What Are They?
In addition to the new E-Class Coupe, which we’ve covered in a separate post, Mercedes-Benz used this year’s Detroit Auto Show to reveal three new or revised models: an updated version of its GLA crossover, a revised version of its sporty AMG GT and a new special edition of its S-Class Coupe.
Most important for the majority of car shoppers is the revised version of the GLA crossover, which first went on sale for the 2015 model year. The new model touts a slightly tweaked exterior, with most changes coming to the facelifted front end. Inside, the GLA adds an updated gauge cluster, a larger center screen and a newly standard backup camera, along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Powertrains remain unchanged for both the GLA250 and GLA45 AMG.
More important for enthusiasts is an updated version of the impressive Mercedes-AMG GT sports car. In addition to a special low-production “Edition 50” model to celebrate AMG’s 50th anniversary, the AMG-GT adds a new “GT C Coupe” that slots above the standard AMG GT and the sporty AMG GT S. For 2018, those models get a power boost (to 469 hp in the GT and 515 hp in the GT S), while the GT C will offer 550 hp. Other changes to the AMG GT include a revised grille and new option packages.
The last new Mercedes-Benz revealed in Detroit was the S-Class Coupe Night Edition, which features a unique matte-gray paint and black accents everywhere else — including the mirrors, the wheels and the door sills. There’s also a “NIGHT EDITION” badge on both front fenders.
The revised GLA and AMG GT are unlikely to stray too far from their current starting prices of $33,800 and $112,000, respectively. As for the S-Class Coupe, it’ll only be offered in S550 guise — and you can figure a few thousand on top of its $123,800 base price for the “Night Edition” model.
When Can You Get Them?
Each of these models will likely go on sale in early 2017.
Add Them to Your Shopping List Because…
The GLA and AMG GT deserve a spot on your shopping list for the same reasons they did before their most recent updates: The GLA combines SUV capability with luxury amenities and city-friendly dimensions, while the AMG GT is a truly impressive sports car. As for the S-Class Coupe Night Edition, you’ll want it on your shopping list if you want an especially unique luxury coupe from the factory — one that likely won’t be available in large numbers.
Other Cars to Consider
BMW X1 — BMW’s latest X1 previously had a technology advantage over the GLA, though the new GLA may turn the tables. We still prefer the BMW’s looks, though we like the GLA’s available AMG model — something BMW doesn’t offer.
MINI Countryman — If you like the GLA’s sizing and appearance but not its price tag, you might want to go with the smaller MINI Countryman. Its interior isn’t quite as nice as the GLA’s, but it touts a more engaging driving experience — and, to us, a more engaging style.
Jaguar F-Type — The Jaguar F-Type is an excellent sports car, boasting amazing performance and some seriously intoxicating sounds. But it doesn’t quite have the exotic feel of the AMG GT.
Porsche 911 Carrera — The AMG GT’s closest rival has a more established history and a better brand name. But the AMG GT is more engaging on the road — and you have to love its exciting, raucous V8 engine.