2014 Mercedes-Benz Overview
In some respects, 2014 is a bit of an in-between year for Mercedes-Benz, as much of the company's lineup was reworked for the 2013 model year, and redesigned versions of the C-Class and CL-Class (likely to be replaced by a new S-Class coupe) are on deck for 2015. However, the 2014 lineup is certainly not without its noteworthy debuts and updates.
Chief among those would be the debut of a new S-Class sedan, available in rear-wheel-drive (RWD) S550 and all-wheel-drive (AWD) S63 AMG 4Matic trim levels with features including interior scented-air packages and seats that mimic a hot-stone massage. At the other end of the spectrum is the all-new CLA-Class 4-door coupe, a model loaded with standard creature comforts and performance courtesy of an optional 355-horsepower, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that is priced below $30,000. These cars are complemented by the 2014 CLS-Class, which adds more power and a standard AWD system to the CLS63 AMG, and the E-Class sedan, now with a trim lineup that includes a 4-cylinder diesel engine option and an upgraded E63 AMG variant.
On the SUV and crossover front, Mercedes' G-Class, GL-Class, GLK-Class, and M-Class models carry over mostly unchanged. The same applies to the duo of SL-Class and SLK-Class hardtop convertibles. A track-ready Black Series model joins the SLS-Class family.
Due to be completely redesigned for the 2015 model year, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class offers few changes. Available in coupe and sedan body styles, the 2014 C-Class adds a split-folding rear seat to all variants, the C350 sports a new set of 18-inch alloy wheels, and the high-performance C63 AMG can be equipped with an Edition 507 package that uses engine modifications to deliver 507 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of torque.
- Standard split-folding rear seat
- Standard 18-inch alloy wheels on the C350
- Edition 507 package (C63 AMG)
Fans of the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class would be well-advised to visit their dealer sooner than later, as the 2014 model year is slated to be the last for this large 2-door coupe. Expect an all-new S-Class coupe to serve as a replacement.
For its final run, the 2014 CL-Class offers a standard Premium 2 package with massaging seats, night-vision technology, and more. Trim levels include the CL550 4Matic, CL600, CL63 AMG, and CL65 AMG.
- Standard Premium 2 package
In an effort to attract a broader range of buyers, Mercedes has launched the all-new 2014 CLA-Class compact 4-door coupe. Slotted below the C-Class in the company's lineup, this small Benz is available with front-wheel-drive (FWD) or AWD capability and seating for 5 occupants. The base CLA250 trim level is equipped with 8 air bags, a forward-collision warning system, power front seats with 14-way adjustment, infotainment system linked to a 5.8-inch screen, and a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 208 horsepower. A start/stop assist feature is also standard and contributes to EPA-estimated fuel economy measuring 26/38/30 mpg (city/highway/combined).
For enthusiasts, Mercedes-Benz will also be offering the AWD 2014 CLA45 AMG, fitted with a beefed-up version of the 2.0-liter engine that delivers 355 horsepower.
- All-new compact 4-door coupe
- FWD or AWD
- CLA250 and CLA45 AMG trim levels
- Choice of turbocharged 4-cylinder engines delivering up to 355 horsepower
- Standard forward-collision warning system
Credited as being the originator of the sleek, 4-door coupe body style, the CLS-Class returns for 2014 with a few upgrades to its most potent trim level. The CLS63 AMG now features standard AWD and a twin-turbocharged, 5.5-liter V-8 engine that delivers 550 horsepower (up from 518 horsepower in the 2013 model). In addition, the company has created a new CLS63 AMG S model fitted with a retuned version of that same V-8; output measures 577 horsepower and 590 lb.-ft. of torque. According to Mercedes, that extra dose of muscle under the hood contributes to a 0-60 mph time of only 3.6 seconds.
A relatively tame CL550 trim level is also part of the lineup. This variant features a twin-turbocharged, 4.6-liter V-8 engine that generates 402 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque, all of which works to push the car to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds.
- CLS63 AMG S model
- AWD capability standard on CLS63 AMG
- CLS63 AMG boasts more standard horsepower
For 2014, Mercedes has updated its E-Class lineup with revised styling, upgraded interior materials, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, and electromechanical steering. The company has also replaced the former V-6-powered E350 Bluetec trim level with a new E250 Bluetec model equipped with a turbocharged, 4-cylinder diesel engine that delivers 195 horsepower, 369 lb.-ft. of torque, and EPA fuel-economy estimates measuring 28/45/34 mpg.
The high-performance E63 AMG has also been tweaked for the 2014 model year and now features standard AWD capability, not to mention an extra 32 horsepower under the hood (for a total of 550). There's also a new E63 AMG S model that, thanks to some special engine tuning, produces 577 horsepower.
Available in sedan, coupe, and wagon body styles, the 2014 E-Class can be had in the E350 Bluetec and E63 AMG versions mentioned, as well as E350, E400 Hybrid, and E550 trim levels.
- Updated interior and exterior styling
- 4-cylinder diesel engine option
- Electric power steering
- Paddle shifters
- Upgraded interior materials
- Start/stop assist functionality
- AWD capability standard on E63 AMG
- E63 AMG S model
- E63 AMG boasts more standard horsepower
- Added safety features
Seemingly oblivious to decades of work by aerodynamicists, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV carries over into 2014 as upright and boxy as ever. This rugged and luxurious vehicle, popular with Hollywood celebrities and foreign militaries alike, offers three new exterior paint colors for the new model year. Buyers have the choice of 382-horsepower G550 and 536-horsepower G63 AMG trim levels.
- Polar White, Diamond Silver Metallic, and Dakota Brown Metallic paint colors
After a complete redesign for the 2013 model year, the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class returns for 2014 with a trio of new exterior paint colors and a Premium 1 package upgraded with heated and cooled front cupholders.
The company offers the 2014 GL-Class in four trim levels, including the diesel-powered GL350 Bluetec, 4.6-liter V-8-powered GL450 and GL550, and the high-performance GL63 AMG.
- Palladium Silver Metallic, Polar White, and Diamond Silver Metallic paint colors
- Premium 1 package adds heated and cooled cupholders
Like the larger GL-Class, the recently redesigned GLK-Class returns for 2014 with only minor revisions, including the addition of Dolomite Brown Metallic to the color chart. Mercedes has also reorganized a couple of equipment packages, and now offers a heated steering wheel as an individual option. GLK250 Bluetec and GLK350 trim levels are available.
- Dolomite Brown Metallic paint color
- Slight equipment package revisions
Though Mercedes-Benz had announced intentions to replace the ML350 Bluetec with a new 2014 ML250 Bluetec powered by the same 4-cylinder diesel engine found in the smaller GLK-Class, the company later reversed course and decided to stick with the status quo. The ML250 Bluetec may join the lineup at a later date.
In addition to the ML350 Bluetec, the 2014 M-Class is available in gasoline-powered ML350, ML550, and ML63 AMG trim levels. Buyers have the choice of RWD or AWD.
- Polar White and Diamond Silver Metallic paint colors
- Updated equipment packages
Mercedes' flagship S-Class sedan has been redesigned for 2014. S550 and AWD S63 AMG trim levels are offered, along with features that include dual 12.3-inch display screens in the dash, a 590-watt premium sound system, and unique options such as massaging seats that mimic the feel of a hot-stone therapy session, heated armrests, and an Air Balance package that fills the cabin with one of five driver-selectable scents.
The 2014 S-Class also boasts a wide range of safety amenities, such as a forward-collision warning system, LED headlights, night-vision technology, rear seat belt air bags, and a multi-view camera system. That last feature is part of the Magic Body Control option, which actively looks for bumps in the road ahead and readies the suspension before the car ever passes over that patch of pavement.
- Completely redesigned for 2014
- S550 and S63 AMG trim levels
- Mercedes-estimated 0-60 mph in as little as 3.9 seconds
- AWD capability is standard on the S63 AMG
- Dual 12.3-inch touch-screen center display screens
- Standard 590-watt premium sound system
- Air Balance package fills the cabin with one of five user-selected scents
- Updated seat massage functionality
- Available heated armrests
- Several new safety features
As was the case with multiple other Mercedes-Benz models, the SL-Class 2-door convertible was updated for the 2013 model year, so changes for 2014 are minimal. In fact, they're limited to the introduction of two new colors: Polar White and Cardinal Red Metallic.
Boasting a power-retractable hardtop roof and seating for two, the RWD 2014 SL-Class is available in SL550 and SL63 AMG trim levels, with the latter delivering 530 horsepower and 590 lb.-ft. of torque to propel it to 60 mph in only 4.2 seconds, according to Mercedes.
- Polar White and Cardinal Red Metallic paint colors
New paint colors are offred for Mercedes' 2-passenger convertibles. Like the SL-Class, the 2014 SLK-Class arrives with new Polar White and Cardinal Red Metallic paint color options, and nothing more to differentiate it from the 2013 model.
Under its power-retractable hardtop are accommodations for a driver and one passenger. Trim levels include the SLK250, equipped with a turbocharged, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine; SLK350 powered by a 3.5-liter V-6; and the SLK55 AMG housing a 5.5-liter V-8.
- Polar White and Cardinal Red Metallic paint colors
Available in RWD coupe and convertible body styles, the highly exclusive Mercedes-Benz SLS-Class supercar gains a new AMG Black Series model for the 2014 model year. Compared with the so-called base trim level, this new variant weighs less, adds an extra 39 horsepower (for a total of 622), and features a retuned exhaust system, aerodynamic enhancements to create more downforce, and a heavily revised chassis engineered for tackling road courses.
- SLS AMG Black Series model