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Luxury and performance define Mercedes-Benz and all of the lines of sedans, coupes, SUVs, convertibles, roadsters, hybrids, and electrics. The brand traces its origins to the first gas-powered car, the Benz Patent Motorwagen in 1886 by Karl Benz. With such a long history of automotive innovation, the globally recognized company knows how to create products that hold their price. Automobile authorities like Kelley Bluebook, Autotrader, and Edmunds often dub the brand and its models as having the best resale value.

What's in a Name?

Mercedes-Benz uses an alphabetic class system to distinguish one line of its vehicles from the next. Knowing this naming convention can help narrow down a large inventory of available models to a specific choice.
  • A-Class: Hatchback
  • B-Class: Multi-Purpose Vehicles or MPVs.
  • C-Class, E-Class: Saloon, estate, coupe, and cabriolet.
  • CL: When preceding single-letter names, the CL indicates the four-door coupe version of the class. For example, the CLA and CLS are four-door coupes of the A and S classes.
  • GL: When preceding single-letter names, the GL represents SUV version of the class. For example, the GLA, GLC, GLE, and GLS, are SUV versions of the A, C, E, and S classes.
  • S-Class. Luxury versions of the saloon, coupe, and cabriolet.
  • SL: When preceding single-letter names, the SL shows roadster versions of the class. For example, the SLC is the roadster version of the C class.
  • What do all of the lowercase annotations mean?


    Individual models may also include a lower-case letter to indicate the type of fuel it uses. The lowercase letter replaces certain designations, which you'll find on pre-owned vehicles.
  • c is for compressed natural gas, replacing Natural Gas Drive.
  • d is for diesel, replacing BlueTEC or CDI.
  • e is for electric, replacing Electric Drive or PLUG-IN HYBRID.
  • f is for fuel cell, replacing Fuel Cell.
  • h is for hybrid, replacing HYBRID or BlueTEC HYBRID.

  • Models with these designations include the GLA 200d, the S500e, and the S400h.

    What is AMG anyway?

    AMG represents racing-inspired models for those who crave high-performance. In 1967, the initials represented a company known for developing racing engines for Mercedes-Benz. After a series of acquisitions, the company became a wholly owned subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz. “One Man – One Engine” is the ethos that drives the AMG model line. Each hand-crafted motor is proudly created to outperform expectations by increasing technical innovation. The most recent culmination of the Biturbo powerplants is the 6.0-liter V12, which responds instantly at all RPMs, thanks to liquid-to-air intercooling and high-speed engine management. Motivating the AMG SL65 Roadster, this powerplant thunders with 621 horsepower to launch from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.9 seconds. You don't have to look under the hood to distinguish the AMG variants. They typically feature lower bodywork to hug the road, wider axle tracks and tires to enhance surface grip, and a unique bulge on the hood to hint at the power underneath. A rear diffuser takes care of the airflow exiting from under the body to enhance both style and aerodynamics. The high-end designation is available for a wide range of trims and body styles, such as the agile AMG CLA45 Coupe, comfortable AMG S65 Sedan, fun-to-drive AMG SL63 Roadster, and imposing AMG GLE SUV.

    What is a Maybach?

    Also credited with inventing the automobile in 1886, Wilhelm Maybach motorized a stagecoach by adding a gasoline engine. The company he founded in 1909 was eventually acquired by Mercedes-Benz to become the luxury version of the S-class under the Mercedes-Maybach. One example is the Mercedes-Maybach S600 sedan, which is powered by the 6.0-liter V12 Biturbo that achieves 523 horsepower and accelerates from 0 to 60 in 5 seconds. Typical for this line is a hand-crafted cabin made sumptuous by hand-tailored Nappa leather on the seats, door sills, ceiling, and console. Exotic hand-polished wood trim and crisp aluminum accents please both sight and touch. Advanced technology also gets it due in the LEDs used for all interior and exterior illumination. The front seats power-customize in 12 ways while the reclining outboard rear seats get 4 adjustments. All places include massage and can store their settings in memory. To maximize comfort, Four-Zone Automatic Climate Control allows a separate temperature setting for each passenger. Because the Head-Up Display projects important information on the windshield in front of the wheel, the driver never has to shift focus from the road when checking on speed or navigation directions.

    Advancements

    Many automotive advancements in modern vehicles are credited to Mercedes-Benz. They include the Electronic Stability Program, four-wheel independent suspension, the Antilock Braking System, and crumple zones. The following, however, are still unique to the brand's line and are worth looking:

  • 4MATIC: Is an intelligent all-wheel drive feature which maximizes traction by diverting equal power to all four wheels. If one or more wheels start to slip, such as on rainy surface or while rounding a curve, this system can automatically send power to the wheels with the most grip.
  • PRE-SAFE®: When this feature detects the approach of specific types of collision, it can adjust head restraints and tighten front seat belts to provide passengers with extra protection.
  • mbrace®: By downloading the mbrace® app to their smartphones, drivers can connect to vehicles at different locations. They can then locate and track their cars, engage remote diagnostics, or contact Mercedes-Benz Customer Assistance for help on the road.