Stuttgart/Geneva. 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 in Hall 6 is 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+ (fuel consumption combined: 9.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 212 g/km)1 and the AMG GT R Roadster (fuel consumption combined: 12.5 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 284 g/km)2. Plus, the new V-Class will be 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. 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,” says Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, speaking at the press conference.
Intelligent sports car with load space
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. The Shooting Brake reinterprets the design language of sensual purity and transforms the interior into a beautifully designed user interface for intelligent, digital technology. 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 (fuel consumption combined: 6.5-6.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 149-143 g/km)2. By market launch in September, there will be a wide range of diesel and petrol engines on offer with manual or dual-clutch transmissions, front-wheel drive or 4MATIC all-wheel drive. Like its predecessor, the new CLA Shooting Brake will be built in the Kecskemét factory (Hungary) and will come to market in September 2019.
“This is what an entry-level Mercedes looks like these days. It’s a work of art on wheels with plenty of load space,” says Dieter Zetsche.
The Concept EQV – close-to-production insight into the all-electric people mover
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 close-to-production concept pairs local zero-emissions mobility with impressive performance, maximum functionality and aesthetic design. 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.
“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. These characteristics are very much part of the all-electric Concept EQV,” says Dieter Zetsche.
Mercedes-Benz V-Class people mover with new engine and new look
Following its world premiere in January, the new V-Class celebrates its first presentation to the public at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. The main attractions are the introduction of the OM 654 four-cylinder diesel in a number of power variants – the V 300 d with a new top output of 176 kW (239 hp) (fuel consumption combined: 6.3-5.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 165-154 g/km)1 – the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission, available for the first time in the V-Class, as well as the very latest safety and assistance systems, including Active Brake Assist.
The Stuttgart 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.
Four special editions
Also on show in Geneva until 17 March are four special models from Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG which are also presented for the first time: the SLC 300 (fuel consumption combined: 7.0 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 161 g/km)1 and the AMG S 65 (fuel consumption combined: 14.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 325 g/km)1, each as Final Edition, as well as the SL 500 Grand Edition (fuel consumption combined: 9.8 l/100 km; CO2emissions combined: 223 g/km)1 and the CLA 200 Edition 1 Orange Art (fuel consumption combined: 6.2-5.9 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined: 142-134 g/km)1.
SUV trendsetter now even more versatile
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.
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.
AMG version of the GLE is sportier and more agile
Mercedes-AMG is launching its performance line-up for the new-generation GLE with the GLE 53 4MATIC+ (fuel consumption combined: 9.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 212 g/km)1. 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.
Thanks to the dedicated AMG grille with 15 vertical bars, its membership of the AMG model range is immediately apparent. A multitude of options, such as the switchable performance exhaust system or the AMG steering-wheel buttons, make the driving experience even more emotional.
The Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ offers not only more performance than its predecessor, but also a noticeably more agile and precise driving experience both on- and off-road, thanks not least to its AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive. At its heart is the electrified 3.0-litre twin-charged engine featuring a turbocharger and an electric compressor. The inline six-cylinder produces 320 kW (435 hp) and a maximum torque of 520 Nm. Its EQ Boost starter/generator delivers an additional 16 kW of power for short periods as well as 250 Nm of torque. It also feeds power into the 48-volt vehicle electrical system.
Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster – the most exciting way to drive with the top down
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 boulevards and coast roads 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 forward-looking show car premieres
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 makes urban life more convenient for its customers and eases entry into electric mobility. Plus, the new user interface also makes it all even simpler to operate.
1 The stated figures were determined in accordance with the prescribed measuring method. These are the “NEDC CO2 figures” according to Art. 2 No. 1 Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1153. The fuel consumption figures were calculated based on these figures.
2 The stated fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures are provisional, were determined by the technical service for the certification process in accordance with the WLTP test procedure and correlated as NEDC figures. No EC type approval or certificate of conformity with official figures is yet available. There may be differences between the stated figures and the official figures.