Production cars: GL (European version), S65 AMG, R63 AMG, CLS63 AMG, CLK63 AMG, SL65 AMG face-lift, SL face-lift
The seven-seat GL class, Mercedes-Benz's third SUV, has its European debut in Geneva after a world premier in Detroit last month. Like Audi with its Q7, Mercedes is targeting the US market for large luxury SUVs with the GL.
Audi and Mercedes expect 60 percent to 70 percent of Q7 and GL sales to be in North America.
The GL goes on sale in Europe in September, four months after US sales begin.
European prices will be about E10,000 above corresponding M class models, putting the GL between the M class and the G class. The ML320 CDI costs E48,662 in Germany.
The GL is built alongside the M- and R-class models at Mercedes' US plant in Vance, Alabama.
Magna Steyr of Austria will continue building the 26-year-old G class premium SUV.
In Europe, the GL will be offered with 3.2-liter V-6 and 4.0-liter V-8 diesel engines, and 4.6-liter and 5.5-liter V-8 gasoline engines.
The European GL will be a more capable all-terrain vehicle than in the US because it comes with Mercedes' Offroad package as standard. In the US version, the package optional.
AMG, Mercedes' in-house tuning division, is staging a big effort to boost sales in 2006. As part of the push, new and face-lifted AMG models will be shown.
The S65 AMG, the tuned version of the new S class, and the R63 AMG, a tuned version of Mercedes' new R-class minivan/SUV crossover, have their European debuts.
The CLS63 AMG replaces the CLS55 AMG and the CLK63 AMG is the successor to the CLK55 AMG.
All these models get AMG's new naturally aspirated, 6.2-liter, V-8 engine that debuted last summer. The powerplant is the first engine developed by AMG that is not based on any Mercedes engine.
The SL55 AMG will be shown with a more powerful 5.5-liter engine offering 517hp, up from 500hp. The face-lifted SL65 AMG makes its world debut in Geneva.
The 4-year-old SL premium roadster is face-lifted. The car's front bumper, alloy wheels and taillights are the major exterior changes, while the interior is upgraded with new colors and materials.
The SL gets new V-6 and V-8 engine options. Mercedes says the 272hp V-6 is more economical than its predecessor but offers 11 percent more power. The 388hp V-8 has the same fuel consumption as the engine it replaces but 26 percent more power.
Technology: Mercedes is re-introducing direct-injection gasoline engine technology in its cars.
The automaker dropped its only direct-injection gasoline engine in the CLK200 CGI in 2004 because it didn't think that the fuel savings offered by the technology at the time was worthwhile.
But the technology has advanced and rivals BMW and Volkswagen group also now offer direct injection gasoline injection engines.
BMW shows its first turbocharged direct-injection gasoline engine at Geneva. Audi and Volkswagen models already offer direct injection gasoline engines.
Not shown: The face-lifted E class will be introduced in June. It gets new bumpers, taillights and a tweaked chassis, but its failure-prone by-wire braking system is replaced by a mechanical braking system.