2013 Mercedes-Benz Model Lineup Updates Detailed

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Mercedes-Benz has given a detailed run-through on what the German automaker will be updating across its model lineup for 2013.

The biggest update to the luxury automaker’s lineup is its next-generation mbrace2 telematics service which will now be standard equipment on most Mercedes-Benz models for 2013. Changes to mbrace2 include moving its services to the Cloud and adding Internet access while adding more features to interact with the vehicle remotely. Optional apps will see custom versions of Google local search with Street View and Panoramio, Facebook, News, and Yelp.

The 2013 C-Class Sedan and Coupe will be on sale as of July and will be available with an AMG Sports Package Plus while DISTRONIC PLUS will be available as a stand-alone option. At the same time, the 2013 CL-Class Coupe will also be on sale with a Grand Edition Package available with choices of three designo paints and three designo interiors.

The Mercedes CLS-Class will see little updates minus the addition of the new mbrace2, same with the E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet models. The E-Class Sedan and Wagon however will see the debut of a new E400 Hybrid Sport Sedan model powered by a V6 with 302-hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, complemented by a 27-hp, 207 lb-ft of torque electric motor.

The G-Class SUV will see a substantially restyled interior that now features a 7-inch tablet-style head unit and COMAND control knob. The outside will have updated LED daytime running lights and side mirrors. Standard equipment now includes DISTRONIC PLUS and Blind Spot Assist. A new Mercedes G63 AMG will also be offered with a 5.5-liter, biturbo V8 with 544-hp and 560 lb-ft of torque with ECO start-stop technology. The top-of-the-line model will also have a new twin-lamella grille and red brake calipers.

The biggest update to Mercedes-Benz’s 2013 lineup is the second-generation GL-Class SUV that is longer, wider, and taller. Models include GL350 BlueTEC 4MATIC (V6 turbodiesel with 240-hp, 455 lb-ft of torque), GL450 4MATIC (twin-turbo V8 with 362-hp, 406 lb-ft of torque), GL550 4MATIC (twin-turbo V8 with 429-hp, 516 lb-ft of torque), and a GL63 AMG which will debut in the first quarter of 2013 with an AMG V8 sporting 550-hp and 560 lb-ft of torque.

Regarding the GLK-Class SUV, a restyled interior will debut while a GLK250 BlueTEC 4MATIC diesel will be offered as a segment first. Under the hood of the GLK250 will be a 2.1-liter four-cylinder with 190-hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The Mercedes GLK350 4MATIC will be powered by a new 3.5-liter, V6 with 302-hp and 273 lb-ft of torque.

For the M-Class SUV, Mercedes will be adding a ML350 rear-drive variant while mbrace2, Collision Prevent Assist, and color instrument cluster display will become standard. The S-Class will see little changes to its model lineup minus the Premium 2 package becoming standard on S350 BlueTEC 4MATIC, S400 Hybrid, and S550 models.

The SLK-Class will also see little changes while the all-new SL-Class Coupe and Roadster is already at dealerships. Lastly, November 2012 will bring the SLS AMG GT to dealerships, which we saw earlier.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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