There's no question that 2013 is going to be a BIG year for Mercedes-Benz and if you are at the 2013 New York Auto Show, you'll see why.
Not only is Mercedes showing off it's highly anticipated CLA45 AMG, it is also debuting — to the U.S. — the new E63 AMG, with the all-wheel drive, the new CLS63 AMG and the C63 AMG Edition 507.
Why SO many AMGs, you ask? From what we've been told the New York Tri-State region is one of the largest consumer markets for AMG products. Remember, this is a consumer-focused show.
What may be even more interesting than the debuts above though is 2013 launch calendar located in the press release below.
From my perspective, the important launches are as follows...
1) Revised E350 4MATIC/RWD, E400 Hybrid, E550 4MATIC ((April))
2) GLK250 BlueTEC ((April))
3) Revised E250 BlueTEC 4MATIC/RWD, E350/550 coupe/cabriolet ((July))
4) CLA250 ((September))
5) All-New S-Class ((September))
Mercedes-Benz's press release follows:
Mercedes-Benz Debuts Five Models at NY International Auto Show
Two World Debuts and Three U.S. Debuts Continue to Highlight Significant Product Momentum
Mercedes-Benz continues its product launch momentum by highlighting two world debuts and three U.S. debuts at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, five of thirty models that will launch in the U.S. within the next seven years, or an average of once a quarter.
The World Debuts of the 2014 CLA45 AMG and 2014 B-Class Electric Drive, both under embargo until March 27, 2013, continue to demonstrate a cultivating premium small car segment for Mercedes-Benz. The CLA45 AMG features the world’s most powerful fourcylinder engine built in series production with 355 hp and 332 lb.-ft. of torque mated to performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel-drive. The 2014 B-Class Electric Drive is powered by a 134 hp electric motor and has a range of 115 miles.
U.S. Debuts of the 2014 E63 AMG S-Model 4MATIC Wagon and 2014 CLS63 AMG S-Model 4MATIC represent a new direction of controlled performance in luxury cars that were previously equipped with rear-wheel drive. Finally, the 2014 C63 AMG sedan and coupe range receive an optional upgraded performance package called Edition 507, for which the coupe version will be present at NYIAS. By the end of calendar year 2013, there will be 21 AMG models available in the United States.
On the smart side, New York International Auto Show will see the U.S. debut of the smart fortwo BoConcept signature style car, which was designed in collaboration with leading Danish furniture design company BoConcept.
2013 Calendar Year Launch List
The year 2013 marks significant launches for Mercedes-Benz, specifically in the areas of AMG performance cars, BlueTEC clean diesel, all-new or refreshed 4-door luxury cars, and our smart brand.
Please note the following 2013 Mercedes-Benz and smart launches in sequential order that have already been announced:
- GL63 AMG (March)
- E350 sedan/wagon RWD and 4MATIC, E400 Hybrid, E550 4MATIC sedan (April)
- GLK250 BlueTEC (April)
- smart electric drive (May)
- SLS AMG Black Series (limited volume – July)
- E250 BlueTEC RWD and 4MATIC sedan, E350 and E550 coupe and cabriolet (July)
- E63 AMG 4MATIC sedan and E63 AMG S-Model 4MATIC sedan/wagon (August)
- CLA250 (September)
- All-new S-Class (September)
- CLA45 AMG (November)