Ask several people what they think of “Mercedes-Benz,” and you’re likely to get a variety of answers. Some may think of a sleek black Mercedes-Benz sedan or a luxurious SUV, or perhaps its thoughts of a powerful Mercedes AMG car. And a Mercedes Sprinter van may come to mind for others. In other words, a Mercedes is a different thing to different people.
The pioneering automaker that started more than 100 years ago has transformed into a brand with numerous vehicles in various price ranges. There are literally dozens of models to consider, especially if you are looking for a used Mercedes-Benz for sale.
Let’s dive into the world of Mercedes-Benz cars, SUVs, and vans. Here’s an overview that highlights just some of the company’s offerings.
Mercedes’ efforts at SUVs began with making a utility for the German military in the 1970s. Still, the 1998 debut of the ML helped popularize the idea of a luxury SUV for the masses. In the last decade, Mercedes switched from the confusing GL and ML monikers to a simpler format with GLS at the top (think “S” for S-Class). Here’s information on Mercedes SUVs for sale.
The G-Class, G-Wagon, or Geländewagen first appeared on the road as a functional off-roader for the military and police in Germany and nearby nations. But its rugged looks and durable mechanicals were equally appealing to the luxury crowd seeking the ultimate SUV. While some welcomed the outrageous Hummer H1, premium buyers valued the G-Wagon’s Mercedes pedigree and the availability of an over-the-top interior. More recent units come with a 4.0-liter V-8 with 416 horsepower, and some AMG versions feature a twin-turbo V-12 cranking out over 600 horsepower.
Seeking to take on the Audi Q7, Cadillac Escalade, Lexus LX, and Lincoln Navigator, the company added some steroids to its formula for the mid-sized ML/GLE and launched the three-row GL for 2006. Buyers flocked to this jumbo SUV available with various powerplants, including a turbo V-6 Diesel option. American consumers also appreciated that the brand’s biggest SUV was built in the U.S. (Tuscaloosa, Alabama).
A new model hit the streets in 2013, with a refresh following in 2016. The redesign included the new naming structure, so the GLS 400 and GLS 500 were born along with the 577-horsepower GLS 63 AMG. A third-generation GLS appeared in 2020 with engine choices running from a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder to a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8. A turbocharged six-cylinder Diesel continues to be available.
If there was a Mercedes-Benz SUV listing in the dictionary, it would have a picture of the Mercedes-Benz GLE (formerly ML) next to it. As the brand’s first large-production SUV, the GLE served as a benchmark for buyers and other automakers. The first generation (then an ML) rolled out of the factory in 1998.
While its bulbous looks were unconventional, the vehicle’s spacious interior and the three-pointed star on the grille were a welcome alternative for upscale SUV shoppers. In its fourth iteration, the GLE still holds a solid place in the brand’s lineup with a 255-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-four as the base powerplant.
Mercedes’ larger SUVs were doing fine, but the industry was going smaller. Not one to miss out on an opportunity and desperately needing to replace the smallish and quirky GLK, the company debuted the compact GLC in 2016. Rear-wheel drive is standard; 4matic all-wheel drive is optional for the GLC. And unlike other “GL” models in the lineup, there’s only one engine; a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 241 horsepower. The GLC Coupe is also available to take on the BMW X4.
Along the way, an AMG GLC 43 with 362 horsepower appears. And 2018 reveals a GLC with a hybrid setup and the AMG GLC 63 with a 469-horsepower turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8. 2020 sees an updated exterior and upgraded infotainment system.
Mercedes adds the GLB to its lineup for 2020 in response to the ever-increasing demand for SUVs. Unlike its more streamlined siblings, the GLB’s blocky styling is reminiscent of the GLS but in a smaller form. And like the GLS, the GLB has three rows but less cabin space (it is a subcompact SUV, after all). Similar-sized vehicles like the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 are strictly two-row affairs.
Front-wheel drive is standard (4Matic is optional), and the base GLB shares its powerplant with the GLC (the turbo 2.0-liter engine) but gets detuned to 221 ponies. The performance-oriented AMG GLB 35 offers 302 horsepower and standard all-wheel drive. Keep in mind that the GLB is relatively new, so you won’t see too many of these used Mercedes for sale.
The company’s efforts with an entry-level SUV go back to the 2015 model year and the first-generation GLA. Arguably, its blunt styling is befitting a five-door hatchback, but the SUV label is what sells vehicles these days. There’s no surprise that the GLA shares an engine with its “B” and “C” relatives, but this configuration cranks out 208 horsepower. The AMG GLA 45 tempts fate and tickets with 355 horsepower stuffed into a tiny package.
A second-generation GLA is introduced for 2021 and shares a platform with the GLB. Overall, the latest GLA is larger and more refined than its predecessor. The all-new interior benefits from the latest MBUX infotainment tech, and the carryover engine gets a 13-horsepower bump. There’s now a choice of two AMG models: the GLA 35 with 302 horsepower and the GLA 45 with a remarkable 382 horsepower.
Auto engineering firm AMG has been around for more than 50 years, but Mercedes brought everything in-house after buying AMG in 1999. We could write an entire article about AMG, but we’ll focus on just two examples to keep things brief.
The AMG C 63 has long been a performance stable for Mercedes enthusiasts. And while various years have offered the car in sedan and coupe forms, every version has had one thing in common: a potent V-8 under the hood. Head back to 2008 for the first-year sedan with a 451-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 that’s naturally aspirated. Car and Driver reported the vehicle only needed 3.9 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standstill.
Most recently, the 2021 Mercedes C 63 AMG came as a coupe but with a different powerplant. Now relying on a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, the AMG C63 serves up 469 ponies while the C63S cranks out 503 horsepower. The C63S only needs 3.7 seconds to reach 60 mph.
An AMG in a reworked C-Class or Mercedes SUV is one thing, but the AMG GT is the ultimate performance, Benz. It’s a purpose-built bull in the china shop that first appeared in 2015 as either a coupe or roadster. There’s a multitude of variants (even for a six-figure car).
In its most basic configuration, the base GT uses the trusty twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 at 523 horsepower. The AMG GT Black Series takes things to extremes with 720 horsepower and a 0-60 mph time of 3.1 seconds.
Mercedes-Benz and convertibles go hand-in-hand. It’s a tradition dating back to the brand’s early days and the iconic 190 SL roadster from the 1950s.
The automaker decided to ditch its entry-level convertible after the 2020 model year. But there are plenty of examples of this Mercedes sports car on the used car market that go as far back as 1996. The second-generation (2004-2011) SLK featured an all-new body with a front end borrowed from the SL. The third and final version goes even farther in embracing the SL’s looks. All SLK generations come with a retractable hardtop and engine choices (depending on the year) ranging from a 134-horsepower four-cylinder to the 385 horsepower of the AMG SLC45 (a twin-turbo V-6).
The C-Class has been around for almost 30 years, but the first convertible version didn’t appear until 2016. Rear-wheel drive is the standard drivetrain, and the C300 Cabriolet is also available with 4Matic. Recent versions offer 255 horsepower via a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. For extra top-down fun, check out an AMG Mercedes for sale like the AMG C43 Cabriolet. Its twin-turbo V-6 offers 385 horsepower and a 0-60 dash in 4.6 seconds.
Jumping up to newer examples of the E 450 Cabriolet and E 450 4Matic Cabriolet means a standard turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. 362 horsepower provides plenty of power, especially with the top down. But don’t worry, the AMG E53 Cabriolet cranks things up with 429 horsepower.
There’s no more classic example of a Mercedes convertible than the SL roadster; it’s a story that goes back almost 70 years. From the breakthrough 190 SL to the all-new and forthcoming SL Roadster (the seventh generation), this drop-top grand tourer represents a flagship product for the brand. Ordinarily, you won’t find a quality used SL among cheap luxury cars for sale.
Cars like the 280 SL and 560 SL highlighted the burgeoning luxury market from the 1970s and 1980s. And fifth-generation variations like the SL500 and SL65 AMG called attention to Mercedes’ technological prowess, including a monster twin-turbo V-12 with as much as 661 horsepower.
Beyond luxury and high-performance vehicles, people also look for Mercedes Sprinter vans for sale and the smaller Metris. Mercedes-Benz commercial vans are relatively new in the U.S but are workplace staples in Europe and other markets.
The Mercedes Sprinter van is the unsung hero for numerous companies. From contractors to delivery operations, these vehicles get the job done without fuss or fanfare. Critically, the Sprinter is available in many configurations that ideally match an individual company’s needs.
A four-cylinder gas engine serves as the base powerplant, while a Diesel offers legendary reliability and extra load capability. Depending on the model year, there are different wheelbase lengths and body styles (cargo, crew, passenger, minibus, or cab chassis).
While the Sprinter has a solid reputation in the work van world, its size is not for every business. With this in mind, Mercedes introduced the smaller mid-sized Metris van in 2016. Available as either a cargo or passenger van, the Metris comes in two wheelbases: 126 inches or 135 inches (cargo only). A single 208-horsepower turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine moves the rear wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission. Metris holds its own against competitors like the Ford Transit Connect and Ram ProMaster City.
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Posted Wednesday, April 6, 2022