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C CLASS: The C gets smaller side view mirrors and a nicer leather-wrapped steering wheel. New options include a rear-view camera, USB audio adapter, power lumbar adjustment, and mirrors that tilt down for parking. Rear-wheel-drive C300 and C350 Sport models get an optional Dynamic Handling Package that includes active damping suspension, speed-sensitive steering, 18 twin-spoke wheels and steering wheel shift paddles for automatic models.

CL CLASS: The big coupe gets bigger side mirrors, variable-ratio Direct Steer system, a night vision camera, lane-departure prevention system, automatic high beam control, and a driver drowsiness detector; CLs with the Active Body Control system also get a crosswind stabilization system. Inside, the CL gets improved switchgear, a new stereo/navigation head unit, multicolor ambient lighting, a nicer leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an optional rear seat entertainment system. Mercedes will offer a limited-run 100th Anniversary of Mercedes-Benz Edition based on the CL550 4MATIC.

CLS CLASS: A new premium leather steering wheel is standard.

E CLASS: An all-new E-Class debuts for 2010 — not only as a sedan (photo ) but in coupe form (photo ) as well, the latter featuring a standard panoramic glass roof. The E will be available in six-cylinder (E350) and eight-cylinder (E550) form, with the diesel-powered E350 BlueTEC following the gas-powered versions by a few months. New features include night vision, high beams that automatically adjust to avoid blinding oncoming traffic, and Attention Assist, which senses if the driver is getting drowsy. The hot-rod E63 AMG (photo ) gets the powertrain from the 2009 SL63 AMG.

The 518 horsepower version of AMG’s 6.2 liter V8 and a 7-speed automatic transmission with an electronically-controlled mechanical clutch in place of the torque converter. A diesel version, the E350 BLUETEC, joins the lineup during calendar year 2010.

G CLASS: The box-on-wheels gets a round of minor improvements: Body-colored door handles, more chrome, a sport-tuned exhaust system, leather dashboard, heated wood-and-leather steering wheel, 115 volt power outlet, and a spare tire cover.

GL CLASS: (photo ) M-B’s largest SUV gets updated styling (new headlights, taillights and bumpers), new wheels, and an updated interior with a revised instrument cluster, seats, ambient lighting, and standard burl walnut trim. GL550 models get heated and ventilated seats and LED daytime running lights as standard. The diesel-powered GL320 BLUETEC is now called the GL350 BlueTEC, although the powertrain is unchanged.

The new POST SAFE system unlocks the doors and shuts off the engine after a crash.

GLK CLASS: Mercedes’ new entry-level SUV, the GLK350 (photo ), is their answer to the Audi Q5. BMW X3. and Acura RDX. Based on the C350 sedan, the GLK boasts unique styling and a very attractive starting price — under $35,000.

ML CLASS: All MLs get burl walnut trim, a leather steering wheel, and the POST SAFE system (see GL Class). Mercedes’ first use of the Two-Mode hybrid system they developed in partnership with GM, Chrysler and BMW will come in the form of the ML450 hybrid (photo ). The all-wheel-drive ML450 gets an Atikonson-cycle 3.5 liter V6 and two electric motors, for a combined output of 335 hp and 381 lb-ft of torque. EPA fuel economy figures (21 MPG city/24 highway) are significantly better than the ML350 (15/20), well behind the 2010 Lexus RX400h (28/26), and similar to the diesel-powered ML320 BLUETEC (18/24).

Speaking of the ML320 BLUETEC, it’s now called the ML350 BlueTEC, although the engine remains unchanged.

R CLASS: The diesel-powered R320 BLUETEC has been named R350 BlueTEC, although the engine hasn’t changed. All Rs gets tinted side glass (blue on the R350 BlueTEC — get it?), darkened tail lenses, a nicer leather-wrapped steering wheel, and POST-SAFE (see GL Class).

S CLASS: (photo ) Mercedes’ flagship sedan gets updated styling, interior improvements, and several new active safety features including automatic high-beams, a lane-departure warning system, driver drowsiness detection and an active body control system that can compensate for crosswinds. Also new: An updated stereo, variable ratio steering, and an optional rear-seat entertainment system. Even bigger news is the addition of the S400 hybrid (photo ), which uses a 279 hp 3.5 liter V6 boosted by a 20 hp electric motor. The car will not be able to run on electric power alone, as is the case with the ML450, but Mercedes claims the S400 will achieve 29 MPG in the EPA highway cycle, compared to 22 MPG for the V8-powered S550.

Meanwhile, the S63 and S65 AMG models get a new Torque Vectoring Brake system, a modification of the electronic stability control system that reduces understeer, and the Active Body Control system now provides crosswind stabilization.

SL CLASS: The big roadster gets a nicer leather-wrapped steering wheel, variable-ratio Direct Steer steering, HD radio and SIRIUS real-time traffic as standard.

SLK CLASS: The new SLK300 Diamond White Edition gets Diamond White metallic paint, unique interior trim, AMG-style wheels, and a sport-tuned suspension.

SPRINTER: Mercedes-Benz will take over marketing of the Sprinter van, which was formerly sold in the US as a Dodge. Sprinters will continue to be sold under the Freightliner badge as well.

BEYOND 2010:

E-CLASS: A wagon will join the sedan and coupe in mid-2010, badged as a 2011 model. The E wagon will be available in a single model, the E350 4MATIC, with a 3.5 liter V6 engine and all-wheel-drive.

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