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Houston area auto enthusiasts get a taste of normalcy with The Car Culture Invitational

Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land hosted a car show at the Sugar Land Town Square last weekend.

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On Saturdays in 2019, the Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land parking lot was traditionally filled with customers getting their fill of eye candy. Last weekend, the dealership brought a taste of enthusiast entertainment, with a dash of a return to normalcy, to Sugar Land Town Square.

More than 250 guests enjoyed The Car Culture Invitational where more than 60 luxury and performance vehicles were on display. The roster of parked attendees including models from Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land's own collection of luxury cars - a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, and a custom Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S - as well as a Ferrari La Ferrari, a McLaren 765LT, a Lamborghini Diablo SV, and the Valarravette. Professional race car driver Kory Enders showed off his Indy Pro car as well.

Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land Car Culture Invitational Crowds gathered in downtown Sugar Land for the car show.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land

Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land Car Culture Invitational

"We are thrilled to partner with Car Culture and support bringing this popular community event back to the Sugar Land area," said Ken Enders, President and Owner of Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land. "These events truly unite the local car community and celebrate some of the most exceptional, unique vehicles in the world. When you are ultra-passionate about cars and more importantly being with other car people that share that passion, there is nothing better."

The event also included a live DJ and giveaways.

In addition to hosing events like The Car Culture Invitational, Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land is known for their teen driver safety course for local high schoolers.

Indy Pro driver Kory Enders brought his ride to show off.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land

The dealership, located on Southwest Freeway in Sugar Land near the Town Square, has also made waves with their owner exclusive First. Class. Access. VIP Card. The card allows bearers to enjoy enhanced lifestyle opportunities. Partners for that program include Kendra Scott, Smart Financial Centre, Momentum Indoor Climbing, Blendin Coffee Club, Tenenbaum Jewelers, Texas Biergarten, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, Forth & Nomad, and Yes Yoga, among others.

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A new Texas-themed version of the Jeep Gladiator is on the way.

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Jeep has brought the Gladiator's off-road chops to the trails of the Lone Star State. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail is another of the the traditional of special edition vehicles for Texans who occupy the nation's largest truck market. It's the first time Jeep has offered a unique-to-Texas truck.

The new model builds on the Gladiator Sport S trim adding 17-inch Mid-Gloss Back Aluminum wheels wrapped in 32-inch mud-terrain tires, four-wheel drive, standard side steps, and the Trailer Tow Group. The Gladiator Texas Trail has a unique hood and decals that feature the year 1836 in the graphic as a nod to the year of the Texas Declaration of Independence. It also wears a black hardtop, black leather seats embossed with the Texas Trail graphic and comes equipped with the Technology Group and Convenience Group packages.

2021 Jeep Gl The vehicle is ready to be fully accessorized to the buyer's wishes.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

2021 Jeep Gl

The Texas-themed model features the buyer's choice of Jeep's new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine that's rated at 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque or the tried and true 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 power plant, which achieves 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

Jeep has badged each of the models with Trail Rated status. To achieve this status, Jeep vehicles must pass extreme off-road capability challenges.

The Gladiator Texas Trail is available in 10 colors: black, white, Snazzberry, Granite Crystal, Sarge, Nacho, Hydro Blue, Firecracker Red, Billet Silver, and Sting-Gray. Jeep recently introduced a Snazzberry-colored Wrangler.

Each Gladiator comes with the Jeep Wave customer service program, which includes three years of maintenance, 24/7 phone/online support, trip interruption/first-day loaner coverage, and VIP access to Jeep events.

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail has a starting MSRP of $40,435 (plus $1,495 destination) and is currently available at Texas dealers.

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The Mercedes-Benz CLS has gotten a design refresh for the new model year.

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The 2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS will feature the fresh looks and tech that is making its way through the rest of the German automaker's lineup. The four-door car also gets updated interior appointments and the next-gen Mercedes steering wheel.

At its front, the new CLS features a fresh grille that includes a three-dimensional star pattern with chrome-gloss surfaces, a louver in high-gloss black with chrome inlay, and the integrated Mercedes star. It comes standard with the AMG Line appearance package, which includes an AMG-specific front bumper with A-wing in black, AMG sill trim on the side, a front splitter in silver chrome, sporty, distinctive air intakes with vertical bars and aerodynamically shaped flics in high-gloss black.

2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS

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Two new designs are available for the 19-inch light-alloy wheel: 5-twin-spoke or multi-spoke rims. Buyers can also get Two new 20-inch, high-gloss AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels in a bi-color look in their choices of Tremolite Grey or High-Gloss Black. The CLS is now available in a new Starling Blue Metallic paint color along with the rest of its color palette.

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 4Match comes standard with a mild-hybrid powertrain. The 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine is united with a 48-volt electrical system to generate 369 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque under traditional driving conditions. An additional 21 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque are available as part of an on-demand boost.

The CLS will be offered with two new trim finishes: Open Pore Brown Walnut and High-Gloss Grey Wood. The range of leather seat upholstery has also been expanded with two new color combinations: Neva Grey/Magma Grey and Sienna Brown/Black.

The car's new multifunction steering wheel is wrapped Nappa leather and its spokes are finished in high-gloss black with silver chrome edging and paddle shifters.

Buyers can add on the Driver Assistance Package, which includes adaptive cruise control and active steering assist technologies.

For customers with the means to demand more customization, Mercedes-Benz Manufaktur is willing, ready, and able to transform the car into a bespoke creation, for a price.

The car is slated to arrive at dealerships in early 2022

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