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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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Six electric vehicles are being introduced to the Mercedes-Benz lineup in the coming years.

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Mercedes-Benz is gearing up for the next stage of its electrified and electric vehicle (EV) plan. This includes the introduction of new electric vehicle architecture in 2021. Further the company has released information about the six electric vehicles it has plans to bring to market soon.

The custom-developed architecture is scalable across the Mercedes EV lineup. This is similar to the new design used by General Motors as well as Rolls-Royce's Architecture of Luxury. The Mercedes design offers accommodation variable wheelbases, tracks, and batteries.

Mercedes-Benz EQS testing The models are currently being tested across the globe.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

The six vehicles Mercedes-Benz has announced that they will build on the platform include:

  • EQS - an all-electric member of the S-Class range that will go on sale next year
  • EQS SUV - an all-electric luxury SUV based on the S-Class and EQS
  • EQE - an all-electric business saloon car
  • EQE SUV - an all-electric business SUV based on the EQE
  • EQA - an all-electric version of the GLA
  • EQB - an all-electric version of the GLB

Those models will join the EQC all-electric SUV and EQV all-electric people carrier in the Mercedes-Benz lineup.

Mercedes has already let it slip that the EQS will have a range of up to 700 km (434 miles). For an idea of what the design of the EQS will look like, check out the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS concept car, which debuted in September 2019.

Testing of models is currently underway at Mercedes's Test and Technology Centre in Immendingen, Germany. The vehicles will also be tested in the winter weather conditions of Scandinavia, and undergo chassis and drivetrain tests at Mercedes proving grounds public roads, and the high-speed test track at Nardo. Additionally, the heat of Southern Europe and South Africa are playing roles in testing, as well as roads in China and the U.S.A.

Mercedes-Benz EQS testing Mercedes is expected to reveal more about the electric vehicles soon.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

"The EQS has already piled up far more than two million test kilometres from the heat of South Africa to the cold of Northern Sweden", says Christoph Starzynski, Vice-President Electric Vehicle Architecture at Mercedes-Benz and responsible for the EQ vehicles. "The EQS will be the S-Class of electric vehicles. That is why it is undergoing the same demanding development program as any other vehicle that has the privilege of proudly bearing the three-pointed star. In addition, there were quite a few tests specifically for electric cars that cover important development priorities such as range, charging and efficiency".

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The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 is the base model.

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There's no two ways around it. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS is beautiful to be in, stylish to be seen in, and a mediocre drive experience. Mercedes redesigned the GLS for the 2020 model year and while it ups the ante in so many ways, the three-row SUV proves unsatisfying to drive.

The looks of the GLS are expected and deliver a fresh take on the last-generation's body design that keeps the model in line with the current design language of the brand. It looks like the GLB's big brother (or is it that the GLB looks like it's little brother) and that's mostly a good thing.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 The model wears a two-bar grille with a giant Mercedes star in the center. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

The model tested wore a handsome Emerald Green paint job and base model double-bar Mercedes grille. Frankly, the silver elements (the bar and large star emblem) appear cheap. It looks like the bubble letters version of a grille and doesn't portray the strength or elegance one associates with a $75,000+ vehicle.

As tested, the GLS 450 is powered by a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine with mild-hybrid EQ Boost technology. The 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque numbers are deceiving. The GLS is heavy and while getting it up to speed isn't a chore, there's just no oomph from the powertrain, though the nine-speed automatic transmission makes sure that it's a smooth operation.

Changing to the Sport drive mode, the engagement picks up, but still makes makes you long for a vehicle with more of a sense of immediacy.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 The GLS retains its profile despite having a redesign for the 2020 model year. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

Steering the GLS feels like it could be done with a pinky - almost too light for its size. The GLS parks easily but forward visibility isn't great for shorter drivers, especially when traversing rolling hills on more rural roads.

The interior of the GLS is as expected, but that's a good thing. It's truly luxurious. The tester was equipped with real wood trim that wasn't heavily lacquered and just looked expensive.

The climate controls are easy to use despite their minimalistic design. One large housing joins the driver information and infotainment screens with ease. Their design is attractive and the system easily performs most tasks. However, the touch controller on the center console isn't an ideal solution for most any function.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 The new GLS has a dashboard influenced by Mercedes sedan design. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

The GLS is as much about the passengers as it is the driver. All seats are comfortable. For second-row passengers, it's nearly business class style seating that will make traveling with kids much less of a headache for parents.

Small item storage and cargo space is good. Using the GLS as a daily driver won't feel too limiting to the average family unless they're transporting a large amount of sports equipment and musical instruments to and fro at the same time.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 The car's touch pad controller for the infotainment screen is not easy enough to use that it doesn't create headaches. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

The Mercedes-Benz GLS wins when it comes to a luxurious interior, but its powertrain makes a strong argument for opting for the AMG version, though it's a hefty $25,000 more. The GLS is better sit in than its closest competitor, the BMW X7, which is similarly powertrained and priced, and has three rows of seating. If you don't want to spend $100,000 for the Mercedes-AMG version of the GLS, consider the Land Rover Range Rover, which starts around $90,000.

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