Mercedes Benz at the 2012 Australian Motor Show (Videos)
As 2012 Australian International Motor Show opens its doors, Mercedes Benz has a number of offerings on display. Their CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake Edition…
Mercedes Benz A Class is also on display at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show in a more enhanced design and with more powerful engines ranging from 95 kW to 155 kW. Best of auto emission efficiency which now stands at 135g CO2/km is displayed by the new Mercedes Benz A Class while drag efficiency is at 0.27, the best in its class. A Class is expected to arrive in Australian markets in early 2013 though order books are now open.
SLK 55 AMG which is also being showcased is a high speed, high performance roadster with a 5.5 liter V8 engine. Maximum performance with minimum fuel consumption is its plus point while it possesses acceleration time from 0 to 100 kmph in 4.6 seconds reaching a top speed of 250 kmph. Mercedes Benz C63 AMG Coupe is being offered with a brand new Performance Pack.
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AMG Cars at the Show
The AMG Performance Studio, which develops and produces limited numbers of individual AMG vehicles, in conjunction with Mercedes-Benz Australia has developed three very special show cars specifically for the 2012 Australia Motor Show in Sydney.
SLK 55 AMG
The SLK 55 AMG is the perfect embodiment of the new AMG brand claim of “Driving Performance”: in the compact high-performance roadster segment there is nothing to compare to its combination of tangible driving dynamics, superior sportiness, unique high-technology and low fuel consumption. The SLK 55 AMG accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited).
Its newly developed AMG 5.5-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine with cylinder shut-off system combines ultimate performance with the lowest possible consumption levels. The V8 Roadster produces a maximum output of 310 kW and maximum torque of 540 Nm.
Exterior options readily available including the Handling Package and the following AMG Performance Studio extras:
designo magno cashmere white metallic paint
designo two tone Mystic Blue Exclusive leather upholstery with white stitching (seats, door panels, centre console armrest and hand rest, upper dashboard and door belt lines)
AMG interior carbon fibre trim
AMG 18″ multi-spoke alloy wheels in matt black
AMG – illuminated door sills with white back lighting
Extensive white stitching and accents throughout the cabin
C 63 AMG Coupé
The C 63 AMG Coupé has an optional Performance Pack and comes with the following AMG Performance Studio extras:
designo Mystic Blue exterior paint
designo Deep White upholstery with blue stitching
designo Black leather upper dashboard with blue stitching
AMG exterior carbon fibre trim
AMG interior carbon fibre trim
AMG 19″ multi-spoke alloy wheels in titanium grey
AMG – illuminated door sills with blue back lighting
Extensive blue stitching and accents throughout the cabin
SLS AMG Roadster
The special paint on the SLS AMG Roadster on display at the Australia International Motor Show in Sydney “brings new meaning to the word metallic” is called ‘Coarse Silver’ and was coordinated with the Centre of Excellence and AMG Performance Studio.
The SLS AMG Roadster has a 6.3-litre V8 with a peak output of 420 kW at 6,800 rpm and makes the open-top SLS one of the most powerful sports cars in its segment. This naturally aspirated engine generates its maximum torque of 650 newton metres at 4,750 rpm. The open-top SLS AMG accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, reaches 200 km/h in 11.3 seconds and has a top speed on 317 km/h (electronically limites) – which means that the Roadster has a performance comparable to the gullwing variant.
The New A Class
With the new A-Class, Mercedes-Benz is opening up a new chapter in the premium compact segment: markedly emotive in design, with powerful engines ranging from 90 kW to 155 kW, extremely efficient with emissions from just 135 g of CO2/km and a best-in-class drag coefficient of 0.27. At the same time the new model underlines that for Mercedes-Benz, safety is not a question of price – the standard specification includes, amongst other things, the radar-based COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST system and reversing camera. The new A-Class is available to order now and due to arrive in Australia in March 2013.
“2013 will be one of the most important years in our brands Australian history, it will be the year we expect to both springboard our volume north and further expand our customer reach”, says Horst von Sanden, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars Australia/Pacific. “We will continue to do what we do well and that’s to guide the Australian prestige market in a direction that makes our vehicles and technology accessible to a broader demographic.”
A wide choice of engines meets every power requirement. All engines of the new A-Class feature the ECO start/stop function as standard. The engines also arrive in Australia with the 7G-DCT dual clutch automatic transmission with paddle shift as standard.
The A 250 Sport features exclusive 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels in a 5-spoke design with 235/40 R 18 tyres all round and painted in high-gloss black with a high-sheen finish, together with red-painted brake callipers. These give an indication of the vehicle’s particularly dynamic driving qualities which are characterised, amongst other features, by a special AMG-developed front axle and a suspension that has been configured to match.
With its special engine and transmission configuration, the A 250 Sport also provides a very special driving experience which is enhanced further by the emotionally appealing sound of the modified exhaust system.
|Model||Displacement||Output||L/100km Combined||CO2 emissions|
|A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY||1595 cc||90 kW||5.8||135 g/km|
|A 200 BlueEFFICIENCY||1595 cc||115 kW||6.1||141 g/km|
|A 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY||1796 cc||100 kW||4.6||121 g/km|
|A 250 Sport||1991 cc||155 kW||6.6||152 g/km|
Highest standard of safety in the compact class
The A-Class is equipped as standard with a radar-based collision warning system with adaptive Brake Assist which lowers the risk of rear-end collisions. This COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST system is able to provide a visual and audible warning to alert a potentially distracted driver and can prepare Brake Assist for the most precise possible braking response. This is initiated as soon as the driver operates the brake pedal decisively. The ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection system also comes as standard.
The PRE-SAFE® preventive occupant protection system is standard in A-Class vehicles destined for Australia for the first time. Core features of PRE-SAFE® are reversible belt tensioning, the closing of side windows and sliding sunroof in case of critical lateral dynamics and adjustment of the fully electric seats to an ideal position for maximum effectiveness of the restraint systems.
The A-Class protects its passengers with nine airbags. The standard complement comprises driver and front-passenger airbag, a kneebag for the driver, large thorax/pelvisbags incorporated in the seat to protect the chest, stomach and pelvis area, sidebags for the rear and windowbags.
All A-Class models sold in Australia will have parking sensors, active parking assist and reversing camera fitted as standard equipment.
The standard Audio 20 CD system has a twin tuner, mp3-capable CD player and a USB connector in the centre console with direct iPod connectivity. The colour display has a diagonal of 14.7 cm. Thanks to a “cover art” function the title images of the music albums currently being played are shown if their details are stored in the audio file.
A top line in the Audio 20 CD’s menu navigation makes orientation easier and can be operated via the controller. The settings for the air conditioning are also displayed on the telematics screen (when in use), as is the fuel consumption over the past 15 minutes. The Bluetooth functions have also been extended: the mobile’s phone book can now be automatically transferred when connected, and wireless music reproduction is possible from Bluetooth-capable devices. Plus text messages can also be displayed. As an optional extra the standard Audio 20 unit can be combined with a new optional Becker® MAP PILOT® entry-level navigation solution.
The Becker® MAP PILOT® makes a low-cost navigation function, which is also suitable for retrofitting, available for the Audio 20 CD radio. Its advantages over aftermarket solutions include integrated operation via the central controls, voice output via the vehicle’s loudspeakers and display on the Audio 20 screen, a concealed location in the glove compartment and updating and expansion options via an internet portal.
The all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class will be available and on sale in March 2013. Please contact your local authorised dealer for information about pricing.
CLS Shooting Brake
The 2012 Australian International Motor Show will play host to the first CLS Shooting Brake to arrive in Australia just weeks after its global launch in Europe.
On display is a rare CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake Edition 1. The “Edition 1″ is limited in production globally and five have been allocated to the Australian market. These vehicles will be delivered to five customers at least three months before the official Australian launch of the AMG model.
“Exclusivity is important to our AMG customers and today we’re excited to announce this rare opportunity to not only purchase one of the five vehicles but to also take delivery before the official launch in 2013″, announces Horst von Sanden, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars.
Mercedes-Benz is once again demonstrating its qualities as a visionary, this time with the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake. The new AMG high-performance vehicle is the exciting enhancement of an innovative vehicle concept. As an attractive alternative for design-oriented car enthusiasts, the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake combines performance with style and usability in a completely new way.
The CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake Edition 1 comes with a 24 kW increase in power and 100 Nm more torque, which means that the Edition 1 boasts performance figures of 410 kW and 800 Nm over the standard AMG variant.
The generous interior and luggage compartment with a volume of up to 1550 litres reveal the practical sides of the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake.
The AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine impresses with a combination of direct petrol injection with spray-guided combustion, piezo injectors, biturbocharging, air/water intercooling, generator management and ECO start/stop function.
The key data at a glance: CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake*
|Bore x stroke||98.0 x 90.5 mm|
|Output||410 kW at 5250-5750 rpm*|
|Max. torque||800 Nm at 2000-4500 rpm*|
|Engine weight (dry)||204 kg|
|Fuel consumption, combined||10.3l / 100 km|
|CO2 emissions||239 g/km|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||4.3 s*|
|Top speed**||250 km/h|
|* Edition 1; ** electronically limited|
AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission
The AMG eight-cylinder engine is not the only highlight – the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission also boasts exciting levels of performance and efficiency. Equipped with four individual transmission modes as well as automatic double declutching and RACE START functions, its power delivery is characterised by responsiveness and maximum variability. In “Controlled Efficiency” (C) mode, the ECO start/stop function is always enabled and switches the eight-cylinder engine off when the vehicle is at a standstill. In “S” (Sport), “S+” (Sport plus) and “M” (Manual) transmission modes, the engine and transmission are significantly more responsive: short, precisely defined interruptions of ignition and injection result in faster gear changes under full load.
designo wooden luggage compartment floor in American cherry
A highlight among the extensive range of optional extras is the designo wooden luggage compartment floor. This luggage compartment floor is made of open-pore American cherry wood, a decorative fine wood traditionally used in superior interior design work, high-quality furniture and exclusive ship outfitting applications. Selected veneer sheets are glued and pressed together by hand in cross-bonded layers to achieve high dimensional stability. The blanks are milled into their precise shape using a CNC machine, and the surfaces sanded to a smooth finish, waterproofed and oiled to highlight the natural beauty of the wood.
Inlaid work using darker smoked oak, precisely cut into three millimetre strips using laser technology, helps to enhance the design of the wooden floor. The aluminium rails, manufactured using an extrusion moulding process, have a brushed finish as well as rubber inserts, and not only help to protect the wooden floor but also feature anti-slip properties.
The market launch for the CLS 250 CDI and CLS 350 Shooting Brake models will be December 2012.