New for 2014: Mercedes-Benz
New for 2014: Mercedes-Benz
2014 Mercedes-Benz Overview
In some respects, 2014 is a bit of an in-between year for Mercedes-Benz, as much of the company's lineup was reworked for the 2013 model year, and redesigned versions of the C-Class and CL-Class (likely to be replaced by a new S-Class coupe) are on deck for 2015. However, the 2014 lineup is certainly not without its noteworthy debuts and updates.
Chief among those would be the debut of a new S-Class sedan, available in rear-wheel-drive (RWD) S550 and all-wheel-drive (AWD) S63 AMG 4Matic trim levels with features including interior scented-air packages and seats that mimic a hot-stone massage. At the other end of the spectrum is the all-new CLA-Class 4-door coupe, a model loaded with standard creature comforts and performance courtesy of an optional 355-horsepower, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that is priced below $30,000. These cars are complemented by the 2014 CLS-Class, which adds more power and a standard AWD system to the CLS63 AMG, and the E-Class sedan, now with a trim lineup that includes a 4-cylinder diesel engine option and an upgraded E63 AMG variant.
On the SUV and crossover front, Mercedes' G-Class, GL-Class, GLK-Class, and M-Class models carry over mostly unchanged. The same applies to the duo of SL-Class and SLK-Class hardtop convertibles. A track-ready Black Series model joins the SLS-Class family.
Due to be completely redesigned for the 2015 model year, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class offers few changes. Available in coupe and sedan body styles, the 2014 C-Class adds a split-folding rear seat to all variants, the C350 sports a new set of 18-inch alloy wheels, and the high-performance C63 AMG can be equipped with an Edition 507 package that uses engine modifications to deliver 507 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of torque.
- Standard split-folding rear seat
- Standard 18-inch alloy wheels on the C350
- Edition 507 package (C63 AMG)
Fans of the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class would be well-advised to visit their dealer sooner than later, as the 2014 model year is slated to be the last for this large 2-door coupe. Expect an all-new S-Class coupe to serve as a replacement.
For its final run, the 2014 CL-Class offers a standard Premium 2 package with massaging seats, night-vision technology, and more. Trim levels include the CL550 4Matic, CL600, CL63 AMG, and CL65 AMG.
- Standard Premium 2 package
In an effort to attract a broader range of buyers, Mercedes has launched the all-new 2014 CLA-Class compact 4-door coupe. Slotted below the C-Class in the company's lineup, this small Benz is available with front-wheel-drive (FWD) or AWD capability and seating for 5 occupants. The base CLA250 trim level is equipped with 8 air bags, a forward-collision warning system, power front seats with 14-way adjustment, infotainment system linked to a 5.8-inch screen, and a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 208 horsepower. A start/stop assist feature is also standard and contributes to EPA-estimated fuel economy measuring 26/38/30 mpg (city/highway/combined).
For enthusiasts, Mercedes-Benz will also be offering the AWD 2014 CLA45 AMG, fitted with a beefed-up version of the 2.0-liter engine that delivers 355 horsepower.