This year Mercedes has continued its sales increase in Espain with a view to overtake Audi by 2020. With 39,300 cars sold in 2015, they have planned to reach 43,000 in 2016 and the introduction of new models and engines for to position itself as the least polluting compared to Audi and BMW.
Recently, Mercedes invited us to try some of their news between good roads and one of the best calçotades of Catalonia. Then I I summarize the three cars that more called the attention to me, with approaches completely different, but they share the luxury and performance of Mercedes.
GLE Coupe 450 AMG 4Matic
GLE is the first of the models of Mercedes to offer a version of “AMG Sport” for entry to the world of the high-performance of AMG. With a twin-turbo V6 3-litre, the 450 AMG has 367 Hp and 520 Nm of torque that allow it to accelerate its 2.2 tonnes of weight 0 to 100 in 5.7 seconds.
Despite being a car outwardly great, my first impression upon sitting down was of little space. I should say that I’m quite tall, but the riding position high along with the line of a Coupé make habitability interior is lower than what you would expect in a SUV of similar size. The GLE Coupe, along with the X6 of BMW, is a car in which the exterior design may take precedence over practicality. One of the things that most pleasantly surprised me is the engine. pulls hard from low revs and despite being turbo sounds really good, reminding the V6 from the Jaguar F-Type.
Paired with the automatic transmission 9-speed G-Tronic provides the GLE with a quiet and smooth ride in Comfort mode, while in Sport mode Plus the escape becomes more noisy, the changes are more rapid and marked, and the response to the pedal more immediate. The air suspension is height-adjustable together with the all-wheel drive allow for agility in curve remarkable , and, taking into account your weight allows you to enjoy a sporty driving even though it is a SUV.
S500 Plug-in Hybrid
Based on the long version of the S500, the Plug-in Hybrid incorporates a electric motor integrated in the transmission hybrid 7-speed which provides 114 Hp to the V6 Biturbo de 3 litres for a total of 442 Hp and 650 Nm of torque. To feed the electric motor has been located, the battery is 8.7 KWh and the electronic case management system in the trunk, which reduces the useful volume 395 litres.
Something heavier than the S-Class conventional, accelerates their 2.2 tons of 0 to 100 in only 5.2 seconds, with a sense of power is available instantly thanks to the electric motor. The consumption combined is only 2.8 liters to the 100 Km, and can travel up to 33 km in all-electric mode.
A button on the center console allows us to change between 4 modes of propulsion: Hybrid, E-Mode, E-Save and Charge. Hybrid uses both motors to improve the consumption or provide more power if the driver you want, E-Mode uses only the electric motor, And-Save preserves the state of charge of the battery using only the combustion engine and Charge uses the combustion engine to charge the battery. In E-Mode the already-excellent refinement of the S-Class is accentuated by the smoothness of the electric motor and the total absence of noise. The reclining rear seats with all types of amenities continue to be a benchmark in comfort for the rest of the industry.
C63 AMG Estate
The C63 AMG Estate is a car for the entire. So if you want to take your family on a vacation with 490 litres of luggage space available and the Agility Select in Comfort mode or leave on a Sunday to enjoy a mountain road in Sport mode Plus, the car and you will feel comfortable in both situations.
Your engine Biturbo V8 4 liters gives 476 Hp in the standard version, and the powers of 0 to 100 in 4.2 seconds. Shares most parts with the engine of the AMG GT, sports which test you can read here. This being my first experience with the new Biturbo V8, I must say that I found a real gem. With 650 Nm of torque from 1750 RPM and a roar as any manufacturer manages to get a turbo engine seems to keep a volcano under the bonnet. Not only that, but that paper has succeeded in reducing the consumption with respect to the previous V8 engine of 6.2 liters in a 32%.
The suspension tare sporty the compensate a few seats comfy and with good lateral support, which together with the rear-wheel drive and limited-slip differential allow you to enjoy big twisty roads. With your engine explosive and rear-wheel drive sometimes the C63 is struggling to find traction in the lower gears, a characteristic trait of many AMG propulsion.
With three cars targeted at very different audiences, what of them would you take home if you could?
I wish you very happy holidays and see you in 2016, with more and better articles.