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Video: Mercedes CLS 350 CDI 4matic - autobild.de
Does anyone know if and when the CLS 420 CDI will be available?? (I heard a new V8 Diesel would be coming out in April 2011!) Can anyone confirm!???!!??
The diesel V8 has been discontinued from everything I've seen.
AFAIK the GL 450 CDI is the only V8 diesel currently in MB's lineup (at least in the "Old Continent"). Dunno really, but there was nothing about a V8-diesel CLS at JESMB. :t-hands:
There's a revised V6 with more power than the original OM628 V8 coming out.
OM642 LS V6 - 265 PS / 620 NM (LS means "power increased")
OM628 V8 - 250 PS / 560 NM
Google Translated V6 V8 diesel discussion on the Mercedes-Benz Passion Blog
Daimler published their 4x4 history for you.
The tradition of all-wheel-drive vehicles from Mercedes-Benz
The foundations for all-wheel-drive technology are elaborated in 1903
The 1907 ‘Dernburg’ vehicle makes its appearance - with all-wheel steering
Today: wide range of models in all vehicle classes
Stuttgart – The first all-wheel-drive car for everyday use was built by Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) in 1907. The ‘Dernburg-Wagen’ even featured all-wheel steering. It was named after the then Secretary of State of the Colonial Office, Bernhard Dernburg, who clocked up a high mileage in the vehicle in Africa in 1908.
The all-wheel-drive history of the company actually began slightly earlier, in 1903, when Paul Daimler laid the foundations for this technology with his first initial design. The first all-wheel-drive vehicle appeared in 1904; it was quickly followed by others. Since then, the watchword has been that all-wheel drive is the best technology when it comes to traction and safe, assured progress. Over the decades it has been successfully used in all kinds of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, both passenger cars and commercial vehicles, and from vans to heavy-duty trucks. Some of these models, for example the G-Class or the Unimog, have gained a legendary worldwide reputation, and are to be found virtually everywhere on earth. All-wheel drive also scores heavily in day-to-day driving on normal roads, however, as the Mercedes-Benz saloons with 4MATIC demonstrate.
The tradition of all-wheel-drive vehicles from Mercedes-Benz | Daimler Global Media Site > Heritage > Technology
All-wheel-drive vehicles by Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft | Daimler Global Media Site > Heritage > Technology
The ?Dernburg-Wagen? | Daimler Global Media Site > Heritage > Technology
All-wheel-drive vehicles ? versatile helpers | Daimler Global Media Site > Heritage > Technology
All-wheel-drive vehicles by Benz & Cie. | Daimler Global Media Site > Heritage > Technology
Traction on the move: Daimler-Benz AG | Daimler Global Media Site > Heritage > Technology
Other vehicles with off-road capability | Daimler Global Media Site > Heritage > Technology
The Mercedes-Benz G 5 | Daimler Global Media Site > Heritage > Technology
In a class of its own: the Mercedes-Benz G | Daimler Global Media Site > Heritage > Technology
High-tech for passenger cars: Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC | Daimler Global Media Site > Heritage > Technology
The Unimog: a real all-rounder | Daimler Global Media Site > Heritage > Technology
Transport with traction: all-wheel-drive trucks since 1945 | Daimler Global Media Site > Heritage > Technology
Traction with brains: vans with all-wheel drive | Daimler Global Media Site > Heritage > Technology
Agricultural giants: the MBtrac sets standards | Daimler Global Media Site > Heritage > Technology
Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC: the pinnacle of permanent all-wheel drive: The great 4x4 for the winter
Stuttgart/Hochgurgl – All-wheel drive is still the top choice for enhanced mobility when road conditions turn wintry. 4MATIC, the permanent, electronically controlled 4x4 system from Mercedes-Benz, promises particularly impressive progress, as it boasts truly formidable performance capabilities on snow-covered and icy roads. High traction reserves, excellent directional stability, peerless safety and exceptional comfort levels are all among the drive concept’s highly persuasive benefits.
Not all 4MATIC systems are the same, though – Mercedes-Benz tailors the system to suit the operating profile. So, the new M-Class is equipped with a 4MATIC variant that delivers supremely assured handling on the road combined with top-class off-road technology, while the E-Class employs a system which is geared towards optimum on-road performance. One basic rule applies to all 4MATIC models in the winter, namely that the system can only work as effectively as the connection between the vehicle and the ground allows. In other words, suitable winter tyres are still indispensable.
Outstanding safety and well-balanced ride comfort combined with impressive driving dynamics on dry, wet or wintry roads are some of the key strengths of the third-generation M-Class with permanent all-wheel drive. The premium SUV also makes its mark with superlative skills off the beaten track, thanks to new chassis developments and innovative dynamic handling control systems designed to increase both driving pleasure and active safety.
The optional ON&OFFROAD package for the new M-Class uses six different driving modes to optimise driving dynamics and handling safety by providing the optimum drive control needed to cope with the wide spectrum of operating conditions encountered both on and off the road. Drivers have the choice of an automatic mode, two specially programmed off-road modes as well as three on-road modes – “Winter”, “Sport” and “Towing”.
The ON&OFFROAD package’s winter driving mode improves handling characteristics on roads affected by snow, ice or freezing rain and when using snow chains, and offers added safety. The extensive fine-tuning work carried out focused on further increasing longitudinal traction, at the same time as improving lateral dynamics and handling safety. The development team was able to implement these specifications to impressive effect using special control mechanisms in the drivetrain.
When the ON&OFFROAD package is combined with another optional feature, the ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM (ACS), a specially programmed winter set-up offers dynamic driving pleasure while giving the driver excellent control over the vehicle for a high degree of handling safety. At the same time, the system is capable of giving the M-Class greater traction, especially in wintry road conditions with low grip levels. What’s more, this set-up boasts even greater directional stability in tighter corners produced by a special control algorithm that is programmed into the system.
E-Class 4MATIC: stable handling on snow and ice
As with the system’s set-up on a dry or wet road, handling stability and, therefore, active safety are paramount at all times when wintry conditions prevail too in the E-Class models with 4MATIC. The mechanical principle of the 4MATIC system, featuring a 45:55 torque split between the front and rear axles and a multi-disc limited-slip centre differential with a basic locking torque of 50 Nm, offers all the right ingredients for this.
This basic design enables high levels of traction, as the dynamic shift in axle load toward the rear axle that occurs during acceleration is harnessed to deliver more drive torque to the rear wheels. However, the multi-disc differential lock is also able to shift the drive torque between the front and rear axles, varying the split between 30:70 and 70:30 as the road conditions dictate. Consequently, intervention by the ESP®, 4ETS or ASR electronic control systems can be delayed for as long as possible and the bulk of the drive torque converted into tractive power, even on slippery roads. All control system interventions go virtually unnoticed, yet drivers still know straight away if they are driving near the limit, as a yellow warning symbol will flash in the instrument cluster. This serves as a clear prompt to adapt the driving style to the road conditions.
For the first time ever, an E-Class with 4MATIC and a four-cylinder diesel engine is being made available in the shape of the E 250 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY. This model has an output of 150 kW (204 hp) and stands out for its smooth drive coupled with remarkable performance. In the process, it burns just 5.6 l/100 km on the NEDC cycle, making it the most efficient all-wheel drive diesel car in its class.
M-Class and E-Class: perfect climate with THERMOTRONIC
Mercedes-Benz offers the THERMOTRONIC luxury automatic climate control system for both the E-Class and M-Class. Apart from regulating the climate separately for the driver, front passenger and passengers in the rear, it allows further individual pre-settings to be programmed too. Another feature of the THERMOTRONIC system really comes into its own in the winter months: the residual heat function is activated by pressing the “Rest” button, and heats the interior for around 30 minutes when the engine is switched off.
THERMOTRONIC heats up the passenger compartment extremely efficiently at low outside temperatures, even after a cold start in the morning. This is thanks to a heating output of eleven kilowatts, equivalent to the capacity of the central heating system in a modern family home. On the diesel models, a heat exchanger with six integral PTC heating elements (PTC = Positive Temperature Coefficient) is also activated when the outside temperature falls below a certain level in order to boost the effect of the main heat exchanger with an electrical output of around 1200 watts. To make long journeys or lengthy winter outings in the M-Class even more enjoyable, the centre console holds a little surprise in store: the tempered cup holders include a Peltier element that is capable of keeping drinks hot or chilled in a temperature range of 8° to 55° Celsius at the push of a button.
Mercedes offers 4MATIC in 49 passenger car models
The Mercedes-Benz all-wheel drive line-up currently encompasses 49 passenger car models across ten model series for the German market, and offers an impressively wide choice. Besides the E-Class and the C-Class, which both come in saloon and estate variants, the 4MATIC portfolio is enriched by models from the S-Class,CL luxury coupé, CLS four-door coupé and R-Class touring SUV‑ranges too. These are joined by the third-generation M-Class that was brought out this year, the compact GLK and the GL full-size SUV. Still going strong after over 30 years in production, the G-Class truly comes into its own off the beaten track and continues to rank as one of the best cross-country vehicles in the world.
Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC: the pinnacle of permanent all-wheel drive: The great 4x4 for the winter | Daimler Global Media Site > Mercedes-Benz Cars > Mercedes-Benz P. Cars > Press Kits
Is it true they've reworked the 4MATIC system to send 60% of power to the rear and 40% to the front now?
One notable omission from the 4MATIC lineup is the E-coupe
It's in the text. The static torque split is 45:55 front to rear with a maximum torque apportionment of 70 % to either axle.
^^^ The ratio used to be 40:60 front to rear in the C- E- and S-Class is the previous 4Matic generation.
True. It's in the pipeline, though.
Mercedes C- and E-Class coupes to get 4Matic option next year
4Matic has proven to be a popular feature on various Mercedes-Benz models, especially in U.S. regions that experience four distinct seasons. But while all-wheel-drive is almost a necessary option in the luxury sedan segment, Daimler's C-Class and E-Class coupes have soldiered on only with rear-drive.
According to Car and Driver, that will change for next year. The 4Matic system will reportedly only be offered with the company's 3.5-liter V6, which pumps out 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.
This news could mean changes for the C-Class sedan as well. Currently, 4Matic is only offered with the 3.0-liter V6-equipped C300 sedan, so this could mean that the C350 sedan could also get an AWD option in 2012. That's good news for grip-loving buyers who want more oomph than the modestly powered 228-horsepower C300 can provide.
Cool, if that's next year then I imagine MB will coincide that with the E coupe facelift... if I'm getting my timeline right