2013 Mercedes Benz Viano

2013 Mercedes Benz Viano prototype

You don’t think that Volkswagen is the only German automaker which can produce van, do you? Well, look what we have here… series of spyshots where the prototype of 2013 Mercedes Benz Viano deployed for winter test. It is not all of a sudden the three-pointed automaker shifted their vision to produce van, but Mercedes does has van division where they got new director which formerly assigned at the AMG division – Volker Mornhinweg.

2013 Mercedes Benz Viano prototype side view

After two years of leading the Mercedes-Benz van division, Herr Morhinweg finally deployed its creation in the form of 2013 Viano which we think it is a mid-size van and already schedule for sale next year. This is a prototype as we spotted the combination of the A-pillar from the front to the rear of current car with an all new front end. The three-pointed German carmaker wants to produce its van to be safe for pedestrian which is why they equip the prototype with pedestrian protection standard.

2013 Mercedes Benz Viano prototype rear view

The pedestrian protection standard on the 2013 Mercedes Benz Viano is a car-like front end which we think will score pretty good points from Euro NCAP. For engine and department part, we have no clue what so ever on what engine which Mercedes-Benz will put on. There is no chance this German van will be getting turbo for its engine, although we scooped up one unofficial engine which available and matches the 2013 Viano – it’s the BlueEfficiency diesel engine.

2014 Mercedes-Benz BLS/CLC

2014 Mercedes BLS - CLC Spyshots

Okay, we have very good explanation why we choose to name this prototype as 2014 Mercedes-Benz BLS/CLC because the three-pointed German automaker successfully makes us confuse on naming this vehicle. What you see is the prototype of the brand new compact four-door coupe which tries to follow the steps of CLS. But what makes this 2012 BLS/CLC sedan different from the CLS is the fact that the German automaker uses the compact platform from A-Class and B-Class. Unusual but worth a shot development, right?

2014 Mercedes BLS - CLC Spyshots

Okay, so you know what the 2014 Mercedes-Benz BLS/CLC is about; but that is now quite the focus of our attention. We would like to underline our discussion on the interior. The exterior of the four-door coupe concept might be covered in heavy camouflage sheet, but not the inside, folks. We can’t thank you autoevolution.com for sharing us the spyshots.

2014 Mercedes BLS - CLC Spyshots

The uncovered interior of the 2014 BLS/CLC four-door coupe sedan is definitely taking the design cues from the B-Class models. Check out the chrome air-vents all the way to the audio system, the cubby holds, and you can’t miss the sleek navigation display. We combined the interior spyshots so you can compare the interior and tell us what you think: is there any resemblance or our eyes just fool us?

2014 Mercedes BLS - CLC Spyshots

No official name for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz BLS/CLC as this four-door coupe prototype has been referred as CLC, CLA, and BLS. Our aforementioned source reported that some sources believed that what we see is the BLS model. Anyway, no matter what the name is, the arrival of this four-door coupe concept might be around the middle of next year in order to battle with Audi A3 sedan.

2012 Detroit Motor Show: Mercedes-Benz E300 and E400 Hybrid Concept

Mercedes-Benz E400 and E300 hybrid

Mercedes-Benz is going green as they introduced two new hybrid concepts at 2012 Detroit Motor Show. The vehicles are the Mercedes-Benz E300 and Mercedes-Benz E400 Hybrid which both completing the three-pointed German automaker line-up together with 2013 SL roadster. All vehicles are having the same purpose: world debut and US introductory. So, what do these two duos E300 and E400 hybrid have to offer us?

Let’s talk about the Mercedes-Benz E300 hybrid first, shall we? The hybrid sedan is carrying the combination of hybrid and diesel which Mercedes refers as “world’s most economical luxury-class model”. To transform the ordinary E-Class sedan into hybrid vehicle, the German carmaker equips it with diesel-fueled BlueTec hybrid. The EPA figure is 56 mile per gallon for the European cycle, but for the US, it equals to 45 mpg.

The E300 Hybrid is carrying on the sedan or saloon design with later will be available in estate or station wagon model too. The total power output is 204 horsepower from four-pot diesel engine with additional 27 horsepower from electric motor. This E300 hybrid-diesel will be launched in Europe first without any confirmation whether it will be offered in other countries or not.

How about the Mercedes-Benz E400 Hybrid? This also diesel hybrid with BlueTech technology will be arrived in US and then later on at Japan, China and other countries. For the E400 Hybrid, the EPA figure stands at 27mpg for US cycle. The engine that powered the E400 Hybrid is four-pot gas-powered powerplant with total power output 306 horsepower with the electric motor adds 27 horsepower. No official price tag yet for both the Mercedes-Benz E300 and E400 Hybrid, but as we quoted form our aforementioned source, Mercedes said, “extra cost involved here is only moderate”.

Tuning Series: White Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG by Senner

Mercedes SLS AMG by Senner

What makes Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG supercar special? Not only the gullwing door, but also the outstanding power and performance. If you think that this car is not customizable, you are wrong, folks. Senner tries to beak its own boundaries by tuning in the SLS AMG because the tuning world recognize the tuning house as the one who modifies the Audi with its supercharged sportscars and SUVs.

So, what Senner has done with the most powerful vehicle among Mercedes-Benz’s line up? Senner has their eyes on the engine of SLS AMG and that is what their tuning goal is. The naturally-aspirated .2L V8 engine has been tweaked with secret parts in order to add more power to bring the adrenaline rush to the next level.

Mercedes SLS AMG by Senner rear view

Not much of change on the exterior, but we think that the white color that Senner applies for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is perfect, just can’t get better than this. It’s like an angel that has the hidden wrath of a devil which the devil here refers to the new engine that goes for 571 ponies as the original power and playing with the ECU gives new total power output up to 606 horsepower.

There is no way that remapping the engine and performance system will not include other parts which explain why Senner equips the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG with new sports exhaust and intake systems. To wrap up the whole tuning kit, the German tuning house granted 20-inch of Corniche Vegas alloy wheels. These wheels worth €19,500 in German tuning market.

Tuning Series: Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Exterior Kit by Prior Design

Prior Design Mercedes E63 AMG Exterior Kit

Two exterior kits from Prior Design in one day? Yup… It seems like the tuning house is doing what they can to make your New Year’s Eve more thrilling as you check  out the photos. It is like Prior Design has special thing with the German vehicles as they already played with BMW 1-Series Coupe and 5-Series – this has been customized twice, folks. This time, another German sedan has been voluntarily signs up for Prior Design latest project – the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG that looks like more than regular E-Class.

The exterior kit for E63 AMG by Prior Design comes with the name “PD500” body kit. Hmmm… the name itself already gives us the chill. According to autoevolution.com, this body kit is perfect fit for all W212 E-Class sedans. Especially those which are carrying the design and performance by AMG for the top of the class E-Class models.

Prior Design Mercedes E63 AMG Exterior Kit

Prior Design offers the tuning kit for Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG that consists of new front fascia, revised side skirts, freshly designed rear bumper, and of course a diffuser. The primary goal is to deceive your eyes. Seeing the E63 AMG with Prior Design exterior kit will definitely make you think “hot ride with V8 AMG engine under the hood”.

But the fact is, the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG just an ordinary sedan and that is where the exterior body kit from Prior Design comes handy. So, do you think that looks can be deceiving? With the help from Prior Design, those who own ordinary sedan can reborn their sedan with menacing look.