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6 Modern Mercedes-Benz Models You've Forgotten

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Today's topic: Mercedes-Benz models you've forgotten. Those of you who consider yourselves experts in the automotive world probably think you haven't forgotten any. But you are wrong -- clearly, highly and demonstrably incorrect -- and this list proves it.

This is a list of six Mercedes-Benz models I suspect you've forgotten. I personally had forgotten about three of them until I started researching this list, which sent me down a rabbit hole of Wikipedia entries about the history of Mercedes-Benz. Now, you don't have to go down this same Wikipedia rabbit hole, because you can simply read my list. You're welcome.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class

Mercedes-Benz B250e

Although you probably haven't forgotten the Mercedes B-Class, you might not know it exists here in America. But it does! Since 2014, Mercedes has offered a fully electric version of the B-Class -- dubbed the B250e or the B-Class Electric Drive -- for public purchase right here in the United States. And while it initially wasn't available in all the states, you can now buy one anywhere in America. Unfortunately, Mercedes doesn't seem to have much interest in marketing the B-Class; most car enthusiasts still think I'm wrong when I insist it's on sale here. But rest assured, it is. The B-Class Electric Drive is available with a starting price of just under $41,000 with shipping and a 177-horsepower electric motor that propels it up to 87 miles between charges.

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Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG

Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG

You probably know of the Mercedes C63 AMG, so you think I've got a typo here. Or you know there were AMG C-Class models before the C63 AMG, but none of them could've ever possibly used an engine as small as a 3.6-liter, so I'm clearly talking about a European-market car. Or perhaps you know the C36 AMG and would never forget it, so you think I'm an idiot. Either way, the C36 AMG was the very first AMG C-Class ever sold in the United States. Available only from 1995 to 1997 (before being replaced by the V8-powered C43 AMG in 1998), the C36 AMG used a 270-hp 3.6-liter 6-cylinder and boasted a 0-to-60 time somewhere in the 5-second range -- not bad for the mid-1990s.

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class hatchback

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Hatchback

I know what you're thinking. You've clicked the link. You've scrolled down. You've seen the picture. And now, your response is, "Oh yeah... that thing!" That thing was the Mercedes C-Class hatchback, intended to be a budget-priced C-Class for drivers looking to enter the Mercedes-Benz family for the first time. Available with strangely patterned cloth seats and a stick shift, the C-Class hatchback was sold from 2002 through 2005 before being discontinued due to slow sales. While the majority of C-Class hatchback models used a 2.3-liter 4-cylinder, Mercedes offered a C320 hatchback with 215 hp. If only there had been an AMG version.

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Mercedes-Benz CLKDTM

Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM

You probably know about the Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR, which was an insane-looking LeMans race car for the road, with absurd body work and an overall length that was roughly equivalent to Luxembourg. But did you know there was a second road-going version of the CLK race car? Called the CLK DTM, it featured the general profile of the regular CLK but added strange fender flares and an enormous wing on the back -- meant to recall the CLK models of the DTM race series. Mercedes built it only in 2004, and each model used an impressive 5.4-liter supercharged V8 with 582 hp -- over 200 hp more than a regular ol' CLK55 AMG. Total production was limited to 100 coupes and (strangely) 80 convertibles, even though there was obviously never a race-car version of the CLK convertible.

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Mercedes-Benz Metris

Mercedes-Benz Metris

While many car enthusiasts are well-aware of the giant Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van, few know of the Mercedes-Benz Metris, a smaller Mercedes van that went on sale in the United States for the 2016 model year. Offered with only one engine -- a 208-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder -- the Metris returns up to 21 miles per gallon in the city and 24 mpg on the highway in Cargo configuration or 20 mpg city/23 mpg hwy in its optional Passenger setup. Naturally, the Metris's smaller size means it has a lower starting price than the Sprinter. While the Sprinter starts at $33,500, the Metris starts at just $30,000 -- though drivers who want a Passenger model will have to spend $33,500.

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Maybach 62S Landaulet

Maybach 62S Landaulet

My personal favorite forgotten Mercedes is the Maybach 62S Landaulet, forgotten because it was designed to be the ultra-expensive flagship model of a brand nobody seemed especially interested in. Essentially just a Maybach 62S with a convertible top over the rear seats, the 62S Landaulet was made in unbelievably small numbers. Just eight were produced for the entire world, and supposedly a mere three came to the United States. The original MSRP was reported to be $1.35 million -- but as it was released in 2008, at the onset of the recession and just before the cancellation of the Maybach brand, I can't help but wonder what prices these actually sold for. I'm still wondering: There is currently a Maybach 62S Landaulet available for sale on Autotrader, but the price isn't listed.

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