Weststar Associates Limited, the authorised general distributor of Mercedes-Benz in Nigeria has rolled out four new vehicles.
The E-Class, the GLC, the GLE and the V-Class were unveiled at Weststar’s Lekki office in Lagos.
According to its Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mr Mirko Plath, the E-Class is the most intelligent business saloon.
Mercedes-Benz, he said, is taking a big step into the future with the Tenth-generation business saloon E-Class.
The car also marks the world premiere of numerous technical innovations. They enable comfortable, safe driving on a new level plus a new dimension in driver assistance – among other things. Complete with infotainment and control systems offering an all new experience. Likewise exemplary: a newly developed diesel engine coupled with lightweight design and record-breaking aerodynamics figures set the standards for efficiency in this segment, while new, optionally available multi-chamber air suspension ensures outstanding ride comfort and driving dynamics. The sum total of its innovations, including the Active Lane-change Assistant which allows the driver to steer into the selected lane as if by magic, make the E-Class the most intelligent saloon in the business class.
The GLC is an even more refined version of the GLK, which is its predecessor. It is typically a C-class on stilts as this luxury competent crossover features the interior of its sedan sibling. The GLC is a great choice for singles and families as it is as sporty as a coupe. This Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) version of the C-class epitomises core properties of distinctive versatility, tailored solutions and superior handling characteristics. Under the hood is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo 9GTRONIC engine that boosts 241hp with 273 net torque. The GLC is 12-19 per cent more fuel-efficient as it is also equipped with the auto stop, start eco function thus yielding 28mpg.
Its exterior styling is dynamic and muscular, conveying both a sense of all weather and any road purpose as well as the latest sporty, refined and contemporary design from Mercedes-Benz. The GLC has a strong presence with its twin louvre grills and striking headlamp designs.
As for the GLE, Mercedes-Benz has thoroughly revised its best-seller in the SUV segment. Formerly known as the M-Class, the GLE has been redesigned with impressive new elements. Some of its highlights include a considerably more appealing front fascia that comes with new headlights, bumpers and grilles while the rear features redesigned LED stripes for an improved look. Depending on the trim levels, the SUV can have two different engine grilles and three different bumpers with one each reserved for its AMG versions. Across the available engine range, fuel consumption and CO_2 emissions are reduced by 17 percent on average compared with the predecessor model series.
The powerful GLE 500 4MATIC with direct-injection twin-turbo V8 engine produces an output of 320 kW (435 hp) and a peak torque of 700 Newton meters, and combines appealing performance with the high level of refinement of these engines.
The Mercedes-Benz V-Class is a real eye-catcher perfected down to the very last detail. Whether you are on tour with your whole family or going on a business trip with a load full of passengers, the V-Class is trusted to take you to your destination in grand style. It was first called the V-Class before being rebranded as the Viano when the second-generation model arrived in 2004. In 2014, the third-generation model was introduced and with it, Mercedes went back to the van’s roots by bringing back the V-Class name.
The new V-class comes with a 2.1-liter four-cylinder engine 136 horsepower and 244 pound-feet of torque for the V 200 CDI, 163 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque for the V 220 CDI, and 190 horsepower, and 325 pound-feet of torque for the range-topping V 250 BlueTEC. The V 200 and V 220 each come with an ECO Gear six-speed manual transmission while the V 250 BlueTEC comes with a 7G-TRONIC PLUS transmission as standard. The wide gear ratio range and finely graduated gears reduce the leaps in revs when changing gear- leading to comfortable gear gear-changing and better fuel economy.
From the exterior, the newly styled front bumper features a very different take on the air intakes. The side sills are also more pronounced, which is an improvement from the almost non-existent ones on the standard V-Class. Even the rear bumper gets a new styling. The addition of a new lip spoiler and a new set of 19-inch AMG light-alloy wheels complete the exterior AMG makeover of the V-Class.
The V-Class offers a uniquely varied interior concept while giving you an impressive driving experience. The dashboard is one of the most elegant dashboards seen in a van. The top half of the dashboard can be dressed in faux leather with accent stitching. The ambient lighting separating the two dash sections creates a relaxing ambience that draws away from the busy centre console. The most prominent feature of the console is the freestanding display screen. This can be controlled by a touchpad that recognises various finger movements like scrolling, swiping and zooming.