Mercedes launches the Ultimate Performance Athletes in New GLC-Class & New G-Class

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Mercedes-AMG is no stranger to the high performance SUV segment. The GLC 63 S and GLC 63 S Coupé is a combination of high-performance engine in the skin of an SUV. Mercedes-AMG thus meets the wishes of those customers who are looking for a combination of superior power delivery along with a highly emotive, unmistakable engine sound.

“The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S & GLC 63 S Coupe are two high performance cars in an SUV skin making them powerful predators in their element, in any terrain. They exude an aura of athletic dynamism and sheer power coupled with overwhelming traction and driving dynamics. These two are all about appearance, features, performance and sound” said Mark Raine, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia.

Both of these powerful predators are the only vehicles in their segment to be powered by an eight-cylinder biturbo engine. The proven AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine puts out 375 kW (510 hp) with a maximum torque of 700 Nm. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h is completed in just 3.8 seconds with the top speed of 270 km/h. A characteristic feature is that the two turbochargers are positioned not on the outside of the cylinder banks, but inside the cylinder “V”. The main advantages of this design are the compact engine construction, optimal response and low exhaust gas emissions.

The new GLC 63 4MATIC+ and GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ feature the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed transmission, which made its debut in the Mercedes-AMG E 63 4MATIC+. The driver benefits from extremely short response times. Fast multiple downshifts and the double-declutching function make for a highly emotive gearshift experience. A start-off wet clutch replaces the torque converter. This saves weight and optimises the response to the driver’s accelerator pedal input, particularly on acceleration and during load changes.

The four AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport Plus” and “Individual” allow the driver to extensively influence the characteristics of the GLC E 63 4MATIC+. This modifies key parameters, such as the response of engine, transmission, suspension, steering, ESP® and all-wheel drive. Independently of the DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs, the driver has the option of pressing the “M” button to switch directly to manual mode, in which gearshifts are executed exclusively using the shift paddles on the steering wheel. The suspension settings can also be specially selected if required.

The as-standard typical V8 engine sound comes courtesy of an exhaust system with flap technology. It is controlled by a map and automatically operated depending on the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive program, the power demanded by the driver and the engine speed. Optionally available is the Performance exhaust system, which allows the sound to be modulated at the press of a button. In any case, the exhaust systems are so designed that all noise limits are complied with irrespective of the flap position.

The agility, highly dynamic lateral acceleration and maximum grip of the new models are also thanks to the new AMG suspension with fully supporting multi-chamber air suspension, which ensures exceptionally high levels of camber stability, driving dynamics and steering precision. The front axle features a four-link design with special steering knuckles, optimised elastokinematics and radial brake connections. Independent wheel control and wheel suspension elements enable higher lateral acceleration with minimal torque steer.

A striking characteristic of the exterior design is the expressive front end: the new GLC 63 4MATIC+ is the first Mercedes-AMG Performance vehicle to feature the Panamericana grille, which was previously reserved for the AMG GT family of sports cars. This design statement affirms the consistently dynamic design of the new Performance SUV and Coupé. A wide front apron inspired by the design of a jet wing, with a large front splitter, impressively embodies the power of the new models. By dispensing with a fine-meshed grille, it gives a view of the cooling technology – a typical attribute from the world of motor sport and a further differentiation from the other GLC models. Wider wheel arch claddings at front and rear lend emphasis to the muscular looks.

With the AMG Night package in high-gloss black enhances the racing-inspired looks, complemented by the matte black 21-inch AMG cross-spoke forged wheels. The racing feel is also reflected in the interior. The sports seats are upholstered in Nappa leather and ARTICO man-made leather in black nappa for the dashboard and beltlines, as well as the red designo seat belts.


The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ & GLC 63 S Coupé 4MATIC+ at a glance:

Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe 4MATIC+
Displacement 3982 cc 3982 cc
Output 375 kW (510 hp) at 5,500 – 6,250 rpm 375 kW (510 hp) at 5,500 – 6,250 rpm
Peak torque 700 Nm at 1750 – 4500 rpm 700 Nm at 1750 – 4500 rpm
Combined fuel consumption 11.9 l/100km 11.7 l/100km
CO2 emissions (g/km) 270 g/km 267 g/km
Acceleration (0-100 km/h) 3.8 s 3.8 s
Top speed 270 km/h 270 km/h
Price (OTR without Insurance)
*price is inclusive of SST
RM915,888.00 RM933,888.00


Stronger than Time – the all-new Mercedes-Benz G-Class

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class returns as it always has been, but ready for the future it deserves to be in. The Gelaendewagen, the G-Class is the Godfather of all SUVs. Never before in the history of Mercedes-Benz icons has an automobile been passionately and unanimously been refused to let pass by its owners and fans as the G-Class. The Mercedes-AMG G 63 underpins its unique position among performance off-road vehicles provided by the 430 kW (585 hp) 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine.

“The G-Class, a vehicle that is truly stronger than time, iconic and legendary but timeless at the same time. The G 63 reinforces its position as an off-road vehicle with a powerful on-road performance through the AMG 4-litre V8 biturbo with that unmistakable symphonic sound,” said Mark Raine, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia.

The one-man-one-engine AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine in the Mercedes-AMG G 63 generates 430 kW (585 hp) in this model, and delivers a maximum torque of 850 Nm. This is available across a wide rev range between 2.500 and 3.500 rpm, and provides a sense of effortless superiority. It absolves a sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds. This dynamic performance is maintained up to the limited maximum speed of 220 km/h, or 240 km/h with the AMG Driver‘s package.

The two turbochargers are not positioned on the outside of the cylinder banks, but inside the cylinder “V”. Advantages: a compact engine design, spontaneous response of the turbochargers and low exhaust emissions thanks to optimal airflow to the near-engine catalysts. The eight-cylinder delivers its power with muscular torque in all engine speed ranges, combined with maximum efficiency for low fuel consumption and emission figures.

The AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission is used in the G 63. This has a model-specific software application to achieve very short shift times. The multiple downshift function allows more spontaneous bursts of speed, while the double-declutching function in “Sport” and “Sport Plus” transmission modes makes for an even more emotional driving experience. Defined engine manipulation makes for even faster gear changes.

The standard-specification AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive features rear-biased torque distribution with a front/rear split of 40 to 60 percent. This configuration ensures greater agility on the road and improved traction during acceleration. In the preceding model the distribution was still a neutral 50:50. The off-road reduction gear has been developed further for operations on difficult terrain. It helps to ensure that the G 63 is able to master even more demanding off-road stretches.

The new G 63 performs even better when off-road, and on the road it is more dynamic and comfortable than its predecessor. The agile driving impression is substantially due to the suspension system, which has been completely redesigned by Mercedes-AMG and features coil springs all-round. For the first time the front axle has an independent, double wishbone suspension; a rigid axle with a five-link suspension is used at the rear.

With the five DYNAMIC SELECT on-road modes “Slippery”, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport+” and “Individual”, the characteristics range from efficient and comfortable to very sporty. Key parameters such as the response of the engine, transmission, suspension and steering are modified in the process. Independently of the DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs, the driver has the option of pressing the “M” button to switch directly to manual mode, in which gearshifts are executed exclusively using the shift paddles on the steering wheel. If required, the stages of the adaptive adjustable suspension can be selected as well.

Three off-road modes – “Sand”, “Trail” and “Rock” – are available when driving off the beaten track. These are accessed using the switch in the centre console for activation of the central differential lock, and can then be selected with the DYNAMIC SELECT rocker switch. “Trail” allows maximum performance on soft, muddy or slippery surfaces. “Sand” modifies the parameters for sporty dynamics and the best possible grip and steerability on sandy stretches or desert sand dunes. “Rock” is the mode for extremely demanding, rocky terrain with severe axle articulation and frequent lifting of one or more wheels.

All the driving modes, both On Road and Off Road, are visualised in the instrument cluster and in the central media display. Deselection of all the locks returns the setting to the on-road driving modes.

The basis for the enormous off-road capabilities of the G 63 is provided by a torsionally rigid ladder-type frame of high-strength steel and a mounted body of composite construction. This design is considerably more robust and suitable for off-road operations than a unibody construction. As the lowest point of this construction, the frame ensures a low centre of gravity and protects the major assemblies, fuel tank and exhaust system during ground contact, e.g. when driving over obstacles.

Another development aim was to reduce the weight of the body. Using a digital prototype, the developers simulated the operating life of individual components and assemblies to determine where lighter materials could be used without compromising durability, operating life and quality.

The result is a new material mix: the bodyshell consists of various grades of steel. The wings, bonnet and doors are made of aluminium. To be able to retain the door hinges and handles typical of the G-Class, the developers modified these to suit the new aluminium design. The A and B-pillars are made of high-strength steel in view of their load-bearing function.

Exterior wise, the unmistakable design features give the new AMG G 63 its unique appearance: the boxy silhouette, the proud bonnet, external door hinges, round headlamps, mounted direction indicators, robust door handles, muscular protective strips with inserts in high-gloss black with a silver AMG emblem, the exposed spare wheel on the rear door with a stainless steel cover and three-pointed star. The front section of the G 63 is characterised by the AMG-specific radiator grille and the AMG bumper with large side air inlets and trim in matt iridium silver. The headlamps, indicators and tail lights are in LED High Performance technology as standard. This lighting consumes less energy and has a particularly long service life.


The Mercedes-AMG G 63 at a glance:

Mercedes-AMG G 63
Displacement 3982 cc
Output 430 kW (585 hp) at 5,500 – 6,000 rpm
Peak torque 850 Nm at 2000 – 3500 rpm
Combined fuel consumption 13.1 l/100 km
CO2 emissions 299 g/km
Acceleration (0-100 km/h) 4.5 s
Top speed 240 km/h*
Price (OTR without Insurance)
*price is inclusive of SST



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