Following last year’s redesign, the C-class sedan gets the AMG treatment for 2023. The new four-door C43 swaps its predecessor’s 385-hp twin-turbo V-6 engine for a 402-hp 2.0-liter four-turbo. Its 48-volt hybrid system powers a 13-hp starter generator and electric motor in the turbo, which overcomes lag. The upcoming C63, which is a 2024 model, trades its V-8 for a 671-hp plug-in-hybrid version of this powertrain. The previous generation coupe and convertible live on as the C300 with the Benz badge and the C43 and C63 with the AMG logo.
The GLC class has just been redesigned for 2023. For now, it comes strictly as a 255-hp four-cylinder GLC300, although a more powerful AMG variant and a plug-in-hybrid powertrain will also join the lineup.
The GLC Coupe fastback hasn’t been touched by the redesign, though a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is now standard across the line.
On the electric front, the new EQB now marks Benz’s entry point for EVs. It comes with a 66.5-kWh battery and 225 horsepower in the 300 4Matic or 288 horsepower in the 350 4Matic. The EQB250+ is the weakest (188 horses) but has the longest range (250 miles). A trio of new models complete the growing lineup of EVs: the EQE sedan, EQE SUV and EQS SUV.
While Mercedes has revealed quite a bit about the EQE SUV, we know more about the new EQS SUV. Like the flagship EQS hatchback, this SUV packs a 107.8-kWh battery and comes in the form of the 355-hp rear-drive EQS450+ and all-wheel-drive EQS450 4Matic, as well as in the form of the 536-hp EQS580 4Matic. Third row seats are optional. A sportier AMG model and a very luxurious Maybach are sure to come.
The Van Metris goes down after 2023, but the larger Sprinter gets a number of mechanical revisions, including a new four-cylinder turbo-diesel in 168-hp and 208-hp. They replaced last year’s underpowered four- and six-cylinder diesel engines. The 188-hp four-power turbo stays put. A nine-speed automatic transmission comes in for the old seven-speed unit. Rear drive remains standard, but a new all-wheel drive system capable of evenly dividing torque between the axles replaces last year’s rear bias arrangement.
This year is also the final year for the 603-hp E63 S sedan and wagon of the E-class; The noir-inspired matte-grey E63 S Final Edition marks the occasion.
In G-class news: The 585-hp twin-turbo V-8 powers the G63 4×4². Like the previous G550 4×4², this model features flared fenders, light bars and a set of portal axles that add more than four inches of clearance to the ground.
Changes to Mercedes’ other extensive model line have been minimal, with the CLA class, GLA class and GLB class carried unchanged. The CLS class, GLE class, GLS class, S class, SL class, and GT 4-Door all received minor adjustments to the color palette and trim and feature content. The 800-plus-hp 4-Door Hybrid GT is still a year away, and the two-door GT is dead, but we hope to return as a hardtop companion to the droptop SL. Lastly, the long-delayed 1000-plus-hp AMG One supercar, inspired by the F1, will finally be shipping to overseas customers in late 2022.
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