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To celebrate the 60 years that have passed since Mercedes first introduced the S-Class to the market, AMG has helped develop the 2012 S-Class Grand Edition.
The S-Class Grand Edition package will be available on the S250 CDI, S350 BlueTEC and the S350 BlueEFFICIENCY models in Europe. Each model will retain its stock power, with 204-hp from the S250 CDI, 258-hp from the S350 BlueTEC and 306-hp from the S350 BlueEFFICIENCY.
The exterior of the Grand Edition features a new front spoiler with LED daytime running lights and a new lower air intake. Side skirts and a new rear bumper with a rear apron round off the aesthetic modifications. The Grand Edition will also come with 19-inch AMG wheels while braking will feature 8-piston calipers in the front and 6-piston calipers in the rear.
For the inside, the steering wheel features leather, while the pedals have been swapped out for stainless steel pieces. Wood styling inserts are also used throughout the interior.
GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz 2012 S-Class Grand Edition
Mercedes-Benz is now offering a Grand Edition variant to all GL-Class models, adding even more luxury and comfort to their grand SUV. Additions to the Grand Edition models including front end aesthetics, 20-inch wheels and tires, two-tone leather seats and wood trim with black ash accents throughout the interior.
Just so it’s not mistaken for a standard GL-Class, the Grand Edition GL will feature dark-tinted headlights, radiator grille with black high-gloss louvres, and most importantly, a redesigned front bumper with LED daytime running lights. The 20-inch wheels are wrapped with 275/50/20 tires and can be had in a Himalayas grey metallic finish or a high-sheen finish. Minor amenities and upgrades include unique metallic paint finishes, heat-insulating and infrared-reflecting laminated glass, aluminum-look running boards with rubber studs, and separated exhaust tailpipe trim.
For the inside, the seven-seater receives a two-tone leather (or Nappa leather) overhaul with black/porcelain or black/maroon as contrasting color options. The seats also feature a special piping and contrast stitching design. And exclusive to the Grand Edition are door panels, armrests and dash instrument panel featuring double-lapped felling while the steering wheel is accented in a wood/leather finish with black ash. Lastly, many of the interior pieces feature Grand Edition lettering stitching and badges.
The Grand Edition is available for the GL 350 CDI 4Matic, GL 350 BlueTEC 4Matic, GL 450 4Matic, and GL 500 4Matic. Pricing is set at $112,400 for the GL 350 CDI, $114,100 for the GL 350 BlueTEC, $128,750 for the GL 450 and $139,000 for the GL 500.
GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Grand Edition
Mercedes didn’t hold a press conference at the Chicago Auto Show, so it obviously had nothing of interest, right? Wrong. Besides the fact that there’s a new SLS exotic to drool over, Mercedes was showing off a limited CLS Grand Edition model.
Painted in matte-gray, or what Mercedes calls Desigo matte-platinum, this CLS550 is just the latest matte-finished car from Mercedes, which has also offered the IWC SL in matte white and the Night Edition in (what else) matte-black.
Other than the paint, there’s not much else different about this CLS. It gets the same AMG styling accessories and AMG wheels as all CLS550 models and this particular version had a particularly nice sunset red leather. Under the hood is a familiar powerplant too, the 5.5-liter V8 with 382-hp.
The special edition CLS550 Grand Edition is likely to be a collectors item, debuting during the last model year of the original CLS model – a revolutionary product from the typically conservative German automaker. Mercedes is set to show the second-generation CLS later this year.