2010 - What Merc goodies will it bring?

Following the 2009 pattern and because we are approaching 2010, it would be very clever from us to make a review of the new models agenda Mercedes-Benz has prepared for the next year.

The list includes:the new S-Klasse Coupe, the R-Klasse FL, the new CLS-Klasse, the new SLS AMG Cabrio, the C-Klasse FL and the new SLK-Klasse.

The first major automotive event of 2010 will be the North American International Auto Show in Detroit;this will be the chance to see the facelifted CL-Klasse, which, as you may already know, will also receive a new moniker:S-Klasse Coupe. The big luxury coupe will display refreshed front fascia and rear end, a slightly altered interior with a new steering wheel, new colour combos and exclusive materials and probably a completely new engine lineup, consisting of the MoVe(modular V6 and V8) units.

The R-Klasse crossover, a sales flop for the Stuttgart-based constructor, will be revamped in 2010;a complete overhaul of the front end, more powerful and efficient powerplants and some of the ultimate safety and infotainment systems that debuted on the E- & S-Klasse models are on the list. The R-Klasse FL could well be unveiled at the NAIAS, Geneva Motor Show in March, or as some insiders suggest, at the New York Auto Show in April.

The summer of 2010 will mean the switch in generations for the CLS-Klasse. The current C 219 model will be replaced by the completely new one, internally dubbed C 218. The next CLS will continue to display the same eclectic, yet sexy and passional exterior design as the previous model. The key features are the completely new V6 and V8 units, which make use of turbocharging and direct injection to improve fuel efficiency and CO2 emission levels, as well as bringing more power and driving pleasure. The infotainment systems(the new myCOMAND is likely to be introduced), the active/passive safety, dynamics and other assistance technologies, as well as the underpinnings will be taken from the new E-Klasse. The official premiere of the second generation CLS-Klasse is due to take place at the beginning of October, at the Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris.

The SLS AMG lineup will be completed next year by the addition of a cabrio version. The 'de-Gullwinged' SLS will feature a fabric top;the official unveiling will take place in the second part of 2010, at the Paris Motor Show.

The successful medium-sized model from Stuttgart will undergo a facelift procedure, that aims to somehow revamp the car, with modified headlights and tail lights with LED technology, a new dashboard with an on-mounted COMAND display, an updated engine range and a set of new assistance systems. The premiere may take place at Paris, in October 2010.

The end of 2010, more precisely December, will mark the launch of the new SLK-Klasse (R 172). The compact, hard-topped 2-seat roadster will feature the clean and expressive design details and styling cues that debuted on the new SLS AMG Gullwing.

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