Mercedes EQS (2021): first photos aboard the future 100% electric S-Class!

Mercedes EQS (2021) first photos aboard the future 100% electric S-Class

Mercedes unveils the interior of the EQS, a large and luxurious 100% electric sedan which will notably inaugurate a digital dashboard … 141 cm wide!

The veil continues to rise on the Mercedes EQS . A few days after having released “camouflaged” photos of its large and luxurious 100% electric sedan, the German manufacturer today unveils its interior.

A 141 cm wide XXL screen

And as expected, the model, a sort of electric S-Class, dazzles its eyes by notably inaugurating, as an option, a new XXL-sized digital instrument panel called Hyperscreen MBUX , or literally “hyper-screen”. This giant concave screen with haptic feedback measures 141 cm and covers the entire width of the dashboard , from the driver to the front passenger.

EQS heals the senses

Among the other novelties, Mercedes also announces two sound universes , “Silver Waves” and “Vivid Flux”, which can be selected on the central screen but also deactivated. The driver and passengers can thus be greeted acoustically as soon as they approach the vehicle and board it. A corresponding surround sound also accompanies EQS exiting and locking.

Still on the auditory side, the brand also offers new “Energizing Comfort” programs which offer soothing sounds called “forest glade”, “whisper of the ocean” and “summer rain”.

The olfactory perception has not been forgotten either with the presence of a large HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter which is able to remove not only fine dust and pollen from the outside air, but also dioxide sulfur and nitrogen oxides.

Confused, Mercedes also promises that the EQS will be equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) and a large head-up display corresponding to a 77-inch screen . Finally, the firm claims for its sedan an aerodynamic efficiency coefficient (Cx) of 0.20 .

480 hp and 700 km of range for the EQS?

The technical sheet, it still remains a mystery. The EQS should, however, develop a power of around 480 hp and 760 Nm of torque , which could allow it to swallow the 0 to 100 km / h in 4.5 seconds. It should also have a 100 kWh battery that will guarantee it a range of 700 kilometers .

Presentation in April, launch in August

The first model to be based on the modular Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA) for luxury electric vehicles, the Mercedes EQS will be produced at the “Factory 56” site of the Sindelfingen plant in Germany. It will be presented in April and launched in Europe in August .

 

Rare Mercedes 560 SEC AMG 6.0 Wide Body sold at auction

Rare Mercedes 560 SEC AMG 6.0 Wide Body sold at auction

This very rare Mercedes 560 SEC AMG 6.0 “Wide Body” has been put up for auction. It was produced in only 26 copies in 1989.

Developed in 1989 and based on the Mercedes 560 SEC, the ancestor of thec , this AMG version is an iconic model. Mercedes pushed its V8 engine to 6.0 liters of displacement (against 5.6 liters), to develop a total power of 385 horsepower (against 300 horsepower originally). This additional cavalry allows the car to go from 0 to 100 km / h in less than six seconds , rather honorable figures for a vehicle of this time.

Mercedes 560 SEC AMG 6.0 Wide Body: a more aggressive look

In addition to this mechanical revision, as its name suggests, this “Wide Body” version is equipped with a wide body kit , allowing to improve its look but also its aerodynamic performance. It also gains performance elements such as more powerful disc brakes, as well as a reinforced suspension. On board, we find the essential burl walnut inserts, a specific steering wheel signed AMG, chrome door sills, as well as Recaro seats .

This copy was produced in October 1989 , and was initially sold by a German dealer in Munich, before being exported to the UK in 2017. In addition to its black livery and black leather interior, several optional equipment comes complete the equipment: automatic air conditioning, a fire extinguisher and heated front seats.

Auctioned a few days ago by Bonhams, this Mercedes 560 SEC AMG 6.0 Wide Body was sold for € 169,923 .

 

New Mercedes e-Citan (2021): the electric utility shows itself with camouflage

New Mercedes e-Citan (2021) the electric utility shows itself with camouflage

Mercedes’ next utility vehicle is unveiled in an electric version: discover the e-Citan under its camouflage.

Mercedes-Benz previewed the upcoming eCitan with official camouflage photos. The German car manufacturer is developing, with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance , the second generation of the Citan , which should be based on the same platform as the Renault Kangoo that we know in France.

A 100% electric version

Overall, the all- electric variant of this Citan should be identical to the thermal models, with one exception: the three-pointed star badge on the front can be opened and it houses the charging port .

Although not easily seen in these photos, previous images of the e-Citan’s prototypes have confirmed that it will have stylish headlights with integrated LEDs, circular fog lights, sliding rear doors and vertical tail lights. .

In a press release confirming the development of the new van, Mercedes-Benz claimed that “the compact exterior dimensions and, at the same time, the generous space with high storage volume in the passenger compartment open up various possible applications for the small van, especially in urban distribution transport “, adding that” the concept of the vehicle offers comprehensive safety equipment and a high level of driving comfort “.

The Mercedes-Benz e-Citan is expected to be unveiled in the second half of 2021 .

 

New Mercedes C-Class (2021): the sedan goes into production!

New Mercedes C-Class (2021) the sedan goes into production

Mercedes has just started production of the new C-Class at its plant in Bremen, Germany. The sedan’s order book will open on March 30.

Let’s go for the new Mercedes C-Class ! Unveiled on February 23, the fifth generation sedan has just entered production .

Produced in Germany and soon also in China and South Africa

The first copies of the model have rolled out in recent days from the Mercedes plant in Bremen, Germany, where the all- electric GLC , GLC Coupé and EQC are also assembled .

“Our team in Bremen has done an excellent job over the past few months. Despite the challenges imposed this year, our employees have successfully managed the start-up of the new C-Class and at the same time have provided unwavering support to our colleagues from the other Class C factories. We are proud of this and are already looking forward to seeing further installations in Bremen in 2021 “, said Michael Friess, Site Manager and Plant Production Manager.

After Bremen, the fifth Class C of the name will subsequently also be manufactured in Beijing, China, and at the East London site in South Africa .

The new Class C displayed at around € 42,000?

Revamped on the outside (increased dimensions, new more dynamic headlights at the front, more tapered LED lights at the rear …), modernized on the inside (large vertical touch screen, instrument cluster. Digital …) ), more technological than ever (latest generation of the MBUX multimedia system, numerous driving aids …), and electrified under the hoods (petrol and diesel engines with 48 V light hybridization and plug-in hybrid version), the new Mercedes C-Class will arrive in concession in summer 2021.

Its order book will be open from March 30 and prices should start around € 42,000 . The station wagon version could ask for around € 1,200 extra.

 

Hyundai Staria (2021): a premium minibus from space!

Hyundai Staria (2021) a premium minibus from space

The Staria wants to establish itself in the premium minibus market.

Just because you drive a minibus doesn’t mean you have to blend in with the crowd. In any case, this is what Hyundai announces with its new minibus, the Staria. With its large curves without hooks, its large glass surfaces and its light bar at the front, the Staria draws squarely on the world of science fiction. Hyundai announces: the Staria aims for a spaceship-style look !

Available in 7, 9 or 11-seater versions , plus a two-seater utility, the Hyundai Staria will be fully unveiled later this year. Hyundai presents us here its UFO style, to prepare the ground. That being said, the rear of the Staria is more traditional, with LED lights that run up the rear window. It is really this front face, with its particular light signature, which reinforces the impression of a flying saucer.

Priority to interior space

On the sides, we notice a very large glazed surface, which descends very low on the doors. A choice that reflects the design philosophy that guided Hyundai when designing the Staria: interior space above all . And on the Premium version, which oversees the range, we have to admit that the interior space seems successful. At the front, we notice a large touch screen of more than 10 inches, and a digital instrument cluster that floats on the dashboard. We are far from a stupid and nasty utility ! The second and third rows remain the places of choice, with seats that can swivelto create a real living space. Different configurations are possible, with for example two real luxury armchairs in the back, with legrests. Large windows allow occupants to enjoy the scenery without being encumbered.

This Premium version of the Hyundai Staria wants to establish itself among luxury minibuses , like the Mercedes V-Class , for example. A sector that is still in its infancy in Europe, with a few private and specialized drivers, but which is booming in the United States , for example.

Details of the Hyundai Staria, such as its price, or the engines, but also the markets in which it will be available, will be communicated later in the year in a formal presentation.

F1: the 10 best Safety Cars

F1 the 10 best Safety Cars in video

From the Renault Clio to the Lamborghini Countach, there is something for everyone in F1!

The Safety Car has a very important role in Formula 1 : ensuring the safety of the staff on the track , who deal with accidents, that of the drivers (for example in the rain), and allowing the race to start again in good conditions.

It should therefore not be too fast, but not too slow either : F1 tires should not get too cold. Suddenly, one would think that the car in question is always selected with care. But as you will see in our video list, it was not always the case!

A Renault Clio on the track!

The first was a Porsche 914 of less than 100 hp. Not enough to keep the monsters behind! And over the course of commercial agreements, we find everything: Lamborghini Countach, Honda Prelude, Renault Clio … All up to the Mercedes of the modern era .

 

New Mercedes-AMG SL (2021): the roadster in pictures!

New Mercedes-AMG SL (2021) the roadster in pictures

Mercedes unveils new shots of the future SL. Developed by AMG, the eighth generation of the roadster will return to a 2 + 2 configuration and a canvas top.

On March 12, 1952, Mercedes was about to unveil its new racing sports car: the 300 SL . 69 years later, the eighth generation of the model is now preparing to land on our roads . The new SL has indeed entered the home stretch of its development .

The model is currently being tested in the Swedish winter cold , still dressed in thick camouflage.

Canvas hood and 2 + 2 configuration

If we already knew that the next SL would return to its sporting roots by being developed by AMG , these pictures above all confirm that the roadster, after two generations of a hard roof, will return to a canvas soft top .

Mercedes also tells us that it will again be configured in 2 + 2 , that is to say with two small seats in the rear.

On the technical side, there is little information but the manufacturer already promises the presence of 4MATIC + all-wheel drive , which will be a great first for the SL.

Up to 800 hp under the hood of the new SL?

The model should also be largely inspired by the AMG GT . In particular, it could share its platform and borrow its V8 4.0 biturbo engine. An in-line six-cylinder could also be offered at the entry level while a hybrid version could also be part of the top-of-the-range version SL 73 AMG. For the latter, a power of about 800 horsepower is even mentioned!

The new Mercedes-AMG SL will soon undergo a final refinement on the demanding northern loop of the Nürburgring circuit in Germany. Its presentation is scheduled for later this year.

 

Mercedes EQA (2021): the compact electric SUV arrives from € 44,900!

Mercedes EQA (2021) the compact electric SUV arrives from € 44,900

Mercedes opens the order book for EQA, its new 100% electric compact SUV. Prices start at 44,900 € for the only model currently available in the catalog: the EQA 250.

Unveiled in January, the EQA , the new compact SUV (4.46 m long) 100% electric from Mercedes , arrives today on the French market. The German manufacturer has indeed just opened its order book.

The EQA 250 to start

As announced, the model begins its commercial career with a single entry-level version called EQA 250. It is equipped with an electric motor (placed at the front) of 190 hp and 375 Nm of torque. Enough to bring down the 0 to 100 km / h in 8.9 s and display a maximum speed of 160 km / h.

It also has a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 66 kW which allows it to display a range of 424 km (WLTP cycle). The charging time is promised in 5:45 with a wall box or a public charging station. Allow 30 minutes at a fast terminal (DC).

A special launch series and two “classic” finishes

For individuals, three finishes are on the program: the special launch series “Limited Edition” and the classic levels “Progressive Line” and “AMG Line”.

The special edition is currently the entry level. It has 18-inch alloy wheels as standard, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a multifunction sports leather steering wheel, a reversing camera or even an electric tailgate. Not to mention the voice-activated MBUX infotainment system, GPS navigation, blind spot warning, active lane departure warning and active emergency braking.

Prices of Mercedes EQA start in France from € 44,900.

Other more powerful variants will arrive later. An all-wheel-drive version, equipped with two electric motors (one at the front, the other at the rear), can notably develop up to 272 hp. An EQA capable of traveling more than 500 kilometers is also announced.

All prices of the Mercedes EQA

Find out below the prices of the Mercedes EQA when it was launched on the French market.

 

Mercedes recalls 1.29 million cars

Mercedes recalls 1.29 million cars

In the United States, Mercedes-Benz has recalled as many as 1.29 million cars over an issue with the eCall emergency call system. European models could also be affected.

Mercedes-Benz USA has announced the recall of 1.29 million vehicles sold since 2016, for a software issue related to the eCall emergency call system: the exact location of the vehicle may not be communicated correctly in the event of a accident.

According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) , the American federal agency in charge of road safety, a large number of models from the German manufacturer’s range , marketed between 2016 and 2021, are concerned: Class A , B, C, E, G, S, CLA, GLA, GLB, GLC, GLE, GLS, SLC, GT, CLS, and SL.

Mercedes-Benz: a software update planned

To correct this problem, Mercedes-Benz plans to carry out a software update of its vehicles, which will be applied by the Mercedes after-sales service, or directly in remote update (OTA) for compatible connected models, while specifying that it was not aware of any material or bodily incidents related to this problem:

“A temporary drop in power to the communication module caused by an accident can cause the vehicle to misplace the vehicle during a potential emergency call. The other functions of the the automatic or manual emergency call module remain fully operational. ”

The discovery of this failure dates back to October 2019 in Europe , when teams from the Mercedes-Benz eCall telephone platform reported that a vehicle’s automatic emergency call system had reported incorrect geolocation. After much research, it turned out that other models of the brand were also affected by this same problem.

If this large-scale recall concerns the United States for the moment, it is therefore not excluded that a similar campaign will also be applied in Europe.

 

New DS 4 (2021): the French compact against its German rivals!

New DS 4 (2021) the French compact against its German rivals

Recently unveiled, the DS 4 is completely renewed and becomes more refined, with the assertive target of the German compact sedans: the Audi A3 Sportback, Mercedes Class A and BMW 1 Series.

The competitors of the new DS 4 are designated, and it is on the other side of the Rhine that we find them. The Audi A3 Sportback, the Mercedes Class A and the BMW 1 Series are formidable bestsellers that the new French premium compact will have on its road.

New DS 4 (2021): the style

The new DS 4 relies heavily on its design to appeal to customers. With its athletic shapes, sharp lines, and large wheels (up to 20 inches), it asserts its dynamic and technological look. . If this component is rather subjective, the DS 4 undoubtedly has the merit of offering a more assertive style than its competitors.

Indeed, the Mercedes Class A offers rather consensual and serious lines, while the BMW 1 Series opts for a more cubic template, with false airs of a compact MPV. But it would be more on the side of Audi that it will be necessary to seek its fiercest opponent: the new A3 indeed offers athletic lines, with a more assertive grille and a technological look.

New DS 4 (2021): life on board

On board, the DS 4 offers a chic, refined and technological interior . The Mercedes Class A puts it on the “wow effect” with chrome and a large double slab that extends from the steering wheel to the middle of the dashboard. As for the Audi A3 and the BMW 1 Series, the atmosphere is more serious but austere, a classic among German manufacturers.

With a length of 4.40 meters, the new DS 4 optimizes the space on board for its passengers, front and rear. Above all, it offers the most generous trunk volume , with 430 liters , while the Mercedes Class A timidly displays only 335 liters. The BMW 1 Series and Audi A3 have a similar capacity: 380 liters.

New DS 4 (2021): the engines

Under the hood, we find the usual engines of the EMP2 platform already released on the various models of the Stellantis group: in gasoline, a 3-cylinder 1.2-liter 130 hp, and 4-cylinder 1.6 liter 180 and 225 hp , while in diesel it is the 1.5-liter BlueHDi with 130 horsepower. The hybrid version offers a cumulative power of 225 horsepower and an electric range of 50 km.

Difficult for the new French to compete with its German rivals on the register of sportiness: indeed, the Mercedes Class A peaks at 421 horsepower with its AMG 45 S version, the BMW M135i displays 306 horsepower, while the Audi S3 offers 310 horses, soon to be completed by an even more powerful RS 3 … But for ordinary people, the DS 4 easily compares with its German rivals on mid-range and hybrid engines .

New DS 4 (2021): the technologies

The DS 4 updates its multimedia system with a completely revised new version, with a 10-inch touchscreen and advanced voice control, all complemented by an astonishing new touchscreen called DS Smart Touch, integrated into the central console. Only practice during a next test will be able to tell us if the ergonomics and fluidity of the whole are there, especially in the face of Mercedes’ MBUX system for example.

But the new DS 4 also brings some new features that cannot be found in its rivals across the Rhine, such as the new generation 21-inch head-up display , which uses augmented reality to project onto the windshield information directly on the road. As on the DS 7 Crossback, the night vision camera is also present, as well as the camera allowing to scan all the imperfections of the road to adapt its suspensions in real time.

DS 4, the new benchmark?

In the end, even if it appears slightly behind engine side, the new DS 4 imposes on its competitors in terms of design, interior quality, roominess and technologies. While waiting to know what it is worth driving in hand, it thus appears as a more than credible alternative to the German premium in the compact sedan segment. Especially if its price, still unknown to date, is also very competitive ….