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  • Honda Accord awarded five-star ASEAN NCAP rating

    The tenth-generation Honda Accord has been awarded with a five-star safety rating by ASEAN NCAP following its evaluation in crash tests carried out in July. The sedan obtained an overall score of 91.79 out of 100, including a frontal offset impact test, side impact test, and evaluation of safety features.

    The Accord, which is the only Honda model to be tested this year, also received a score of 49.07 for Adult Occupant Protection (AOP), 23.28 for Child Occupant Protection (COP), and 19.44 for Safety Assist Technologies (SATs).

    The new Accord made its ASEAN debut in Thailand in March this year, followed by Indonesia in July, the Philippines in September, and Singapore and Vietnam in October; it’s due to be introduced in Malaysia. The automaker says that sales in Thailand have been positive, the car having received 6,300 bookings as of October. That’s more than swell, if you consider that the state the D-segment sedan market is in right now.

    Aside from a redesigned exterior, the biggest change comes in the form of new powertrains – the 2.0 litre and 2.4 litre naturally-aspirated engines seen previously have been replaced by a 1.5 litre turbo and a 2.0 litre hybrid. The 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo mill is the same as that on the Civic and CR-V, with the latter’s output tune of 187 hp (190 PS) and 243 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 5,500 rpm.

    As for the Accord Hybrid, its Sport Hybrid i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) system combines a 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated i-VTEC engine with two electric motors. The Atkinson-cycle engine is good for 145 hp and 175 Nm, while the pair of e-motors deliver 184 hp and 315 Nm, with total system output rated at 215 hp.

    Like the current car, the new Accord is equipped with the full Honda Sensing suite of safety features, with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM). Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), the last working together with a Low Speed Follow (LSF) function all grouped under its umbrella.

    Other safety features include six airbags, ABS, EBD, BA, VSA, Hill Start Assist, Honda LaneWatch and a multi-angle rear view camera.

    GALLERY: 2019 Tokyo Motor Show – Honda Accord, Japan version

  • 2021 Perodua Alza D27A – new next-gen MPV rendered

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    Perodua is a company that moves silently, but swiftly as well. Usually, we only know of the market leader’s impending new model launch shortly before the car is ready to roll out, with very little in the form of spyshots or leaks from Sg Choh. Even when there are mystery mules doing road testing, great care goes into masking the actual vehicle.

    Contrast this with the approach taken by local rival Proton. Remember all the X70 drama before the car was launched? Also, the “Proton X50” has been hyped for some time now, and we’re nowhere near to the Geely Binyue-based SUV being launched. On the other hand, if the upcoming Perodua D55L compact SUV wasn’t shared with Daihatsu and Toyota, my guess is that we wouldn’t know about P2’s plans for such a model till the last minute.

    We reckon that Perodua’s version of the Daihatsu Rocky and Toyota Raize will debut sometime next year, and there are also rumours of the Bezza getting a facelift in 2020. That fits in with P2’s statement that it is capable of introducing one full model change (all-new model) and one minor model change (facelift) per year, which happened this year as well with the Aruz and Axia facelift.

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    What’s coming in 2021 then? Well, the Perodua Alza is seriously long in the tooth – in a couple of days, it will have been 10 years since the MPV was launched in Malaysia. Yup, a full decade. Should Perodua want to continue to have a presence in the budget MPV segment, a replacement is needed, and our regular collaborator Theophilus Chin has cooked one up here.

    Our vision of the 2021 Perodua Alza D27A is based on the Daihatsu DN Multisix concept car that made two motor show appearances in 2017 – first at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show, and then the Tokyo Motor Show two months later. At TMS 2017, the Multisix sat alongside the DN Trec showcar, which has morphed into today’s production Daihatsu Rocky. The MPV’s turn next?

    The Multisix concept was 4,310 mm long, 1,720 mm wide and 1,695 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,620 mm and a high 250 mm ground clearance. That’s larger in every way compared to the Alza’s 4,220 length, 1,695 mm width and 1,620 mm height. While the Alza started life as a Japanese Domestic Market product (Toyota Passo Sette, Daihatsu Boon Luminas), the next one is sure to be customised for Daihatsu’s overseas markets, which is us and Indonesia. Would it be a sister of the next-gen Toyota Avanza?

    The Daihatsu DN Multisix concept MPV surfaced in 2017

    There’s not much to work on here, so Theo layered on some trends and cues from existing products. The Multisix front has been “productionised” with more realistic lighting, and given a grille from the Aruz. There’s a strong “X” theme to the face, which is what we can expect from future Peroduas, according to P2 chief designer Muhamad Zamuren.

    The sides of the concept car has been given production parts such as conventional wing mirrors, realistic two-tone alloys and regular door handles, but the character line and surfacing are intact. This Alza’s rear end is a bit more blocky than the concept car’s, and Theo has included influences from the Rocky. Our man has done something unique here by stamping the Alza name into the rear hatch. What do you think?

    In the real world, Perodua was recently caught testing the a Mitsubishi Xpander, a Suzuki Ertiga and a funny looking Toyota Avanza with a Genting Highlands climb.

    Perodua was recently caught testing a funny-looking Avanza with budget MPV rivals

    An all-new Alza could very well share a platform with the next Avanza, as Daihatsu in Indonesia and Perodua in Malaysia are all part of the greater Toyota family. Indeed, Perodua produces certain T-badged models, and the NR engine it makes in Negeri Sembilan is supplied to Toyota as well.

    It’s pretty much the same in Indonesia, where Astra Daihatsu Motor (ADM) takes the development lead in joint Daihatsu-Toyota models (Ayla-Agya, Sigra-Calya and Terios-Rush) and manufactures the budget Toyotas as well.

    A new Alza going the shared underpinnings with ADM route also follows the trend where Perodua no longer bases its core models on JDM cars, but shares underpinnings with its Indonesian counterpart while developing an in-house top hat upper body design plus interior. The current Myvi is the best example of P2’s R&D capabilities – the hatchback is unique to Malaysia and isn’t a restyled Daihatsu. We could be looking at more integration, and the next Alza could be a mainstream Low MPV contender instead of a JDM oddity. We’ll see.

    GALLERY: Daihatsu DN Multisix at Tokyo 2017

    GALLERY: Daihatsu DN Multisix at GIIAS 2017

  • #MySubaruForesterReview contest – get featured on; plus enjoy rebates of up to RM9,999!

    How often do you watch a video review of a car and think, ‘they shouldn’t have done that,’ ‘I would have done it another way,’ or worse, find yourself zoning out? Here’s your chance to show us what you, dear readers, are capable of, both behind and in front of the camera. Go on, surprise/impress us with your own review of the all-new Subaru Forester EyeSight!

    You can use any cameras you want for this contest, even your smartphone. How you approach the creation of your video is completely up to you, too. Any style goes – whether you choose for it to be serious, stylish, funny or any other way you see fit, this is your blank canvas. Just head on over to any Subaru showroom and review away.

    You’ll have noticed the hashtag, which naturally means this will go on social media. Post your video on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #MySubaruForesterReview, and set your post visibility to Public. We will then select the three best videos to be featured right here, on this website.

    But wait, there’s more to be won, even you don’t fancy making videos. By registering to test drive the new, fifth-generation Subaru Forester with EyeSight, you stand to win rebate vouchers worth up to RM9,999, with vouchers worth RM6,666, RM 5,555, RM3,333 and RM2,222 also up for grabs. Better still, this also means you’re guaranteed to win a rebate voucher worth at least RM2,222, just by signing up.

    All you need to do is fill out the form here, and head over to your selected Subaru showroom within 48 hours of submitting your form, then take a selfie with the Subaru Forester with EyeSight.

    Once the first two steps are completed, Subaru will notify you via e-mail regarding the value of the rebate voucher you will have won. This rebate voucher can be used to purchase any variant of the Subaru Forester, for which owners will get a five-year comprehensive warranty and three years of free maintenance.

    Sounds great, doesn’t it? Get your scripts, storyboards and camera ready – or, for that matter, just be spontaneous, and head to your nearest Subaru showroom to check out the all-new Subaru Forester with EyeSight. So what are you waiting for? Shoot away!

    GALLERY: 2019 Subaru Forester 2.0i-S ES

  • 2020 Audi RS Q8 – beastly 4.0L V8; 600 PS, 800 Nm!

    This is it, the crème de la crème of Audi SUVs. Meet the first ever Audi RS Q8 – Audi says the RS Q8 is its first SUV to break the four-second barrier in the 0-100 km/h sprint, and it’s all thanks to the 4.0 litre bi-turbo V8 petrol engine, tuned to dish out a brutal 600 PS and 800 Nm of torque.

    Those figures are only 50 PS and 50 Nm shy of the Lamborghini Urus‘ output, although the move may be a deliberate one so as to not outshine the Sant’Agata beast. No matter, because the RS Q8 is no slouch by any standards. Power is routed to all four wheels (quattro) through an eight-speed conventional automatic gearbox. The 0-100 km/h sprint time is done in 3.8 seconds, and 0-200 km/h in 13.7 seconds (3.6 seconds and 12.8 seconds respectively for the Urus). Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.

    As with the other RS stablemates, the V8 engine here is augmented with a 48 volt mild-hybrid system which features a belt alternator-starter that’s connected to the crankshaft. This helps recover up to 12 kW of power during deceleration and braking, storing the energy in a compact lithium-ion battery. The system also enables coasting for up to 40 seconds with the engine shut off, which helps reduce fuel consumption by up to 0.8 kilometres per 100 km in everyday driving.

    To further improve fuel efficiency, the engine features Audi’s cylinder on demand (COD) system. At low engine loads, cylinders 2, 3, 5 and 8 are shut off, essentially turning it into a four-cylinder engine. When required, the “dormant” cylinders are reactivated immediately and virtually imperceptibly when the driver presses the accelerator.

    A mechanical centre locking differential splits drive to a 40:60 ratio, so in most situations the RS Q8 is rear-biased. However, when slip is detected, up to 70% of power can be directed to the front wheels, and up to 85% to the rear wheels. A quattro sport differential is also fitted as standard, distributing torque (active torque vectoring) between the two rear wheels when required.

    The raging SUV gets RS-specific adaptive air suspension sport with controlled dampers as standard, which raises or lowers ride height by up to 90 mm. All-wheel steering is also standard. At low speeds, the rear wheels turn by up to five degrees in the direction opposing the front, improving manoeuvrability and turning radius. At higher speeds, the rear wheels turn up to 1.5 degrees in the same direction as the front wheels, which virtually “shortens” the wheelbase for better stability during fast lane changes. An electromechanical active roll stabilisation system, which minimises body roll during fast cornering, is optional.

    Drivers get to call on eight drive modes: comfort, auto, dynamic, efficiency, allroad, off-road, and the customisable RS1 and RS2 modes. The last two modes can be quickly accessed through the RS-Mode button on the steering wheel. Of course, each drive mode alters engine and transmission mapping, as well as steering boost, dampers, engine sound, and even the characteristic of the climate control.

    Now, for design, it gets RS-specific kit such as the gloss black Singleframe grille with honeycomb insert, aggressive front bumper with massive side intakes and integrated lower lip, tinted Matrix LED headlights, RS rear spoiler (functional, adds downforce), rear skirting with diffuser clip, and the hallmark RS twin oval tailpipes. Nine exterior colours are offered, including this gorgeous Java Green metallic.

    It sits on huge 22-inch aluminium wheels in a 10-spoke fashion, shod with 295/40 profile tyres – the largest ever factory-installed tyres on an Audi production model. If that’s not big enough for you, there’s a 23-inch cast aluminium Y-spoke wheels finished in diamond-turned anthracite black. Stopping power comes from internally vented composite discs (420 mm up front, 370 mm at the rear), clamped by 10-inch piston calipers that can be painted red if you so desire.

    Inside, things are as practical as the standard Q8, but far more sporty-looking. The headlining is black Alcantara, and the centre console gets a new Aluminum Spectrum trim. The Audi virtual cockpit gets a special RS display, offering info such as tyre pressure, temperature, lap times, and g-forces. A shift light display helps with upshifting, and a head-up display also comes with RS-specific graphics.

    The RS sport seats are wrapped in luxurious Valcona leather with honeycomb pattern, and they come with RS embossment as standard. Opt for the RS design package and you’ll get red or grey contrast stitching on the knee pads, steering wheel rim, floor mats, shift knob, and seat belt edges. Lastly, the RS Q8 comes with over 30 driver assist systems such as adaptive cruise assist, efficiency assist, intersection assist, lane change warning and 360 degree surround view camera. So, what do you think? Hot, or not?

  • Toyota RAV4 Prime – plug-in hybrid SUV with 302 hp

    The electric revolution is coming, and while enthusiasts aren’t exactly embracing the technology just yet, electric vehicle makers like Tesla are showing that zero-emissions running does at least not have to come at the expense of performance. And with its new RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid, so is Toyota.

    You see, this rather adventurously-styled family SUV comes with quite a lot of power under the bonnet. Sure, the 2.5 litre Atkinson-cycle engine, shared with the regular Hybrid model, isn’t going to set your pants on fire – it makes the same 176 hp, but adds a bit more torque at 228 Nm, made slightly lower down the rev range at 2,800 rpm. This, Toyota says, does improve low-speed acceleration.

    But it’s the more powerful electric motors that deliver the biggest net gain, taking total output to an estimated 302 hp. That’s 84 hp more than the Hybrid, and to give you a sense of perspective, that’s exactly the same amount of power as the Mercedes-AMG A 35 and BMW M135i hot hatches. Those are not slow cars.

    Neither is the Prime – despite being saddled with a lack of a conventional transmission (it will likely get the same electronic CVT as the Hybrid), Toyota is targeting a zero-to-100 km/h figure of just 6.2 seconds. On the flip side, a new high-capacity lithium-ion battery will help deliver an all-electric range of 60 km on the WLTP cycle, as well as carbon dioxide emissions of under 30 grams per kilometre.

    Range-enhancing features include an enhanced heat pump for the climate control system, adapted from the Prius Prime, to reduce energy consumption during the regulation of cabin temperature. There’s also the Hybrid’s Predictive Efficient Drive feature that reads the road and learns the driver patterns to optimise battery charging and discharging, even “remembering” features such as hills and traffic lights.

    Just like the Hybrid, the Prime is fitted with a separate rear electric motor to provide all-wheel drive, working when needed to reduce understeer and improve traction on slippery surfaces. A selectable Trail mode turns on torque vectoring by braking, clamping a spinning wheel and forcing torque to instead be delivered to the wheel with the most grip. The range-topping XSE variant also gets the RAV4’s first ever paddle shifters.

    You can tell the Prime apart from lesser siblings through the unique front spoiler with chrome trim, as well as piano black body mouldings instead of bare plastic. While the standard SE is equipped with 18-inch two-tone alloys, the XSE receives exclusive 19-inch rollers – the biggest ever fitted to a hybrid RAV4. The XSE also comes with vertical LED accent lights on the corners of the front bumpers.

  • Mazda 3 is named Thailand Car of the Year 2019

    The new Mazda 3 has now won two awards in a week. The car has been named as the 2019 Thailand Car of the Year by the Thai Automotive Journalists Association, having also bagged the 2019 Women’s World Car of the Year award last week.

    The Mazda 3 finished ahead of six other finalists, the judging panel – comprised of over 60 automotive journalists – picking it over the BMW X3, Honda Accord, MG HS, Subaru Forester, Toyota Camry and Toyota Corolla Altis.

    The Thailand COTY, which is run by the Thai Automotive Journalists Association, is now its fifth year. Judges comprise car journalists from various media outlets in Thailand with at least three years of testing experience.

    In terms of eligibility, all participating cars had to be all-new models assembled in ASEAN and launched in the Thai market from October 1, 2018 to September 31, 2019. The winner last year was the Toyota CH-R. It’s the second time a Mazda has won Thailand COTY title, the automaker having won in 2016 with the Mazda CX-3.

    The new Mazda 3 was launched in Malaysia in July, and is available in three variants (1.5, 2.0 High and 2.0 High Plus) and two body styles (sedan and hatchback) locally.

  • AD: Hap Seng Star Mercedes-Benz Pre-owned Bonanza returns – certified vehicles from RM175k

    Hap Seng Star’s Pre-owned Bonanza is back, and this means plenty of great deals on a wide selection of Mercedes-Benz Certified vehicles.

    The event, which runs from November 22 to December 8, will take place at two locations, Hap Seng Star Pre-owned Centre Kinrara and Balakong, the largest facilities for pre-owned Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Malaysia. Operating hours are 9 am to 7 pm on Monday-Friday, 9 am to 6 pm on Saturday, and 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday.

    You’ll be able to check out a wide selection of Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-owned vehicles, many of them being offered at enticing prices, starting from as low as RM175,000. There will also be daily specials for selected vehicles.

    Every vehicle listed under the Mercedes-Benz Certified programme is sourced from authorised MBM dealers, with the condition that they are not older than six years or exceed 125,000 km in mileage. Furthermore, these vehicles must not have identifiable structural damage and be fully serviced and maintained at authorised service centres using original parts.

    Cars that meet these criteria will then need to undergo a thorough 215-point inspection by certified technicians, which covers a myriad of aspects, including engine components, body and chassis, electrical systems, as well as extensive road testing.

    Only when a car passes the inspection, and have its genuine service and maintenance records checked and verified, will it receive the Mercedes-Benz Certified stamp of approval.

    Every purchase of a Mercedes-Benz Certified vehicle will come with extras worth RM1,380, consisting of three times access to the Plaza Premium lounge in KLIA, a Mercedes-Benz merchandise voucher worth RM200, a Star Bax voucher worth RM200 and a tinting discount voucher worth RM200. Buyers will also stand a chance to bring home 100 grams of 999.9 fine gold.

    So, if you’re looking at a pre-owned Mercedes-Benz model, the Hap Seng Star Mercedes-Benz Pre-owned Bonanza is something you don’t want to miss. Find out what models are available in the Pre-owned Bonanza event here, and you can also register your interest in the event here.

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  • 2020 Hyundai Ioniq – facelifted trio launched in the US

    The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq facelift range has finally landed in the United States of America, and all three models – Ioniq Hybrid, Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid, Ioniq Electric – are currently being displayed at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Prices start from US$23,000 (RM96k).

    Highlighting the range is the Ioniq Electric, which gets a larger 38.3 kWh battery (up from 28 kWh; operates at 319.4 volts). This enables a pure electric driving range of up to 274 km (based on US’ EPA standards), a feat Hyundai is proud of because it exceeds the Nissan Leaf‘s EPA range of 241 km. The onboard AC charger (Type 2 connection) is now upgraded from 6.6 kW to 7.2 kW, and it can also be plugged in to a 100 kW DC fast-charging station (via CCS connection), offering up to 80% charge in 54 minutes.

    As for the Ioniq Hybrid and Ioniq PHEV, primary propulsion comes from a Kappa 1.6 litre four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle petrol that develops 105 PS at 5,700 rpm and 147 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The engine is married to a six-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission.

    Of course, both are slightly upgraded – the Hybrid now employs a 43.5 PS/170 Nm electric motor that draws juice from a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion battery (240 volts), but the PHEV uses a more potent electric motor that makes 60.5 PS and 170 Nm. A larger capacity 8.9 kWh lithium-ion battery (360 volts) is used here, and it gets a 3.3 kW onboard charger.

    Combined, the total system output for the Hybrid and PHEV is the same at 141 PS and 265 Nm. Hyundai says the regular Hybrid can run on pure electricity at speeds of up to 120 km/h, while the PHEV offers 52 km of pure electric driving range (based on WLTP standards).

    The 2020 model line-up brings a number of enhancements by way of design, equipment, and safety levels. To start, all three get a considerably revised exterior design, with wheel sizes up to 17 inches and of varying designs. The Hybrid and PHEV models get a new mesh-type grille, whereas the Electric gets a distinctive new enclosed grille. Two new colours join the palette – Stellar Silver and Electric Shadow.

    For the cabin, there is now a freestanding 10.25-inch touchscreen head unit with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as the ability to simultaneously connect two phones via Bluetooth. Hyundai’s proprietary telematics system, Blue Link, is only available for the Electric, offering several remote functions and systems notification. Entry-level models get a smaller eight-inch head unit, but also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

    In terms of safety, the Ioniq now gets Front Collision Warning and Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection, Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, and High Beam Assist standard. Options include Lane Following Assist, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Blind-Spot Collision Warning, and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (standard on Plug-in Hybrid and Electric, optional for Hybrid).

  • New national car likely to be hybrid sedan – report

    The vehicle at the centre of the New National Car Project (NNCP) is likely to be a C-segment sedan that is yet to be named, The Edge Markets quoted AmInvestment Bank Research as saying. According to the research firm, the new national car prototype is scheduled for launch in March 2020, with the first production model expected to makes its debut a year later in March 2021.

    “We strongly believe that at the current local technological level, the NNCP will not be a full-electric vehicle. Instead, it will likely be a hybrid vehicle based on an internal combustion engine with an electric propulsion system. As it is likely be a C-segment vehicle, we think that it may not be priced for the mass market but it will be targeting a niche consumer market instead,” it said.

    Daihatsu Motor Company (DMC) confirmed last month its involvement in the new national car project, led by Malaysian company DreamEdge. CEO of DreamEdge, Khairil Adri Adnan said in August that the new national car will be a plus-sized B-segment sedan; this was initially mentioned to be a C-segment vehicle during a press conference at that time but was since corrected.

    Because of the NNCP’s projected target market, AmInvestment does not see the new vehicle to be a threat to current national automakers Proton and Perodua, the report said, adding that the NNCP is expected to benefit the local electrical and electronics and automotive semiconductor industries through technology transfers and strategic tie-ups with more established brands such as Daihatsu, Toyota and Geely.

    “We are already seeing some benefits from the Proton-Geely partnership, where many of the newer Proton models have incorporated updated technologies such as the intelligent infotainment system that has enhanced driving experiences at very affordable price-tags,” adding that it maintains its ‘Buy’ recommendations on shares from MBM Resources and DRB-Hicom.

    MBM Resources holds a 20% direct share in Perodua with a further 5% via subsidiary Daihatsu, while DRB-Hicom holds 50.1% in Proton.

  • V167 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 – 4.0L biturbo V8 with EQ Boost mild hybrid, 612 PS, 850 Nm, 0-100 km/h in 3.8s

    It’s no secret that Mercedes-AMG is dabbling in the world of electrification, and the first result of this endeavour is the latest GLE 63 4Matic+, which makes its debut just over a year after the cooking V167 model was revealed. Like the 53 version, it too comes with the EQ Boost mild hybrid system, but here it’s strapped to a bigger, much more monstrous engine.

    That engine is Affalterbach’s tried and tested M177 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged V8, in a specification lifted from the E 63. As standard, it makes 571 PS from 5,750 to 6,500 rpm and 750 Nm of torque between 2,250 and 5,000 rpm, which by itself is enough to get the SUV from zero to 100 km/h in four seconds flat.

    But of course, that’s not the full story, because you can also get your GLE 63 in spicy S configuration, bumping the outputs up to a searing 612 PS and 850 Nm from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm. So equipped, this hulking leviathan accelerates in an almost comical fashion, reaching 100 km/h in a ridiculous 3.8 seconds. Both models get a nine-speed AMG Speedshift TCT 9G automatic transmission.

    Also standard on both models is a 48-volt integrated starter-generator, which throws in an additional 22 PS and 250 Nm of temporary boost under acceleration; it can also recuperate kinetic energy, allow the car to coast with the engine off and smoothen the automatic engine start/stop function. For the first time, the electric motor also helps with idle speed control, further saving fuel.

    Even with this and cylinder deactivation, however, the GLE 63 is no Toyota Prius, with fuel consumption rated at 11.4 litres per 100 km (11.5 for the GLE 63 S) on the combined NEDC cycle. Carbon dioxide emissions, meanwhile, is quoted at 261 grams per kilometre for the standard model and 262 for the S.

    Power is sent to all four wheels via the AMG Performance 4Matic+ all-wheel drive system, which is usually rear-driven but can send torque variably to the front axle. There’s also an electronic locking rear differential as well as the Electronic Traction System (4ETS) torque vectoring by braking. The AMG speed-sensitive sports steering has Basic, Advanced, Pro and Master settings, delivering progressively more feedback.

    As standard, the GLE 63 comes with AMG Ride Control+ air suspension with the Adaptive Damping System (ADS+), which drops the height by 10 mm at speeds of over 120 km/h (permanently in Sport, Sport+ and the S-only Race modes) and raises it by 55 mm in Trail and Sand modes. There’s also the 48-volt AMG Active Ride Control roll stabilisation, which the company says responds quicker than a hydraulic setup.

    Design-wise, the GLE 63 carries over all the usual AMG hallmarks, including the trapezoidal Panamericana grille, a jet-wing design for the massive front air intakes and a large rear diffuser with the obligatory quad tailpipes. The alloy wheel options measure between 20 and 22 inches in diameter and hide composite brakes with six-piston front callipers (carbon ceramic discs optional).

    Inside, you get AMG seats upholstered in Nappa leather, as is the three-spoke AMG Performance steering wheel with aluminium paddle shifters (with Dinamica microfibre grips on the S model). You also get alloy pedals, AMG-branded side sill plates and floor mats, along with options that include carbon fibre decorative trim and additional steering wheel controls for quick access to performance-related settings.


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