Mercedes-Benz C216

Mercedes-Benz-C216The new model was officially unveiled at the end of June 2006 and was presented at the 2006 Paris Salon. The W216 is offered in four models, the V8-powered CL500, the high-performance V8-powered CL63 AMG and the high-end V12-powered CL600 and CL65AMG . The CL500 is sold as the CL550 in North America. The class is based on the chassis of the W221 S-Class and shares similar design cues together with the CLS-Class. The two-door coupe weighs 2185 kg (4817 lb) and like its predecessor, has no B-pillar interrupting the sleek curve of the side windows. The C216 makes use of the Distronic Plus cruise control, which debuted on the 2007 S-Class. This system is able to bring the car to a complete stop, and accelerate again to the pre-set speed, to keep a pre-set distance away from the car ahead of it. This Mercedes-Benz CL has also debuted with the new Active NightVision program that enables drivers to view the conditions in front of the car despite the dark surroundings. Mercedes has no plans to upgrade the 5.5L motor in the CL500/CL550 because it is already class leading, even with its older SOHC design.

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Mercedes W164

Mercedes W164The redesigned M-class (chassis name W164) was introduced to the public in April 2005 as a 2006 model after showing at the North American International Auto Show in January. It is almost entirely new, with a more sporting, aerodynamic look the coefficient of drag is down to 0.34. Mercedes-Benz has also made the new M-class larger, measuring 150 mm longer than the first model. The M-Class was named “Best New Sport Utility Vehicle” in the 2006 Canadian Car of the Year awards. The back was commonly referred as a shoebox so Daimler Chrysler spent most of their $600 million dollars on redesigning that part. The W164 platform used for the new M-Class is shared with the new GL-Class and is a unibody type rather than the former (W163) body-on-frame used by the M-Class vehicles produced from 1998-2005. The X164 GL-CLass, a longer 7-seater version of the W164 platform, is also available. New features in the 2006 M-Class include the 7G-TRONIC seven-speed transmission, optional Active Curve-Illuminating Bi-Xenon headlights which “steer” in the path of the vehicle, and an adjustable-height air suspension. 4-valve engines are replacing the previous 3-valve SOHC V6 and current 3-valve V8:

– ML350 – 3.5 L 4-valve V6, 272Hp(258 ft·lbf)
– ML500 – 5.5 L 4-valve V8, 382HP(550 N·m)
– ML550 – 5.5 L 4-valve V8, 382HP(550 N·m)(North America)
– ML63 AMG – 6.2 L 4-valve V8, 503HP (347 kW)
– ML280 CDI – 3.0 L V6 Turbo Diesel, 188HP (325 ft·lbf)
– ML320 CDI – 3.0 L V6 Turbo Diesel, 224HP (376 ft·lbf)
– ML420 CDI – 4.2 L V8 Diesel, 306HP (700 N·m)