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We’re saying it with style

March 13 - 19, 2019

Gulf Weekly We’re saying it with style

A STUNNING piece of design, the next step in the electrification strategy, five world premieres and one show premiere … at the Geneva International Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz is showcasing the full bandwidth of top-flight automotive technology.

The main eye-catcher has been the new CLA Shooting Brake. Beside it, the Concept EQV provides an insight into how Mercedes-Benz Vans sees the future of battery-powered people movers in the premium segment.

Other world premieres are the facelifted Mercedes-Benz GLC, the AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ and the AMG GT R Roadster. Plus, the new V-Class has been on display for the first time at a public show.

“The future of mobility is well underway at Mercedes-Benz. Our vehicles in Geneva represent a new era initiated by Mercedes-Benz,” said says Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the board of management of Daimler. “Electrification, connectivity and intelligent assistance systems play an important role in that. And, this future holds something great for each of us – from fun and sustainable mobility to sporty performance and online services, but mostly a combination of all of these.

“We also believe that the body is more than a shell to wrap the latest software and protect passengers. Style has always distinguished our cars – and it always will.”

With the world premiere of the CLA Shooting Brake, Mercedes-Benz is presenting a vehicle, which, like the CLA Coupé, is a true design artefact and, with its gently muscular rear end, comes with the added benefit of functionality and storage space.

It is equipped with the latest driver assistance systems with cooperative driver support and offers active safety, not only at the highest level in the segment but also with functionalities straight from the S-Class.

The digital environment of the CLA’s technophile customer base is integrated into the interior in a groundbreaking way in terms of both design and technology. The MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience – with intelligent interior assistants and further-developed voice control makes it easier and more natural to operate an increasing number of functions.

The top-of-the-line engine in the CLA Shooting Brake will be the powerful four-cylinder petrol engine in the CLA 250 (165 kW/225 hp, 350 Nm), which drives the front wheels via the 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission.

By market launch in September, there will be a wide range of petrol engines on offer with manual or dual-clutch transmissions, front-wheel drive or 4MATIC all-wheel drive.

“This is what an entry-level Mercedes looks like these days. It’s a work-of- art on wheels with plenty of load space,” added Dieter.

Another first on the world stage is the Concept EQV – the world’s first people mover in the premium segment with battery-electric drive. The technical highlights include a range of up to 400 kilometres and rapid charging for a range of up to 100 kilometres in just 15 minutes.

The vehicle also offers the highest levels of interior comfort and maximum functionality, through features such as its versatile seating configurations. By installing individual seats or banks of seats, the six-seat concept vehicle can be reconfigured to offer seven or even eight seats.

This means the Concept EQV can cover a wide range of uses. In private use, families or those who enjoy sporting activities benefit from the high degree of functionality and variability. In up-market people moving, the vehicle offers a compelling range of equipment and appointments as well as an extremely comfortable ride.

The study provides a clear insight into the near future. Mercedes-Benz will unveil a production vehicle based on the Concept EQV at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September.

“Families will also enjoy travelling without emissions – but they certainly want to keep all of the features they appreciate in a Mercedes, like comfort, functionality, design, safety and quality,” the company says.

Following its world premiere in January, the new V-Class celebrated its first presentation to the public at the show which runs until Sunday.

Its designers have made carefully targeted revisions to the V-Class – in keeping with the design language of the current Mercedes-Benz car models – and given the people-mover a whole new look. The new front end gives the V-Class a broader stance and an even stronger visual presence, aided by a restyled bumper with a distinctive air intake as well as a new diamond structure on the grille.

The Mercedes star is positioned centrally on the grille and flanked by two silver fins. The individualisation concept with the attractive AVANTGARDE and EXCLUSIVE lines has been retained, while the facelift gives the AMG line even greater visual impact. It sets a sporty accent with a new diamond grille and chrome pins.

On show in Geneva are four special models from

Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG which are also presented for the first time: the SLC 300 and the AMG S 65, each as a Final Edition, as well as the SL 500 Grand Edition and the CLA 200 Edition 1 Orange.

Also making its world premiere at the show is the facelifted Mercedes-Benz GLC. Like its predecessor, the SUV combines excellent handling on- and off-road with spaciousness, functionality and comfort.

With its broad stance and sporty appearance, the new operating concept including MBUX and gesture control, innovative driver assistance systems and a redeveloped engine range, the new GLC offers the very best of Mercedes-Benz, the marque says.

Its powerful off-road look is enhanced by muscular surfaces and distinctive details such as the chrome elements, which now run from front to rear as part of standard equipment, the redesigned headlamps and the powerfully contoured grille.

The interior offers a skilful combination of luxury and user-friendliness, with the familiar high level of craftsmanship and an infotainment system equipped with large multimedia touchscreen displays. Beyond this, the latest generation of the MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience – infotainment system demonstrates an impressive array of intuitive and multifaceted operating options such as the expanded voice control and the intelligent Interior Assistant, which recognises hand gestures by the driver and front-seat passenger.

Overall, the driver assistance systems have been significantly expanded and enhanced with features such as exit warning, emergency lane and tailback functions.

When it comes to market mid-2019, the GLC will have new petrol and diesel engines from the latest Mercedes-Benz engine range with more power and greater efficiency – further engine variants will follow later in the year, including an electrified variant in the form of a plug-in hybrid.

Mercedes-AMG is launching its performance line-up for the new-generation GLE with the GLE 53 4MATIC. The basis for the signature AMG performance comes from the 320 kW (435 hp) 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine, fully variable all-wheel drive, fast-shifting 9-speed automatic transmission, the AMG-specific drive programmes and the AMG ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL+ air suspension with electromechanical roll stabilisation.

The Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster pairs ultimate performance with the freedom of open-top driving – and is the crowning glory of the open sports car model line-up. It is as much at home on the racetrack as it is on the highways of the world.

With its powerful drive and expressive design, it appeals to a new, ‘lifestyle-oriented’ target group. The 430 kW/585 hp V8 biturbo engine, the adjustable coil-over suspension with active rear-wheel steer, the active aerodynamics and the intelligent lightweight design form the basis for exceptionally dynamic handling.

Like the other roadster models, the open AMG GT R is fitted with the three-layer automatic soft top with a lightweight framework made from aluminium, magnesium and steel.

The low front end and the forward-tilted, AMG grille create a distinctive ‘shark nose’ look and lower the car’s visual stance. This shaping also lowers the ram-air point on the vehicle, which improves the flow of cooling air and aerodynamic performance.

Two further world premieres in Geneva provide a glimpse of the future: The Formula E show car represents the entry of the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E team into the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in the 2019/2020 season.

The series provides the ideal platform for demonstrating the performance capabilities of the battery-electric vehicles from the EQ technology brand.

With the smart forease+, the smart brand is presenting not only a groundbreaking design show car, but is also confirming its position as a pioneer of comprehensive mobility offerings with the latest developments in its ‘ready to’ services.

With more than eight all-new digital services such as private carsharing and package delivery direct to the vehicle as well as significantly expanded functionality, smart aims to make urban life more convenient for its customers and ease entry into electric mobility. Plus, the new user interface also makes it all even simpler to operate.

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