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Mercedes-Benz used the Geneva Motor Show to introduce an updated version of the C-Class sedan. Next week at the New York Auto Show, Mercedes will follow this up with the introduction of the 2019 C-Class coupe and cabriolet.

The exterior is slightly re-worked with a new grille and LED head and taillights. C43 models feature more prominent diffuser and circular exhaust tips at the rear.  Inside, all C-Class coupes and cabriolets get a larger 10.25-inch infotainment screen as standard. A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is available as an option.

The C 300's turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder sees a slight boost in horsepower from 241 to 255. On the other end, the C43's 3.0L twin-turbo V6 sees horsepower bumped from 362 to 385. 

On the safety front, the C-Class coupe and cabriolet can be optioned with the Intelligent Drive suite of driver assistance technologies. This includes adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, land change assist, active steering assist, and automatic emergency braking.

Like the 2019 C-Class sedan, the coupe and cabriolet will be available at Mercedes dealers later this year.

Source: Mercedes-Benz
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The new C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet

  • The two-door C-Class models are now even sportier

Mar 20, 2018 – Stuttgart: Just a few weeks after the world premiere of the newly updated C-Class sedan and wagon, the two-door version of the C-Class appears in top form with the redesigned coupe and cabriolet. Sportiness and driving pleasure have been enhanced with a sharper design, digital cockpit and new, more powerful engines. The new, efficient four-cylinder engine on the C 300 and C 300 4MATIC models and upgraded AMG-enhanced 3.0-liter V6 in the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC underscore the dynamic nature of this highly emotional and appealing C-Class model. The redesigned 2019 C- Class Coupe and Cabriolet will be celebrating their World Premiere at the New York International Auto Show in March 2018 and will go on sale in the U.S. by late 2018.

The secret of the C-Class's success is partly due to the wide model range, also including two sporty two-door versions: the coupe, launched at the end of 2015, and the cabriolet, launched in 2016, each address the heart and mind in equal measure.

Shortly after the redesigned C-Class Sedan was introduced, the two-door models too are benefiting from extensive revisions. The most important enhancements at a glance:

  • New four-cylinder engine for sporty driving pleasure with high efficiency
  • Advancement of the sporty design in particular at the front and tail end, new light-alloy wheels, new colors
  • Standard LED High Performance headlamps with new design; optional LED Intelligent headlamps with ULTRA WIDE Highbeam
  • Enhanced interior with larger central media display equipped as standard (10.25 inches), optionally available digital instrument cluster (12.3 inches) and new multifunction steering wheel with Touch Control Buttons. Many opportunities for individualization, e.g. through new Natural Grain trim elements
  • Future-oriented driving assistance systems from Mercedes-Benz with S-Class functions and cooperative driver support

Sport plus efficiency: new four-cylinder

The following C-Class Coupe and models are available:

Coupe

C 300

C 300
4MATIC

AMG C 43

Cylinders/arrangement

4/in-line

4/in-line

6/V

Displacement (cc)

1,991

1,991

2,996

Output (hp)

255

255

385

at rpm

5,800-6,100

5,800-6,100

6,100

Max. torque (lb-ft)

273

273

384

at rpm

1,800-4,000

1,800-4,000

2,500-5,000

Acceleration 0-60 mph (s)

5.9 est.

5.9 est.

4.5 est.

Top speed (mph)
(electronically limited)

130

130

130

 

Cabriolet

C 300

C 300
4MATIC

AMG C 43

Cylinders/arrangement

4/in-line

4/in-line

6/V

Displacement (cc)

1,991

1,991

2,996

Output (hp)

255

255

385

at rpm

5,800-6,100

5,800-6,100

6,100

Max. torque (lb-ft)

273

273

384

at rpm

1,800-4,000

1,800-4,000

2,500-5,000

Acceleration
0-60 mph (s)

6.1 est.

6.2 est.

4.6 est.

Top speed (mph)
(electronically limited)

130

130

130

More powerful, more efficient engine

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet will also benefit from a new 2.0-liter inline-4 turbo engine that produces 255 hp (vs. 241 previously), an increase in 14 hp, and 273 lb-ft of torque. The Coupe and Cabriolet are also equipped with a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission that affords a dynamic driving experience.

Mercedes-AMG: More performance for the C 43

With a multitude of carefully coordinated measures the AMG developers have enhanced the vehicle dynamics even further. The AMG-enhanced 3.0-liter V6 engine now produces 385 hp (vs. 362 hp previously), an increase in 23 hp. The peak torque of 384 lb-ft is available in a wide engine speed range from 2,500 to 5,000 rpm. The new C 43 Coupe accelerates from a standstill to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds (estimated), and the Cabriolet in 4.6 seconds (estimated).

4MATIC all-wheel drive: Traction even in difficult road conditions

At market launch the C 300 is available with 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive for improved traction and driving stability, especially in adverse road conditions. The 4MATIC has an active all-wheel torque distribution of 45 % to the front and 55 % to the rear. As ever, the combination of the ESP® driving dynamics control system with the 4ETS electronic traction system makes regular differential locks superfluous. This saves weight and noticeably improves handling safety as well as ride comfort.

The all-wheel drive is standard equipment for the Mercedes-AMG C 43, and features rear-biased torque distribution with a front/rear axle split of 31 to 69 percent.

More dynamic design and LED High Performance headlamps as standard

The newly redesigned C-Class combines emotion with intelligence. The vehicle's appearance is defined in particular by its front and tail end and the design of the headlamps and taillamps.

The front design exudes sportiness at first glance. Powerful styling elements such as the new bumper and the standard-fit diamond radiator grille lend the two-door C-Class models an individual character. The standard-fit LED High Performance headlamps have a new design that lends an especially distinctive appearance. For the first time in this model series, LED Intelligent headlamps with ULTRA WIDE high beam are additionally available (see below for details).

The rear appears broad and agile, thanks to dynamic details and a standard-fit two-pipe exhaust system. A particular highlight both day and night are the revised, more accentuated all-LED taillamps.

The sporty design features are heightened with the AMG Line. For example, the AMG Line exterior includes the diamond radiator grille with chrome pins plus an AMG-specific front bumper with new geometry, sporty air intakes and its chromed trim element. The exterior with the Night Package sports an even more athletic look with its black design features. These include the black trim elements in the AMG front bumper and the AMG rear bumper plus exterior mirror housings painted in high-gloss black.

The paint color spectrum has also been broadened. New colors are Mojave Silver Metallic and – exclusively for the coupe and cabriolet within the C-Class family: Graphite Grey.

Digital cockpit

The sporty interior with its individual integral-look seats is characterized by further-enhanced perceived quality and flowing shapes and the facelift takes it into the digital era.

The center console is characterized by an elegant flowing trim element with new materials: Natural Grain Brown Walnut or Natural Grain Grey Oak.
Magma Grey/Black are newly available as interior colors.

The KEYLESS-GO starting function is standard. The start/stop button comes in a new turbine-look design. The vehicle key also features a new design.

On the cabriolet, the soft top can be operated from the outside with the vehicle key and the "Open/Close" buttons.

An eye on the future: fully digital instrument cluster available as an option

The standard multimedia display above the center console has a 10.25-inch screen. The C-Class also features a new optional, fully-digital instrument cluster with the three visually distinguishable styles "Classic," "Sport" and "Progressive," which also transform the look of the central display when equipped with this option.

The C-Class has touch-sensitive controls in the steering wheel that respond to swiping motions like the screen of a smartphone. They enable the driver to control the functions of the instrument cluster and of the entire infotainment system without having to take their hands off the steering wheel. The operation of DISTRONIC and cruise control with controls directly on the steering wheel is another new feature.

The infotainment system can additionally be operated via the touchpad with controller (new: haptic feedback) in the center console or by means of voice control. Vehicle functions such as the seat heating can now also be voice controlled. The optional head-up display is now adjustable over an even wider range.

Future-oriented assistance systems on a par with the S-Class

The new C-Class features the latest Mercedes-Benz driving assistance systems offering the driver cooperative support, and therefore provides a higher level of active safety than its predecessor. The C-Class is able to drive semi- autonomously in certain situations. To do this it keeps a close eye on the traffic situation: improved camera and radar systems allow it to see up to approximately 1,640 feet (500 m) ahead. The vehicle's surroundings are scanned by radar across a distance of up to approximately 820 feet (250 m) to the front, 130 feet (40 m) to the sides and 260 feet (80 m) to the rear, while with the camera a range of up to 1,640 feet (500 m) is possible to the front, including 295 feet (90 m) in 3D.

The C-Class also uses map and navigation data for assistance functions. For example, Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC as part of the Driver Assistance Package is able to give the driver map-based support in numerous situations, and predictively adjust the speed e.g. when approaching bends, junctions or roundabouts. Other new developments include intuitively understandable Active Lane Change Assist and Active Emergency Stop Assist as new functions of Active Steering Assist.

The new C-Class comes with extended Active Brake Assist as standard. Depending on the situation, this can help to mitigate the consequences of rear- end collisions with slow-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles ahead, and even with crossing pedestrians and cyclists, or prevent them altogether.

LED Intelligent headlamps: Optimum visibility in all conditions

LED Intelligent headlamps are new and available on request in the coupe and cabriolet. These allow electronically controlled adjustment of the headlamps to suit the current traffic situation.

In high-beam mode, Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus enables continuous long- range illumination of the road ahead. When no other road user is detected, the road ahead is straight and the vehicle speed is above 25 mph, ULTRA WIDE high beam is switched on automatically. When there are oncoming vehicles or vehicles ahead, the high beam is automatically switched off. The ULTRA WIDE high beams are always active only if high beam mode has been manually switched on.

The multimedia systems: Tailor-made information and music offerings

The C-Class comes as standard featuring Apple CarPlayTM and Android Auto smartphone integration, two USB ports, an SD card reader, Bluetooth connection and media interface.

The latest-generation COMAND Navigation available as optional equipment offers fast 3D hard-disc navigation with topographical map display, photo- realistic 3D buildings and 3D map rotations. Comprehensive information is displayed on the navigation map: in addition to real-time traffic density information it can e.g. include Car-to-X warning messages, the weather, filling stations including current fuel prices and free parking spaces.

With the Concierge service (included for one year in conjunction with COMAND, and available as a subscription service thereafter), Mercedes me connect customers have a host of individual services at their disposal: from making restaurant reservations and obtaining tips about tourist routes, to gathering information on cultural or sporting events and sending navigation destinations directly to the vehicle.

The C-Class uses NFC technology

Mobile devices corresponding to the Qi standard can be charged conveniently while on the move with the optional wireless charging system. The charging surface in the quick stowage tray at the front of the center console is also suitable for large smartphones.

Both C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet models are produced at the Mercedes-Benz Bremen plant. The redesigned 2019 C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet will be celebrating their World Premiere at the New York International Auto Show in March 2018 and will go on sale in the U.S. by late 2018.


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Everyone likes LED lights, more power and bigger screens, so nice little improvements. 

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What a BLAND auto, no Passion at all! :nono:

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19 hours ago, smk4565 said:

Everyone likes LED lights, more power and bigger screens, so nice little improvements. 

More power is the only thing I like in your list there.

LED lights?

Cool, I guess. Neat feature. Like chrome trim was back in the day. But it aint something that makes or breaks a deal for me.

Bigger screens?

The only bigger screen I want is bigger windows so I could see where the phoque Im driving...because I actually...um...drive. I like to look out the damned window when I.....um....drive.  Im not into TV screens on my console. I prefer buttons. No...I dont talk to my car to turn on the heat. I talk to my wife to turn HER heat on if you know what I mean...

So...the more power part is the only thing I like.  The only thing I get excited for. That and when I get my wife excited...SHE still turns me on!  

 

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1 hour ago, dfelt said:

What a BLAND auto, no Passion at all! :nono:

A RWD 2dr convertible has 'no passion'??   BS.   Cadillac needs something like this...something fun instead of more boring, bland transverse engine FWD CUV lease appliances....

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3 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

A RWD 2dr convertible has 'no passion'??   BS.   Cadillac needs something like this...something fun instead of more boring, bland transverse engine FWD CUV lease appliances....

Or at the very least, some CUVs and SUVs that have sporty intentions...

BMW and Mercedes offers those too...even though I dont like ANY CUV or SUV short of a Wrangler, I do recognize trends in the market place...

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3 minutes ago, oldshurst442 said:

Or at the very least, some CUVs and SUVs that have sporty intentions...

BMW and Mercedes offers those too...even though I dont like ANY CUV or SUV short of a Wrangler, I do recognize trends in the market place...

And BMW and M-Bs SUVs are RWD/AWD SUVs, not generic FWD/AWD transverse engine CUV appliances...(not talking about the entry level shit like the X1 and GLA, but the good stuff).  GM doesn't even have a RWD/AWD SUV unibody platform; so Cadillac gets stuck with the FWD/AWD transverse engine CUV appliances..

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19 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

A RWD 2dr convertible has 'no passion'??   BS.   Cadillac needs something like this...something fun instead of more boring, bland transverse engine FWD CUV lease appliances....

It is all yours, never got the convertible thing, does nothing for me. I have to laugh at the waste of seats in the rear as you can see they are useless when any real person drives and then they pull them up to make the rear headrests look like big space from the front headrests and yet they are then so close to the dash which means only small people can drive the car.

As far as the look goes, BLAND, Dash just looks cheap and as I said your welcome to the Convertible thing, and all the skin cancer that goes with it. Just never saw or got the convertible thing even when riding in them, no big deal to me, but I do acknowledge that to others they love that open air driving.

MEH, I take an MB CUV over this every day!

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We know, you can only appreciate vehicles that can seat NBA players or NFL linebackers.  You can't seem to comprehend that not everyone wants or needs a 6000lb SUV.

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12 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

We know, you can only appreciate vehicles that can seat NBA players or NFL linebackers.  You can't seem to comprehend that not everyone wants or needs a 6000lb SUV.

I dont  need or want a 6000 lbs SUV.

I do however want a 6000 lbs sedan or coupe. I dont need that either. But I want one. 

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But Ill take a small convertible if anybody offered me one. 

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*SIGH*

Cadillac does NOT offer a car like this Benz though, so my choices are limited if I wanted to spend  a good chunk of my money on a small convertible and I wanted a luxury oriented convertible. Sure there is the Camaro convertible, but I want to buy something from a luxury brand....

Yup...Benz it is! 

So yeah...I  too call bullshyte MR. DFELT on the C Class convertible lacking passion!

PS: It dont matter if the dash "looks" cheap...

The 3 pointed Star up front is what counts...THAT is THE point!

 

 

 

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I hate the rear end of the c-class; THAT at least is unquestionably bland, plus I get a strong toyota solara vibe off it. The rest of the car is fine, tho I wish MB would go back to distinguishing the noses on all their model lines from each other.

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15 minutes ago, balthazar said:

I hate the rear end of the c-class; THAT at least is unquestionably bland, plus I get a strong toyota solara vibe off it. The rest of the car is fine, tho I wish MB would go back to distinguishing the noses on all their model lines from each other.

They were going for a consistent rear end with their other 4 seat 2drs--E-class, S-class, AMG GT all have similar rounded tails with horizontal lights, for better or for worse... 

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1 hour ago, dfelt said:

It is all yours, never got the convertible thing, does nothing for me. I have to laugh at the waste of seats in the rear as you can see they are useless when any real person drives and then they pull them up to make the rear headrests look like big space from the front headrests and yet they are then so close to the dash which means only small people can drive the car.

As far as the look goes, BLAND, Dash just looks cheap and as I said your welcome to the Convertible thing, and all the skin cancer that goes with it. Just never saw or got the convertible thing even when riding in them, no big deal to me, but I do acknowledge that to others they love that open air driving.

MEH, I take an MB CUV over this every day!

It's ironic that you defend the size of the 4 door ATS and how absurdly small the back seat is yet you get on a 2 door convertible for its back seat space.. go on.. :retard:

LOL serously?!?! your defense for not wanting a convertible is mo-fckn SKIN CANCER?!? GTFO. 

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15 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

It's ironic that you defend the size of the 4 door ATS and how absurdly small the back seat is yet you get on a 2 door convertible for its back seat space.. go on.. :retard:

LOL serously?!?! your defense for not wanting a convertible is mo-fckn SKIN CANCER?!? GTFO. 

Yeah, his obsession w/ full size SUVs and slagging on cars about rear seat room gets so one-note and tiresome...

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13 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

Yeah, his obsession w/ full size SUVs and slagging on cars about rear seat room gets so one-note and tiresome...

His posts are as predictable as they get. Every car thread gets the same comments, every SUV thread gets the same comments, and everything needs to be EV. Rinse and repeat. 

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I really like this Benz... probably the best looking option in the respective segments, though those segments are rather thin.  I would put the Infiniti Q60 as a very close second place for coupes.   If Genesis ever does a G70 Coupe, it would also be an interesting entry. 

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The Infiniti Q60 has got to be the most prettiest car in its class. Its got lines that only Italian car designers could only achieve. And that is definitely a good thing.  

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1 hour ago, ccap41 said:

It's ironic that you defend the size of the 4 door ATS and how absurdly small the back seat is yet you get on a 2 door convertible for its back seat space.. go on.. :retard:

LOL serously?!?! your defense for not wanting a convertible is mo-fckn SKIN CANCER?!? GTFO. 

Being a skin cancer survivor and having my face redone makes one think twice about being in the sun and especially in a convertible, but like I said even before I had cancer I never got the convertible thing. The rear seats, why bother, just make is storage room and give the front seats that much more room to be adjustable.

1 hour ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

Yeah, his obsession w/ full size SUVs and slagging on cars about rear seat room gets so one-note and tiresome...

Same as your obsession about cars.

Both of you do the same Shampoo, Rinse, Repeat!

1 hour ago, Drew Dowdell said:

I really like this Benz... probably the best looking option in the respective segments, though those segments are rather thin.  I would put the Infiniti Q60 as a very close second place for coupes.   If Genesis ever does a G70 Coupe, it would also be an interesting entry. 

But why bother with the back seats?

You could give so much more room to the front two people with more adjustable seat options if you just made that unusable seat area storage area. I never got that even in the tight pony cars.

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3 minutes ago, dfelt said:

But why bother with the back seats?

You could give so much more room to the front two people with more adjustable seat options if you just made that unusable seat area storage area. I never got that even in the tight pony cars.

Has to do with EPA classifications and such. That's why some cars like the FR-S/86 have back seats, but they're basically unusable. 

Plus, MB already has 2-seater convertibles. You can still put kids in the back seat of a C-Class Cabrio

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10 minutes ago, dfelt said:

Both of you do the same Shampoo, Rinse, Repeat!

That's not true at all. We enjoy more than 1 style of vehicle. 

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1 hour ago, Drew Dowdell said:

I really like this Benz... probably the best looking option in the respective segments, though those segments are rather thin.  I would put the Infiniti Q60 as a very close second place for coupes.   If Genesis ever does a G70 Coupe, it would also be an interesting entry. 

A Genesis coupe would be interesting.  I saw a Q60 up close and personal in a parking lot the other day, they really are sharp in person.  It was a medium/dark blue...lots of interesting contours.

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7 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

A Genesis coupe would be interesting.  I saw a Q60 up close and personal in a parking lot the other day, they really are sharp in person.  It was a medium/dark blue...lots of interesting contours.

Yes... this. Dark Blue is the color I'd pick also. 

It's been a long time since a Japanese car has caught my eye.  It was probably the original Infiniti G-coupe too. 

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I have a buddy in Denver that had a G37 coupe in a silver blue, was a sharp car..of all things, the manual transmission failed and had to be replaced under warranty..

The Q60 I saw looked like this..

Edit: this color is Iridium Blue.  They also have a light silver blue called Hagane Blue. 

 

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1 minute ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

I have a buddy in Denver that had a G37 coupe in a silver blue, was a sharp car..of all things, the manual transmission failed and had to be replaced under warranty..

The Q60 I saw looked like this..

 

 

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      Primary Gate (Full Tailgate) Primary Gate Load Stop: Panel that holds longer items in the bed Easy Access: Flip the inner part of the tailgate to allow for better access for items in the bed Step to allow for easy entry and exit from the bed Inner Gate with Load Stop Inner Gate as a work surface You will not find a physical tailgate handle. Instead, there are two buttons that sit between the backup camera. The top button releases the inner gate, while the bottom allows the full tailgate to open. Opening the inner gate wasn’t as smooth as the full tailgate, feeling like it was sticking at points. A lot of this I would attribute to cold temperatures during the week. Despite this issue, having the inner tailgate give way to allow for better access to the bed and a step does give a unique selling point. I do wonder how will this tailgate design hold-up in the long run.
      Moving inside, GM is still focusing on functional and practical aspects. This is evident with the large knobs and buttons controlling various functions, and a comprehensive gauge cluster. But this approach does put both trucks behind the pack in terms of interior design and materials when compared against Ford and Ram. I had to do a double-take getting inside the Silverado for the first time as the dashboard really didn’t change that much aside from the colors and slightly altered buttons. This isn’t helped by some of the material choices which look and feel out of place in trucks that carry price tags that are around the $60,000 mark.
      But the Silverado and Sierra’s interiors do claw some points back in terms of overall comfort. No one will have any issue trying to find a position that works thanks to a generous amount of power seat adjustments and a steering wheel that finally provides tilt-telescope adjustment. Space in the back of crew cabs is massive with loads of head and legroom.
      Both trucks came with an eight-inch screen (lesser trims get by with a seven-inch screen) and new software - Chevrolet Infotainment 3/GMC Infotainment. The interface looks like a simplified version of MyLink/Intellilink with simpler graphics and easier to read fonts. Moving around the system is easy thanks to the simple menu structure and quick responses for any command. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration comes standard. Both trucks were able to find my iPhone 7 Plus and bring up the CarPlay interface within seconds of plugging it in.
      There are four different engines on offer, including a new 2.7L turbo-four. There’s also a turbodiesel V6 that will be arriving for the 2020 model year. Both of my test trucks came with the V8s - Silverado packing a 5.3L and the Sierra using the 6.2L.
      The 5.3L V8 has not been my engine of choice for the last-generation trucks. Not because of the power on offer, but more of the tuning of the throttle pedal. It made the V8 feel very sluggish and would make the driver push further down on the pedal to get it moving a decent clip. Thankfully, GM has addressed this issue and 5.3 now feel likes it has 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. You can lightly press on the accelerator and V8 doesn’t feel artificially overwhelmed. A new eight-speed automatic (standard on higher trims) helps keep the engine right in the sweet spot of power and provides smooth shifts.
      As for the 6.2L V8, it is a monster. With 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet, it moves the Sierra at a surprising rate. Making a pass or merging on to a freeway is no problem as there is an abundance of power waiting to be unleashed. A new ten-speed automatic (jointly developed with Ford) helps keep the engine right in the spot of power. Unless you need or want all of the power, the 5.3 is the engine I would recommend for either truck.
      EPA fuel economy figures for the V8s are 15 City/20 Highway/17 Combined for the 5.3 and 15/19/17 for the 6.2L AT4.  My averages for the week were 16.1 for the 5.3 and 15.2 for the 6.2. 
      Ram is still the gold standard when it comes to ride quality due to its rear coil spring setup. But GM isn’t so far behind with its solid rear axle setup. Most bumps and imperfections become mere ripples. Larger potholes didn’t upset either truck, but I would put that towards the off-road suspension. The standard trucks may bounce around. Handling is quite surprising as both trucks feel agile around bends. Noise isolation, for the most part, is excellent, though the knobby tires fitted to the Trail Boss and AT4 do ruin some of the tranquility.
      My feelings are mixed on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500. GM has either fixed or improved various problems that I have talked about in previous reviews. But it feels GM hasn’t done enough to fully set their trucks apart from the competition. I think this line from my journal says it all.
      “If General Motors wasn’t touting various aspects of these new trucks such as the aluminum body panels or multi-pro tailgate, I would have thought both models went through a dramatic mid-cycle refresh.”
      This could give the full explanation as to why the Silverado and Sierra are currently getting beaten out by Ford and Ram Trucks in the sales chart. Buyers may not see any real changes for both trucks when compared against the competition. GM has been on the offensive, saying to be patient. But that approach may not work and may cause the automaker to draw up some drastic measures.
      That’s the thing about the full-size truck market, you need to show up with the best. Anything less and you’re in danger of losing. 
      How I would configure a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra 1500.
      There are two options I would consider with the Silverado. First is the RST. I would order a 4WD crew cab with a short and opt for the 5.3L V8. From there, I would add the Convenience Package with Bucket Seats, Convenience Package II, Safety Package, and Trailering Package. That brings the final price to $52,745 excluding any discounts I could get. Second is the Trail Boss which gets the 5.3L V8 as standard. Options would mirror the RST and bring the final price to $54,285.
      If I was to order a Sierra 1500, then I would start with the SLT Crew Cab 4WD with a short bed. This comes with the 5.3L V8 as standard and I would only add two options; Dark Sky Metallic for $495 and the SLT Premium Plus Package for $6,875. This package combines a number of option packages such as the SLT Preferred Package and the two Driver Alert Packages. The final price comes to $60,460 with a $1,000 discount for ordering Premium Plus Package.
      Alternatives to the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra 1500.
      2019 Ram 1500: Ram's redesign on the 1500 has helped make it a real challenger to both Ford and GM. The interior raises the bar of what a truck can be with an impressive design and high-quality material choices. It also boasts an impressive list of safety features such as adaptive cruise control. Ride quality is still class leading. What may put some people off is the styling as it looks a bit plain. 2019 Ford F-150: Bestselling for reason, Ford has constantly improved the F-150 to keep it one step ahead of the competition. It features one of the largest selection of powertrains that help give it some impressive towing numbers. A number of trims also gives buyers different options to build their F-150 the way they want. But Ford trails Ram and GM when it comes ride quality. Disclaimer: General Motors Provided the trucks, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      (*Author's Note: Unfortunately, I lost the window sticker to the GMC Sierra 1500 I drove. I have built the truck as close as possible to my memory to get an approximation on price. -WM)
      Year: 2019
      Make: Chevrolet
      Model: Silverado 1500
      Trim: LT Trail Boss
      Engine: 5.3L VVT DI V8 with Dynamic Fuel Management and Stop/Start
      Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, Four-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 355 @ 5,600
      Torque @ RPM: 383 @ 4,100
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 15/20/17
      Curb Weight: 5,008 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Roanoke, Indiana
      Base Price: $48,300
      As Tested Price: $55,955 (Includes $1,495 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Convenience Package with Bucket Seats - $1,805.00
      Convenience Package II - $1,420.00
      Off-Road Assist Steps - $895.00
      Safety Package I - $890.00
      Bed Protection Package - $635.00
      Trailer Brake Controller - $275.00
      Advanced Trailering Package - $240.00
      Year: 2019
      Make: GMC
      Model: Sierra 1500
      Trim: AT4
      Engine: 6.2L VVT DI V8 with Dynamic Fuel Management and Stop/Start
      Driveline: Ten-Speed Automatic, Four-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 420 @ 5,600 
      Torque @ RPM: 460 @ 4,100
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 15/19/17
      Curb Weight: 5,015 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Roanoke, Indiana
      Base Price: $53,200
      As Tested Price: $64,955 (Includes $1,595 Destination Charge and $500 discount for the AT4 Premium Package)*
      Options:
      Off-Road Performance Package - $4,940
      AT4 Premium Package - $3,100 with a $500 discount
      Technology Package - $1,875
      Driver Alert Package II - $745
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      The 2020 E-Class is moving to a new base engine and at the same time, changing the base designation from E300 to E350.  The updated 2.0-liter turbo-charged 4-cylinder makes slightly (14) more horsepower at 255 than the outgoing engine, and the torque stays the same at 273 lb-ft.  C&D tested the old E300 and found the zero to 60 mph time to be lackluster at 6.5 second.  The new engine shaves half a second off the C300 4Matic and could make similar improvements in the E350. Power is routed through a 9-speed automatic. Mercedes 4Matic can be ordered for an additional $2,500.
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