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Mercedes-Benz C 350 4MATIC AT Special Series

by John Clark | 02 August

In the mid-1980s, the time was right to four-wheel drive in other passenger cars; to meet the for saloon cars, however, it be necessary to redesign the system. At the International Motor Show in Frankfurt am Main, the engineers their new four-wheel-drive concept to the public under the name This used the latest including electronics, to provide traction in any driving situation.

It was the braking system (ABS) had laid the foundations for this in 1978. It formed the basis for skid control (ASR), not only controlled the linear acting between the tyres and the surface during braking, but during acceleration, and therefore on both the brakes and the engine It was followed by the automatic differential (ASD, 1985) and – in the same – the innovative 4MATIC four-wheel-drive

The common feature of these was that they registered and wheel slip with the of the latest microelectronics and hydraulics, in to improve the linear dynamics of an Other systems that use of the ABS signals were Brake (BAS, 1996), the revolutionary Stability Program (ESP, 1995) and the braking system Sensotronic Control (SBC, 2001).

was permanently active and distributed the torque between the front and axles during normal on a high-grip surface. The ratio be set according to the vehicle configuration, to 40:60 or 48:52 per cent to rear axle). This the dynamic advantages of rear-wheel-drive giving the driver additional reserves.

4MATIC was premiered in the in 1987. The Electronic Traction 4ETS, which performed the of differential locks and ensured better progress on poor surfaces, was added from the E-Class onward, starting in 4ETS was integrated into the Stability Program ESP, control functions were adapted for four-wheel drive. If one or wheels lost traction on a surface, 4ETS individually and applied brief braking to the spinning wheels while torque to the wheels with traction. This automatic intervention was able to simulate the of up to three differential locks.

showed its strengths particularly in weather conditions such as wet ice or snow, by ensuring exemplary stability and perfect traction. moving off, accelerating, at speed or driving on difficult the system provided additional of traction. In this way the permanent system supported the already handling characteristics of Mercedes-Benz cars, also ensuring Mercedes safety and surefootedness confronted with unusual requirements. Although the additional carried a small weight and led to slightly higher fuel it proved extremely popular – in the mountainous regions of Europe and North America.

The new system was introduced in 1987, initially in the petrol and diesel models of the These were transition when petrol-engined cars gradually being optionally with catalytic converters. The were the first models to 4MATIC:

260 E 4MATIC ( /170 hp without and 118 kW with catalytic converter)

4MATIC and 300 TE 4MATIC ( /188 hp without and 132 kW with catalytic converter)

4MATIC ( 80 kW /109 hp)

TURBO 4MATIC and 300 TD 4MATIC ( 105 kW /143 hp)

range remained unchanged the model upgrade of 1989, engine outputs were increased – and all models with a engine were now only with a catalytic converter. In the smaller 4MATIC models discontinued, leaving saloon and variants of the three-litre petrol and models in the range. From the 4MATIC was available only in with automatic transmission and 1989 also only two-valve petrol engines.

The inclusion of 4MATIC was already into account in the basic of the new 210-series E-Class, which was in 1995, but while the name of the remained unchanged, the technology had considerably. The new 4MATIC consisted of a four-wheel-drive system with a transfer case providing a distribution of 40:60 (front: It was supported by the Electronic Traction 4ETS, which could be for instance to allow more slip on snow, especially snow chains. These models were produced by the in Graz. The new 4MATIC system was introduced in February 1997, in the ( 150 kW /204 hp), followed by the ( 165 kW /224 hp) in June, an estate model also in both cases.

In June Mercedes-Benz presented the extensively 210 series, which introduced the 4MATIC ( 205 kW /270 hp) a little later in November the more powerful E 55 AMG 4MATIC ( /354 hp), both of which available as saloon and estate The performance of the AMG-Mercedes was equal to of a sports car: the saloon from zero to 100 km/h in 5.8 seconds, for example, and was therefore slightly slower than the model. Both V8 models 4MATIC had shorter gear than the models with drive.

The USA was the largest market for cars. In the high-volume year Mercedes-Benz delivered around cent of its four-wheel-drive E-Class and estates (210 series) to the USA. The market is Germany, accounting for per cent of E-Class 4MATIC With six and seven per cent Switzerland and Canada were important markets.

In January 2003, Mercedes-Benz the new 211-series

E-Class at the North International Auto Show in From the autumn of 2003, the also became available 4MATIC four-wheel-drive system in the E 240 ( 130 kW /177 hp), ( 165 kW /224 hp), and E 500 ( /306 hp), both as saloon and variants. To achieve better clearance, the body of the 4MATIC in the new E-Class was raised by ten millimetres. A distinguishing feature compared the rear-wheel-drive versions was the exclusive of the five-speed automatic transmission. the E 320 upwards, the axle were also shorter in the rear-wheel-drive versions.

The diesel E 280 CDI ( 140 kW /190 hp) and ( 165 kW /224 hp) with followed in July 2005. The 4MATIC diesel engines also available with automatic transmission and longer ratios than the two-wheel-drive Combining 4MATIC permanent drive with the up-to-date CDI V6 enabled new standards to be achieved in of safety, traction, torque, and economy.

The major facelift in made all the six-cylinder models in the 211 optionally available with i.e. the E 280 ( 170 kW and E 350 ( 200 kW /272 hp), as as the diesel models E 280 CDI ( /190 hp) and E 320 CDI ( 165 kW There was also the eight-cylinder E 500 4MATIC ( 285 kW /388 hp). All of were equipped with a automatic transmission as standard.

in the luxury segment: the S-Class

For model year 2003 embarked on a four-wheel-drive initiative for its cars, making a total of available with 4MATIC in model series. This was in to market demand, for especially in the segment, 10 per cent of new vehicle worldwide opted for a saloon four-wheel-drive technology in 2002; in the proportion of such vehicles in market segment had been 7 per

As part of this four-wheel-drive the S-Class (W 220 series) available with 4MATIC for the models during the second of its production cycle: S 350 ( /245 hp), S 430 ( 205 kW and S 500 ( 225 kW /306 hp). also applied to the long-wheelbase

The last W 220-series S-Class to the production line in Sindelfingen in 2005 was also equipped 4MATIC. This cubanite S 430 4MATIC was destined for a in North America.

The successor the S-Class of the W 221 series, its debut in September 2005. One later it became available four-wheel drive, the venue for the being the Paris Motor in September 2006. How times one of the cars on display was the S 320 CDI ( 173 kW /235 hp), the first S-Class with four-wheel 4MATIC versions of the S 350 ( /272 hp), S 450 ( 250 kW and S 500 ( 285 kW /388 hp) also available, both a short or long wheelbase.

March 2008, Mercedes-Benz also offered the CL-Class luxury coupé with drive in the CL 500 4MATIC At its heart was the 7G-TRONIC 7-speed transmission, which the engineers had specially for all-wheel-drive models and incorporated a transfer case central differential lock. here, the drive torque is between the front and rear at a ratio of 45:55. Another new was the twin-plate clutch at the central This produced a basic effect of around 50 newton between the front and rear which permitted even traction and handling stability on surfaces. At the same time, the system was exceptionally efficient: the consumed no more fuel the corresponding rear-wheel-drive model.

Eye to eye the other saloons: the C-Class 4MATIC

The 203-series C-Class became available with as part of the four-wheel-drive initiative in The 4MATIC range now included the models C 240 ( 125 kW and C 320 ( 160 kW /218 hp), in saloon and estate form. were equipped with a designed front suspension McPherson struts instead of the system, and the steering gear was further back. Both featured a five-speed automatic as standard.

These two models produced at the plant in Bremen, the four-wheel-drive variants already their own way at the body shell as the drive system required a body structure, which for affected the front side and the integral supports for the engine, and front axle.

Shortly the market launch of the C-Class the 204 series in spring 2007, drive was available from summer in the six-cylinder C 280, and C 320 CDI models, and from the in the C 320 CDI 4MATIC estate. The system had been thoroughly now the latest-generation all-wheel-drive technology was not more efficient, it also less and was more compact the previous 4MATIC. These paid dividends in terms of fuel consumption and even traction. The all-wheel-drive C-Class were also equipped the modified 7G-TRONIC 7-speed transmission as standard.

Sport Utility Vehicle Mercedes-Benz: the M-Class

In 1997, entered a young market the launch of the M-Class (W 163 This Sport Utility (SUV) was just as suitable for trips as for recreational activities of all in short the whole gamut of needs for active people. the M-Class was equipped with four-wheel drive from the As another first it was built in the USA, with appropriate from the specialist departments in The company built a dedicated in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and development, and production came under the of the newly-formed Mercedes-Benz U. S. International

The project development manager Fritz and his team had the rare to create a completely new car straight the drawing board, and in 1997 the details of the M-Class were made known to the public. The was a frame composed of closed on which the body was mounted. The members were offset and to three cross-members, ensuring strength and torsional rigidity. the design also incorporated the findings from safety deformation elements in the front and cross-members absorbed low-speed energy and prevented it from on the side members. With suspension all-round, this ensured enormous stability with outstanding ride

In the case of the M-Class, belonging to the of SUVs mainly driven on roads and seldom used on or difficult terrain did not mean off-road capabilities were The drive train was designed for four-wheel drive from the A transfer case with an centre differential distributed the to the front and rear axles on a basis. As in the other 4MATIC from Mercedes-Benz, differential were replaced by 4ETS in the An anti-lock braking system was equipment; this was specially for off-road use and prevented the wheels locking at speeds of 8 km/h and whatever the nature of the ground. the low-range gearbox was activated by 2.64), a special programme for up to 30 km/h shortened braking on loose surfaces.

The M-Class was launched in May 1997 – in Tuscaloosa of It received an enthusiastic welcome, and at the plant was hardly able to up with demand. This was no due to the intelligent concept, an appealing and the high level of safety for the company was known. The M-Class the comfort and handling safety of a car with the robustness and all-terrain of an off-roader.

The USA and Canada were the markets to benefit from the

in the form of the ML 320 ( 160 kW In March 1998, the first were delivered to Europe, the ML 230 ( 110 kW /150 hp) was introduced. In 1998, these followed by the ML 430 with an petrol engine ( 199 kW once again initially for America. In October 1998, the distribution to the front and rear was changed to 48:52 to improve agility on asphalt roads.

The M-Class left the production in February 1999. In May, the in Graz was taken into as the second production location – for the ML 270 CDI, which was extremely for the European market – joining the and the E-Class 4MATIC, which also produced there. European variants of the M-Class also produced, however. To Jürgen Hubbert, the member of the Board of Management responsible for the Passenger Car Division at the time: already increased our production of our American plant in Tuscaloosa by cent, we are now starting to produce the in Graz to meet the extraordinary for this successful model in and to reduce waiting times.’

The figures confirmed the success of the around 140,000 units had produced by August 1999. For year 2000 the interior was upgraded, as the company had come in for harsh criticism concerning the impression of quality, and the safety were improved even

Two new models were added to the plugging a gap in the European line-up the ML 270 CDI ( 129 kW /163 hp). model was equipped with a CDI diesel engine, and excelled in its with outstanding fuel It quickly became a great in the ‘Old World’.

The ML 55 AMG ( /347 hp), on the other hand, was to the taste of North American with plenty of power, handling, and an extensive range of appointments. In addition to AMG body the distinguishing features of this model included two ‘power familiar from the Mercedes-Benz SLK on the and two chrome exhaust tailpipes to its special status at the rear. An tank increased the fuel by 25 litres. At first the ML 55 AMG was produced with left-hand right-hand drive versions becoming available from year 2002. Owing to a suspension setup, the ground was smaller than in other models, and the angle of approach was reduced – but this was of secondary in a vehicle primarily designed for ride comfort on asphalt And many a customer already had a in the garage for more demanding anyway.

From autumn 2000 the of exclusive designo interior also became available for the This enabled customers to a highly individualized interior striking colour combinations for off-roader.

At the same time the was equipped with a further of the four-wheel-drive system for even off-road capabilities. 4ETS was with new functions that particular advantages on steep and downhill gradients, and an actively brake servo unit was which built up pressure rapidly. This enabled the to brake spinning wheels at an earlier stage than 4ETS metered these impulses according to the vehicle wheel acceleration, and accelerator

When the low-range ratio was by pressing the Low Range key in the M-Class, any 4ETS braking intervention now remained constant at speeds 20 km/h to provide even traction than before. The 4ETS also offered benefit when moving off on gradients: in low-range mode the continued to operate when the depressed both the brake and pedals, preventing the M-Class rolling backwards when off slowly. Previously 4ETS had not active in these situations.

The traction system also handling safety on slippery gradients and steep off-road The onboard electronics automatically these situations and intervened if a lost ground contact, meant that the engine could not be put to full use. In case, 4ETS braked the with good ground thereby carrying out the function of an brake. The brake force by the traction system precisely to the braking torque normally by the engine on the overrun. This brake pressure ensures the M-Class travels downhill at a speed – without any additional intervention.

In April 2002, the M-Class left the production in Tuscaloosa – a remarkable figure the production period of just years. A sophisticated package of face-lifting measures was introduced for year 2002, providing more safety (e.g window dynamism and driving pleasure. The interior, technology and standard of the off-roader were all significantly The bumpers were redesigned, the were given clear and indicators now appeared in the exterior The redesigned centre console in the featured exotic wood as standard in all model variants, and the air system was thoroughly revised.

Two engine variants were added. The 184 kW (250 hp) engine of the ML 400 CDI was among the most powerful diesel units. It accelerated the off-roader zero to 100 km/h in just allowed a maximum speed of and was happy with only of fuel per 100 kilometres (NEDC). more performance was offered by the new ( 215 kW /292 hp), which the ML 430. Its V8-engine generated a of 440 newton metres from and accelerated the M-Class from to 100 km/h in just 7.7 seconds. The top of the ML 500 was 221 km/h.

Following an tradition, in 2002 the Vatican delivery of a ‘Popemobile’ from with its glass ‘bubble’, time a modified ML 430. its G-Class predecessors the papal featured mother-of-pearl paintwork and a interior.

In August 2002, the was succeeded by the ML 350, whose was the enlarged 3.2-litre unit now 173 kW (235 hp). Production of the series was discontinued in December after total sales of 650,000 units.

In 2005, the success out by the 163-series M-Class was continued by the 164 series, which was first at the North American International Show in Detroit in January. 2001 DaimlerChrysler had already a total of 600 million US Dollars in the Tuscaloosa plant, doubling its capacity from 80,000 to per year. This capacity not only benefited the M-Class, but the R-Class launched in the same

With this completely new off-roader development, a new chapter was written in the success story of model series, which was of importance for the US market. The new M-Class was with the very latest for example three powerful new the 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic as standard, the further improved four-wheel-drive system, AIRMATIC air and (optionally) the anticipatory occupant system PRE-SAFE ®. Its design was sporty, with an angled prominent wings and shoulder-lines towards the rear. All this was by the proportions of the body: compared to the model, the new M-Class was 150 millimetres (now 4780), 71 millimetres (now 1911) and five lower (now 1815 mm roof rails). The wheelbase was by 95 millimetres to 2915 millimetres.

The V6 engine OM 642 with two ratings celebrated its debut in vehicle class. It featured common-rail direct injection and the piezo-injection. The ML 320 CDI generated (224 hp). Six-cylinder smoothness and were also offered by the with 140 kW (190 hp). The consumption of the diesel models was litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC consumption), which made the new one of the most economical off-roaders in its Another new unit in the M-Class was the V6 petrol engine of the ML 350 200 kW (272 hp). The engine was headed by the M 113-series eight-cylinder in the ML 500, which now had an output of (306 hp).

Mercedes-Benz also improved the four-wheel-drive and 4ETS traction adding additional functions as Downhill Speed Regulation, assist and off-road ABS. was now a choice of two four-wheel-drive variants which off-road drivers meet their different in addition to the basic version, a new Pro engineering package became which enabled the M-Class to even the most difficult This included a two-stage case with low-range manually or automatically selectable locks (100 per cent) the front and rear axles, as as at the rear axle, and AIRMATIC air modified for off-road driving, increased ground clearance by 110 to and fording depth up to 600 millimetres.

The support systems from the luxury class assisted the increasing comfort and safety. On the M-Class could be equipped the newly developed multi-zone automatic climate control the parking aid PARKTRONIC, and the control and system COMAND APS with DVD navigation. Bi-xenon headlamps the active light and cornering functions (optional) improved safety in the dark.

The M-Class with ESP ® trailer stabilization to dangerous oscillations when a trailer – movements around the vertical axis. Depending on conditions, these could to a critical level above it was impossible to stabilize the combination, a skid and the potential for a serious inevitable. ESP ® trailer stabilization these oscillations early on, and them out in two stages: in many they could be prevented with gentle intervention at the axle if detected early The system only adjusted the speed if additional braking to the combination was unavoidable – increasing for the driver and passengers. The fundamental characteristics of ESP ® continued to have priority, and its braking intervention was able to override that of the stabilization system.

In August the new ML 63 AMG flagship model its debut. It was powered by the 6.3-litre AMG V8 (M 156 series) developing (510 hp). This off-roader excelled with performance on a par with many sports only 5.0 seconds were for the sprint from zero to while the maximum speed was limited to 250 km/h.

A minor was celebrated in July 2007: ten of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class. To mark the the brand brought out the ‘Edition 10” model, specifications for which 20-inch wheels, bi-xenon darkened headlamp housings, bodywork highlights in titanium-look as as dark-tinted tail lights. features included, for example, all-leather appointments, sports and stainless steel sports The second-generation M-Class proved to be successful: from its market in April 2005 until 2007 around 250,000 were supplied to customers all the world.

One new product from at the IAA Frankfurt International Motor in 2007 was the ML 450 Hybrid. With launch scheduled for 2009, vehicle was hailed as the most petrol hybrid in the SUV class Its two-mode hybrid system for purely electric driving, but required it could also the internal combustion engine ( /279 hp) – giving a combined output of 250 kW (340 hp), fuel consumption of just per 100 kilometres. Carbon dioxide were an exemplary 185 grams per

A comprehensive model refinement in March 2008 brought several new features. In optical for example, the off-roaders face was now by a restyled bumper, recontoured and a larger, even more radiator grille. The rear also revealed a redesigned with integrated reflector and tail lights with a look. The ML 63 AMG was also new front and rear aprons. equipment was also substantially This now included the PRE-SAFE ® anticipatory occupant protection and NECK-PRO active head as well as a new telematics systems by Mercedes-Benz with further user-friendliness, high computing and many new functions, including a hands-free system and aux-in for linking up external music

The new generation M-Class features a of five drive units an output ranging from 140 kW to 285 kW hp to 388 hp). Careful detail has made it possible to reduce its by up to 0.4 litres per 100 km. Since 2009, the has also been available the BlueTEC system. Model ML 350 4MATIC which – in Europe – it was to order from May 2009 and since autumn 2009 to the cleanest premium-class SUVs in the

In 2009, the M-Class also a production jubilee, as the millionth rolled off the assembly line at the plant. The ML 350 BlueTEC Diesel was to a West Coast distributor.

In Mercedes-Benz presented its top model of the which had been gone thoroughly, the ML 63 AMG. The front reveals a new bonnet with and darkened bi-xenon headlamps. At the the ML 63 AMG features darkened lamps in glass with LED technology.

The era of series 164 ends in summer with the presentation of the entirely series 166 M-Class

A new space on wheels: the Mercedes-Benz R-Class

New York in March 2005, Mercedes-Benz staged the world of the R-Class at the International Auto With its vehicle concept, combined the advantages of familiar categories such as a sporty estate, van, and Sport Vehicle (SUV) into a distinctive character. Dimensions, and dynamism were its outstanding The R-Class was first launched in the in autumn 2005, and became in Europe as of 2006.

The R-Class was in two versions, with external of 4922 and 5127 millimetres. This the new Mercedes-Benz model the dimensions of a class saloon, but with a more spacious interior.

equipment included the 4MATIC drive developed by Mercedes, and the of models in this high-traction was correspondingly wide. It comprised the ( 140 kW /190 hp, only short wheelbase), the R 320 CDI ( /224 hp), the R 350 ( 200 kW the R 500 ( 225 kW /306 hp), and the R 63 AMG ( 375 kW /510 hp).

The of the 4+2 seater met the needs of modern for a versatile automobile that a family and meets business, and travel requirements equally The new R-Class not only offered spaciousness, exemplary safety, and comfort for up to six occupants, but also by virtue of its visual design, presence, and dynamic driving

The R-Class was upgraded in summer Along with the familiar of up to six individual seats, the range was by a five-seater and a seven-seater version. the outside, the R-Class for the new model was identified by a restyled front and circular fog lamps, and 18-inch rims for all V6 versions. The top-of-the-range sported 19-inch wheels. were also new entry-level – the R 280 CDI, R 280, and R 350 rear-wheel drive. New features also be found in the interior, for example an aux-in connection for up external music devices.

automobile with traction and reserves: the Viano

Reaching destination safely and confidently under adverse conditions was possible by the Viano 4MATIC four-wheel drive, which its world debut at the International Show (IAA) in Frankfurt am in September 2005. Whether for journeys or recreation, the Viano could carry up to eight in safety under difficult and weather conditions.

Under driving conditions on a good surface, the 4MATIC system of the distributed the torque to the front and axles with a 35:65 per ratio. This meant the dynamic advantages of rear-wheel are not only retained in the Viano 4MATIC, but enhanced. The transfer case was flanged to the main transmission. The made the drive system to the axle very compact and it a lifetime oil filling. The axle and additional front axle shafts were maintenance-free.

of differential locks the Viano 4MATIC was with the Electronic Traction 4ETS, which had already highly successful in other models. 4ETS was integrated the Electronic Stability Program ESP ®. was standard for all Viano models, and control functions had been adapted to the four-wheel-drive system.

The was available in two engine variants, a ( 80 kW /109 hp) and a CDI 2.2 ( /150 hp) with five-speed transmission, whose powerful and corresponding performance ensured progress even on difficult The Viano 4MATIC was equipped with a particulate filter and complied the Euro 4/III exhaust emission

The performance and fuel consumption of the 4MATIC differed only from those of the Viano rear-wheel drive. The Viano 2.2 CDI to 100 km/h in 14.7 seconds and reached a top of 177 km/h, for example. Considering performance, traction, and vehicle fuel consumption of just per 100 kilometres (NEDC) was extremely

While the Viano 4MATIC did not claim to be a off-road vehicle, it was by no means to tackle moderate off-road In the variant with a short and a short overhang, the ramp was 19 degrees, the angle of approach and the angle of departure 28 degrees, ground clearance was around at the front and 210 millimetres at the rear. The was also a surprisingly good depending on the engine and variant, its ability was improved by up to 20 per As the weight penalty of the four-wheel-drive was only 80 kilograms, the Viano 4MATIC retained its gross vehicle of 2.77 and 2.94 tonnes. It was available in two and three lengths, and also as the MARCO POLO camper van.

A off-roader: the GL-Class

The GL-Class its world debut at the North International Auto Show in in January 2006, and its European at the Geneva Motor Show in As the first full-size SUV (Sport Vehicle) from Mercedes-Benz, it was the of the show. As a unique feature in the GL this powerful and comfortable had a self-supporting body, an extremely and spacious yet lightweight construction gave the GL-Class competitive in terms of ride comfort, and safety.

Standard specification 4MATIC permanent four-wheel Together with the standard air suspension, precise speed-dependent and likewise standard Adaptive System ADS, this that the majestic GL exhibited handling.

A range of state-of-the-art engines that all GL-Class models a high level of ride and powerful performance, accompanied by fuel consumption for this class. In addition to the 165 kW V6 engine (OM 642) in the GL 320 CDI, the units included an improved of the muscular V8 diesel engine in the GL 420 CDI, which developed an of 225 kW (306 hp) and a maximum of 700 newton metres. Both fell within the limits of the 4 exhaust emission standard and equipped with a maintenance-free particulate filter.

The GL-Class was available with a choice of two V8 petrol engines, including the power unit M 273 introduced for the new S-Class, which developed 285 kW (388 hp) in the The second and youngest member of

up-to-date V8 family was premiered in the GL: its bigger brother, the 250 kW 4.6-litre engine in the GL 450 met the Euro 4 standard, as well as the standard in the USA. All engine of the GL were equipped with the

seven-speed automatic transmission as Partly by virtue of its wide of ratios, 7G-TRONIC combined the lightweight construction and good for a vehicle of these dimensions (cd = in contributing to a low fuel consumption.

and all-wheel drive

Three vehicles achieved the distinction not of becoming the world’s first SUVs to comply with the stringent American Bin 5 emission but also to have the potential to the strict Euro 6 emission thereby fulfilling all currently emissions legislation. These were the R 320 BlueTEC, ML 320 BlueTEC, and They made their in June 2008, initially on the market. Their BlueTEC originally conceived for heavier weights, involved the injection of ®. a harmless, dilute solution of into the exhaust flow. released ammonia, which in reduced up to 80 per cent of the oxides into harmless and water in the SCR catalytic converter downstream.

Compact model genuine character: the GLK-Class

The celebrated its world premiere at China in April 2008. a body that was as practical as it was succinct, the distinctive all-rounder was set to the market segment of compact new direction. It also harmonised were previously seen as contradictory attributes, supreme dynamics, and outstanding driving going hand in hand exceptional ride comfort of the AGILITY CONTROL suspension. the variable 4MATIC all-wheel-drive joined forces with the electronic control systems to consummate on-road performance and off-road proficiency. ‘The GLK off our tremendously successful SUV family and in the transfers such characteristic qualities as refinement, dynamism, and to a compact format. This has now raised the bar in this market said Dr. Dieter Zetsche, of the Board of Management of Daimler AG.

engine variants were at the market launch. These the diesel variants GLK 220 CDI ( 125 kW /170 hp) and GLK 320 CDI ( /224 hp) as well as the V6 petrol-engined GLK 280 ( 170 kW /231 hp) and ( 200 kW /272 hp). All variants equipped as standard with 7-speed automatic transmission.

In 2010, Mercedes-Benz made a campaign centred on the topic of this included television outside publicity and advertisements in the media. The core message of the was: ‘It is cold, it is wet. It matter. What makes dangerous? The way to the car.’

It is a good to point out the strong points of with self-assurance, since in the Mercedes-Benz now offers ten model with all-wheel drive: the recent addition to the group is the The four-door coupé offers drive in models CLS 350 CDI 4MATIC and CLS 500 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY. The system with its power of 45 to 55 per cent to front and rear respectively and the multi-plate differential with a basic blocking of 50 Nm, offers the CLS 4MATIC optimum it enables high traction because more drive is transmitted and the multi-plate lock can modify the proportion front axle if road conditions this necessary. This it possible to delay as long as the intervention of electronic control such as ESP, 4ETS, and A great part of the drive is thus transferred to the vehicle even on slick roads.

In 2010, Mercedes-Benz offered a of 49 car models, in 10 model series. from the new 4MATIC of the CLS Class, the and estate versions of the E-Class, the GLK. Finally, the model in the line-up of the G-Class.

Mercedes-Benz C 350 4MATIC AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz C 350 4MATIC AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz C 350 4MATIC AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz C 350 4MATIC AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz C 350 4MATIC AT Special Series


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