After a series of teasers and countless spyshots and what not, the all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class has finally been unveiled, and here are all the key details about Mercedes-Benz’s best-selling model in the past decade.
There are five petrol variants for now – the C180, C200, C200 4MATIC powered by a 1.5-litre turbo engine, as well as the C300 and C300 4MATIC which get a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine. All variants are mated to the 9G-Tronic 9-speed automatic gearbox, and come with a mild-hybrid system as standard.
Output levels range between 170 hp and 250 Nm (C180) all the way to 190 hp and 400 Nm of torque, minus the 200 Nm provided by the mild-hybrid system’s electric motor.
On the exterior, the all-new C-Class looks sleeker than the outgoing model, featuring a short front overhang, as well as a long wheelbase and rear overhang. The windscreen and passenger cell have been moved further to the rear.
The car has grown by 65mm in length, 10mm in width, and 25 mm in terms of wheelbase, and has been lowered by 9 mm versus the outgoing model.
All models now feature a central star, with the design and character of the radiator grille differing in the details. In the Avantgarde line, there are additional decorative elements in the louvres, while the radiator grille and front apron feature chrome surrounds. The distinguishing feature of the AMG Line is the diamond grille with the star design in chrome.
The rear-end design is very similar to the new S-Class’ butt. The lamps for the first time have a two-piece design in the C-Class, with the light functions divided between the side wall and boot lid lamps.
Last but not least, three new paint finishes – spectral blue, high-tech silver and opalite white – have been added to the colour range.
The interior on the other hand, adopts many highlights from the new S-Class, adding a sporty touch. For instance, the dashboard is divided into an upper and a lower section into a wing-like section with new, flattened round vents reminiscent of aircraft engine nacelles. The dashboard and central display are also slightly tilted towards the driver by six degrees.
Like the dashboard, the screen is also slightly tilted towards the driver. The central display has a screen diagonal of 9.5 inches as standard. A larger version measuring 11.9 inches is optionally available. Another highlight is the floating control cluster, into which the door opener and seat adjustment controls are integrated.
The head restraints are also a completely new design, and are attached to the backrest with a sealed piece of trim under which the adjustment mechanism is located.
The driver display and media display offer a holistic, aesthetic experience. The look of the screens can be individualised with three display styles (Discreet, Sporty, Classic) and three modes (Navigation, Assistance, Service). Like the new S-Class, the new C-Class is equipped with the second generation of MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience).
With the MBUX Smart Home function, the C-Class now becomes a mobile control centre for the home of many people. Because Smart Home refers to WLAN, sensors and actuators make the home increasingly intelligent and communicative: temperature and lights, shutters and electrical appliances can be remotely monitored and controlled. Motion detectors and window contacts inform the user of welcome or unwelcome visitors.
With the “Online Music” service, Mercedes-Benz has now fully integrated the major music streaming services into the MBUX infotainment system. MBUX enables seamless access to the personal user profile at the linked music provider.
Under the hood, the engine range has only four-cylinder units from the current modular FAME (Family of Modular Engines) Mercedes-Benz engine family.
Mild Hybrid as standard
In addition to turbocharging, both the diesel and the petrol engines now have an integrated starter-generator (ISG) for intelligent assistance at low engine speeds as a mild hybrid of the second generation. The ISG uses a 48 volt on-board electrical system that ensures functions such as gliding, boosting or energy recovery, and makes significant fuel savings possible.
The four-cylinder M 254 petrol engine with a second-generation starter-generator with an additional output of up to 15 kW and 200 Nm more torque is also celebrating its première in the C-Class. Thanks to the ISG, the new C-Class can drive up to 100 km in pure electric mode.
A completely new feature is the segment charger with flow connection, an advancement of the twin-scroll technology for even more instantaneous response of the forced induction system.
The completely newly developed segment turbocharger is a result of cooperation between Mercedes-Benz turbocharger developers and the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 team.
Mercedes-Benz will reveal the new 2021 W206 C-Class in a digital world premiere on Tuesday, February 23rd.
No details have been unveiled officially but the folks at Stuttgart have made it clear that the car will be more digital, more comfortable, more intelligent, more fuel efficient, more luxurious, and of course, sportier than the outgoing W205 C-Class we have now.
We can expect many new features and technology from the recently unveiled all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class to trickle down to the all-new C-Class, ranging from the design, all the way to the infotainment system.
From what we can see in the teaser image that was shared earlier today, the all-new C-Class will feature a sleeker and more streamlined design, which will be further complemented by the more aerodynamic silhouette, the slim LED headlights and taillights, new wheels, new grille design, and the addition of new colours.
As for the interior, we can expect the all-new C-Class’ cabin to be more spacious, and similar to the S-Class, it will look more futuristic than ever with a huge central touch screen display replacing all the buttons, and the dual screen that will pretty much take up more than half of the dashboard. It is said that there will also be a new steering wheel and new upholstery options.
Thanks to the tweaked MRA platform that will underpin the new C-Class, occupants, especially rear passengers can expect more head and leg room than the current C-Class that is quite cramped up in the rear. Measuring 4,751 mm long with a 2,865 mm wheelbase, the new C-Class is also 65 mm longer than the current model, which could also mean a bigger boot.
Under the hood, rumour has it that the new C-Class will be getting a full range of four-cylinder engines instead of six-pot mills. We can also expect electrification and mild-hybrid technology to be thrown in the mix, in line with the brand’s future plans that is all about e-mobility.
As usual, we can expect regular models as well as the manic performance oriented C43 and C63 AMG variants to be offered, but the AMG brethren will most likely come only at a later date.
The new model generation is also the manufacturer’s first series to be electrified throughout. As an additional highlight, the new C-Class, following the new S-Class, is also equipped with the second generation MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience).
That being said, all the details about the new C-Class will be revealed in less than a week’s time, so watch this space for more updates from Stuttgart.
Just a couple of days ago, Mercedes-Benz celebrated a major milestone event – the production of its 50 millionth vehicle. Yes, you read that right – a total of 50 million vehicles of the Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands have been produced over the past 75 years.
The 50 millionth vehicle is the first new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class which rolled off the production line at the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant. The luxury sedan will, along with the S-Class Sedan and the long version, and in the future also with the EQS, be produced in Factory 56.
For those who didn’t know, Factory 56 is a high-tech production facility in the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant that opened in September 2020, which also happens to be Mercedes-Benz’ most modern automobile production facility.
“Mercedes-Benz has always been synonymous with luxury. That’s why I’m very proud of this very special production anniversary: Fifty million vehicles produced is a significant milestone in the history of our company, and an exceptional achievement by the team.”
“I would like to thank the colleagues in the plants around the world for their work and their commitment. Their expertise and passion in the production of our stars make the wishes of customers all over the world come true day after day,” said Jörg Burzer, member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG, Production and Supply Chain.
Thanks to Mercedes-Benz’ MO360 digital ecosystem, all of the brand’s plants are networked with one another, and the digitally supported close cooperation between the employees in the different plants is an essential part of this.
Thanks to structures and processes with maximum flexibility, the global production network is optimally organized. The ability to breath, and to transfer production capacity between the individual plants as required by market demands is a decisive advantage.
Vehicles with different drive types already roll off the same production line. During this the production methods and processes are continually being further developed and digitalized. As a result, we can achieve synergies, lower cost, not least boost the efficiency and the productivity within the production network.
At the moment, the global production network is focusing on the implementation of the electric mobility offensive, and by 2022, a total of six new Mercedes-EQ models will have been integrated in running series production operations.
As a result, Mercedes-Benz’ global production network is contributing decisively to the company`s ambitious sustainability targets. The batteries for the Mercedes-EQ electric vehicles are supplied by a global battery production network with plants on three continents.
Local battery production is also a key success factor for the Mercedes-Benz electric offensive. In addition, from 2022 production at all of the own plants of Mercedes-Benz AG worldwide will be CO2-neutral.
In an effort to further strengthen its presence online, Mercedes-Benz has launched a new online showroom for its customers in Malaysia.
Now available for both new and Mercedes-Benz Certified pre-owned cars, customers can use this feature to instantly search for stock availability, calculate financing option and directly request a quote from their preferred dealer.
Dr Claus Weidner, President & CEO of Mercedes-Benz Malaysia said, “2020 placed great demands on us as a society. Despite the challenges, the situation also presented us with an opportunity to be more resilient and agile in this new technology-led environment. While the safety and of our customers is our top priority, we explore innovative ways to optimize our offerings. The virtual showroom is an example of our pursuit in continuous digitalisation effort to bring the best experiences for our customers.”
Michael Jopp, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Mercedes-Benz Malaysia, added, “We want to assure our new and existing customers that we are with them throughout their ownership. We have accelerated most of our efforts to combine physical and digital touchpoints for a seamless customer journey.”
“From dealerships with luxurious brand presence to digital launches and virtual showroom– it is all now easily accessible from anywhere. This new and improved presence is meant to simplify processes and enhance our brand experience by leveraging data and technology in this era.”
The new virtual showroom
The new virtual showroom serves as an avenue to engage with all existing & future customer to browse and begin their order process at the comfort of their homes. Interested customers will be informed on its stock availability within the search criteria at the selected dealership.
Customers can visit www.mercedes-benz.com.my/virtual-showroom to access the new virtual showroom. Upon model selection, users can ask to “Request for Quote” or “Contact Me” and a quote will be generated for the specific vehicle along with a dedicated sales agent assigned. Its Financial Services Widget also provides customers with a monthly finance quote based on the actual car price. These investments collectively elevate our brand presence online, to offer customers greater comfort and convenience and signify a new era of luxury experience.
Highlights of 2020
Despite the major challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mercedes-Benz has globally delivered more than two million cars for the fifth consecutive year. Through advanced digitisation in sales and service, Mercedes-Benz was able to respond to the rapidly changing situation and during the pandemic.
As the leader in the premium luxury segment, Mercedes-Benz continues to redefine mobility with a holistic brand showcase of future mobility, innovative technology and a stellar product line up to meet customer’s preferences in Malaysia.
In 2020, Mercedes-Benz hosted its first ever digital premiere car launch, featuring the latest Mercedes-AMG compact cars. 2020 also saw the digital debut of the new Mercedes-AMG Compact car family, with the all-new A 35 hatchback, A 45 S and the CLA 45 S.
The company also hosted its first regional digital premiere of an all-new compact SUV model, the Mercedes-Benz GLB for Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, which is locally available in three variants – GLB 200 Progressive Line, GLB 250 4MATIC AMG Line and Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4MATIC. The year ended with another virtual launch of the new Mercedes-Benz GLA in the form of GLA 200 Progressive Line and GLA 250 AMG Line.
Its impressive CKD production line-up still stands at 13 variants from five model lines; C-Class, E-Class and S-Class sedans, GLC and GLC Coupe SUVs, as well as two Mercedes-AMG models, the C 43 and the GLC 43 Coupe. The company aims to expand its CKD footprint with plans to localise additional models in the compact car and SUV segment this year.
In the continuous pursuit of the Best Customer Experience initiative, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia also unveiled newly-renovated luxury dealerships in Alor Setar and Kuala Lumpur, which features the first of its kind, Mercedes-Benz Lifestyle Accessories and Collection Boutique. This saw the transformation of a conventional point of sale to an immense point of experience, a place where a customer can encounter the Mercedes-Benz Cars brand family and immerse themselves in a fascinating car purchasing and ownership journey.
Three years after it was revealed as a concept, the Mercedes-Benz EQA has finally made its world premiere in full production form, and here’s everything you need to know about it.
The entry-level model in the all-electric range of Mercedes-EQ vehicles is actually a close relation of the GLA, and delivers all the thrilling characteristics of the model combined in this case with an efficient electric power train.
The EQA is being launched as the EQA 250 with 190 hp and a range of 486 kilometres, with more variants to follow. These will include a series of even more athletic all-wheel-drive models with an additional electric powertrain and an output of more than 260 hp, and also a version with a range of more than 500 kilometres.
On the exterior, the EQA comes with the typical Mercedes-EQ front-end design – a “Black Panel” radiator grille with central star.
A further distinctive design feature of electric Mercedes-EQ vehicles is the continuous light strip at front and rear, ensuring a high level of recognisability both in daylight and at night.
The inside of the headlamps is finished to a high level of quality, detail and precision. Also typical of Mercedes-EQs are the blue strips in the headlamps.
The standard specification of the EQA includes such features as LED High Performance headlamps with Adaptive Highbeam Assist, the EASY-PACK tailgate with electrically operated opening and closing, as well as 18-inch light-alloy wheels.
Inside, depending on the equipment line, the cabin may include a back-lit trim element – a première for Mercedes-Benz. Further exclusive details include rosé gold-coloured decorative elements on the ventilation outlets, seats and the vehicle key.
The Edition 1 special model additionally features meticulously perforated leather seats, through which can be seen a fabric in the signature Mercedes-EQ colour pure blue.
The instruments, with their electric vehicle-specific displays, pick up on the same colour scheme with rosé gold-coloured and blue highlights. The Mercedes-EQ tile in the media display can be used to call up menus relating to charging options, electrical consumption and energy flow.
The list of standard equipment includes ambient lighting with 64 colours, a double cup holder, luxury seats with four-way adjustable lumbar support, a reversing camera, and a multifunction sports steering wheel in leather.
Also included as standard are the intuitively operated MBUX infotainment system and the Navigation system with Electric Intelligence. Thanks to the Mercedes me Charge system, customers have access to what is currently the world’s biggest charging network. This currently comprises more than 450,000 AC and DC charging points across 3 countries.
Mercedes me Charge also allows customers convenient use of the charging stations of various providers, even when travelling abroad. By registering just once, they can benefit from an integrated payment function with a simple billing process. Customers can also charge at more than 175,000 public charging points throughout Europe.
Coming back to the car itself, the EQA is the first model from Mercedes-EQ whose aerodynamic development has been undertaken entirely digitally. The ensuing measurements undertaken in the wind tunnel revealed a Cd value of 0.28, thereby confirming the high quality of the numerical simulation.
Effort has also been put into ensuring that the car meets the high level of noise and vibration comfort according to Mercedes-Benz, including the systematic isolation of the electric powertrain from the chassis and body. Numerous damping measures designed to prevent the transmission of airborne sound serve the same purpose.
Included as standard on board are Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Brake Assist. In critical situations, the purpose of the latter is to prevent a collision by means of autonomous braking, or to mitigate its severity.
The system is also able to brake for stationary vehicles and crossing pedestrians at typical city speeds.
The enhanced functions of the Driving Assistance Package include, for example, the turning manoeuvre function, the emergency corridor function, the exit warning function alerting the driver to approaching cyclists or vehicles, and a warning when pedestrians are detected near zebra crossings. ECO Assist supports particularly relaxed driving with the help of DISTRONIC.
Where safety is concerned, driver and front passenger airbags, a kneebag for the driver and windowbags are fitted as standard. The windowbags cover the first and second row of seats.
Thorax-pelvis side airbags in the front are likewise standard, and available as optional equipment for the second row of seats.
In conjunction with the PRE-SAFE system (optional equipment), the front seats are equipped with electric, reversible belt reel tensioners.
The new model can be personalised with the two design and equipment lines Electric Art and AMG Line, as well as with the Night Package.
Believe it or not, it has been three years since Mercedes-Benz revealed the EQA in concept form, and in just two more days, the full electric version of the A-Class is all set to make its world debut. In an effort to build some hype around the launch, the folks at Stuttgart have released a teaser of the interior, and some juicy details about the electric compact.
Measuring 4,285 mm in length, 1,810 in width, and 1,428 mm in height with a wheelbase length of 2,729 mm, the EQA features short overhangs particularly at the rear like the new GLA, and the shallow greenhouse, which is positioned well back, emphasise the volume of the vehicle body, while the integration of modern graphics creates a unique, sporty character.
The alubeam paint finish produces a powerful contrast with the black panoramic glass roof and with the black panels. The muscular wheel arches emphasise the exclusive 20-inch wheels.
Instead of a conventional radiator grille, the show car features a black panel with integrated LED matrix at the front, flowing seamlessly out of the bonnet.
This black panel is a virtual radiator grille which can completely change in appearance: the Concept EQA shows the surrounding world which drive program the driver has selected via an animated design in the virtual grille.
In the “Sport” drive program the grille depicts a flaming wing in horizontal format, while in “Sport Plus” mode vertical struts in the style of a Panamericana radiator grille are displayed. Common to both grille variants is the illuminated central star.
The headlamps are seamlessly embedded in the black panel grille and, together with the animated 3D grille, produce the new EQ face. The signet of the daytime running lamps reflects the hallmark Mercedes-Benz look. Last but not least, the blue lines are continued in the bumpers, giving the vehicle a lower-slung look.
The first model to be unveiled will be the EQA 250 with an output of 187 hp. After the market launch, further power levels up to over 268 hp as well as a variant with all‑wheel drive will successively follow.
Among the main highlights of the EQA is the Electric Intelligence system, which calculates the fastest route to the destination. On the basis of ongoing range simulations, necessary charging stops are taken into account, as are numerous other factors such as topography and the weather. This makes it easier for anyone who is initially deciding on an all-electric vehicle to get started.
And then we have the features. Take the lights for instance – Mercedes-Benz has opted for laser fibres. The spiral-shaped light signet underlines the electric concept, its design evoking the copper windings of an electric motor and the animation visualising electrical impulses.
In combination with the intelligent Mercedes-Benz operating strategy, the EQA achieves a range of around 400 kilometres, depending on the battery capacity installed.
The EQA can be charged via induction or wallbox and is also ready for rapid charging. The vision for using public charging stations is “seamless charging”, where Mercedes me-based service makes it easy for the customer to charge and pay at different charging stations.
That being said, more details will be revealed during the world premiere in two more days.
When it comes to infotainment systems, it would not be an exaggeration to say that Mercedes-Benz is among the ones at the forefront with the MBUX system and the long list of features it comes with, and things were just taken to the next level.
Currently available in almost every new model ranging from the A-Class, all the way to the Actros heavy duty truck, the MBUX system is miles ahead of most brands in the automotive landscape.
And just as we were getting ourselves familiar with the system, Mercedes-Benz has already given a glimpse at the future – the MBUX Hyperscreen.
All set to be featured in the Mercedes-Benz EQS electric “limousine”, the large, curved screen unit stretches almost the entire width from the left to the right A-pillar. In addition to its sheer size, the high-quality, detail-loving design also provides a “wow” effect.
Added to this is artificial intelligence (AI) – With software capable of learning, the display and operating concept adapts completely to its user and makes personalised suggestions for numerous infotainment, comfort and vehicle functions.
Thanks to the so-called zero layer, the user does not have to scroll through submenus or give voice commands. The most important applications are always offered in a situational and contextual way at the top level in view.
In this way, numerous operating steps are taken away from the EQS driver. And not only him: The MBUX Hyperscreen is also an attentive assistant for the passenger, who gets his or her own display and operating area.
For a particularly brilliant image, OLED technology is used in central and passenger displays. This is where the individual image points are self-luminous; non-controlled image pixels remain switched off, which means that they appear deep black. The active OLED pixels, on the other hand, radiate with high color brilliance, resulting in high contrast values, regardless of the angle of view and the lighting conditions.
The MBUX Hyperscreen is also surrounded by a continuous plastic front frame. Its visible part is painted in an elaborate three-layer process in “Silver Shadow”. This coating system achieves a particularly high-quality surface impression due to extremely thin intermediate layers.
The integrated ambient lighting installed in the lower part of the MBUX Hyperscreen makes the display unit appear to float on the instrument panel.
8 CPU cores, 24-gigabyte RAM and 46.4 GB per second RAM memory bandwidth are some of the MBUX technical specifications.
Unveiled in 2018 in the current A-Class, there are now more than 1.8 million Mercedes-Benz passenger cars equipped with it on the roads worldwide.
The Van division is also relying on MBUX. A few months ago the second generation of this learn-capable system debuted in the new S-Class. The next big step now follows in the form of the new EQS and the optionally available MBUX Hyperscreen.
“The MBUX Hyperscreen is both the brain and nervous system of the car”, says Sajjad Khan, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG.
“The MBUX Hyperscreen continually gets to know the customer better and delivers a tailored, personalised infotainment and operating offering before the occupant even has to click or scroll anywhere.”
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia today announced the introduction of the all-new GLA, its entry level SUV which now comes with more space, more features, and a fresh new design.
The model is available in two variants:
Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 Progressive Line – RM244,199 (without SST)
Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 AMG Line – RM285,336 (without SST)
While the GLA 200 is equipped in Progressive Line with 18-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, the GLA 250 is equipped with AMG Line bodystyling and 19-inch wheels.
On the exterior, the 2020 GLA is now 1 cm shorter and 10 cm taller than the outgoing model, and comes with an upright front section, short overhangs at the front and rear, and protective cladding all round.
The taller height also translates into more cabin space, and speaking of cabin, the seating position is now higher as well. Legroom in the rear is likewise more generous, although it is now one and a half centimetre shorter.
Also available for the first time in the GLA is the MBUX infotainment system (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) with the latest generation of Mercedes me connect. Other safety and assistance systems include Blind Spot Assist with Exit Warning, and PRE-SAFE System.
Other key standard features include LED High Performance headlamps, two 10.25-inch displays, the latest generation of the Mercedes me connect, 40:60 split-folding rear seats, height-adjustable load floor, as well as Active Brake Assist and Blind Spot Assist that is exclusive to the GLA 250 AMG Line.
The GLA 200 Progressive Line is powered by the 1.3-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine combined with the 7G-DCT automatic transmission. It develops 163 hp and a maximum torque of 250 Nm, allowing the vehicle to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 8.7 seconds.
Powering the GLA 250 4MATIC AMG Line on the other hand is a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with the 8G-DCT automatic transmission, rated at 224 hp and 350 Nm, accelerating the car from 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds.
The EaseProtect Financing Plan starts from RM2,488 per month for the GLA 200 and RM2,888 per month for the GLA 250. Now for a limited time only, enjoy a 2 months payment holiday with these offer. Offer valid till 31st December 2020.
“The GLA is the key entry point to the brand in the fast-growing compact SUV family. The model combines the better of two very successful segments: compact car and SUV. This enables us to offer a unique lifestyle proposition that is similar to the bigger GLB that we have recently introduced.” says Michael Jopp, Vice President, Sales & Marketing Passenger Cars, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia.
By the year 2030, Mercedes-Benz wants more than half of its vehicles sold around the world to be either pure electric or plug-in hybrid.
In fact, the company wants to have an electrified variant for every one of its model ranging from the Actros truck all the way to the A-Class by the year 2039.
So, in an effort to speed things up towards achieving these goals, Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz announced that it is joining forces with Geely Holding to develop hybrid powertrains. Areas of potential cooperation include engineering, sourcing, industrialization and efficiency measures.
Both groups will use global R&D networks to work together on a next-generation gasoline engine specified for hybrid applications to be produced at the companies’ powertrain facilities in Europe and China, which could be utilized by Mercedes-Benz AG together with its established partners in China as well as the wider Geely Holding Group portfolio of brands including Volvo Cars.
The export of the engine from China is also considered to be an option.
“We have witnessed strong momentum in the development of the Chinese automotive industry over the past years, and we believe China will continue to offer great potentials in terms of innovation, efficiency and economies of scale. With this cooperation with the wider Geely Holding Group, we will not only enhance our footprints in the world’s largest automobile market, but also strengthen our position along the global industry value chain for the future,” said Hubertus Troska, Member of the Daimler AG Board of Management.
“With our full commitment to electrification supported by our new ‘Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA)’ as the core pillar, we will continue to seek competitive advantages in R&D, Production, Supplier Management and other fields and focus on the development of premium electrified vehicles,” said An Conghui, President and CEO of Geely Auto Group.
The new project with the wider Geely Holding Group is part of Mercedes-Benz’s comprehensive drivetrain strategy for the future. As part of “Ambition 2039”, Mercedes-Benz is consistently pushing towards “Electric first” with the electrification of all model variants and vehicle types, thus making a clear commitment on its way to CO2-neutrality.
In order to meet the different market requirements and various customer needs worldwide, highly efficient combustion engines are part of this transition. Mercedes-Benz remains committed to driving forward the transformation of drive systems even more rapidly and more efficiently while maintaining its technology leadership in the global markets.
Geely Holding is fully dedicated to offering its global users best in class products, services and experience through constant technical innovation, and resource integration. With this cooperation, both groups will combine their advantages and global resources to develop and produce highly efficient powertrain systems.
Daimler AG and Geely Holding are already working together to further develop the smart brand on a global basis and to provide premium ride-hailing services in the Chinese market.
When Mercedes-Benz unveiled the all-new S-Class, the world stopped for a second because it took many of us a moment to digest how well the brand had put luxury and technology together in such an elegant manner.
However, just as we thought that the new S-Class is as good as it is going to get, comes the car you’re looking at now – the all-new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class – which makes the former look like middle-class stuff.
Unveiled yesterday, the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class comes with a wheelbase that is 18 cm longer than the regular S-Class in order to give the rear seat occupants maximum space, and sports a two-tone paint finish that can be had as an option, which makes it look like a luxury yacht on wheels.
Distinguishing features at the front include the distinctive bonnet with a chromed fin and the Mercedes-Maybach radiator grille with fine, vertical chrome pinstripes. The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class also differs from its brother models when viewed from the side as the rear doors are wider, and the C-pillars feature a fixed quarterlight.
On request, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class can also be equipped with electrically operated comfort rear doors. With this feature, the wide rear doors can be conveniently opened and closed with little force even on a gradient.
The interior of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, even though is based on the new Mercedes‑Benz S-Class, is way more luxurious. The large areas of trim on the front seats are a new feature in the Mercedes-Maybach.
While twin Executive seats come as standard, owners can opt for the First-Class Rear package, where a striking area of trim is positioned between the two rear passengers, making it look like the cabin of a First Class flight.
With Active road noise compensation, the interior of the already very quiet Mercedes-Maybach S-Class becomes even quieter. In a similar way to headphones with noise suppression, the system reduces unwanted low-frequency noises using counter-phased sound waves. The bass speakers of the Burmester high-end 4D surround sound system are used for sound reproduction.
Included as standard is a 12.8-inch OLED central display as a high-tech control centre. With OLED technology, the individual pixels are self-illuminating. There is also a 12.3-inch 3D driver display with three-dimensional representation of other road users.
Offered in two trim levels – the S580 and the S650, the former is powered by a 496 hp 4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V8 engine, while the S650 will benefit from a 603 hp 6.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V12 engine.
It is said that some markets around the world will also get a plug-in hybrid version powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre 6-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor, producing about 500 hp.
While the previous-gen Mercedes-Maybach did make a Malaysian debut in a very grand manner, whether the new one will come to Malaysia remains unknown, so watch this space for more updates on the new S-Class as well as the Maybach S-Class.