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2021 Mercedes Model Year Changes
  
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On all Mercedes, destination charges increase from $995 to $1050.

A-Class

2021 Mercedes A-Class stock photo

Blind Spot Assist, Exit Warning Assist and 64-color ambient lighting are all now standard.

AMG A 35

2021 Mercedes AMG A-Class stock photo

Blind Spot Assist, Exit Warning Assist and 64-color ambient lighting are all now standard.

AMG CLA

2021 Mercedes AMG CLA 35 stock photo

Blind Spot Assist, Exit Warning Assist and 64-color ambient lighting are all now standard.

AMG C-Class

2021 Mercedes AMG C-Class Cabriolet

Exit Warning Assist now is part of the standard Blind Spot Assist and a new parking damage detector is standard.

The 12.3-inch virtual digital instrument display is now standard.

Three-zone airconditioning is no longer an option.

AMG E-Class

2021 Mercedes-AMG E 53 Cabriolet

2021 Mercedes-AMG E 53 Cabriolet courtesy MB USA News

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Active Park Assist and Surround View System are now standard on AMG E-Class. A parking damage detector system is standard; it can detect impacts and can alert you on your phone. A new Exit Warning feature alerts people if an approaching car or bicycle is a danger before a door is opened; it is part of the Driver Assistance Package. Heated steering wheel and Magic Vision are also now standard on AMG E 53 Cabriolet and Coupe. A power rear sunshade is now standard on E 53 Coupe.

A restyled front end includes new grille, headlights and bumper. Taillights are also refreshed and are still LED. Restyled rear bumper and wheels complete the refresh.

AMG GLA

2021 Mercedes GLA 45 European courtesy MB USA

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 courtesy MB USA News

The redesigned GLA will also have two different AMG high performance models. The milder AMG GLA 35 will be good for 302 horsepower and the AMG GLA 45 will be packing 382, both from a 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder. The previous AMG GLA 45 made 375.

AMG GLC

2021 Mercedes AMG GLC Coupe

Front passenger memory seat, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Active Park Assist and Surround View System are now standard.

A new parking damage detector system is standard.

AMG GT 4-Door

2021 Mercedes AMG GT 4-Door stock photo

A new 43 model adds a new entry-level version of the AMG 53's inline 6-cylinder hybrid with only 362 horsepower, 67 fewer than the 53.

C-Class

2021 Mercedes C-Class Sedan

Exit Warning Assist now is part of the standard Blind Spot Assist and a new parking damage detector is standard.

The 12.3-inch virtual digital instrument display is now standard. Heated front seats are now standard on all variants.

Three-zone airconditioning is no longer an option.

CLA

2021 Mercedes CLA 250 stock photo

Direct steer is now standard, a steering rack that tightens the steering ratio the further the steering wheel is turned. Blind spot warning, Exit Warning Assist and 64-color ambient lighting are now also standard.

CLS

2021 Mercedes CLS 450

The Infotainment has been upgraded and "Hey Mercedes" voice control is now standard. The new standard system can be upgraded with augmented video for the navigation system and an integrated dash cam is also offered. The 12.3-inch digital virtual gauge display is now standard.

AMG CLS 53 now has standard Surround View and a power rear sunshade.

Exit Warning Assist is new and standard.

E-Class

2021 Mercedes E-Class Sedan2021 Mercedes E-Class Sedan courtesy Media MB USA

The core of the Mercedes dynasty (yes, outdated tortured reference to their old Daimler-Chrysler partner) gets a refresh for the 2021 model year. The better part of an inch longer, redesigned headlights, grille and hood highlight the appearance changes.

2021 Mercedes E-Class gauges display

2021 Mercedes E-class dual wide display courtesy Media MB USA

On the inside a dramatic, new 12.3-inch dual widescreen display system for gauges and infotainment.

Under the hood, E 350 models are unchaged, but E 450 models trade a twin turbo 3.0 V6 for an inline hybrid turbocharged six-cylinder with identical horsepower and torque ratings. Fuel mileage is much improved: 23 city/30 highway.

A new Active Exit Warning feature is installed with the optional Driver Assistance Package: it flashes a warning if a vehicle is approaching which could hit a door if it were opened.

Heated front seats are now standard and heated rear seats are offered as an option.

E 450 4MATIC All-Terrain Wagon

2021 Mercedes E 450 All Terrain

Okay, Subaru needs to go check their warehouse for missing fender flares; this could delay output of Outbacks. Mercedes has decided to go all crossover on the refreshed E-Class Wagon. Not the E 63, fire-breathing dragon version, thank heavens, but the E 450 version.

Lifted 1.2 inches, with black fender extensions and lower sill cladding no less, it uses a grille design meant to evoke "G" somethings rather than "E" somethings, but the redesigned headlights are from the other refreshed E-Class models. Length grows by over half an inch. Track width (distance between the tires side to side) increases by about an inch and a half in front and an inch in the back, which will return the stability lost to the higher ride height. Interior dimensions remain the same.

A new, much more efficient engine isn't hinted at by the unchanged "450" numeric nomenclature. An inline six-cylinder with mild hybrid assist raises fuel mileage from 19 city/26 highway to 22 city/28 highway, whicle horsepower and torque are unchagned from the old 3.0 V6 twin turbo. This engine previously appeared in the new CLS 450, GLE 450 and GLS 450. A nine-speed automatic and 4MATIC all-wheel drive are still included. Dynamic Slect programs now include "Off-Road" and Off-Road+" and downhill speed regulation. A full air-spring suspension with dynamic adjustable shock absorbers and front and rear height adjustment is standard.

Nineteen-inch standard wheels replace last year's 18's and are shod with 245/45R19 all-season run-flat tires.

The new dual 12.3-inch instrumentation and infotainment screens are also standard here, now.

Heated front seats are now standard and, for the first time, heated second row seats are optional.

GLA

2021 Mercedes GLA 250 courtesy MB USA

2021 Mercedes GLA 250 courtesy MB USA News

The GLA is redesigned and engineered for 2021. The base GLA 250 gets a boost to its 2.0-liter turbocharged engine: 13 more horsepower, for a total of 221 and still 258 pound-feet of torque. An 8-speed dual clutch automatic replaces the previous 7-speed.

A longer wheelbase should improve roominess, even as the overall length is slightly shorter. The new GLA is almost four inches taller, taking away the ambiguous crossover/wagon look and reinforcing the SUV appeal; suprisingly, headroom is reduced slightly, but still generous enough. Its also over an inch wider.

The suspension is still a MacPerson strut with wishbones in front and an independent multi-link in back, but now electronically adjustable shock absorbers are optional to smooth the ride or sharpen handling, depending on your selection and other conditions.

LED headlights and Blind Spot Assist are now standard. Exit Warning is new and warns passengers if a vehicle is approaching from behind before they can open their doors into traffic. Crosswind Assist is also new and helps correct steering to take into account wind. The passenger side knee airbag has been eliminated.

Adaptive headlights that turn with the corners and cornering lamps that light 90-degree turns are optional, now, as are automatic high beams.

More flexible 40/20/40 split folding rear seats take the place of the simpler 60/40 ones of the previous model. The rear seats also now recline. Ventilated front seats are now available as an option as are multicontour front seats.

The Active Parking Assist program is updated: it still steers you into a space and brakes, but now it shifts gears, too. The Driver Assistance Package now includes Active Steering Assist to keep you in your lane. Cruise controls move to the steering wheel and off the hidden stalk; the last Mercedes to do so.

GLB

2021 Mercedes GLB stock photo

A new AMG model will become available. The Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 will feature the same 2.0-turbocharged 4-cylinder as the CLA 35 and the GLA 35, with 302 horsepower, standard 4MATIC all-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic dual clutch transmission. Larger 13.8 inch front brake rotors are included in the package as well as the AMG RACE START function, launch control by another name. Wheel sizes range from 19-inches to 21. Dynamic Select gets a new program: "Sport+."

Blind spot warning and a 115-volt household electrical outlet are now standard on all models.

GLC

2021 Mercedes GLC Coupe stock photo

Parktronic front and rear parking sensors, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Keyless-Go, Mercedes' hands-free key technology, are now standard on all GLC models. Active Parking Assist, a feature that can steer, shift and brake automatically to park in a parallel or perpendicular parking spot, is also now standard. Exit Warning is added as a new, standard feature. The Surround View System is standard on the GLC Coupe, a nod to its compromised rear visibility; its also standard on AMG GLC 63 models.

A dash cam and a parking damage detector are optional.

GLE

2021 Mercedes GLE stock photo

SiriusXM Satellite radio and wireless phone charger are now standard.

GLS

2021 Mercedes GLS 450 stock photo

Last year's 275/50R20 tires with twenty-inch wheels are now the standard.

An enhanced theft alarm with Parking Damage Detection is now standard.

Ventilated front row seats are now standard.

 
 

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