Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. Click image to enlarge

Los Angeles, California – Mercedes-Benz will debut the 563-horsepower SLS AMG, the fuel-sipping E350 BlueTEC and fuel cell-powered F-Cell at the Los Angeles Auto Show in December. The company will also launch the ML450 Hybrid, its first hybrid SUV, and the Splitview dual-content viewing technology.

The first-ever car designed and developed from the ground up by Mercedes-AMG, the SLS features a lightweight aluminum space-frame body with gull-wing doors and 563-horsepower dry-sump V8 engine with dual-clutch seven-speed transmission.

Essentially an electric car that makes its own power on board, the F-Cell will make its North American debut at the show. It runs on compressed hydrogen, has a range of about 386 km, and a fuel mileage equivalent of 2.7 L/100 km. The company will deliver 200 F-Cell cars to customers in the U.S. and Europe in 2010 as part of a special lease program.

The E350BlueTEC uses a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine with 210 horsepower, 400 lb-ft of torque, and approximately 30 per cent better fuel economy than a comparable gasoline engine. The new model will be available in all 50 states in the spring of 2010. The ML450 Hybrid will make its West Coast debut at the show; it uses a 3.5-litre V6 gasoline engine and two electric motors to produce more than 46 per cent better fuel economy than a comparable V8-powered ML550 model.

The company will also present an S-Class equipped with its new Splitview, a single display screen that allows the driver and front passenger to view two different programs at the same time, such as the driver viewing the navigation system while, on the very same screen, the front passenger can watch a movie.

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