 19-inch five twin-spoke alloy wheels.   

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class was Australia’s most popular luxury car in 2017 and is set to carry on as a firm favourite of luxury car buyers. The C 200 sedan is equipped with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine making 135kW and 300Nm, coupled with a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission. 

Standard equipment includes ARTICO upholstery, a seven-inch colour display with touchpad control and media interface, satellite navigation, digital radio, electric front seats, keyless start, THERMATIC dual-zone climate control, black piano lacquer and brushed aluminium trim, rain-sensing wipers and LED headlights. 

The Edition C package is only available in conjunction with the Mercedes-Benz C 200 sedan until May 31 for just $60,900 drive away*.

*$60,900 is the maximum recommended drive away campaign price of the standard specification new petrol        C 200 Edition C ordered between 1 April – 31 May 2018 at participating retailers, while stocks last.

Competition in the light commercial vehicle (LCV) segment has been heightened with the Mercedes-Benz X-Class the first utility to enter the Australasian market with autonomous emergency braking (AEB). Three other new models also enter with standard-fit AEB including the Volkswagen Polo, Jaguar E-PACE and BMW X2.

Autonomous emergency braking is fitted as standard on all X-Class variants, helping it achieve a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.

“This is a game-changer for the ute market and puts pressure on competing brands,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin. “The light commercial vehicle segment has generally lagged passenger cars and SUVs with regard to safety specification, so the inclusion of AEB as standard across the X-Class range is to be commended,” he said.

The AEB system fitted to the X-Class performed well – detecting and either avoiding or mitigating crashes with other vehicles at low and high speeds. Its AEB system is also capable of detecting and preventing crashes with pedestrians. All variants of the Volkswagen Polo, Jaguar E-PACE and BMW X2 have achieved a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.

“The Volkswagen Polo scored a high 96 per cent for Adult Occupant Protection with maximum points scored for the driver in the full width frontal, side impact and oblique pole tests. The Jaguar E-PACE scored well across all assessment areas and features a ‘pop-up’ bonnet and external airbag to improve head protection for struck pedestrians. Lower leg protection for the driver in the frontal offset crash scenario could however be improved,” Goodwin said.

“BMW’s new small SUV, the X2 also provides a safe choice for adult and child occupants and pedestrians with the standard inclusion of an active bonnet, automatic emergency call function and fatigue detection system.”

In Duisburg, Germany overnight, Mercedes-Benz Vans revealed the new Sprinter complete with fascinating design, safety features at the highest level, maximum cost-effectiveness, customer and sector-oriented details and a connectivity package that takes infotainment systems and telematics applications into a new era.

Global CEO of Mercedes-Benz Vans Volker Mornhinweg, said "In the logistics and transport world of the future, adaptability to specific needs and the changing expectations of customers will be a defining success factor. Just building a good vehicle is therefore not enough. The new Sprinter must be more than the sum of its parts. With new connectivity services, a new telematics generation and an unprecedented number of variants, it is a comprehensive system meeting an enormous range of commercial transport requirements. This means that the new Sprinter achieves precisely what its preceding generations demonstrated before it: it sets new standards."

CEO and Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia and New Zealand Diane Tarr, said "Since its introduction in 1998 we have lead the market with the first two generations of the Sprinter. With such a vast and configurable range of variants, we have provided sector specific solutions covering a range from classic courier services over the last delivery mile, major motorhome manufacturers, service providers, eGrocery delivery, construction, manufacturing, rental, passenger transportation and of course Ambulance services. Amazingly we are now adding even more, opening the Sprinter to new sectors through additional variants and features, whilst providing a far more intelligent, user friendly and interactive Sprinter range. Not to mention we will further bolster safety through a range of new assistance systems, previously only found in the passenger car range.”

Adaptable in every detail: It is possible to generate 1,734 different Sprinter variants just using the basic parameters such as body type, powertrain concept, cab configuration, body length, tonnage and cargo space height. This variability makes the new Sprinter the ideal vehicle for many different transport needs and sectors.

Front-wheel drive and new transmissions: The proven powertrain concept around rear- and all-wheel drive is augmented by a new front-wheel drive. With this version, for design-inherent reasons, the payload increases by 50 kilograms compared with rear-wheel drive, while an 80-millimetre lower loading edge makes for significantly more convenient loading/unloading and getting in/out of the vehicle. The technical highlights of the new Sprinter include two newly developed transmissions for front-wheel drive – a 9-speed automatic transmission with torque converter as an innovation in the large-van segment and a likewise newly developed 6-speed manual transmission. In combination with front wheel drive, a new tractor head variant is available, allowing maximum scope when designing and using bespoke bodies.

Driver's workplace sets standards: Ergonomically optimised, safe and comfortable - these attributes make the cab an ideal workplace. The improvements include ergonomically shaped seats and optional memory function with electric seat adjustments, Keyless Start and optimised air conditioning. A versatile stowage concept ensures that everything has its place.

Practical with high load-carrying capacity: Loadable wheel housings and extended cargo space heights in combination with front-wheel drive make for greater versatility of the cargo space. The maximum loading capacity is 17 m3, while the tonnage extends as far as 5.5 tonnes. Super-single tyres as an alternative to twin tyres at the rear axle are now permitted for gross vehicle weights of up to 5 tonnes. Whatever the model and tyres, the rear doors of the new Sprinter can be opened to the side walls even more easily. There is no longer a mechanically released catch in the 90-degree position, and the door can be conveniently opened with one hand.

Designed for safety in every respect: Also in the large-van segment, Mercedes-Benz Vans once again lives up to its role as an innovation driver and pioneer in the introduction of state-of-the-art safety technologies. The available assistance and control systems in the new Sprinter include DISTRONIC radar based cruise control, Active Brake Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, ATTENTION ASSIST, a modern Parking Package with 360-degree all-round visibility and a rain sensor with integral Wet Wiper System for optimal vision also during windscreen cleaning.

Fusion of form and function: The exterior of the third-generation Sprinter ushers in a new era in which the vehicle's quality in the solution of transport problems is not the only thing in demand. In a modern fleet, the vehicle also takes on the role of company ambassador and acts as a figurehead especially for small and medium-sized firms. Firmly established in the passenger-car sector, the Mercedes-Benz design strategy provides the basis for this while impressing with a pure and yet sensual design.

Completely new multimedia system: The third-generation Sprinter sets totally new standards with the completely new MBUX multimedia systems (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). The name for the new infotainment system, MBUX, sends the message that the focus is on the user experience (UX) and the system is celebrating its parallel premiere in the new A-Class. The flagship among infotainment systems leaves nothing to be desired when it comes to connectivity and state-of-the-art technology. It comes with such features as a10.25-inch display with HD resolution and is controlled from a touchscreen. This control forms the communications centre for all the information that comes together there. The optimised voice control is activated by keywords, and also registers everyday speech. The infotainment system responds to the statement "The fuel tank is empty" by suggesting filling stations in the area or along the chosen route. Messages can also be dictated, and are reliably recognised. Comprehensive internet connectivity is one of the most important new features and a high-speed (LTE-capable) internet connection is integrated into the vehicle.

Leap in efficiency thanks to internet connection: With state-of-the-art connectivity hardware and Mercedes PRO connect services, the new Sprinter is part of the Internet of Things. The innovations designed to make day-to-day work easier and more efficient include simpler fleet management and optimised communication between fleet manager and driver. This allows small and medium-sized fleets in particular to achieve a new quality of vehicle management.

18 connectivity services go online: With the market launch of Mercedes PRO connect as an ex-factory solution, 18 central fleet-, vehicle-, driver- and location-based services will be introduced in 21 European countries. Among the services are vehicle status, vehicle logistics, fleet communication, maintenance management and a digital trip list. The new services are implemented, among other things, with an all-new telematics generation featuring an up to 10.25-inch HD display and touchscreen control.

The systematic electrification of fleets is part of the comprehensive strategy: The eVito, which became available for ordering in November 2017, will kick off the process this year, followed by the eSprinter in 2019. The cooperation with Hermes is an example of a strategic partnership. The pilot project with this logistics company envisages the addition of 1500 electric vans to the fleet in Germany by 2020.

The Total Cost of Ownership – where the new Sprinter scores points: Good value retention and easy maintenance: the new generation impresses with classic Sprinter strengths.

Engine details:

  OM 651
Displacement 2143cc
Cylinders 4/in-line
Output 114hp/84kW at 3800rpm 143hp/105kW at 3800rpm 163hp/120kW at 3800rpm 177hp/130kW* at 3800rpm
Torque 300 Nm at 1400-2400rpm 330 Nm at 1400-2400rpm 360 Nm at 1400-2400rpm 400 Nm at 1800-2400rpm
Cylinder bore/piston stroke 83.0mm/99mm
Compression ratio 16.2:1
Turbocharger 2-stage (RWD), 1-stage (FWD) 2-stage (RWD), 1-stage (FWD) 2-stage (RWD) 1-stage (FWD)

*130kw only for camper vans

  OM 642
Displacement 2987cc
Cylinders V6/72°
Output 190hp/140kW at 3800rpm
Torque 440 Nm at 1600-2600rpm
Cylinder bore/piston stroke 38.0/92 mm
Compression ratio 18.0:1
Turbocharger 1-stage (RWD)

Transmission details:

  OM651 - 4 Cylinder Diesel OM642 - V6 Diesel
  FWD RWD AWD RWD AWD
6-speed manual transmission STD STD STD - -
           
7G-TRONIC PLUS 7-speed automatic transmission - Optional Optional STD STD
9-speed automatic transmission Optional        

The proven 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission can now also be operated by "Drive Select". It is now available for all diesel-engine rear-wheel drive variants and all all-wheel drive variants. The transmission impresses with smooth gearshifts, high fuel economy and low maintenance costs.