It is strange how small changes in exterior can have a big impact on the car’s appearance. The updated Mercedes-Benz GLK looks all-new, although basically only things that have changed are the lights. Both the headlights and rear lights have been restyled. Beneath the new headlamps are the LED daytime driving lights, which are standard in the GLK. At the rear, GLK has new rear lights and a new underguard, which is optionally available in chrome. The chrome-plated tailpipes integrated to the rear apron are a standard feature. In addition, the roof rails have a new design and there are also new wheel designs in sizes 17, 18 and 19 inches available for the updated GLK.
The road version of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL was unveiled in February 1954 at the International Motor Sports Show in New York. Series production began in Sindelfingen in August 1954 and the price was fixed at 29,000 Marks – a quite enormous sum at the time, especially when you compared the new model alongside the Mercedes-Benz 170 Vb – on sale at 7,900 Marks.
The Mercedes-Benz SL is now in its sixth generation. This latest SL roadster has a new design, but much has stayed the same. The new SL has kept its traditional proportions with a set back passenger compartment, long bonnet and muscular rear end. The radiator grille and the headlights have have a bit of similar design as in the smaller SLK, while the rear lights look very similar to those in the previous model. Compared to the predecessor, the new SL is 50mm longer and 57mm wider. However, due to the consistent weight reduction, the new SL is considerably lighter.
When it comes to the fuel economy, the star of the show is the new ML 250 BlueTec. Mercedes-Benz’s 2.2-litre turbodiesel has been seen in many Mercedes model series and now it has found its way to the new ML. The four-cylinder diesel sure is economical. The combined fuel consumption of the ML 250 BlueTec is just 6,0 l/100km. The CO2 emissions are only 158 g/km. These are pretty remarkably numbers for a big SUV with a four-wheel drive. On the test drive, the average fuel consumption was little over seven litres per hundred kilometres.
Although there still is the same 63-badging in the tailgate, this new CLS AMG has a completely new engine. The new powerhouse has eight-cylinders like its predecessor, but otherwise the engine is completely new. Engine’s displacement is just 5.5-litres, or 5461 cubic centimetres to be exact. That is 747cc less than the previous, 6208cc engine. The other major difference is that while the previous 6.2-litre V8 was naturally aspirated, this new V8 is turbocharged. The two exhaust gas turbochargers are located next to the cylinder banks to supply the eight cylinders with fresh air. Under full load, when running at maximum speed of 185 000rpm, the two turbochargers force 1750 kg of air into the combustion chambers per hour.
Finally the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe has the looks that it deserves. The previous C-Class coupes, the Sportcoupe and the CLC just looked a bit funny to my eye. With the shortened rear end they looked more like a C-Class hatchback than a real coupe. Luckily, things are very much different with this new Coupe. The designers have finally found the right portions for the car and created a coupe that clearly looks better than the sedan. The old names have also been dumped and the new car is called simply C-Class Coupe.