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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.

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land

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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New Jeep Compass Coming Soon

The Compass gets a major update for 2022.

Stellantis/Jeep

The Chicago Auto Show is happening now, which means we've already seen a few new models and concepts. Just yesterday, Jeep introduced the new 2022 Compass compact SUV. It gets a new design inside and out, updated tech, and a load of new available driver aids. The Compass' refresh comes as new models from Ford, Subaru and others could cut into Jeep's off-road dominance.

As it was in previous model years, the new Compass is powered by a 2.4-liter "Tigershark" four-cylinder engine that makes 177 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. It's good for up to 31 mpg on the highway in 2WD models and can deliver a max towing capacity of up to 2,000 pounds in 4WD models. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard for Compass Sport and Latitude 4X2 models, while all others get a nine-speed automatic transmission that can handle the 20:1 crawl ratio setting in the Trailhawk model.

An all-new Latitude LUX trim joins the Compass lineup for 2022 as well. It features leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, an eight-way power driver seat, a seven-inch full-color gauge cluster, and the larger 10.1-inch screen.


2022 Jeep Compass The new Compass is more upscale than its predecessor.Stellantis/Jeep


The Compass comes with a class-leading 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, but higher trims get an even larger 10.1-inch unit. It offers standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and runs Uconnect 5, a colorful, responsive infotainment system with advanced features and tech.

Several new safety features make an appearance, but most are added-cost options. The highway assist system offers a semi-autonomous driving feature, which Jeep says will become available later. Other tech includes traffic sign recognition, standard pedestrian/cyclist automatic emergency braking, a surround-view camera system, parallel and perpendicular parking assist, and a long list of more traditional advanced driver aids like blind spot monitoring and parking sensors.

The Compass lineup for 2022 includes five trims: Sport, Latitude, Latitude LUX, Limited, and Trailhawk. Pricing for the new Compass starts at $26,490, including a $1,495 destination charge. At the top of the lineup, the Trailhawk and Limited models both start at $32,890. It's expected to start arriving on dealers' lots in fall 2021.


2022 Jeep Compass New color schemes highlight the Compass' interior.Stellantis/Jeep

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EQS buyers will have access to two years of free charging.

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The Mercedes-Benz EQSis set to start hitting dealers' lots in just a few months, and the automaker is working drum up excitement for the all-new EV. Today, Electrify America announced that it will partner with Mercedes to offer charging services to buyers of the upcoming vehicle.

The agreement means that EQS owners will have two years of free charging, which includes 30-minute charging sessions at Electrify America locations. The services go a step further, however, and will include the ability to plug and charge. This means that EQS owners who have activated their Mercedes me Charge accounts can start a free charging session just by plugging the vehicle into the charger. Electrify America says that no authentication or initiation steps will be required.


2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS The EQS is due to hit the market in late 2021.Mercedes-Benz


The agreement between Mercedes-Benz and Electrify America will also extend some services to future EQ battery-electric vehicles, as well as future Mercedes plug-in hybrid vehicles. The company notes that there may be costs to charge for those vehicles, but drivers will still be able to use the Mercedes me app to initiate sessions.

As more automakers jump in the EV game, free charging partnerships are becoming a bigger deal. Just last month, Hyundai announced that buyers of its Ioniq 5 EV will receive two years of free charging from Electrify America, and Ford offered free charging to its Mustang Mach-E customers, also through Electrify America, though The Blue Oval's offer only extended to 250 kilowatt-hours.

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS The partnership with Electrify America will provide access to chargers across the country.Mercedes-Benz


The EQS itself is Mercedes' first vehicle in what will become an electric sub-brand for the automaker. It will hit the market as a 2022 model late in 2021, and will be offered in two models. The entry level machine features 329 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, while the up-level EQS 580 4Matic will see 516 horsepower and 611 pound-feet of torque. Beyond its electric powertrain, the EQS will offer several advanced tech features, including a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 17.7-inch touchscreen. Even the passenger gets a display in the new car, as a second 12.3-inch screen will be positioned on the right portion of the dash.

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