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AT THE re­cently con­cluded Detroit Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz took the wraps off their brand new GClass. Cer­tainly, staying true to the bare 70s de­sign has its up­side. The G-Class is the longest run­ning model in the Mercedes lineup. For this new model, Mercedes has sub­tle new styling touches we bet you’ll have a hard time notic­ing. Though, the new model only shares three com­po­nents with the out­go­ing model. Their main fo­cus was on the in­te­ri­ors of the car. Plusher ma­te­ri­als and more space have been promised. The G-Wa­gen, while still a body-on-frame con­struc­tion with three dif­fer­en­tial locks, gets new in­de­pen­dent front sus­pen­sion for bet­ter ride qual­ity on the road.

Mean­while, AMG also dis­played the new 53-se­ries of the CLS and E-Class Coupe and Con­vert­ible. With this, they usher in a new era of a mild-hy­brid in­line six-cylin­der petrol pow­er­train, ver­sus the out­go­ing petrol V6 on the 43-se­ries cars. While ca­pac­ity stays the same at 3-litres, it fea­tures twin tur­bocharg­ing via a con­ven­tional ex­haust driven turbo and a 48V elec­tric mo­tor pow­ered aux­il­iary com­pres­sor, which Mercedes calls EQ Boost. Power fig­ures are 435bhp and 520Nm torque, with a mo­men­tary boost of 250Nm torque from the EQ Boost sys­tem. The 53-se­ries is the AMG brand’s first ever pro­duc­tion hy­brid mod­els.

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