Price Range (MSRP): $29,900 (CLA-Class) to $116,600 (CL-Class)
Mercedes-Benz, the storied German luxury automaker, offers several exciting changes to its 2015 lineup including a full redesign for the popular C-Class sedan and the new GLA-Class small SUV.
The CLA-Class debuted last year and though it may be the most affordable car in Mercedes-Benz lineup, it certainly doesn’t look it. It has four doors, but Mercedes is found of calling it a coupe thanks to its dramatic, curvy styling and short front/rear overhangs. It offers Mercedes luxury and attention to detail, along with a peppy turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a dual-clutch seven-speed transmission.
Next is the C-Class, which is offered as a coupe as well as a sedan. The coupe continues unchanged for the new model year but the sedan has been completely redone from the wheels up. It now sports all-aluminum body work which saves weight, brand new styling inside and out, and the latest safety technology you’ll find in any car on the road.
The E-Class represents the next level up, offering more power and interior space, and also great flexibility, available as a sedan, coupe, convertible, or a wagon. For 2015, the E400 replaces the E350 variants of the coupe/convertible, and the E550 variant of the sedan.
Sitting atop the totem pole is the flagship S-Class line of full-size sedans which represent the pinnacle of luxury. The S-Class was redesigned last year, adding new exterior styling and some of the most advanced tech on the road today. There is also a hybrid version for those who want better fuel economy. For 2015, it adds a coupe version which replaces the outgoing CL-Class. The two-door keeps all of the luxury of the four-door model but in a sleeker, more streamlined package.
The ground-breaking CLS-Class features swoopy coupe styling but also four doors for practicality. It gets new front and rear bumpers, as well as an interior design refresh for 2015. The exterior highlights include LED headlights which use 71 individual LEDs to make up the headlights, turn signals, etc.
Luxury isn’t the only thing going on at Mercedes they also produce a few sports cars. The SLK-Class of two-seater hardtop convertibles offers the very cool Magic Sky Control roof, which can adjust the tint of the ceiling glass with the touch of a button to let different amounts of light into the cabin.
The upscale two-seater SL-Class is the larger of two production sports cars in Mercedes’ lineup. The convertible hardtop adds a new variant for 2015, the SL400, and carries a long, long list of interior features (including a beverage cooler in the glove box).
For something with a little bit more utility than a sports car, Mercedes-Benz offers several different crossovers/SUVs, each bringing something different to the table.
The brand-new GLA-Class is now the smallest SUV offered by the German automaker. In some ways it appears to be more wagon than SUV, with a sleek shape that offers a high seating position preferred by some drivers, but not as much utility as a more traditionally shaped SUV. The GLA-Class shares a chassis and other technology, including powertrains, with the CLA-Class.
The GLK-Class is a compact luxury crossover with seating for five, optional all-wheel drive, and the interior refinement you’d expect from a Mercedes.
The M-Class, which also features two-rows of seats for up to five passengers the offers luxury features like real eucalyptus wood trim pieces and standard all-wheel drive.
If you need more seating then the GL-Class with seating for seven has you covered.
There is one “true” SUV in the stable as well, the rugged G-Class which has the looks to match its off-road chops. The G-Class also doubles as one of the most luxurious cars in Mercedes’ lineup so you’ll be in comfort no matter where you end up.
Finally, Mercedes also offers a class of Sprinter commercial vans for business applications.
The CL-Class has been discontinued for 2015. It has been rolled into the S-Class line as the S-Class coupe for the new model year.