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Mercedes' terrific trio

New Straits Times logo New Straits Times 20/11/2018 ARMAN AHMAD

MERCEDES-BENZ Malaysia (MBM) introduced three new performance SUVs at the Sepang International Circuit earlier this week.

They are priced from RM915,888 for the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S, RM933,888 for the GLC 63 S Coupe and RM1.46 million for the G 63.

External enhancements on the AMG GLC 63 S and GLC 63 Coupe include the Panamericana grille, enlarged Jet Wing air intakes and rear diffuser.

The AMG Night package in high-gloss black enhances the looks further, complemented with matte black 21-inch AMG cross-spoke forged wheels.

The race-inspired theme also makes its way into the interior, with sports seats upholstered in Nappa leather and Artico man-made leather in black nappa for the dashboard and beltlines, as well as red seat belts.

The GLCs are powered by a 4.0 litre biturbo V8 engine producing 510hp with a peak torque of 700Nm.

Mark Raine, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia vice-president for sales and marketing, said the GLC 63 and GLC 63 S were the first cars in the segment to be powered by eight-cylinder biturbo engines.

The cars can reach 100kph from a standstill in 3.8 seconds and have a maximum speed of 270kph.

The GLC 63 and GLC 63 Coupe feature high performance AMG Sports suspension with adaptive adjustable damping, AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution, a rear-axle limited slip differential and a high performance braking system.

The new AMG suspension is equipped with fully supporting multi-chamber air suspension, to ensure better levels of camber stability, driving dynamics as well as steering precision.

The front axle features a four-link design with special steering knuckles, improved elastokinematics and radial brake connections.

The GLCs are also equipped with independent wheel control and wheel suspension elements which allow for higher lateral acceleration with less torque steer.

Meanwhile, the new G63 reinvents the iconic Gelaendewagen, nearly 40 years after it was first introduced.

Retaining its boxy silhouette, the G63 is a true off-roader with a torsionally rigid ladder frame made from high-strength steel.

The mounted body however, is now made of composite construction. The bodyshell is made from various grades of steel, with the wings, bonnet and doors in aluminium to save weight. The A and B-pillars are made of high-strength steel.

On the inside, as with keeping with the rest of the family, there is a completely modern interior with widescreen cockpit, a redesigned centre console as well as sports multifunction steering wheel.

a person driving a car: MERCEDES-BENZ Malaysia (MBM) introduced three new performance SUVs at the Sepang International Circuit earlier this week. (NSTP/MOHD FADLI HAMZAH) © Provided by Media Prima MERCEDES-BENZ Malaysia (MBM) introduced three new performance SUVs at the Sepang International Circuit earlier this week. (NSTP/MOHD FADLI HAMZAH)

In the G63 configuration, the AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo generates 585 hp with maximum torque of 850Nm, and is mated to an AMG speedshift TCT 9G transmission.

Mercedes says power is available across a wide rev range between 2.500 and 3.500 rpm.

This gives the G63 a sprint from zero to 100kph of 4.5 seconds, with and electronically limited maximum speed of 220kph, or 240kph with the AMG Driver’s package.

The G63 was designed with a focus on both high performance off-roading as well as on-road performance.

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