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Long list of Mercedes-Benz models recalled for emergency services locater fix

A long list of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, including the 2017 GLS450, have been recalled.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today issued a recall on a long list of model year 2013-2017 Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The recall is specifically due to a software fault that may cause the date and time for the emergency call system (eCall) to differ from the actual date and time, potentially relaying an inaccurate vehicle location to emergency responders.

To remedy the problem, Mercedes-Benz has initiated an Over the Air (OTA) remote update. The automaker will also notify owners, and dealers will check software for a successful OTA or update the communication module software as needed, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin December 31, 2019. For more information, vehicle owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372.

A list of impacted vehicles includes:

MakeModelModel Years
MERCEDES BENZAMG GT2017
MERCEDES BENZAMG GT S2016-2017
MERCEDES BENZB-CLASS ELECTRIC2014-2015
MERCEDES BENZB250E2016
MERCEDES BENZC2502013-2015
MERCEDES BENZC3002013-2017
MERCEDES BENZC3502013-2015
MERCEDES BENZC350E2016
MERCEDES BENZC4002015
MERCEDES BENZC4502016
MERCEDES BENZC63 AMG2013-2016
MERCEDES BENZC63S AMG2015-2017
MERCEDES BENZCLS4002015-2016
MERCEDES BENZCLS5502013-2016
MERCEDES BENZCLS632013-2014
MERCEDES BENZCLS63S2014-2016
MERCEDES BENZE2502014-2016
MERCEDES BENZE3502013
MERCEDES BENZE4002015-2016
MERCEDES BENZE400 HYBRID2013-2015
MERCEDES BENZE5502013-2016
MERCEDES BENZE632013-2016
MERCEDES BENZE63S AMG2013-2015
MERCEDES BENZG5502013-2016
MERCEDES BENZG632013-2016
MERCEDES BENZG652016
MERCEDES BENZGL3502013-2016
MERCEDES BENZGL4502013-2016
MERCEDES BENZGL5502013-2016
MERCEDES BENZGL632013-2016
MERCEDES BENZGLA2502015-2016
MERCEDES BENZGLC3002016
MERCEDES BENZGLE3502016
MERCEDES BENZGLE4002016
MERCEDES BENZGLE4502016
MERCEDES BENZGLE550E2016
MERCEDES BENZGLE632016
MERCEDES BENZGLE63S2016
MERCEDES BENZGLK2502013-2015
MERCEDES BENZGLK3502013-2015
MERCEDES BENZGLS4502017
MERCEDES BENZGLS5502017
MERCEDES BENZGLS632017
MERCEDES BENZML2502015
MERCEDES BENZML3502013-2015
MERCEDES BENZML4002015
MERCEDES BENZML5502013-2014
MERCEDES BENZML632013-2015
MERCEDES BENZS5502014-2017
MERCEDES BENZS6002015-2016
MERCEDES BENZS632014-2017
MERCEDES BENZS65 AMG2015-2016
MERCEDES BENZSL4002015-2016
MERCEDES BENZSL5502013-2016
MERCEDES BENZSL632013-2015
MERCEDES BENZSL63 AMG2016
MERCEDES BENZSL652013-2015
MERCEDES BENZSLK2502013-2015
MERCEDES BENZSLK3002016
MERCEDES BENZSLK3502013-2016
MERCEDES BENZSLK552014
MERCEDES BENZSLK55 AMG2013, 2015-2016
MERCEDES-BENZCLA2502014-2016
MERCEDES-BENZCLA45 AMG2014-2016
MERCEDES-BENZE3502014-2016
MERCEDES-BENZGLA452015-2016
MERCEDES-BENZGLE300D2016
MERCEDES-BENZS550 4MATIC2015-2016
MERCEDES-BENZS550 HYBRID2015

To find out if your model is impacted by the recall, visit the NHTSA website and enter your car's vehicle identification number (VIN).

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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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The E 350 is a good car, but its safety systems keep it from being great.

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If you were expecting something drastically different form the 2021 Mercedes Benz E-Class, you'd be sorrily mistaken. That isn't a bad thing, however. Mercedes-Benz delivering exactly what you expect the Mercedes-Benz E 350 to deliver is exactly what buyers are looking for.

The sedan has been given a refresh the 2021 model year. If you've been in any other 2021 Mercedes model you might look at the E-Class and go, "yep, that works" and you wouldn't be wrong. The look doesn't invoke an emotional response but rather a satisfied nod in the Merc's direction.

The base model E 350 has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine under its hood that is good for 255 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Shifting through the nine-speed automatic is smooth as silk and acceleration is rapid enough for the average citizen. Other E-Series models get more power and added EQ Boost mild-hybrid technology.

2021 Mercedes-Benz E 350 The back of the Mercedes E 350 is stately.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

2021 Mercedes-Benz E 350

The new MBUX infotainment system features two 12.3-inch displays under one screen cover, just like in other Mercedes models like the GLA and GLS. The cockpit screen can be themed to Modern Classic, Sport, Progressive, and Discreet themes. There's also mood lighting that can be changed to the color of the driver's choice. Mainly it just serves as a distraction that reflects on the windows at night.

The touch pad for the infotainment screen remains groan-worthy. In some ways it functions well (swiping, making selections) but in most others the touch pad just services as a continuous reminder that it a touch screen is best and a touch pad, styled like what is in the 2022 Acura MDX, would serve better.

What does work well is the car's navigation system. The augmented display features easy-to-understand turn-by-turn directions that give the driver a better idea of where to turn than any system on the market today.

Its cabin is well-appointed and offered with a variety of textiles and finishes that range from mundane to eyebrow-raising. Seats have remained predictably comfortable for short trips but hard for long stretches of driving. There's plenty of room in the back seat for two adults and trunk space is nothing to sneeze at.

The interior is very much what you'd expect from a modern Mercedes.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

The car's steering wheel has a sensor that is able to tell if your hands are off of it for even an instant and reminds you to do so. For anyone that travels distances, especially in a relatively straight line, the annoyance of not being able to drive one-handed is a nag on the driving experience.

It's not short on other safety features either, including Active Speed Limit Assist that lessens the speed you are traveling to the speed limit when the car passes and reads a speed limit sign. At best, the tech is an annoyance masquerading around as a safety feature. At worst, the safety feature becomes a safety hazard when the traffic all around the car begins whizzing by you as you try to get back to where you were and reset.

The car's safety systems are a distraction.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

That's the long and the short of it. Mercedes has once again made a car that you'll be comfortable owning, even liking, though it won't be a passionate love affair due to the increased nagging of the car's safety systems and the continued presence of the infotainment touch pad.

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