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Mercedes-Benz USA is making some changes to the lineup for the 2010 model year with new and revised diesel models and hybrids launching. First up, the existing diesel SUVs get new names with the ML320, R320 and GL320 getting a bump to ML350, GL350 and R350. As far as we know, nothing has actually changed for the second year of these 50-state legal BlueTec diesels other than the badges and a light cosmetic facelift for the GL that debuted at the New York Auto show.

August will bring with it the initial availability of Mercedes' first hybrid. The 2010 S400 equipped with a mild hybrid system will be the first widely available hybrid car with a lithium ion battery. Come December, the ML450 hybrid will debut Mercedes' implementation of two mode hybrid technology. Early in 2010, the new Tier 2 Bin 5 compliant E350 BlueTec with urea injection goes on sale in the U.S. using the same 3.0-liter V6 diesel powertrain found in the SUVs.


[Source: Mercedes-Benz]

WHAT'S NEW FOR 2010

04/27/09

All models received restyled key for 2010

SLK-Class Coupe/Roadster (on sale October)

  • V6-powered SLK300 (228 hp, 221 lb-ft) continues with new 17-inch 5-twin-spoke alloy wheels.
  • SLK350 with "sport" engine (300 hp, 265 lb-ft of torque) continues.
  • The V8-powered SLK55 AMG (355 hp, 376 lb-ft) with AMG SPEEDSHIFT® transmission continues.
  • All models receive premium leather steering wheel and enhanced tire pressure monitoring system as standard.
  • Limited edition SLK300 Diamond White Edition debuts with Diamond White metallic paint, two-tone interior featuring special stitching, sport suspension, 18-inch tow-tone AMG wheels, steering wheel shift paddles, black headlamp inlays, accessory wind blocker, and numerous other standard features including Premium 1 and Heating Packages
  • New paints: Steel Grey

C-Class Sedan(on sale August)

  • V6-powered C300 (228 hp, 221 lb-ft) continues in both Sport and Luxury models with available 4MATIC all-wheel-drive. C350 Sport Sedan (268 hp, 258 lb-ft) and the V8-powered C63 AMG (451 hp, 443 lb-ft) models continue.
  • All models receive Premium leather steering wheel, advanced tire pressure monitoring system and smaller exterior mirrors.
  • C300 Sport models receive new standard 17-inch 5-spoke wheel
  • Other new optional equipment includes Keyless Go, Rear View Camera, tilting parking mirror, 4-way power lumbar, and Universal Media Interface
  • New optional Dynamic Handling Package available on real-wheel-drive Sport Sedans (C300 & C350) includes active damping suspension, speed-sensitive steering ratio, 18-inch 5-twin-spoke wheels and (when equipped with automatic transmission) steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.

E-Class Coupe (on sale June)

  • All-new model replaces the CLK-Class
  • High level of standard equipment includes the new ATTENTION ASSIST, Panorama roof, Agility Control Suspension and PRE-SAFE®
  • Fuel Efficiency improvements include active alternator and power steering pump management.
  • Optional Distronic Plus with PRE-SAFE Brake now available.
  • V6-powered E350 Coupe (268 hp, 258 lb-ft) equipped with staggered-width 17-inch 5-twin-spoke wheels.
  • V8-powered E550 Coupe (382 hp, 391 lb-ft) equipped with staggered-width 18-inch 5-spoke wheels
  • 350 Launch Edition models planned with Olivine Grey paint and Natural Beige/Black interior, Sports Package, Premium 2 Package and wood/leather steering wheel.
  • Advanced multimedia head unit with numerous new features including a more colorful display, Bluetooth® hands-free connectivity, a 40 GB hard-drive for the navigation system including storage space for six gigabytes of music, HD Radio, SIRIUS Real-Time Traffic and Zagat Restaurant Survey®

E-Class Sedan (On-sale: June - E350 / E550, Sept - E350 4MATIC / E550 4MATIC, Nov. - E63 AMG, Early 2010 – E350 BlueTEC)

  • All-new, 9th generation sedan for 2010.
  • Interior highlights include Direct Select transmission, standard COMAND controller, ambient lighting and optional rear-seat entertainment system.
  • Standard safety technology includes all-new ATTENTION ASSIST and 11 airbags
  • Advanced new driver assistance systems include Nightview Assist PLUS with pedestrian detection, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring, and Distronic Plus with PRE-SAFE Brake.
  • V6-powered E350 Sport and Luxury models (268 hp, 258 lb-ft) and all-wheel-drive E350 4MATIC sedan debut. (Sept.)
  • V8-powered E550 Sport and Luxury models (382 hp, 391 lb-ft) and all-wheel-drive E550 4MATIC sedan debut. (Sept.)
  • High-performance E63 AMG sedan (518 hp, 465 lb-ft) with award-winning 7-speed MCT SPEEDSHIFT transmission debuts in November.
  • 50-State V6 turbodiesel E350 BlueTEC debuts in early 2010 with AdBlue injection.
  • New head unit with 3D landmarks, 3D junction view, larger 6 gigabyte music register

GLK-Class SUV (on sale January)

  • All-wheel-drive GLK350 4MATIC (268 hp, 258 lb-ft) and rear-wheel-drive GLK350 continue with mid-model-year enhancements
  • Updates include Premium leather steering wheel and advanced tire pressure monitoring system as standard
  • New options include KEYLESS-GO, tilting parking mirror, Parking Assist added to optional rear view camera, and SIRIUS Traffic.
  • New Paint: Palladium Silver

R-Class Crossover (on sale August)

  • 50-state R320 BlueTEC renamed R350 BlueTEC (V6 turbodiesel, 210 hp, 400 lb-ft) and receives standard chrome trim, blue-tinted glass, and darkened tail lenses.
  • All-wheel-drive R350 4MATIC (268 hp, 258 lb-ft) continues with larger 19-inch 5-spoke wheels, privacy glass and darkened tail lenses.
  • All models receive Premium leather steering wheel and advanced tire pressure monitoring system.
  • POST-SAFE debuts with automatic door unlocking, engine and fuel system shutdown following an accident.
  • New Paint: Palladium Silver & Steel Grey

M-Class SUV (on sale August, December for ML450 HYBRID)

  • ML450 HYBRID (335 hp, 381 lb-ft) debuts with full hybrid powertrain, estimated fuel economy of 21 city / 24 highway and 19-inch 5-twin-spoke wheels.
  • 50-state ML320 BlueTEC renamed ML350 BlueTEC (V6 turbodiesel, 210 hp, 400 lb-ft)
  • All-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive ML350 (268 hp, 258 lb-ft) continue.
  • All-wheel-drive ML550 (382 hp, 391 lb-ft) and high-performance ML63 AMG (503 hp, 465 lb-ft) models continue.
  • All models receive standard burl walnut trim, Premium leather steering wheel and advanced tire pressure monitoring system
  • POST-SAFE debuts with automatic door unlocking, engine and fuel system shutdown following an accident
  • New Paints: Palladium Silver and Steel Grey

GL-Class SUV (on sale August)

  • 50-state GL320 BlueTEC renamed GL350 BlueTEC (V6 turbodiesel, 210 hp, 400 lb-ft) receives new 20-inch 5-twin-spoke wheels.
  • Restyled GL350 BlueTEC and GL450 models feature new headlamps and LED taillights, grille, front and rear bumpers, trapezoidal tailpipes, chrome skid plates and dual foglights or optional LED daytime running lights. Interior updates include enhanced instrument cluster, seats, ambient lighting, and standard Burl Walnut trim.
  • V8-powered GL450 (335 hp, 339 lb-ft) receives new 19-inch 5-spoke wheels.
  • GL550 (382 hp, 391 lb-ft) continues with new 21-inch 5-spoke wheels, ambient lighting, standard heated & ventilated front seats, split trapezoidal tailpipes, standard LED DRL
  • POST-SAFE debuts with automatic door unlocking, engine and fuel system shutdown following an accident
  • GL350 BlueTEC and GL450 models receive standard Premium leather steering wheel and advanced tire pressure monitoring system.
  • New paint: Palladium Silver and Steel Grey

CLS-Class Four Door Coupe (on sale September)

  • CLS550 (382 hp, 391 lb-ft) continues and high-performance CLS63 AMG (507hp, 465 lb-ft) continues.
  • All models receive Premium leather steering wheel and enhanced tire pressure monitoring system.
  • New paint: Palladium Silver

S-Class Sedan (on sale August)

  • Light restyling of flagship sedan includes new grille, bumpers, active bi-xenon headlights, LED taillights and daytime running lights, and larger side mirrors.
  • S400 HYBRID (295 hp, 284 lb-ft) debuts with mild hybrid powertrain and the first lithium-ion battery designed exclusively for automotive use, achieving an estimated 29 mpg.
  • Advanced new driver assistance systems include ATTENTION ASSIST, Nightview Assist PLUS with pedestrian detection, Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Highbeam Assist and PRE-SAFE BRAKE with automatic emergency braking.
  • S550 (382 hp, 391 lb-ft) and all-wheel-drive S550 4MATIC continue with new 18-inch 5-spoke wheels.
  • Flagship V12-powered S600 (510 hp, 612 lb-ft) continues with new 19-inch 5-spoke wheels.
  • High-performance V8-powered S63 AMG (518 hp, 465 lb-ft) and V12-powered S65 AMG (604 hp, 738 lb-ft) continue.
  • Enhanced head unit with integrated Bluetooth, HD Radio, USB and SD card sockets, whole-word voice recognition, 4-gb music register, and Zagat hotel and golf rating information.
  • All models receive advanced tire pressure monitoring system, variable-ratio Direct Steer system and, on most models, standard wood/Nappa leather steering wheel.
  • Interior enhancements include multicolor ambient lighting, new seat design and wood trim, and optional Rear Seat Entertainment System.
  • New paint: Diamond White and Palladium Silver

CL-Class Coupe (on sale August)

  • V8-powered all-wheel-drive CL550 4MATIC (382 hp, 391 lb-ft) and V12-powered CL600 (510 hp, 612 lb-ft) continue.
  • High-performance V8-powered CL63 AMG (518 hp, 465 lb-ft) and V12-powered CL65 AMG (604 hp, 738 lb-ft) models continue.
  • All models receive variable ratio Direct Steer System, larger side-view mirrors and advanced new driver assistance systems include ATTENTION ASSIST, Nightview Assist PLUS with pedestrian detection, Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, crosswind stabilization for models with Active Body Control (ABC) and PRE-SAFE BRAKE with automatic emergency braking
  • Interior enhancements include modified switches, multicolor ambient lighting, new seat stitching and optional Rear Seat Entertainment System.
  • Enhanced head unit with integrated Bluetooth, USB and SD card sockets, whole-word voice recognition, 4-gigabyte music register, HD Radio, and Zagat hotel and golf rating information.
  • CL600 receives new 18-inch 5-spoke wheel
  • All models receive Premium leather steering wheel and advanced tire pressure monitoring system.
  • Limited "100th Anniversary of Mercedes-Benz Edition" CL550 4MATIC.
  • New Paint: Palladium Silver

SL-Class Coupe/Roadster (on sale October)

  • V8-powered SL550 (382 hp, 391 lb-ft) and V12-powered SL600 (510 hp, 612 lb-ft) models continue.
  • High-performance V8-powered SL63 AMG (518 hp, 465 lb-ft) with AMG SPEEDSHIFT Multi Clutch Transmission (MCT) and V12-powered SL65 AMG (604 hp, 738 lb-ft) continue.
  • SL550 receives standard premium leather steering wheel
  • All models receive variable-ratio Direct Steer System, advanced tire pressure monitoring system, SIRIUS real-time traffic and HD Radio as standard equipment.

G-Class SUV (on sale October)

  • V8-powered G550 (382 hp, 391 lb-ft) and supercharged G55 AMG (500 hp, 516 lb-ft) continue.
  • Exterior enhancements include body-colored door handles, new side molding, spare wheel cover, chrome accents and a sport-tuned exhaust system.
  • Interior enhancements include standard ambient lighting, 115V power receptacle, leather dashboard and updated key.
  • New paint: Palladium Silver
  • All models receive heated wood/leather steering wheel and enhanced tire pressure monitoring system.



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