For those old enough to remember when the Mercedes-Benz U.S. lineup consisted of small, midsize and large sedans, along with the iconic SL convertible, hold onto your hats. By our count, Mercedes offers twenty distinct models in the States, and within those distinct models there are numerous additional entries. In short, virtually every category has three or four subcategories, with different drivetrains, accoutrements – or both. The news this year is widely dispersed, but in trying to determine what's truly newsworthy we'll vote for the all-new E-Class, while not forgetting (how could we?) a refreshed G-Class.

MERCEDES-BENZ B-CLASS: It's the 'Mercedes' of EVs, and perfect for those that just can't bring themselves to drive a Nissan or Chevy, despite Chevy's new Bolt having almost three times the range of the B-Class. Sold by a select number of US retailers, the smallish Benz receives a new color, multicolor ambient lighting as a standalone option, and a new packaging menu.

C-CLASS: The most significant news for this model year is the addition of a C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet. Beyond the luxury of traveling in a four-place, personalized compartment, Mercedes adds a rear view camera to the C-Class as standard equipment, as well as new trim and packaging. Also, two new colors: Selenite Gray metallic and Brilliant Blue metallic.

CLA-CLASS: This year brings a modest facelift and new wheel designs on the outside, along with a standard slim-line eight-inch display and rearview camera on the inside. Functionally, Active Brake Assist is now standard.

CLS-CLASS: M-B's four-door coupe is largely unchanged. Its available design Selenite Grey Magnio paint is new, and a 9-speed auto has been added to the CLS400 and CLS400 4Matic.

E-CLASS: This is one of Mercedes' core models that best defines the brand. And for 2017 the sedan is all-new, as is its wagon counterpart. Mercedes points to the E's 'coupe-esque design' and 'next-level interior' as benchmarks in the segment. While sedan and wagon are all-new, coupe and cabriolet variants are carried over for an additional year.

S-CLASS: The introduction of an S-Class Cabriolet is the biggest news; it's been offered before, but it has been awhile – and it's a compelling expansion of the S-Class franchise. Beyond droptops, the S-Klasse receives a new color, 9-speed automatic transmission and a standard 18-inch alloy wheels. Finally, a Maybach edition extends the S-Class upward.

SL-CLASS: It begins at the SL's freshened face, with new LED headlamps framing a reshaped grille. Inside, the crew can enjoy Apple CarPlay with the retractable hardtop up or down. And in its nomenclature, the SL450 replaces the SL400 designation, supplemented by the V8-powered SL550.

SLC-CLASS: Hiding – at least figuratively – on M-B's backlot is the SLC, previously known as the SLK. In the latest revamp the smallish droptop receives 'active' LED headlamps, 18-inch alloys and available Brilliant Blue paint outside, along with a new instrument cluster, sport steering wheel and seven-inch display inside.

G-CLASS: Traditionalists can continue to enjoy the allroad/offroad capability of the Gelandewagen, now available in a greater-strength 4X4 (squared) version. Flared wheel arches allow for a wider track, while portal axles provide more wheel articulation. Beyond this rougher/readier option the '17 receives Smartphone integration, along with Night, Luxury and Mojave variations, the latter two under the designo manufaktor umbrella.

GLA-CLASS: Benz's smallest crossover obtains a host of minor changes, adding Remote Start, Keyless Start, Dynamic Select and a power liftgate to the standard equipment column, and an eight-inch slim-line display is added to the Multimedia package. Lunar Blue metallic is new, and a Night Package is newly optional.

GLC-CLASS: A new AMG GLC43 offers 362 horsepower from its biturbo V6. And for those wanting rakish performance in a rakish silhouette, the same drivetrain is offered in an all-new GLC-Class Coupe.

GLE-CLASS: In a strategy identical to that employed with the smaller GLC, Mercedes adds a more aggressive profile to the GLE in the guise of a GLE Coupe. After a refresh of the GLE in '16, changes are limited to two new colors and a rearview camera now standard.

GLS-CLASS: M-B tweaks the sheetmetal to provide what Mercedes terms a 'dynamic' exterior, along with revised interior design and detailing to extend the product cycle of the big Benz SUV.

AMG: To mark AMG's 50th anniversary, the Mercedes-Benz performance arm introduces an exclusively equipped 'Edition 50' AMG GT C Roadster and an additional 50 examples of its GT C Coupe. Clothed in its special design Graphite Grey Magno, the black chrome accents are applied to side skirts, front splitter, the air intakes of the grille and fins on the side air outlets, along with the rear diffuser and tailpipe. AMG forged wheels complete the look... as if you'll have a chance to look as it flies by.

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