Mercedes: 2013 Sprinter Got Facelifted and New Transmission

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Mercedes in on the offensive move in developing van as the commercial vehicle division just deployed the Citan urban delivery van and Viano for winter test drive. As if that is not enough, to fill the empty slot for the 2012, they are offering the Viano Pearl Limited Edition. And so, the three-pointed German automaker released another announcement which stated that they are currently developing the 2013 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter where the commercial van will be getting facelift program and new transmission and already scheduled to hit the market this spring.

The revised on the technical sides of the 2013 Sprinter van targets the fuel efficiency, but that is not the highlight part. Mercedes-Benz proudly announced that the commercial van will be adopting the 7G-tronic automatic transmission as an optional feature. According to autoevolution.com, the newly developed transmission on the upcoming sprinter able to operate very smooth at temperature as low as -30 degree Celsius or -22 degree Fahrenheit.

In term of fuel efficiency, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will be equipped with BlueEFFICIENCY pack which offers features such as low rolling-resistance tires, an ECO steering system, and engine start/stop system. The pack also allows the four-pot engine diesel engine which powers up the commercial van to provide EPA figure at 7.4L for every 100km and the figure can get lower around 7 liter for 100km if a high-ratio rear axle is chosen.

Another features which Mercedes-Benz might be granted for the 2013 Sprinter commercial van is an Adaptive Electronic Stability program which offers new two functions of Electronic Brake Prefil which prepares the braking system for action when the driver takes his foot off the gas; while the Brake Disk Wipe is removing the water the surface of the rotors.

Tuning Series: Mansory Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG

Mansory Mercedes CLS 63 AMG

For some people, the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG is too classy and other think that it is too calm and although the luxury four-door sedan is powered by AMG, it seems like it is just not enough, folks. And so, Mansory has to step in and customize the CLS 63 AMG into something else… Something different, dark, mysterious, and definitely shows some new attitude around the four-door sedan. We present you, the Mansory Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG.

Mansory Mercedes CLS 63 AMG cockpit

The classy look on the standard CLS 63 AMG has been stripped off and the Swiss tuner transform the German four-door sedan into more muscular car. Mansory doesn’t deal with the cosmetic changes, but also the technical upgrades as well for complex transformation. So, are you ready to meet the other personalities of the Mansory Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG?

Mansory Mercedes CLS 63 AMG rear view

Under the hood, according to autoevolution.com, the V8 engine with AMG performance Package with original power output 560 horsepower, and the Mansory Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG now offers 640 horsepower. The Swiss aftermarket specialist also adds 20-inch rims with high-performance tires. Take off the original body kit as Mansory equips the four-door sedan with new massive body kit which constructed from carbon fiber. The interior consists of new leather finish, custom floor mates, aluminum covers for the pedals, and many more.

Rendering Image of the Mercedes-Benz Citan

Mercedes-Benz Citan Rendering

You see, this is what happen if the automaker takes too long to create one of the most waited vans – the Mercedes-Benz Citan. And yes, the spyshots really got into our nerves, folks… so, what do we got here? What we got here is the rendering image of the Citan urban delivery van which probably still covered in heavy camouflage as part of it development. Actually, Mercedes-Benz already put this project on their to-do list and the three-pointed German should thank the new development on the van department.

The rendering images of the Mercedes-Benz Citan are courtesy of theophiluschin.com and we just love the accuracy of the lines, styling, and design. Not too futuristic but very simple and emphasizes that the Citan Van is intended for urban delivery with classy look and reliable performance. According to autoevolution.com, the Citan van project is joint-project between Nissan-Renault and Mercedes-Benz. Just like Toyota and Subaru with the GT 86, BRZ, and Scion FR-S.

Mercedes-Benz doesn’t need to spend their resources in developing new platform for the Citan van because the vehicle set to be using the Renault Kangoo platform. Just to remind you, the debut for this van is going to be at the IAA Commerical vehicle Show in Hanover this September. No official word, but we heard that Mercedes-Benz Citan could borrow the low-emission BlueEFFICIENCY powertrain for both petrol and diesel engine. Mercedes also opens a possibility for an electric drive version as well.

Mercedes-Benz Citan

Mercedes-Benz Citan prototype

We have seen the concept car, and now, the German three-pointed automaker deployed the prototype of the Mercedes-Benz Citan for winter test. The urban delivery van was covered in heavy camouflage and we might know very little about the styling lines, but what we know is that it’s the Citan because Mercedes doesn’t have any other concept van. The reason why the van prototype has to be deployed for test drive this soon is because the German carmaker wants to drop the latest version next year and to fill the empty gap, they already release the Viano special edition.

Mercedes-Benz Citan prototype side view

It is about time that Mercedes drops new van model because the Viano has been battling alone on the van market segment and the arrival of Citan is predicted to be given more choices for customers. Mercedes is having a mutual agreement with Renault which means that they don’t have to build Citan urban delivery van from scratch. According to autoevolution.com, the van will be based on the Renault Kangoo platform but it will carry its own design and Mercedes’ details.

Mercedes-Benz Citan prototype rear view

It means that the front bumper, the front grille, and headlights on the Mercedes-Benz Citan will be very different from the Kangoo van. Furthermore, our aforementioned platform stated that the Citan German van will be offered in various versions in order to give customers many choices such as passenger van, cargo van, and even the multi-purpose van. On the engine and performance, Mercedes will offer both petrol and diesel engine units.

2012 Geneva Motor Show: 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

We don’t know about you folks, but we think that the 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class doesn’t radiance what the compact hatchback should be. It is kind of weird, but try to compare it with the prototype where the three-pointed German automaker deployed it for test drive. This the 3rd generation of the A-Class which got its proper and official unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is constructed from the same MFA modular front architecture of the B-Class. The 1,780mm wheelbase is offering you good performance from the short overhangs and sporty design. You see, we knew it that there is something special about this compact German hatchback and it is the sportiness. As if this is not sporty enough for you, the powerful version of the 2012 A-Class is currently undergoing development on the AMG division where the total power output sets at 211 horsepower.

2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class interior and engine

The engine which powers up the 2012 A-Class hatchback according to autoevolution.com is the 1.6L turbo which provides you with 122 horsepower as the total power output for the A180. Need more power? There is another total power output for you and that is the 156 horsepower and if you look for the range topper, the A250 with more aggressive bodywork surely suits your sporty style. These are the petrol or the gasoline lines, are you ready for the diesel powerplant choices?

For the diesel, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is powered by the 1.8L CDI for the A180 with total power output is 109 horsepower and if you buy the A200 compact hatchback with CDI engine, you can get 136 horsepower. The most powerful diesel engine holds by the A220 with the 2.2L CDI with power output at 170 horsepower. The entertainment system for this compact German hatchback is what Mercedes refers to “iPod on wheels” where they infuse the integration of cool infotainment system on the dashboard.

2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class rear view

The main design for the interior of the 2012 A-Class hatchback is derived directly from the B-Class but the A-Class model has the more luxury premium feeling. If you go for the optional AMG package, you can get a new grille mesh, a full body kit, and larger wheels. For the interior, the AMG version of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class caries carbon fiber for the dashboard and sporty seats which are the same with the ones on the SLK roadster.