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Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, Mercedes-Benz R-Class
#317 of 441 Re: Feb 2006 Sales [wopel]
Mar 05, 2006 (3:21 pm)
Well there a couple of Benz salespeople that chime in on the R-Class board from time to time that have hinted that a major re-shuffle of the R-Class' standard/optional equipment is on tap for the 2007 model year. This would be in repsonse to slow R-Class sales. Just a guess at this point.
Yes I have read (Automobile Magazine) that a R320 CDI will show up here before the end of the year. The ML320 CDI is a definite. Since the ML and R share so much I would think a R320 CDI would be a no-brainer. It certainly couldn't hurt with the R-Class sales, which are either way up or way down depending on which month you look at. There have been various interviews online with MB officials that always drop little hints about upcoming products, like the GL320 and R320.
Bluetec is Mercedes' new clean diesel technology which they say will allow them to sell disels in two of Mercedes' biggest U.S. markets, New York and Cali. They claim it is the cleanest diesel in the world.
Purely speculative on my part, I think we'll get a total of 5 diesel models in the next year: ML320, E320, R320, GL320, and maybe even a S320. If all goes well I suspect we'll even get diesel version of the C-Class for 2008, which will be an all new car for 2008.
#318 of 441 Re: Feb 2006 Sales [wopel]
Mar 05, 2006 (11:08 pm)
This was posted earlier on MBWorld.org for the 2007 ML. If this information is accurate it appears they have re-structured the option packages/standard equipment for the 2007 ML. I would expect the same for the 2007 R-Class. The post below:
There are also now 3 option packages ranging from $2800 to $8675.
P1 Package: Electric sunroof, rain sensing wipers, power lift gate, harmon/kardon Logic 7 system, Sirius satellite radio, hands free communication system, Teleaid & Homelink - $3500 ML350/ML320, $2800 ML500
P2 Package: Includes P1, plus DVD navigation, Auto-dimming mirror, power folding mirrors, rear-view camera, power steering column and memory seat function - $6500 ML350/ML320, $5800 ML500
P3 Package: Includes P1 & P2, plus Air suspension, Active damping shocks, parameter steering, 3-zone climate control, infared glass, rear seat controls, cargo management system, cargo net - $9000 ML350/ML320, $8675 ML500
There are four other Code packages (1) Exterior appearance (2) AMG Sport (3) Rear seat entertainment (4) Heating package
Then, there about 17 stand alone options.
The ML63 comes very loaded with all 3 option packages standard. Very few options are available for it. It even comes with 20" wheels.
Curiously though the poster says that the ML500 stays the same for 2007. No new 4.6L or 5.5L V8. That part doesn't add up IMO. No way they're going to have all new V8s in everything else and leave out the ML.
#319 of 441 Base models [merc1]
Mar 06, 2006 (9:30 am)
Thanks for the sales figures on the W140 S320.
I believe the former 300 SL sold very well too while it was offered.
For at least a few model years (1990-1993?)the 300 SL was also available with a manual transmission.
Mar 06, 2006 (10:33 am)
Any word on whether the E class for 2007 to be introduced in July will have the new V-8?
More importantly for me is will it be available at intro in the 4-Matic Wagon?
#321 of 441 Re: Base models [scott1256]
Mar 06, 2006 (1:53 pm)
Talk about a rare car, the R129 300SL/SL320. From 1990-1997 I think I may have seen about 7. Yes some were sold with a manual tranny, an ever rarer specimen. The introduction of the SLK in 1997 killed the SL320 in our market.
#322 of 441 Re: E-550 [rockypaul]
Mar 06, 2006 (1:55 pm)
All of that should be revealed at the New York auto show next month. The face-lifted E is supposed to be shown then. An E550 sedan and wagon are a given though! Since the current E500 wagon comes in 4Matic guise only I can't see why the new E550 wagon wouldn't. What I'm waiting to see if MBUSA will do the smart thing and bring over the E320CDI with optional 4Matic. A E320CDI Wagon available with 4Matic would be very smart IMO.
#324 of 441 Re: E-550 [merc1]
Mar 07, 2006 (12:13 pm)
I don't know...
Diesel is way more per gallon than premium gasoline here. The 34-36 mpg on the road diesel vs. my known gas v-8 real world mpg always over 20 and up to 28 road mpg makes me still hesitant on number 2 oil.
Also, I have many road miles and gas guzzeler tax receipts that I find have not held up to the light in my real world driving. My mpg has always far exceded the EPA combined.
#325 of 441 Diesel: good point [rockypaul]
Mar 08, 2006 (7:35 am)
Diesel fuel has been as much as 50% more expensive than unleaded over the last year.
This makes diesel cars a questionable value considering the high initial cost of a compression ignition engine.
#326 of 441 Re: Diesel: good point [scott1256]
Mar 08, 2006 (2:47 pm)
right now, diesel is less than premium here (Fresno, California).