The Mercedes-Benz stand temporarily turned into an ice rink this afternoon at the show — Zamboni and all — to host a semi-choreographed troupe of hockey players, ice skaters, and ice dancers as they strutted (and slid) their stuff around the introduction of the new GL420 Bluetec. We didn’t count a single Lutz, but Mercedes development chief Dr. Thomas Weber emerged to say that the Bluetec GL boasts 290 horsepower and 515 lb-ft of torque, along with a fuel economy rating of up to 24 miles per gallon.
The automaker’s Bluetec technology combines several sophisticated measures, including a particulate filter and two catalytic converters, along with a urea injection system to bring diesel emissions within the tightest U.S. (Bin 5) standards.
Still on ice, CEO Dieter Zetsche then introduced the automaker’s hot-weather Ocean Drive
concept, a design study based on the S600 sedan, revisiting a body style that the brand hasn’t produced since the built-to-order, four-door, 1962 300d cabriolet.
Distinctive features on the Ocean Drive include LED headlamps front and back, a hydraulic system for the soft top with proportioning valves for smooth, uniform operation, the AirScarf neck heating system for all four seats, and a complicated window geometry that allows all the windows to open completely.
Along with the centennial of the Detroit auto show, Mercedes also celebrated its centennial for all-wheel-drive vehicles. Before bringing out the 4Matic S-Class line (which will offer the automaker’s first combination of diesel engine and all-wheel drive in a passenger car), Dr. Z reminded attendees that along with the centennial of the Detroit auto show, Mercedes is also celebrating a century since its first all-wheel-drive vehicle, the 1907 Dernburg car, which even boasted four-wheel steering.
2007 Detroit Auto Show Coverage by TCC Team (1/7/2007)
Lights, cameras, Cobo – action.
2007 Mercedes-Benz Ocean Drive Concept by Marty Padgett (1/7/2007)
An S-Class geared for sunny climes comes to Detroit.
U.S.-Bound Smart is “Simply Cool” by Bengt Halvorson (1/7/2007)
“Dr. Z” looks forward to Benz-developed smart.