C class: The sedan will be redesigned in 2007. Last year Mercedes dropped the four-cylinder engine from the C class. It also dropped the slow-selling coupe and station wagon. Those two models are not expected to return to North America, but Mercedes is likely to add a luxury sedan and a sporty sedan.
The base C-class engine will be the 2.5-liter V-6; a 3.5-liter V-6 will be optional. Expect a high-performance AMG version with a V-8 in 2008. An all-wheel-drive version is possible.
To reduce cost, the C class is expected to share a wider range of components with the E class.
CLK coupe/convertible: The redesigned coupe and convertible are based on the new C class and are scheduled to arrive in 2008. A longer car is expected.
E class: The freshened E class went on sale in July. Like the C class, the E class gains sport and luxury models. The sport model has bigger wheels, a lowered suspension, dual chrome exhaust and interior changes.
The E class adds the Pre-Safe safety system from the S class. It shuts windows, tightens belts and takes other steps to protect occupants if the car senses an impending crash.
The E550 replaces the E500 and features the new 5.5-liter V-8 engine from the S class. It has 382 hp, 80 more than its predecessor. The E320 diesel V-6 Bluetec, which can be sold in 45 states, goes on sale in mid-October, when low-sulfur fuel is available. Mercedes-Benz is discussing a 50-state diesel with the federal government.
CLS: This fall the CLS adds the Pre-Safe system used in the S class. The four-door coupe will be freshened in 2009.
S class: Mercedes-Benz's flagship was redesigned this year; sales began in April. An awd model comes this fall. A diesel version is due in 2007.
CL: The redesigned CL is expected in late 2006 as the CL550, equipped with the new S-class engine. The CL will be about 3 inches longer and nearly an inch wider than its predecessor.
SLK: The two-passenger roadster will be restyled in 2008.
SL: The hard-top roadster was freshened this year. Like the other Mercedes-Benz models, vehicle designations have been changed because of the updated engines. The SL550 replaces the SL500, for example. The SL will be redesigned in 2008.
P8: It is unclear whether this high-performance, two-passenger coupe will be produced, but there is word that the new Mercedes management has put it back on the drawing board. The car would be manufactured by partner McLaren, which makes the SLR. It would be powered by the new AMG-engineered, 510-hp, 6.3-liter V-8. It could appear as early as 2008.
If produced, the car would be considerably less expensive than the limited-edition SLR, which costs $455,750 including shipping and gas-guzzler tax.
SLR, SLR722: No significant changes are planned for the limited-edition, high-performance SLR coupe.
Mercedes-Benz says no decision has been made on whether the higher-horsepower SLR722 will be exported to the United States. The SLR722 is powered by a 650-hp, 5.5-liter V-8; the regular SLR has 617 hp.
The name 722 refers to the starting number of the Mercedes 300 SLR driven to victory by Stirling Moss in the 1955 Mille Miglia race.
R class: The wagonlike vehicle is barely a year old and already has been repositioned to appeal more to families rather than the empty-nesters Mercedes originally targeted. This year the high-performance R63 and the R320 CDI diesel models are being added. The R class will not be freshened until 2009 at the earliest.
Crossover: A small crossover is expected to be developed on the new C-class platform for 2008 or 2009.
M class: The mid-sized SUV gets the ML320 CDI diesel model this fall. Expect a mild freshening in 2008.
GL class: The full-sized SUV was launched this year as the G500 and sportier G55. No major changes are expected in the coming years.
G class: The aging, military-based G class is expected to continue for several years because of customer demand for macho, military-looking vehicles. The interior will be upgraded this year.