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Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, Mercedes-Benz R-Class
#307 of 441 Re: I expect the SL 63.... [scott1256]
Feb 23, 2006 (10:29 pm)
I'm reading now on GCZ (GermanCarZone) that Mercedes is going to show a direct-injection version of the 3.5L V6. It produces 292hp (288 in the U.S.)/270 lb-ft torque in the facelifted E350 with a projected 26.6 MPG rating. Just like always expect this engine to spread to all the "350" models before the end of 2006. When I see something offical I'll post it here of course. This was taken from a rough translation of a German magazine. All of this is supposed to be shown at Geneva in a week or so.
Feb 24, 2006 (5:49 am)
SL 350 be available in the US at some point?
#309 of 441 Re: Will the new [scott1256]
Feb 24, 2006 (8:57 am)
I doubt it. MBUSA seems to have sworn off entry level engines in the SL and other high-end models for good. There won't ever be a CLS350 or S350 either for the U.S. market it seems. I can see a S320 CDI being sold here, but a "regular" V6 S/SL nope.
I personally wouldn't mind seeing a CLK280 or E280 with the smaller 3L 228hp V6. BMW sells plenty of 525is without a problem.
#310 of 441 Mercedes-Benz Direct Injection V6 Premier
Feb 24, 2006 (9:00 am)
The recently introduced 3.5L V6 now has direct-injection. In short 292hp/270lb-bt of torque/26 MPG, 288hp for the U.S. market conversion. We should see this engine late this year for the facelifted 2007 E350 and as always the ML350,R350,CLK350, and SLK350 will all get this engine sooner or later, but probably sooner. For the 2007 model year on some of these would be my guess.
#311 of 441 I thought [merc1]
Feb 27, 2006 (7:02 pm)
last fall the plan was to make the S350 available here in the US.
I think both the S350 and the SL350 would sell well in the USA.
It must be an image thing for MBUSA that keeps the entry models out.
#312 of 441 Re: I thought [scott1256]
Feb 28, 2006 (9:22 pm)
Oh yes, definitely an image thing as to why the new S350 or SL350 won't be sold here. Also, I think MBUSA was tired of seeing those V6 models losing comparison tests because they were down on power which of course they were being in an all V8 segment.
I personally think there is a good market for a SL350 or a S350. Not everyone wants a V8 or loads of hp, just adequate power with all the other luxuries a SL/S-Class provides. The W140 S320 (1992-1999) made up 40 percent of the S-Class sales in the U.S. during some of those years so I've read. I wish I could see the numbers on how many 2006 S350s were sold. Anytime the dealer had any they'd be gone in a week or so.
#313 of 441 Mercedes-Benz at Geneva!
Feb 28, 2006 (9:46 pm)
The doors for the Geneva Auto Show are about to open, press days are going on now. Of course this is always a big show for Mercedes-Benz.
Word is now that the facelifted E-Class will be shown in New York in April and the new CL right after that in May.
#314 of 441 More Mercedes News...
Feb 28, 2006 (10:56 pm)
It looks like most of the new AMG hardware is coming in the June-July timeframe, just right for the CLK63 Cabriolet IMO.
#315 of 441 Feb 2006 Sales
Mar 01, 2006 (3:14 pm)
It seems America likes the new S-Class, at 3360 units sold for Feb, more than the E or C-Class! Yikes!
The R-Class moved a much more respectable number of 2469 units in Feb.
The M-Class sold 2155 units, way up over Feb 2005.
Sales for the month of Feb were up 28 percent over Feb 2005. The numbers are being posted by the S,CLK,M and R-Class vehicles.
The E-Class seems to be dying off pretty fast awaiting that June/July on-sale date for facelifted model. Either that or production has slowed for changeover. Ditto for the C-Class which appears to have a replacement scheduled for fall this year in Europe and this time next year in the U.S.
The facelifted SL and new GL are due in April. The AMG cars talked about earlier in the thread are due in June/July.
I suspect a re-packaged R-Class will come along around June/July also as will the new V8 engines for the CLS,R,ML and CLK "550" models.
#316 of 441 Re: Feb 2006 Sales [merc1]
Mar 05, 2006 (11:03 am)
Can you tell us anything about the "suspected" re-packaged R-Class? While I'm asking about the R-Class, I see the GL will have a 320cdi - do you think the R might get that soon?
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