All New Mercedes-Benz GLS Will be Coming in 2014 to Challenge BMW X6

Mercedes-Benz GLS

Mercedes-Benz GLS luxury crossover has been rumoring to join the production line-up. This could be meaning one thing: the arrival of the new contender on the crossover world. We might have to thank BMW for enlarging the market for crossover vehicles that don’t really work off-road but offer the luxury normally expected from saloons, as the success of its BMW X6 might spur Mercedes-Benz to create something that blends practicality and style in a package with the same rakish lines.

According to our contributor, the all new Mercedes-Benz GLS luxury crossover, and (as the name suggests) it will take the lines of the CLS four-door into the world of crossover vehicles. The BMW X6 rival will arrive in 2014, featuring a four-seat interior arrangement and underpinned by the same platform as the new Mercedes-Benz M-Klasse.

“After closely monitoring sales trends, we’ve concluded there is potential for an additional off-road model with a more sporting emphasis than the new Mercedes-Benz M-class,” an insider revealed last week.

With 120,000 BMW X6 units sold across the world since its debut in 2009, it’s no wonder that wants to get in on the action, but by the time the Mercedes-Benz GLS luxury crossover reaches the market, Audi and Land Rover might also have introduced such crossover to their lineup.

Details are limited at the moment, but the engine range for the Mercedes-Benz GLS luxury crossover could include the 306 hp 3.5-liter V6 and 435 hp 4.8-liter V8 petrols. In the diesel department, Mercedes-Benz GLS luxury crossover could introduce its 258 hp 3.0-liter diesel and even a hybrid oil-burner, based on the E300 diesel-electric that is scheduled to be unveiled in Frankfurt in September. It’s also hard to believe that the German carmaker will refrain from creating a 5.5-liter AMG monster alongside with the Mercedes-Benz GLS luxury crossover.


2011 BMW 7-Series as the Latest Flagship Sedan

2011 BMW 7-Series

2011 BMW 7-Series is considered to be BMW’s latest flagship sedan which comes in a variety of models, ranging from the base 2011 BMW 740i turbocharged V6 model with 315 horsepower, to the V8 of 2011 BMW 750i. All the 2011 BMW 7-Series variants are powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbo which first appeared under the bonnet of the new BMW X6.

2011 BMW 7-Series’ engine is rated at 400 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. The V8 twin-turbo will be powering the 2011 BMW 750i and the 2011 BMW 750Li models, in both traditional two wheel drive and BMW’s new xDrive (AWD) versions.

BMW is planning to add the 2011 BMW 760i to the production line-up of 2011 BMW 7-Series which will be equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

For the latest model year onward of the 2011 BMW 7-Series, BMW is raising the stakes with a 535 horsepower; 6.0-liter V12 turbocharged powering the 2011 BMW 760Li. The price tag for the 2011 BMW 760Li is $136,600 which makes the 2011 BMW 760i the only large luxury sedan in at this price point available with a V12 in the US market.

The 2011 BMW 7-Series will roll on 18-inches alloy wheels shod in all-season run0flat tires in a 245/50R18 size. Tow styles of 19-inches with performance-oriented rubber will be optional.

The weight-saving measures of the 2011 BMW 7-Series have shaved about 120 lbs thanks to largely to increased used of aluminum in the body as compared to the previous generation car despite the new 2011 BMW 7-Series carries more standard equipment. Another detail added by BMW on the 2011 BMW 7-Series is to improve fuel consumption by reducing drag is a flap in the grille that eliminates unneeded airflow.

The four-wheeling steering will be included on the 2011 BMW 7-Series option list, along with an all-wheel drive option known as xDrive. With the four-wheel steering system, the rear wheels of the 2011 BMW 7-Series will turn in the opposite direction as the front ones at speeds below 35 mph, and will turn up to three degrees in the same direction as speeds climb above that.

The 2011 BMW 7-Series will be completed by a new active chassis management system which BMW refers it as “IMS”. The IMS on the 2011 BMW 7-Series will provide the driver the choice of Comfort, Normal, Sport and Sport Plus settings, changing settings, such as shock settings, steering effort, gear change speed and smoothness, and the sensitivity of the stability control system.

2011 BMW 7-Series Driver Interior

BMW not only think about the safety of the 2011 BMW 7-Series owners, but also other people such as pedestrians. A new night vision system on the 2011 BMW 7-Series ensures to increase safety for pedestrians.

This system on the 2011 BMW 7-Series is able to detect human presence in front of the vehicle and then flash a warning symbol on the display. Moreover, the system on the 2011 BMW 7-Series will be able to tell if a pedestrian is in the road or safely on the sidewalk, although it is not clear how the system can differentiate the two.

For those who like to taste a bit of speeding, the 2011 BMW 7-Series can read the speed the limit signs and warn drives when they are driving too fast. Unfortunately, this high-tech feature on the 2011 BMW 7-Series will only be available in Europe for now.

2011 BMW 7-Series still has unique feature left; the ability of keeping an eye on your speed during inclement weather. The camera on the 2011 BMW 7-Series can detect fog or rain, and will warn drivers when they are approaching an unsafe speed. Despite the warning, the system on the 2011 BMW 7-Series has no control over the speed of the vehicle so those with lead feet no need to worry.

The Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid Concept

Mercedes-Benz Vision S 500 Plug-in Hybrid

Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car made its first debut on the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and it is just concept at this stage. But it goes where the Mercedes-Benz S400 dared not fully electric operation.  So, what makes the Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car different from the Mercedes-Benz S400?

Well, the Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car combines a 3.5-liter V6 gas engine with a 60 horsepower electric motor and a 10kW lithium-ion battery. Just for your so you know, the other vehicle which uses the battery pack is the Chevrolet Volt with its 16kWh. The battery pack for Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car gives extra 474 pounds, stashes in the trunk, where it no doubt impinges on cargo volume.

Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid engine

Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car is the first car on the premium segment of “three-liter car”. It means that the first full-size luxury car earns fuel-economy usage of three liter per 100 km, or 3.2 liter – to be exact.

Those numbers equal of 74 mpg for the US, although the Chevrolet claimed their Volt earns 230 mpg which means the Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car’s rating is skewed by the fact that the vehicle runs part of the time on electricity alone – and was rated using the European standards.

The charging time for the battery pack of Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car is less than one hour with a rapid-charging station, or about 4.5 hours from a conventional household outlet.

Just like the BMW which is touting the BMW 7-Series and BMW X6 hybrids, the Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car promises it will be no environmental prude. The concept car can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds – not bad for hybrid car, huh? Of course sprinting like that will seriously erode the 18-mile electric charge.

Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car might be just a concept, but the German auto maker hinted to add this kind of system to the next generation of S-Class. We are eager to see the electronics well advanced from what is present here, because the Mercedes-Benz really taking hybrid development very seriously.