MERCEDES-BENZ have been surprising the motoring public in recent years with new and exciting models, as well as unexpected facelifts on some old favourites.
There are more surprises in store for 2014, and, here, we profile the pick of the bunch.
From January, the C-Class saloon comes under the new moniker, Edition. Equipped with a range of AMG enhancements, it carries a range of extras worth some €4,500 – but which will come at no extra cost – including AMG body styling in front and rear aprons, and side sill panels on Avantgarde models.
Other features include, 17-inch light alloy wheels – highlighted in high-gloss black, dark-tinted headlamps and chromed exhaust pipe ends.
Interior changes include new sports seats covered in Artico leather upholstery, with fibre inlays and contrasting top stitching, matching door panels and gear selector.
Other features include a luxury nappa leather four-spoke steering wheel with 12-function buttons, dark aluminium trim, a multifunction colour infotainment display set within the instrument cluster, black fabric headlining, velour floor mats with contrasting topstitching and split folding rear seats.
Then, from the new year, it is expected that demand for the new S-class will continue to exceed the volumes allocated to the Irish market, due to worldwide demand for the new S-class running in excess of production capacity.
February/March will see the launch here of the all-new GLA class. Built on the same A-class and CLA-class platform, the compact SUV will take its place alongside its more established off-road siblings.
Things to watch for will be its rugged appearance, set off by a power domed bonnet, dropping roofline and towering 20in wheels (optional).
As with the A-class and CLA before it, the GLA will be offered in a choice of petrol and diesel engines, with transmission that includes the Mercedes-Benz 4-Matic all-wheel-drive system.
Looking ahead, and the all-new C-class range will make its first appearance on Irish roads in summer, while in or around the third quarter will see the arrival here of the new S-Coupe.
With all these new models, the full prices, specifications levels, arrival sequencing and final model line-ups will be announced at the time of their launch, making 2014 another year of note for Mercedes-Benz.