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Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC, Exterieur: designo diamantweiß bright Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC, exterior: designo diamond white bright

Affectionately known as ‘the big family performer’, the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC is just that: a huge vehicle offering equal parts sport and luxury for seven passengers, with performance dynamics that simply belie its size. It may weigh 2,580 kg, but the 585-PS BiTurbo M157 AMG hand-built V8 paired to the sharp SpeedShift seven-speed transmission allows it to dart from standstill to 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds!

The GLS began life as the GL-Class over 10 years ago. Big, yes, but never cumbersome and always friendly as even its predecessor was. With the move to new nomenclature, the GLS 63 represents the ultimate luxury sport utility vehicle with the coveted three-pointed star on the bonnet.



50 Years of AMG - Mercedes ML 55 AMG webNot all cars are capable of exerting their authority on the road and off it as admirably as the GLE-Class. Yet, it takes continuous learning and development to scale even greater heights and accomplish more with less. It all started in 1997 when the W163 M-Class arrived. The new arrival offered two important aspects for seekers of more capable vehicles: interior space and high ground clearance. It delivered car-like handling with all-road capability. The following year saw the more powerful ML 55 AMG arrive. The ultimate evolution came in 2009 with the massive 6.2-litre V8 with 525 PS powering the ML 63.

Presently, the new naming schemes see the ML turn into the GLE-Class. It’s still as big and just as capable, offering the flexibility and space to those who seek performance not limited by terrain. The Mercedes-AMG GLE 43, 63, and 63 S, available in an SUV body as well as a sloping-roof coupé body style, deliver varying levels of added performance to suit every application and requirement. From a 367-PS 3.0-litre V6 to a choice of a 4.0-litre BiTurbo V8 with either 476 or 510 PS, the GLE line is one of the newest introductions and promises to deliver the goods with style to match.


Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC+, 2017

Huge SUVs aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, so to speak. A smarter, more compact cup still lets you enjoy your tea without having to deal with added weight. Lesser known in some markets, the GLK-Class, sold only in left-hand-drive, was quite the popular character where it was. Evolving into the either-hand-drive GLC-Class was one of the smarter moves as the GLC then cracked new markets and made its presence felt. Revised styling and incredible refinement meant it would appeal to a whole new set of buyers. The Mercedes-AMG models, like the GLE, offer a choice of 367-PS six-cylinder or up to 510-PS eight-cylinder powerplants, as well as a choice of SUV and Coupé body styles, with a smart automatic transmission and 4MATIC all-wheel-drive making every journey as pleasurable no matter what the road surface is like.


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If ever there was a big-hearted small giant, it would be the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC. Not restricting performance to the almost literal giants, the GLA 45 is built on the popular front-drive platform and gets power from one of the most incredible engines the world has seen. The four-cylinder 2.0-litre engine delivers an incredible output of 381 PS and 475 Nm, lending the compact all-road-ready GLA the ability to dismiss distance on tarmac or off it rather swiftly. The 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system smartly sends the power where it is most needed, while its lower centre of gravity allows it to surprise even in the handling and dynamics sphere. It’s not too low, yet not too high, and perfectly blends everyday practicality with weekend-racer characteristics.


About the author: Jim Gorde


Automotive Correspondent at Bike India and Car India.
Believes that learning never stops. Loves V8 engines as much as a good breakfast.
t: @BikeIndia / @CarIndia


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