Replacing the GLK, the new Mercedes-Benz GLC will take on the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 in the luxury compact crossover segment. When the 2016 GLC hits dealers in November, it will be offered in two versions, the rear-wheel drive GLC 300 and the all-wheel drive GLC 300 4Motion 4Matic (what a 4mula! — sorry). Both variants will use a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 241 horsepower, paired with a standard nine-speed automatic. Prices for the GLC300 start at $38,950 while the 4Matic costs and additional $1,000.
Mercedes-Benz’s new four-door coupe, the GLE Coupe will debut in the U.S. this month in two flavors, the GLE 450 AMG 4Matic and the GLE 63 S AMG. The GLE450 is powered by a 3.0-liter bi-turbocharged V6 which develops 362 HP and starts at $65,100. The beefier GLE 63 S AMG kicks things up to 577 HP courtesy of a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 at a price of $109,300.
The 2016 model year G-Class gains minor exterior and interior design tweaks, plus a new 4.0-liter bi-turbocharged V8 from the AMG GT S serving up 416 HP in the $119,900 G550 designation. As for the G63 AMG, its V8 gains an additional 27 HP for a total of 563 horses. New for the U.S. is the absurd G65 AMG with a twin-turbocharged V12 good for 621 HP; it will cost $217,900.
Finally, Mercedes-Benz has priced its C400 4Matic-replacing C450 AMG 4Matic. At 362 HP from a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6, the C450 AMG develops 33 more horses than the outgoing C400, but is still far off the pace of the 469 HP C63 AMG. Chassis updates, visual changes and standard all-wheel drive are part of the C450 AMG package.
Yes, the names get confusing, but to break it down, three numbers in front of the AMG means its only an AMG Sport model, not a full-fledged AMG.