GLA: The redesigned 2021 GLA 250 arrived in U.S. stores in late June, with new AMG GLA 35 and redesigned AMG GLA 45 variants expected in the fourth quarter. The second-generation GLA entry-level crossover received a beefier engine and roomier interior along with a tech upgrade.
The GLA 250 is powered by a new 2.0-liter inline-four turbocharged engine that boosts output while lowering emissions. The updated engine delivers 221 hp, an increase of 13 hp compared with its predecessor. The GLA 35 is powered by an AMG-enhanced ver-
sion of the 2.0-liter, producing 302 hp and 295 pound-feet of torque, while the GLA 45 is powered by a newly developed 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo engine that delivers 382 hp.
The GLA could receive a freshening in 2023.
GLC: Mercedes' top-selling vehicle received a more efficient engine last year. The GLC 300 now has an inline-four turbo with 255 hp and 273 pound-feet of torque. The AMG GLC 43 coupe and crossover models feature an AMG-enhanced 3.0-liter V-6 biturbo engine with 385 hp, while the GLC 63 coupe and crossover models feature a handcrafted AMG 4.0-liter V-8 biturbo engine with 469 hp.
A redesign of the crossover is expected in early 2023, with the possibility of three-row seating. The base model should retain the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine. The V-6 is likely to be replaced with a mild-hybrid inline-six. The GLC coupe will be redesigned in 2024.
GLB: Mercedes-Benz's first optional seven-seat midsize crossover, the GLB, began selling in U.S. dealerships late last year, and an AMG GLB 35 variant is expected in late 2020. The GLB, based on the MFA2 platform, is powered by an updated 2.0-liter, inline-four engine that delivers 221 hp, while the GLB 35 is powered by an AMG-enhanced version of the 2.0-liter. A freshening is expected in 2022.
GLE: Mercedes' second bestselling vehicle received a powerful addition in June. The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 crossover is powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine with 429 hp and 384 pound-feet of torque. A Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S coupe will arrive in the fourth quarter.
GLS: The SUV received a redesign last year. The GLS 580 4matic was the first Mercedes-Benz model to introduce a new 4.0-liter V-8 biturbo engine, which delivers 483 hp. This year, the redesigned AMG GLS 63 will reach U.S. dealerships, powered by AMG's handcrafted 4.0-liter V-8 engine with EQ Boost and 603 hp. A freshening is scheduled for late 2023.
This year, the SUV will offer a luxe Maybach model. The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4matic is powered by a 550-hp V-8 engine. Exterior highlights include the Maybach-exclusive grille with vertical louvers, a standing Mercedes-Benz star on the hood (a first for a Mercedes SUV), chrome trim elements and retracting Maybach running boards.
G-Class: The G-Class was redesigned in late 2018 and is now bigger, lighter and more luxurious than its predecessor. The base G-Class has a 4.0-liter turbocharged V-8 engine, while the AMG G 63 features a handcrafted AMG 4.0-liter V-8 biturbo producing 577 hp and 627 pound-feet of torque. A freshening is expected in late 2022.
EQE: The compact battery-electric sedan could arrive in 2022. Although the EQE will have the proportions of a C-Class, its interior should offer the roominess of an E-Class. This will be due to packaging advantages of the EQE's dedicated EV platform, referred to internally as MEA2.
EQS: The electric version of Mercedes' S-Class sedan, based on the Modular Electric Architecture, is expected in the U.S. in the second half of 2021. The EQS will offer about 435 miles of range, based on the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure.
EQA: The electric version of the GLA should arrive in the U.S. next year. The crossover is inspired by the Concept EQA shown at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show, which proposed a 60-kilowatt-hour battery and about 250 miles of driving range, based on European emissions tests.
EQC: Mercedes' first electric compact crossover is scheduled to arrive early next year. It is part of a family of electric vehicles with standalone designs launched under the EQ subbrand.
The EQC is powered by an 80-kWh battery and has about a 280-mile range on a full charge, based on New European Driving Cycle estimates. Two electric motors generate a combined 402 hp. A freshening of the EQC is expected in 2024.
EQB: The electric version of the GLB crossover will arrive in the second half of 2021. The EV is expected to have a range of more than 200 miles, based on Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure estimates.
Metris: The minivan is due for a freshening in 2021 and a redesign in 2024.