Mercedes-Benz celebrates five world premieres at the 2011 Frankfurt International Motor Show. The centrepiece of its show presentation is the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class. Far more agile and efficient than previously, yet as usual comfortable and spacious – the Sports Tourer is an all-round talent. Another highlight will be the F 125! The research car demonstrates how in the long term entirely emission-free individual mobility can be made possible in the luxury segment. Roadster performance in perfection is shown by the new SLS AMG Roadster, which also is making its first public appearance at the show. Two roadsters also have their world premieres, the SLK 250 CDI and SLK 55 AMG.
As a highlight marking 125 years of the automobile, Mercedes-Benz is presenting a visionary outlook on future technical developments in the luxury segment. The F 125! research vehicle anticipates future trends and prepares the way for implementation of an innovative premium concept for large, luxurious automobiles.
The new B-Class: new era in compact cars
Featuring a new four-cylinder petrol engine with direct injection and turbocharger, a new diesel engine, a new dual clutch transmission and a new manual transmission along with new assistance systems, technologically the second generation of the B-Class ushers in a new compact car era at Mercedes-Benz. High-grade materials and finely structured surfaces, fine details, precision workmanship plus safety equipment unique to the segment raise the standard for comparison in the compact car segment. In addition, Mercedes-Benz is showing a variant of the new B-Class with an alternative drive.
The new M-Class: refined efficiency champion
The entire model range of the new M-Class consumes 25 percent less fuel on average compared with the previous models. Outstanding, the ML 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC, which is content with an NEDC consumption of 6.0 l/100 km (158 g CO2/km) and can travel 1500 kilometres on a single tankful. Efficiency notwithstanding, the fascination of the M-Class with its unique synthesis of agility, driving pleasure and comfort is fully preserved.
SLK 250 CDI: first Mercedes Roadster with a diesel engine
For the first time, Mercedes-Benz is offering the sporty SLK Roadster with a diesel engine. The 150 kW (204 hp) four-cylinder power unit of the SLK 250 CDI puts the two-seater at the top of its class in numerous respects. The SLK delivers top figures for fuel consumption and torque. The result is superior driving enjoyment both on winding country roads and on long motorway stretches. Like the other models in the latest SLK family, which were presented in January this year, it combines lively sportiness with high-quality appointments and excellent comfort.
Show car Viano Vision Pearl: yacht on four wheels
With the show car Viano Vision Pearl Mercedes-Benz shows what's possible in the van category. All white-and-grey leather appointments, a genuine wood floor, brushed aluminium trim, chromatic window tinting, and the Bang & Olufsen high-end sound system "BeoSound Viano" make travelling in the Viano Vision Pearl a fine experience for up to six occupants. The design concept draws on the looks of state-of-the-art sport yachts and takes up the theme "travel as an adventure".
SLS AMG Roadster: open-top driving in its sportiest form
The technological highlights of the SLS AMG Roadster read like an A-B-C of modern sports car engineering: the combination of an aluminium spaceframe body, an AMG 6.3-litre V8 front-mid engine with a peak output of 420 kW (571 hp) and 650 newton metres of torque, a seven-speed dual clutch transmission in a transaxle arrangement and a sports suspension with aluminium double wishbones is guaranteed to make the hearts of sports car enthusiasts beat faster – while ensuring outstanding driving dynamics and roadster motoring pleasure.
SLK 55 AMG: top figures in all areas
The Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG is the most powerful SLK of all time. Its newly developed AMG 5.5-litre V8 with cylinder shutoff system combines highest performance with lowest consumption. With a maximum output of 310 kW (422 hp) and maximum toque of 540 Newton metres, the SLK 55 AMG surpasses all direct competitors. Its fuel consumption is some 30 percent lower than the previous model's. The AMG sports suspension with Direct-Steer system, Torque Vectoring Brake and 3-stage ESP® plus the AMG high-performance braking system ensure very dynamic handling.
C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series: unadulterated performance
Spectacular design, technology transfer from the world of motorsport and driving dynamics at the highest level. The new Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series embodies the new AMG brand claim Driving Performance like no other AMG model. With a maximum output of 380 kW (517 hp) and a maximum torque of 620 Newton metres, the new high-performance vehicle is the most powerful C-Class of all time. The AMG 6.3-litre-V8 engine impresses with its hefty torque, tremendous pulling power and responsiveness, and ensures high-calibre performance: the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds.
Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Series, Test Vehicles Management, Sports Communications