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Mercedes-Benz EQS Will Come with a 56-inch “Hyperscreen”

MBUX Hyperscreen

When it comes to infotainment systems, it would not be an exaggeration to say that Mercedes-Benz is among the ones at the forefront with the MBUX system and the long list of features it comes with, and things were just taken to the next level.

Currently available in almost every new model ranging from the A-Class, all the way to the Actros heavy duty truck, the MBUX system is miles ahead of most brands in the automotive landscape.

And just as we were getting ourselves familiar with the system, Mercedes-Benz has already given a glimpse at the future – the MBUX Hyperscreen.

All set to be featured in the Mercedes-Benz EQS electric “limousine”, the large, curved screen unit stretches almost the entire width from the left to the right A-pillar. In addition to its sheer size, the high-quality, detail-loving design also provides a “wow” effect.

MBUX Hyperscreen

Added to this is artificial intelligence (AI) – With software capable of learning, the display and operating concept adapts completely to its user and makes personalised suggestions for numerous infotainment, comfort and vehicle functions.

Thanks to the so-called zero layer, the user does not have to scroll through submenus or give voice commands. The most important applications are always offered in a situational and contextual way at the top level in view.

In this way, numerous operating steps are taken away from the EQS driver. And not only him: The MBUX Hyperscreen is also an attentive assistant for the passenger, who gets his or her own display and operating area.

For a particularly brilliant image, OLED technology is used in central and passenger displays. This is where the individual image points are self-luminous; non-controlled image pixels remain switched off, which means that they appear deep black. The active OLED pixels, on the other hand, radiate with high color brilliance, resulting in high contrast values, regardless of the angle of view and the lighting conditions.

The MBUX Hyperscreen is also surrounded by a continuous plastic front frame. Its visible part is painted in an elaborate three-layer process in “Silver Shadow”. This coating system achieves a particularly high-quality surface impression due to extremely thin intermediate layers.

The integrated ambient lighting installed in the lower part of the MBUX Hyperscreen makes the display unit appear to float on the instrument panel.

MBUX Hyperscreen

8 CPU cores, 24-gigabyte RAM and 46.4 GB per second RAM memory bandwidth are some of the MBUX technical specifications.

Unveiled in 2018 in the current A-Class, there are now more than 1.8 million Mercedes-Benz passenger cars equipped with it on the roads worldwide.

The Van division is also relying on MBUX. A few months ago the second generation of this learn-capable system debuted in the new S-Class. The next big step now follows in the form of the new EQS and the optionally available MBUX Hyperscreen.

“The MBUX Hyperscreen is both the brain and nervous system of the car”, says Sajjad Khan, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG.

“The MBUX Hyperscreen continually gets to know the customer better and delivers a tailored, personalised infotainment and operating offering before the occupant even has to click or scroll anywhere.”

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New Mercedes-Benz GLA Launched – From RM244k

Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia today announced the introduction of the all-new GLA, its entry level SUV which now comes with more space, more features, and a fresh new design.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

The model is available in two variants:

  • Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 Progressive Line – RM244,199 (without SST)
  • Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 AMG Line – RM285,336 (without SST)

While the GLA 200 is equipped in Progressive Line with 18-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, the GLA 250 is equipped with AMG Line bodystyling and 19-inch wheels.

Mercedes-Benz GLA

On the exterior, the 2020 GLA is now 1 cm shorter and 10 cm taller than the outgoing model, and comes with an upright front section, short overhangs at the front and rear, and protective cladding all round.

The taller height also translates into more cabin space, and speaking of cabin, the seating position is now higher as well.  Legroom in the rear is likewise more generous, although it is now one and a half centimetre shorter.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 rear

Also available for the first time in the GLA is the MBUX infotainment system (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) with the latest generation of Mercedes me connect. Other safety and assistance systems include Blind Spot Assist with Exit Warning, and PRE-SAFE System.

Other key standard features include LED High Performance headlamps, two 10.25-inch displays, the latest generation of the Mercedes me connect, 40:60 split-folding rear seats, height-adjustable load floor, as well as Active Brake Assist and Blind Spot Assist that is exclusive to the GLA 250 AMG Line.

The GLA 200 Progressive Line is powered by the 1.3-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine combined with the 7G-DCT automatic transmission. It develops 163 hp and a maximum torque of 250 Nm, allowing the vehicle to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 8.7 seconds.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 boot

Powering the GLA 250 4MATIC AMG Line on the other hand is a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with the 8G-DCT automatic transmission, rated at 224 hp and 350 Nm, accelerating the car from 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds.

Mercedes-Benz GLA MBUX

The EaseProtect Financing Plan starts from RM2,488 per month for the GLA 200 and RM2,888 per month for the GLA 250. Now for a limited time only, enjoy a 2 months payment holiday with these offer. Offer valid till 31st December 2020.

“The GLA is the key entry point to the brand in the fast-growing compact SUV family. The model combines the better of two very successful segments: compact car and SUV. This enables us to offer a unique lifestyle proposition that is similar to the bigger GLB that we have recently introduced.” says Michael Jopp, Vice President, Sales & Marketing Passenger Cars, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia.

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Geely to Make Hybrid Engines for Mercedes-Benz

Geely Mercedes-Benz

By the year 2030, Mercedes-Benz wants more than half of its vehicles sold around the world to be either pure electric or plug-in hybrid.

In fact, the company wants to have an electrified variant for every one of its model ranging from the Actros truck all the way to the A-Class by the year 2039.

So, in an effort to speed things up towards achieving these goals, Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz announced that it is joining forces with Geely Holding to develop hybrid powertrains. Areas of potential cooperation include engineering, sourcing, industrialization and efficiency measures.

Both groups will use global R&D networks to work together on a next-generation gasoline engine specified for hybrid applications to be produced at the companies’ powertrain facilities in Europe and China, which could be utilized by Mercedes-Benz AG together with its established partners in China as well as the wider Geely Holding Group portfolio of brands including Volvo Cars.

The export of the engine from China is also considered to be an option.

“We have witnessed strong momentum in the development of the Chinese automotive industry over the past years, and we believe China will continue to offer great potentials in terms of innovation, efficiency and economies of scale. With this cooperation with the wider Geely Holding Group, we will not only enhance our footprints in the world’s largest automobile market, but also strengthen our position along the global industry value chain for the future,” said Hubertus Troska, Member of the Daimler AG Board of Management.

“With our full commitment to electrification supported by our new ‘Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA)’ as the core pillar, we will continue to seek competitive advantages in R&D, Production, Supplier Management and other fields and focus on the development of premium electrified vehicles,” said An Conghui, President and CEO of Geely Auto Group.

The new project with the wider Geely Holding Group is part of Mercedes-Benz’s comprehensive drivetrain strategy for the future. As part of “Ambition 2039”, Mercedes-Benz is consistently pushing towards “Electric first” with the electrification of all model variants and vehicle types, thus making a clear commitment on its way to CO2-neutrality.

In order to meet the different market requirements and various customer needs worldwide, highly efficient combustion engines are part of this transition. Mercedes-Benz remains committed to driving forward the transformation of drive systems even more rapidly and more efficiently while maintaining its technology leadership in the global markets.

Geely Holding is fully dedicated to offering its global users best in class products, services and experience through constant technical innovation, and resource integration. With this cooperation, both groups will combine their advantages and global resources to develop and produce highly efficient powertrain systems.

Daimler AG and Geely Holding are already working together to further develop the smart brand on a global basis and to provide premium ride-hailing services in the Chinese market.

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The New Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is Fit for a King

Mercedes-Maybach S-Class 4

When Mercedes-Benz unveiled the all-new S-Class, the world stopped for a second because it took many of us a moment to digest how well the brand had put luxury and technology together in such an elegant manner.

Mercedes-Maybach S-Class 2

However, just as we thought that the new S-Class is as good as it is going to get, comes the car you’re looking at now – the all-new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class – which makes the former look like middle-class stuff.

Mercedes-Maybach S-Class 8

Unveiled yesterday, the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class comes with a wheelbase that is 18 cm longer than the regular S-Class in order to give the rear seat occupants maximum space, and sports a two-tone paint finish that can be had as an option, which makes it look like a luxury yacht on wheels.

Mercedes-Maybach S-Class 5

Distinguishing features at the front include the distinctive bonnet with a chromed fin and the Mercedes-Maybach radiator grille with fine, vertical chrome pinstripes. The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class also differs from its brother models when viewed from the side as the rear doors are wider, and the C-pillars feature a fixed quarterlight.

Mercedes-Maybach S-Class 6

On request, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class can also be equipped with electrically operated comfort rear doors. With this feature, the wide rear doors can be conveniently opened and closed with little force even on a gradient.

Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Counsellor Bag

The interior of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, even though is based on the new Mercedes‑Benz S-Class, is way more luxurious. The large areas of trim on the front seats are a new feature in the Mercedes-Maybach.

Mercedes-Maybach S-Class champagne glass

While twin Executive seats come as standard, owners can opt for the First-Class Rear package, where a striking area of trim is positioned between the two rear passengers, making it look like the cabin of a First Class flight.

Mercedes-Maybach S-Class 11

With Active road noise compensation, the interior of the already very quiet Mercedes-Maybach S-Class becomes even quieter. In a similar way to headphones with noise suppression, the system reduces unwanted low-frequency noises using counter-phased sound waves. The bass speakers of the Burmester high-end 4D surround sound system are used for sound reproduction.

Mercedes-Maybach S-Class 13

Included as standard is a 12.8-inch OLED central display as a high-tech control centre. With OLED technology, the individual pixels are self-illuminating. There is also a 12.3-inch 3D driver display with three-dimensional representation of other road users.

Offered in two trim levels – the S580 and the S650, the former is powered by a 496 hp 4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V8 engine, while the S650 will benefit from a 603 hp 6.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V12 engine.

Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Exterior

It is said that some markets around the world will also get a plug-in hybrid version powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre 6-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor, producing about 500 hp.

While the previous-gen Mercedes-Maybach did make a Malaysian debut in a very grand manner, whether the new one will come to Malaysia remains unknown, so watch this space for more updates on the new S-Class as well as the Maybach S-Class.

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Mercedes-AMG GT63S Breaks Nurburgring Record We Never Knew Existed

Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC Nurburgring

Another day, another Nurburgring speed record gets smashed – this time by the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT63S 4MATIC, but in a category which we never knew existed until today.

So, the updated 2021 AMG GT 63S is the fastest “Luxury Class” vehicle around the Green Hell, with a time of 7:23.009 min. Piloting the car was AMG development engineer Demian Schaffert.

Mercedes-AMG GT 63S Nurburgring

The former racing driver beat his own previous lap record set in the fall of 2018 by more than two seconds – a feat that was made possible by the car’s newly tuned Elastokinematics and other fine-tuning measures that have been applied for model year 2021.

Mercedes-AMG GT 63 Nurburgring

According to the folks at AMG, the 639 hp Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ set the new record in its completely standard form, aided only by factory-fitted features like the fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive, active rear-axle steering, an electronically controlled rear-axle limited-slip differential and the AMG DYNAMICS agility programme.

Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S Nurburgring

Even the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tyres and the aero package fitted during the record-breaking drive is something which every customer can order as an option.

The record lap was precisely measured by the neutral experts of “wige SOLUTIONS”. An independent notary also certified the conditions of the vehicle and the lap time.

You can watch the record drive via a video here

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Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ is the fastest luxury class vehicle on the Nordschleife

With the 2021 model year, in production since September 2020, the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ (fuel consumption combined: 12.5 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 286 g/km)[1] is even faster on the legendary Nordschleife of the Nürburgring. Thanks to newly tuned elastokinematics and other fine-tuning measures, AMG development engineer Demian Schaffert set a new record time, putting the four-door coupé from Affalterbach impressively in first place on the official list of best cars in the “luxury class” category. The former racing driver beat his own previous lap record set in the fall of 2018 by more than two seconds. The officially measured and notary-certified values are: 7:23,009 min for the 20.6-kilometre-long version (without straight-line measurement for track section T13) and 7:27,800 min for the 20.832-kilometre-long complete track (with straight-line measurement for track section T13). Exactly this variant and this lap time is officially listed by Nürburgring GmbH on their homepage. Mercedes-AMG has thus impressively regained the crown in this class after only three months.

The 470 kW (639 hp) Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ looked to set a new record in its completely standard form, and it is outfitted particularly well for this: Its equipment includes dynamic driving highlights such as the fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive, active rear-axle steering, an electronically controlled rear-axle limited-slip differential and the AMG DYNAMICS agility programme. The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tyres fitted during the record-breaking drive, which every customer can also order as an option, provided the final bit of grip for optimum traction and powerful acceleration out of the total of 73 curves in the “Green Hell”. The aero package, which is also optionally available and mounted on the record-breaking vehicle, also increases stability at higher speeds and reduces the cd value.

“Even though I’ve been accompanying our GT 63 through its development for several years now, it’s always impressive to see the wide spread we have been able to achieve with this exclusive vehicle. This is especially true after the recent slight revision. On the one hand, the four-door coupé is comfortable and equipped with many intelligent safety features for everyday driving, and on the other hand it offers this extremely high level of driving dynamics and precision, which we have now been able to demonstrate once again on the demanding Nordschleife,” said Demian Schaffert.

The conditions on the extremely demanding course in the Eifel were anything but optimal, as some sections of the course even had wet spots. At outside temperatures of seven and asphalt temperatures of ten degrees Celsius, Schaffert made optimum use of the full potential of the top model in the AMG GT four-door vehicle family. In the RACE driving programme, the AMG RIDE CONTROL+ suspension specifically tightens the damper characteristics, and the steering characteristic curve becomes more direct. In the “Master” position, the AMG DYNAMICS agility programme also utilises all the possibilities of the fully variable all-wheel drive system – as well as the rapid-response control of the electronic limited-slip differential – to ensure the highest possible dynamic response. As an additional safety measure for the driver, the vehicle was equipped with a bucket seat and four-point seat belts.

The record lap was precisely measured by the neutral experts of “wige SOLUTIONS”. An independent notary also certified the conditions of the vehicle and the lap time. You can watch the record drive via a video here: http://amg4.me/GT_63_ring_lap

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Anamika Talwar Is The New MD Of Mercedes-Benz Services Malaysia

Anamika Talwar

After serving as the Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Singapore for three years, Anamika Talwar has officially commenced duties as the Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Services Malaysia.

In case you’re wondering, Mercedes-Benz Services Malaysia Sdn Bhd is part of the Daimler Financial Services Group, the financial services arm of the Daimler AG. Established in 2012, Mercedes-Benz Services Malaysia works closely together with Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Sdn Bhd, who is responsible for the distribution and marketing of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars.

That being said, Anamika will be succeeding the outgoing Mike Ponnaz, who will take on the role as Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Hong Kong.

Anamika has over two decades of experience comprising building new businesses, running country operations as well as driving growth and innovation.

She has previously worked as the regional Head of Strategy, Insurance and Business Development for the Americas region and as the regional Head of Sales & Marketing as well as Digital Transformation for the Africa and Asia Pacific region.

Before joining Mercedes-Benz Services Malaysia, Anamika served as the Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Singapore for three years where she led the transformation of the customer journey to introduce paperless digital lending and was recognized as the “Digital Leader of the Year” by Women in IT Awards Asia in 2019.

In her leadership, the business received several awards for digital innovation and was recognized as the “Best Luxury Car Financing Specialist”. Anamika has a degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and an MBA from Carnegie Melon University.

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Mercedes-Benz Services Malaysia Appoints Anamika Talwar as new Managing Director

Mercedes-Benz Services Malaysia Sdn Bhd (MBSM) has appointed Anamika Talwar as the new Managing Director, effective November 1.

Anamika will replace outgoing Managing Director, Mike Ponnaz, who will take on the role as Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Hong Kong.

Anamika has over two decades of experience comprising building new businesses, running country operations as well as driving growth and innovation.

She has previously worked as the regional Head of Strategy, Insurance and Business Development for the Americas region and as the regional Head of Sales & Marketing as well as Digital Transformation for the Africa and Asia Pacific region.

“Mercedes-Benz Services Malaysia is a leader in the mobility and financial services industry, and I am excited for this opportunity in Malaysia to follow the strong business momentum set by former Managing Director Mike Ponnaz. Our customers are the focal point of our strategy and we will continue to delight them with an evolving suite of value added financing and insurance options tailored to their needs.” said Anamika.

Before joining Mercedes-Benz Services Malaysia, Anamika served as the Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Singapore for three years. During her time there, she led the transformation of the customer journey to introduce paperless digital lending and was recognized as the “Digital Leader of the Year” by Women in IT Awards Asia in 2019.

In her leadership, the business received several awards for digital innovation and was recognized as the “Best Luxury Car Financing Specialist”. Anamika has a degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and an MBA from Carnegie Melon University.

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Mercedes-Benz & Hap Seng Star Launch First Autohaus with Luxury Boutique

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Hap Seng Star Sdn Bhd launched the first Autohaus with Luxury Lifestyle Boutique, featuring exclusive Mercedes-Benz design collection and accessories for customers and their Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

The new Brand Presence reaffirms Mercedes-Benz’s commitment to lead a new era of retail experience. It strengthens the company’s customer-centric efforts in Malaysia by offering star branded exclusive products to complement the exclusivity and luxury that the brand carries.

hap seng star autohaus

Providing a lifestyle experience of tomorrow, the Hap Seng Star Kuala Lumpur Autohaus is managed by 20 personnel, seated on a 29,300 sq. ft land and handles everything related to vehicle sales.

The lifestyle experience includes Malaysia’s first Mercedes-Benz Luxury accessories and collection boutique, catering to a wide range of customers with a variety of collectables and products.

hap seng autohaus boutique

The boutique offers a range of accessories, including business and casual wear, trendy sunglasses, elegant watches and many such products. Customers can now choose the right outfit to suit every occasion as well as the matching Mercedes-Benz accessories like belts, wallets, and cufflinks.

The new HSS Autohaus also has a private lounge on Level 2, overlooking the busy crosswalk of Jalan Sultan Ismail. Furthermore, a café on Level 3 is available with refreshments for customers to enjoy.  The spacious delivery bays, span over 2,000 sq.ft. are fitted with special illuminations delivering a unique vehicle handover experience.

mercedes-benz autohaus boutique

The new Mercedes-Benz brand presence makes it possible for the material dimension of its corporate culture and brand promise to be experienced beyond the online world, offering individually tailored experiences for each Mercedes-Benz customer.

Hap Seng has invested a total of over RM300 million to date in enriching customer touchpoints nationwide, with an investment of RM3.5 million in the Hap Seng Kuala Lumpur Autohaus alone.

It currently operates Autohaus in 11 locations, including Kuala Lumpur, Kinrara, Balakong, Jalan Ipoh, Bukit Tinggi, Setia Alam, Melaka, and Iskandar in Peninsular Malaysia. In Sabah and Sarawak, Hap Seng is present in Kuching, Miri and Kota Kinabalu.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 Launched – Only RM899,888 Boss

mercedes-benz gls 450

Alongside the new GLE Coupe, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia also announced the introduction of the new 2020 GLS 450 4MATIC AMG Line today.

The GLS 450 4MATIC AMG Line is powered by the 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line engine electrified with 48-volt technology. It produces 367 hp and 500 Nm of torque with a further 250 Nm of torque and 22 hp via the EQ Boost over short periods.

The power is transmitted by the 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission. The broad ratio spread of gears one to nine allows a clear perceptible reduction in engine speed and is a decisive factor behind the high level of energy efficiency and ride comfort.

The GLS comes with the enhanced AIRMATIC air suspension system with Adaptive Damping System Plus fitted as standard. This setup uses highly complex sensor systems and algorithms to adapt the damping characteristics to the road condition and driving situation in real time.

All components have been enhanced compared with the previous generation, and the wheel suspension mountings have been optimised to maximise ride comfort. In addition to this, the air suspension keeps the car at the same level, regardless of the load on board.

Measuring 5207 mm in length and 1956 mm in width, with a wheelbase length of 3135 mm (60 mm longer than its predecessor), highlights on the GLS’ exterior include the upright radiator grille in an octagonal SUV interpretation, the prominent, chrome-plated underguard in the front apron with the bone-shaped air inlet grille, and the bonnet with two powerdomes.

This striking appearance is emphasised by the distinctive headlamp design by day and night. The GLS is equipped with MULTIBEAM LED headlamps, with a total of 112 LEDs per headlamp.

The GLS cuts an imposing figure from the rear, too. This is particularly ensured by the powerful shoulder muscle extending from the rear doors to the tail lights, which enables the GLS to strike an imperious pose on the road.

The two-piece tail lamps are based on LED technology, and their high-calibre, three-dimensional look conveys depth and solidity. The reflectors are relocated lower down, giving the tail lamps a flatter appearance. They are crowned by a slender, continuous chrome trim strip. The rear is strikingly rounded off with the chrome-plated underguard.

Inside, the central element in the dashboard’s design is an impressively sized screen unit embedded in a distinctive dashboard support. The dashboard support flows into the door panels, and the integral trim element likewise extends to meet the doors.

The prominently wide, raised centre console creates a robust contrast with the free-floating appearance of the dashboard. As a typical feature of off-roaders, there are two prominent grab handles on the centre console. Apart from good ergonomics, fluent leather surfaces create a modern, luxurious impression, rounded off by a broad area of trim and flush-fitting sunblinds. The controls with haptic and audible feedback appear to have been milled from a solid metal block.

The large touchscreen of the MBUX infotainment system allows all the GLS comfort features to be controlled from the driver’s seat. Very fine chiselling and the pyramid structures of the trim surfaces show the desire for perfection and craftsmanship. The new multifunction sports steering wheel with its striking spoke design accentuates the impressive appearance of the SUV’s interior.

The new GLS has a considerably longer wheelbase than its predecessor (3135 mm, an increase of 60 mm). This creates more space, especially in the second seat row, which can furthermore be adjusted fore and aft. Legroom here is increased by 87 mm when the seats are in their rearmost position, which also makes it easier to get into the vehicle. The second row has a 60:40-split folding rear bench seat with adjustable 40:20:40-split backrests.

All seats are electrically adjustable as standard. The same applies to the EASY-ENTRY function, which makes it easy to get into and out of the two individual seats in the third row. For this, the seats in the second row move a long way forwards and fold forwards.

A push of a button is all that is required to stow away the comfortable seats and make full use of the 2400-litre boot space in the GLS. The switches on the left and right of the load compartment and on the front of the wheel arches on the front-passenger side in the C-pillar area allow the seats in the rear rows to be folded completely flat.

It is also possible to fold down all the seats simultaneously by pressing the “ALL” button. The carpet-trimmed backs of the backrests form part of a flat, practical load area. Another push of a button lowers the boot sill by approx. 50 mm to make it easier to load heavy items.

The MBUX Rear Seat Entertainment System is available for all seating variants – for even more entertainment and convenience. It includes two 11.6-inch touchscreens that allow passengers in the second row to enjoy movies or music, use the integrated web browser, or call up and input trip information.

Each screen displays the content selected by the individual user. In addition to the options offered by the MBUX infotainment system, users can also play their own media from a mobile phone, tablet or laptop.

With the Mercedes me connect, the GLS is virtually in your pocket. It puts a world of remote features, from starting the engine to locking its doors to scheduling service, in a handy smartphone app.

Other standard features include:

  • 4-way lumbar support
  • AIR BALANCE package
  • Ambient lighting
  • AMG Floor mats
  • Auto dimming interior and driver’s side exterior mirror
  • Dashboard and door beltlines in ARTICO leather
  • Double sunblind
  • EASY-PACK load compartment cover
  • Electric sunblinds in rear doors, left and right
  • Electrically adjustable front seats with memory function
  • EXCLUSIVE interior
  • High-gloss anthracite lime wood trim
  • Interior chrome package
  • Multifunction sports steering wheel in nappa leather
  • Surround lighting with logo projection
  • THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control, front and rear
  • Third row of seat with EASY-ENTRY system
  • 2 wireless head sets
  • Additional USB ports
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Burmester® surround sound system
  • Communications module (LTE) for Mercedes me connect services
  • Extended MBUX functions
  • Hard disc navigation
  • Live Traffic Information
  • MBUX Multimedia system
  • MBUX Rear Seat Entertainment system
  • Mercedes-Benz emergency call system
  • Pre-installation for rear entertainment system
  • Remote engine start
  • Widescreen cockpit
  • Wireless charging for front
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New 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450, AMG GLE 53 Coupe Launched in Malaysia

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia today introduced the GLE 450 4MATIC Coupé and the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé.

mercedes-benz gle 450 coupe

Pricing is as mentioned below:

  • Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC Coupe – RM661,009
  • Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupe – RM787,357

The GLE 450 Coupé is powered by a 3.0-litre 6-cylinder in-line turbo engine that produces 367 hp and a maximum torque of 500 Nm which enables acceleration from 0-100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds.

mercedes-benz gle 450 engine

The Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupé on the other hand, is powered by an electrified 3.0-litre engine with twin turbocharging by a turbocharger and an electric auxiliary compressor.

mercedes-amg gle 53 coupe engine

The 6-cylinder in-line turbo engine generates 435 hp and delivers a maximum torque of 520 Nm. Its EQ Boost starter-alternator delivers an additional 22 hp and 250 Nm of torque for a short period, and also feeds the 48 volt onboard electrical system.

The new GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé is also equipped with fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system, AMG Active Drive Control, AMG Specific display, AMG Performance steering wheel, up to 22-inch wheels, AMG Track Pace, and a whole lot of AMG goodies.

Both models feature the AIRMATIC air suspension system, an adaptive adjustable damping feature which uses highly complex sensor systems and algorithms to adapt the damping characteristics of the road condition and driving situation in real time, providing maximum ride comfort for any situation.

Measuring 4,939 mm long and 2,010 mm wide, the GLE Coupe is now 39 mm longer and 7 mm wider than its predecessor. The wheelbase has grown by 20 mm compared to its predecessor, but remains 60 mm shorter, which benefits its sporty handling as well as its appearance.

The interior of the new GLE Coupés share numerous common features such as the modern cockpit with two large screens in the format 12.3 inches, Artico man made leather upholstery, and the latest dashboard design among others.

There is more space as well, as the wheelbase is 60 mm shorter than on the GLE SUV, but 20 mm longer than in the previous coupé, and these extra benefits the occupants seating and legroom. The entrance dimension has even been enlarged by 35 mm.

In many places the new member of the family offers improvements to the interior dimensions, which add up to a significantly better sense of spaciousness. The capacity of the stowage spaces in the interior has been increased to a total of 40 litres.

The GLE Coupé models also offer the latest generation of the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system with intuitive operating structure, brilliant graphics with a high visual quality.

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Review: 2020 Mercedes-AMG A45S Edition 1 – The Sweet Spot

mercedes-amg a45s review malaysia

“With great power comes great responsibility” is a proverb that does not only apply to superheroes but other things as well, and that includes cars, especially cars like the one you’re looking at here – the 2020 Mercedes-AMG A45S Edition 1.

However, there is one big difference between being a superhero and driving the 2020 Mercedes-AMG A45S – While superheroes go out of their way to save the world from the bad guys, what happens when you’re in the A45S is that the “bad guys” actually go out of their way and come to you, tailgate, rev, brake check, and do everything they can just to rile you up, and make you floor it.

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In fact, that was exactly what happened to us during our stint with the A45S recently, as everyone wanted to see what the new A45S AMG is capable of.

The reason for everyone to be so excited about the car is simple – it is the officially the most powerful production hot hatch in the world at the moment, with a mindblowing 421 hp and 500 Nm of torque at your disposal.

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Just to put things into perspective, the predecessor which made about 380 hp was already labelled as “mad” by almost everyone who got behind its wheels, and things have been taken a notch even higher with the new A45S.

Similar to most AMG models, the new 2020 Mercedes-AMG A45 now comes in two variants – the base A45 and the A45S. However, only the latter is offered here in Malaysia.

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The difference between the base A45 and the A45S is that the latter makes an extra 33bhp, and comes with more equipment, 19-inch wheels (vs 18-inch), larger exhaust pipes, double the number of diffusers, bigger brakes, and more driving modes.

Priced at RM443,270 on the road minus insurance and SST, the AMG A45S here, which comes in the Edition 1 guise, comes with the Panamerica grille, large air intakes, a jet-wing-profiled front bumper, flared wheel arches, diffusers in front and the rear, 19-inch AMG wheels, AMG Night Package, quad exhausts, as well as a rear spoiler.

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Inside, the 2020 Mercedes-AMG A45S features AMG Performance seats, an AMG Performance steering wheel, dark aluminium Edition 1 trim, AMG floor mats, illuminated AMG door sill panels, and the MBUX infotainment system with two 10.25-inch widescreen displays. 

One of the coolest features in the A45S model is the AMG Track Pace data logger, which is for use at the race tracks.

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What Track Pace does is that it stores all kinds of information from the car such as speed, acceleration, steering angle, and so on, and compiles all of that data to help you improve on the track. There’s even an Augmented Reality function that shows the ideal racing line on a number of pre-stored racetracks, functioning as a virtual instructor.

So, how does it drive?

The issue with the previous-gen A45 was that the level of comfort was almost non-existent. A couple of hours of enthusiastic driving in that thing would probably have you saying “man, I need a massage.”

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As crazily fast as it was, it was just too firm and harsh to be driven on a daily basis on our pothole-filled roads. The new A45S, to our surprise however, is actually nothing like its predecessor as the folks at AMG have somehow managed to find the sweet spot between manic performance and everyday usability, resulting in a car that is much more comfortable and refined.

The best part is that performance has not been compromised one bit. In fact, there is so much more power at your disposal and this is exactly what makes the new A45S such a desirable car.

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The 421 hp and 500 Nm coming from the engine and the RM443,000 price tag puts the Mercedes-AMG A45S a level well above every other mass-produced hot hatch on sale today.

Be it the Golf R, the MINI John Cooper Works GP, the Megane RS, or any other hatchback for the matter – all you’ll be able to do is smell the A45S’ smoke, and we’re not even exaggerating.  

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The fact that the new AMG A45S can accelerate from naught to 100 km/h in under four seconds even puts it in the same league as some supercars out there in terms of performance, and what this means is that we have a 2.0-litre hatchback that can mess around with almost anything out there.

You bawalah apa you mau…No problem…

When you drive it in a chilled manner, the A45S is at its best behaviour, calm and composed. And then, once we hit the highway or B-roads, it is a case of “just ask and you shall receive” with the accelerator pedal.

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At the same time, it is also a case of “be careful what you wish for” as once you floor it, this thing just goes for it, passing by the rest of the world at unbelievable speed.

Thanks to the 8-speed AMG Speedshift dual clutch transmission and the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system, not only is the power delivery so smooth, but there is always sufficient grip as well.

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Throughout our stint with the Mercedes-AMG A45S, about 90% of the time was spent in Comfort mode, in which the car already felt too powerful for our roads. And then we had the Sport and Sport+ mode, which are not for the weak.

Once we switched to Sports, the exhaust note got louder, the steering got slightly heavier, and the throttle got more sensitive, itching to just pounce and eat everything that comes in its way. This firmness and the rawness of this mode actually reminded us of the previous generation A45.

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Sports+ on the other hand, is even nastier. This mode is actually ideal only for all-out track driving as the way power is delivered, and the sensitivity of the throttle and what not, was just downright scary. So, after fiddling around, back to Comfort mode we went to enjoy the drive.

On top of the engaging drive and all the power, we have the lovely interior. The generous dose of leather and Alcantara upholstery, all the yellow contrasting accents, the dual screens that run across the dashboard, the ambient lighting, and the AMG flat-bottom steering make the A45S’ cabin such an enjoyable place to be in.

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It is spacious as well – there is actually enough head and leg space for four six-footers to sit comfortably in the car for a few hours – something that we didn’t expect at all to be frank.

And then, there is the boot with 370 litres of space with the seats up, and 1,210 litres with the 40:20:40 split rear seats folded – which is 10 litres more than the BMW 1 Series. Impressed yet?

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Last but not least, we have smartphone integration, wireless charging, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and of course the Burmester surround sound premium audio system.

Conclusion   

In a nutshell, the new Mercedes-AMG A45S surprised us in many ways with what it has to offer. Not only is it more powerful than the outgoing model, but also more spacious, more visually appealing, more comfortable, and simply put; more sensible.

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The only catch here is the hefty price tag that is close to half-a-million Ringgit. But then again, a lot of good things in life come at a price don’t they?

So, in case you’re wondering how much money you need to spend to have everyone looking at you, and to have a car that is practical enough to be driven everyday yet potent enough to mess around with almost any car on the road as well as the racetrack, the answer is RM443,000 minus SST.

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