Chicago Auto Show 2020

Metris Weekender draws inspiration from Mercedes-Benz's past

There's overlanding and then there's overlanding in style in the Metris Weekender.

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Mercedes-Benz unveiled its first pop-up camper for the U.S. market at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show. Drawing inspiration on models of the past, the Metris Weekender camper van features a wide range of convenience features with an updated, modern design.

This Weekender is intended to be adaptable to a variety of needs. Whether you're traveling cross country, heading out for a weekend getaway, or simply taking a day trip to the mountains, the Weekender adds to the experience.

Mercedes-Benz Metris Weekender Owners can pop out and pop up tents of the Metris Weekender.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

Standard features include an elevating roof with sleeping room for two, an integrated spring system, two-inch memory foam mattress, three windows, and extra USB ports for lights and charging. There's additional sleeping room from the multipurpose rear bench seat, which opens into a bed for two.

If it's not sleeping accommodations but cargo room, that same bench seat helps adapt the Weekender for cargo. It moves along a rail into four locations to accommodate a variety of needs. Available roof racks are perfect for surfboards, skis, and larger items and the Weekender can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

The front seats swivel 180 degrees to turn the interior into a living space where everyone can easily interact. The Weekender will get you where you need to go, and then make it quick and easy to set up camp and relax.

Optional features make the Weekender even more versatile with off-grid power and integrated solar panels. There's upgraded audio and navigation to make the trip more fun and a range of personalization options with 200 available 3M wraps from which to choose.

Mercedes-Benz Metris Weekender The model has room for sleeping, dining, and riding.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

An available eight-foot awning is ideal for lounging in the shade and offering rain protection while bug screens for the rear hatch and sliding doors keep insects away. There's also a tent that attaches to the rear lift gate offering extra space and privacy and even an available pullout rear kitchen.

The Metris Weekender offers comprehensive safety that includes crosswind assist, load adaptive electronic stability, and attention assist along with good fuel economy so longer trips are easier on the family budget. Its 15,000-mile service interval lets you drive further before you need to schedule maintenance.

Mercedes-Benz Metris Weekender The Weekender makes sleeping over easy with an available fold-out bed.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

Customers can order the Weekender from any authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer starting this spring. Pricing has yet to be announced.

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The WarnerMediaRIDE App provides thousands of hours of streaming content to Toyota and Lexus vehicle owners.

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If there's one thing parents want, it's a way to keep kids from fighting in the car. Not only that, it has to work. Toyota and AT&T have teamed up to deliver just such a solution to Toyota and Lexus vehicle owners.

When connected to AT&T in-car Wi-Fi, the WarnerMedia RIDE App allows Toyota and Lexus owners to connect up to five compatible devices to browse, stream and share content from the open road. Passengers can view a rotating selection of live and on-demand content, including thousands of hours of hit TV shows and movies from top channels and services such as Cartoon Network, CNN, HBO Max, and TruTV, spanning animation, news and sports programming and more.

Owners of select 2020 model year and newer Toyota and Lexus vehicles are eligible for a complimentary Wi-Fi data plan trial for up to 90 days. Owners can activate their trial within the Toyota and Lexus owners app.

2021 Toyota Highlander Select Toyota vehicles will get the tech. Expect the Toyota Sienna to be one of them. Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

"By working with AT&T to provide access to WarnerMedia RIDE, we are reimagining the in-vehicle entertainment experience and ensuring that passengers have access to their favorite content wherever the road may take them," said Steve Basra, group vice president, Toyota Motor North America, Connected Technologies. "We're also excited to offer additional enhancements within our customer app and to provide one resource for our customers to access their in-vehicle features."

"Customers are hungry for access to new experiences with integrated, everywhere connectivity. Our relationship with Toyota is helping us deliver more for our customers – whether they're on a long road trip or short commute," said Joe Mosele, vice president, Mobility & Internet of Things, AT&T Business. "Since the launch of WarnerMedia RIDE, passengers are enjoying their favorite animated friends with 'Looney Tunes', 'Tom & Jerry', and 'The Jetsons' as some of our most watched content."

The WarnerMedia RIDE is available now in the App Store and Google Play for all U.S. unlimited data plan subscribers. WarnerMedia RIDE is included at no additional cost for existing and new unlimited subscribers. The Toyota and Lexus Owner App download is available for iPhone or Android smartphones.

Toyota isn't the only company getting into the streaming game. Stellantis recently announced that select customers will be able to stream Amazon Prime TV programming in their new Jeep Wagoneers.

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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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