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Mercedes slowly peeling back the onion on the next-gen S-Class

Mercedes-Benz is producing several weeks of video regarding the nuances of the S-Class before they reveal the entire thing.

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The next-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class will be slowly revealed over the next few weeks. Mercedes will be showing various aspects of the vehicle off in three video installments leading up to a complete reveal.

"The new S-Class is packed with groundbreaking innovations and takes individual mobility in the luxury segment to a whole new level. We developed the Meet the S-Class DIGITAL series to provide media representatives with information on the key highlights in advance of the world premiere," says Katja Bott Head of Global Communications Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans. "It enhances the successfully established Meet Mercedes DIGITAL news format, which will present other new products and company developments in further episodes published in parallel."

The first show airs July 8 and features Sajjad Khan, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG, responsible for CASE, and Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer of Daimler AG, alongside the car. The episode is titled, "Meet the S-Class DIGITAL: My MBUX" and will center around the innovations present in the new Mercedes-Benz infotainment operating system regarding interaction and personalization.

The second episode is named "Meet the S-Class DIGITAL: Innovation by intelligence" and airs July 29. Conversation in that feature will be focused on safety and comfort.

A third, "Meet the S-Class DIGITAL: Luxury and well-being" commences on August 12 and features on the luxurious accommodations of the interior of the S-Class.

In a teaser for the series, Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG responsible for Daimler Group research and Mercedes-Benz Cars COO, stands in the electromagnetic test lab next to a camouflaged plug-inn hybrid prototype of the forthcoming S-Class that achieves an all-electric range of about 62 miles.

Schäfer climbs into the car and we can see a large, vertically orientated tablet-like screen sitting next to the front seat, between driver and passenger in a similar position to where Volvo puts its screens. He discusses the model having artificial intelligence and a head-up display with augmented reality. Then, to close out the video, Schäfer asks, "Hey Mercedes, when do I need a recharge?" The car's personnel assistant advises.

The full reveal of the S-Class is slated for September.

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2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 on the way with F1 tech

The new C 43 gets engine tech straight from Formula 1.

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It's about time we started considering Mercedes-AMG's 43-level cars in some of the same conversations that include the 53- and 63-level monsters. Today, Mercedes-AMG announced the 2023 C 43 Sedan. But even though it's the "entry-level" C-Class performance car, AMG gave it some serious upgrades, including standard rear-wheel steering, a mild-hybrid system, and plenty of power.

2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 SedanRear-wheel steering is standard, as is adaptive suspension. Mercedes-AMG

The new turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 402 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque - up from last year's 385 ponies. It's paired with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and rear-biased all-wheel drive. Mercedes says the powertrain is strong enough to propel the C43 to 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.6 seconds.

The four-cylinder is the first production engine with an electric exhaust-gas turbocharger. The tech came directly from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team, who won the 2021 Constructor's Championship. Where traditional turbochargers have to build boost over a short period of time, an electric motor spins the turbo to start before allowing the exhaust gases to take over. The system is driven by the car's 48-volt mild-hybrid system and should reduce turbo lag and improve responsiveness.

2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 SedanThe car's electric turbocharger is a first in a production car. Mercedes-AMG

Five driving modes are available, including Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport +, and Individual. The drive modes alter throttle and steering response, transmission shift points, exhaust sound, and settings for the adaptive dampers. Shockingly, the car comes standard with rear-wheel steering with an angle of up to 2.5 degrees. The system works at speeds of up to 37 mph, and can drastically reduce the C 43's turning radius while improving turn-in and handling.

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New subcompact crossover

Honda announces freshened HR-V for 2023

The new HR-V is based on the Civic.

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With the release of the all-new Civic and its performance variants, Honda's lineup grew more exciting this year. Even so, the automaker can't forget about its bread and butter models, which in the United States means SUVs. Its smallest, the HR-V, is getting an overhaul for 2023 with fresh styling and a more responsive powertrain. Honda hasn't elaborated on pricing or given out an exact release date for the HR-V, but we know the SUV is coming this summer.

2023 Honda HR-VThe new HR-V gets fresh styling and a more responsive powertrain.Honda

The 2023 HR-V gets a new grille with a longer hood and sweeping roofline. Honda notes that the new HR-V is based on the Civic, so while we don't have full powertrain and tech details for the new SUV, we can draw some inferences from that information. The new Civic comes standard with a 158-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a CVT, which would be a reasonable choice for the HR-V. As it did in the Civic, the base will likely also bring a lively driving experience and confident handling to the HR-V.

2023 Honda HR-VThe HR-V will hit the streets this summer.Honda

Honda says the HR-V features a large greenhouse with door-mounted mirrors and a low cowl for better visibility. LED headlights and tail lights are standard, and the new rear-end design features a more rounded, grown-up shape than the previous model.

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