Mercedes-Benz will debut three new vehicles at the New York International Auto Show including the 2010 E63 AMG Sedan (518 hp, 465 lb.-ft. torque), a high-performance AMG version of the new-generation E-Class. Also debuting are the 2010 ML450 HYBRID sport utility and the 2010 GL350 BlueTEC and GL450.

New-Generation E63 AMG

E63_ AMG_2009 The E63 is AMG’s high-performance version of the new-generation E-Class sedan.  Developed entirely by AMG, its 6.2-liter V8 engine now develops 518 horsepower and is one of the most powerful naturally aspirated production V8s ever.  Built almost completely from a high-strength silicon-aluminum alloy, the 6.2-liter engine includes several features derived from AMG’s highly successful racing efforts.  The new E63 AMG manages power with an award-winning seven-speed MCT transmission that provides the direct feedback of a manual transmission with the convenience of an automatic.

E63_ AMG_side_2009 Featuring an innovative start-up clutch that runs in an oil bath and replaces a conventional torque converter, the seven-speed MCT (for multi-clutch technology) combines the direct connection of a manual gearbox with lightning-quick automatic gear shifts.

North American Debut of the Next-Generation E-Class Line
The ninth-generation E-Class Sedan and all-new E-Class Coupe are making their first appearance in North America at the New York Auto Show as well.  The new E-Class line can be identified by a “cubist” treatment of the trademark twin-headlight face.  Two parallelogram lights are recessed into each front fender, bracketing the three-dimensional chrome frame of the front grille.  While the car looks futuristic, aficionados might recognize styling cues reminiscent of the “Ponton Mercedes” of the 1950s.

The E-Class line will go on sale in the U.S. initially with the E350 and E550 Coupes in June 2009, followed shortly by their sedan counterparts in July.  The E63 AMG and all-wheel-drive 4MATIC Sedans will follow this fall and the 50-state E350 BlueTEC diesel model will be added next year.

A More Efficient Full-Size SUV – The ML450 HYBRID
The ML450 HYBRID features a powerful electric motor that can work together with a 3.5-liter V6 engine to attain improved fuel efficiency over the full-size ML550 – or when needed, provide the acceleration of a V8.  Around town, the ML450 HYBRID operates as a zero-emission vehicle when powered by its electric drive alone.   Using a modified Atkinson cycle for maximum fuel efficiency, the V6 engine kicks in when needed and, when accelerating on a freeway entrance ramp for example, the electric drive and combustion engine work together for a total of 335 horsepower – more than many V8s.

Restyled GL-Class Features BlueTEC Clean Diesel Power
The renamed GL350 BlueTEC and GL450 have been facelifted for the 2010 model year with a restyled grille, bumpers, wheels and new lights, including LED taillights.  Making its first-ever appearance at the New York Show, the GL350 BlueTEC gets surprisingly good performance and very low exhaust emissions while delivering 20-30 percent better fuel economy.