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2007 New Car Model Guide:  Mercedes Cars, Trucks, & SUVs


Mercedes-BenzMercedes-Benz with headquarters in Germany makes luxury and performance vehicles that run the scale in size and type with multiple options for power and traction. The vast collection includes souped-up performance variations in many categories built by the Mercedes super-tuner AMG. Two noteworthy new Mercedes models for 2007 are the super-luxury S Class sedans, which score generational change for 2007, and a large-scale crossover SUV badged as GL450.

Mercedes-Benz S Class
2007 Mercedes-Benz S Class

Deluxe full-size Mercedes sedans rank among the most sophisticated and luxurious cars in the world. Styling is bold and angular for a structure cast on a new long-wheelbase platform. That sets up massive personal space in a five-seat cabin stocked with every conceivable luxury feature. Surprisingly quick for a big car, the S550 packs a new dual-cam V8 engine which displaces 5.5 liters to explain the 550 nomenclature of the nameplate. The plant produces 382 hp through the 7G-tronic seven-speed TouchShift automatic transmission. Ultra edition S600 stocks a 5.5-liter Mercedes V12 with 510 hp.

Mercedes-Benz GL Class
2007 Mercedes-Benz GL Class

A new full-size SUV arrives in the '07 line of Mercedes-Benz. Named GL450, the big crossover wagon rides on a unibody platform and comes together at a Mercedes assembly plant in Alabama. It brings the sticky tire traction of a pavement-hugging all-wheel-drive (AWD) SUV and stocks a 4.6-liter V8 for 335 hp plus the Mercedes 7G-tronic TouchShift automatic transmission. GL450 has a 7500-pound towing capacity and offers an optional height-adjustable suspension. The cabin seats five or seven passengers with first-class comforts aboard and trim in fine leathers and burl walnut wood.

Mercedes-Benz C Class
2007 Mercedes-Benz C Class

Compact-size C Class cars by Mercedes for 2007 consist of three four-door sedans, each powered by a different twin-cam V6 engine. C230 employs a 2.5-liter V6 at 201 hp. C280 gets a 3.0-liter V6 with 228 hp and C350 has a 3.5-liter V6 for 268 hp. Optional AWD equipment -- called 4Matic in Mercedes nomenclature with 40/60 percent front/rear torque split -- applies to C230 and C280. Sport editions for C230 and C350 wear a new AMG rear spoiler with black bird's eye maple cabin trim. Also, C230 offers a flexible-fuel version burning E85 ethanol or gasoline.

Mercedes-Benz E Class
2007 Mercedes-Benz E Class

Mid-size Mercedes luxe cars include four-door sedans and five-door wagons with a new eco-friendly diesel model and super AMG sports sedan. E320 BLUETEC is the diesel sedan bringing a clean-burning 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6 at 210 hp plus fuel scores to 37 mpg. E350 comes with a 3.5-liter twin-cam V6 for 268 hp. E550 has the 5.5-liter V8 at 382 hp, but E63 AMG rips with AMG's 6.2-liter V8 worth 507 hp. 4Matic AWD equipment is offered on E350 and E550 sedans and wagons, as every E Class car gains Pre-Safe, the Mercedes anticipatory safety system.

Mercedes-Benz CLS Class
2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class

Described as a four-door coupe, elegant CLS sorts in size between mid-size E Class and full-size S Class sedans. Part of the structure for CLS comes from the E Class but the design draws graceful styling of a sporty coupe with that low sweeping roofline. There are two models in the series with CLS550 and powerful CLS63 AMG. Both score new powertrains for 2007. CLS550 pulls from the 5.5-liter V8 tuned to 382 hp, as CLS63 AMG merits AMG's high-performance 6.2-liter V8 cranked to 507 hp. Both also use the 7G-tronic TouchShift transmission.

Mercedes-Benz CLK Class
2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK Class

Both hard and soft tops apply to sporty mid-size Mercedes two-door cars. Convertibles, derived from hardtop coupes, are cut to airy drop-tops by German car crafter Karmann. Three two-door coupes appear this year, as do three convertibles, with two powertrain upgrades. CLK350 continues with a 3.5-liter twin-cam Mercedes V6 for 268 hp. CLK500 becomes the CLK550 with that new 5.5-liter dual-cam V8 zipped to 382 hp. CLK55 AMG goes further as CLK63 AMG containing AMG's new 6.2-liter V8 metered to 475 hp plus shifter paddles on the steering wheel for hands-on transmission control.

Mercedes-Benz SLK Class
2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class

These two-seat roadsters stock a pop-top lid that stows in the trunk. There are three engine options. Entry-edition SLK280 shows a 3.0-liter dual-cam V6 worth 228 hp. SLK350 totes the 268 hp and 3.5-liter V6 with six-speed manual shifter or seven-speed 7G-tronic automatic. Top performer SLK55 AMG earns a 5.5-liter AMG V8 for 355 hp through the AMG-modified 7G-tronic automatic. Options extend to a deluxe surround-sound audio system with 380-watt amp and 11 speakers. And SLK puts a nifty feature focused on a rider's neck -- the Airscarf neck-level heat vent concealed in the headrest.

Mercedes-Benz SL Class
2007 Mercedes-Benz SL Class

Elite Mercedes roadsters have two seats in a luxe cockpit crowned by a hardtop lid that tucks into the trunk. Design for the roadster, in part homage to the original Mercedes gullwing 300SL, is the most artistic from the tri-star brand. Expect multiple models for 2007 -- new SL550 with the 382 hp 5.5-liter V8, V12-based SL600 and rippers SL55 AMG and SL65 AMG. SL600 uses a V12 boosted to 510 hp, while SL65 AMG runs with a 12-cylinder AMG bi-turbo at 604 hp. SL55 AMG has a supercharged AMG 5.5-liter V8 stretched to 510 hp.

Mercedes-Benz CL Class
2007 Mercedes-Benz CL Class

Top-tier and full-size coupes, with fluid lines sweeping up an exaggerated hood and over the pillar-less roof, cap the Mercedes line in a new generation of designs for 2007 drawn off the S Class sedans. There are two treatments titled CL550 and CL600. The former employs the 5.5-liter V8 from S550 with 382 hp, while the latter acquires twin turbos for that plant to boost output to 510 hp. The Benz 7G-tronic seven-speed TouchShift automatic transmission works with the naturally-aspirated V8, yet all of the torque spewing from the turbo version requires a special five-speed automatic.

Mercedes-Benz R Class
2007 Mercedes-Benz R Class

The sport tourer cars of Mercedes-Benz combine driving manners of a sports sedan packaged as a wagon-type vehicle with AWD and the cabin of a premium luxury car. Three tiers of seats show a pair of individual buckets in each row. Four models emerge for 2007. R350 takes its name from a 3.5-liter V6 producing 268 hp. R500 packs a 5.0-liter V8 that runs to 302 hp. A powerful new diesel-powered R320 CDI musters 221 hp plus superb fuel economy scores, while the high-performance R63 AMG with a 6.2-liter V8 hits 507 hp.

Mercedes-Benz M Class
2007 Mercedes-Benz M Class

The made-in-America M Class SUV by Benz has a unibody structure and full-time AWD equipment with three open differentials -- front, rear and center. Then Mercedes adds a four-wheel adaptation of the electronic traction control system dubbed 4ETS. The five-seat cabin stocks fine leathers with trim in polished hardwoods and brushed aluminum. ML350 employs the 3.5-liter V6 for 268 hp. ML500 bundles the 5.0-liter Mercedes V8 at 302 hp. Powerful new ML63 AMG gets the 6.2-liter AMG V8 for 503 hp, and a new diesel variation ML320 CDI joins this fleet with 221 hp.

Mercedes-Benz G Class
2007 Mercedes-Benz G Class

From an assembly plant in Graz, Austria, the hand-crafted G Class wagons continue to roll out in limited numbers as ultimate go-anywhere off-road SUVs. Each wagon carries every mechanical armament -- a full-time four-wheel-drive (4WD) system, traction control, vehicle stability system, three differential locks (center plus rear and front) -- and a luxurious five-place cabin with leather seats and standard DVD-based navigation system. G500 draws from the Mercedes 5.0-liter V8 ranked at 292 hp. G55 AMG carries the AMG 5.5-liter V8 with supercharging and inter-cooling to generate 469 hp.