Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG 2014 Overview
Mercedes Benz is a name known to offer luxury in each and every car it offers. With a knack for amazing performers such as their AMG vehicle range, the company has, over the years created a name for itself in the entire performance vehicle segment with undying passion for comfort. When such a company comes forward to make an official luxury vehicle, standards are bound to reach new peaks. Though SUV market is considered more of an off road adventure centric, it does not mean that all of the same can be offered luxuriously. That very question is probably what led Mercedes Benz to create a luxury crossover SUV, Mercedes Benz GL Class. The three row seven-seater vehicle indeed had a sceptical release since the undeclared King of the Sedans, Mercedes Benz was in a way entering new grounds. But despite scepticism, the car came out and ruled in its own right. In the class one vehicle stands apart, GL 63 AMG. The vehicle powers a V8 engine and it sure feels like a car from future. With its amazing curves all in the right places and the massive tough guy appeal, the vehicle offers the persona of a powerful vehicle. Sleek, classy, tough and yet irresistibly charming. The BiTurbo V8 is capable of generating 557bhp maximum output.
Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG 2014 Exterior
The vehicle is a beast with class. The logo of Mercedes Benz is enough as is to assure the grandeur of the vehicle, but looking at in directly, one can barely take away their eyes without appreciating the sheer design brilliance of the vehicle. SUVs can look amazing too and GL 63 AMG proves it. The vehicle is long but does not look lengthy, it is big but does not seem huge. Concealing its size and raw performance streak behind its devilish charm, the vehicle would look like some designer luxury vehicle on street. To talk about those exteriors that build up the oomph factor in the vehicle, one must undeniably start with the logo. The front grill follows a minimalist approach with the body acting as a part of the grille offering a synchronized design statement. The logo in the middle is big enough to be apparent even from a distance. There are chrome details with the front grill but they just append to the base design perfectly making them more of an embellishment rather than a replacement to subtle designing. The beauty of the vehicle also stands in the unique blend of having different blocks on front fascia which somehow connect to each other as their own equation. For instance, the front grille, the headlamps, the bumper, the air vents, the bumper everything looks as a distinct individual element with strict design statements. The headlamps are in perfect symmetry to the vehicular design yet they seem to stand alone at their own right. The swift, non curvy yet masculine carvings on the design trace from front bonnet to the side profile. The side profile has the windows which blend in perfectly as a single slate since the dividers, pillars between doors were all designed in same color complexion without much design alterations such as lumps, etc. Entering the rear section of the vehicle, one might notice the innovative tail lamp design that extends the rear hood and the body frame seamlessly. The 5 spoke light alloy wheels are painted in titanium grey with a high sheen finish giving them a rare elegance that most certainly seems hard to imitate. The vehicle comes with interesting acoustic highlight in the form of the two chrome-plated twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system. These also add on to a richer visual experience.
Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG 2014 Interior
Creating a vehicle for seven passengers is not a simple task, especially when the target is to create a luxury version. The space, the comfort and the convenience should all be taken care of without any issue. And Mercedes Benz GL 63 AMG did just that. Be it the sports seating in the front, luxurious bench seats in second and third rows or the four spoke performance steering with perforated leather at the grip, the vehicle’s interiors are an ode of design innovation. The steering wheel itself has a unique design with a flattened bottom of the wheel rim and aluminium shift paddles reminiscent of a race car. Arms rest even on the front row, upper and lower sections of the dash board, door panelling, velour floor mats with designo metal badges and designo leather. All these compliment the performance appeal of the interiors with the unbeatable luxury that has an unwritten Mercedes Benzness all over it. The Instrument cluster is a real killer too. The 320kmph mark on the speedometer scale itself gives a rush.
Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG 2014 Engine & Transmission
A real beauty is what the engine is. The 5.5 litre V8 engine offers a peak output of 557bhp while the torque hits a top mark of 760 Nm. The AMG M157 offers spray-guided direct petrol injection, piezo injectors, biturbo charging, air-water intercooling, allaluminium crankcase, a 4 valve/cylinder design with variable camshaft adjustment. The Eco Start Stop system helps the vehicle in reducing the amount of emissions on usual commuting.
Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG 2014 Mileage
Mercedes Benz GL 63 AMG offers a decent 6.33kmpl on city roads and 9.7kmpl on highways. The pick-up of the vehicle however is an impressive 4.9 seconds to reach from 0 to 100kmph. With seven gears and automatic transmission, the car makes any ride undeniably a pleasurable one. The only downside however would be the Indian roads which are prone to make the driving experience a little soar. However the inner luxury completely makes up for even such traffic filled congested rides.
Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG 2014 Braking and Safety
Instead of heading directly to the kind of brakes that come with the vehicle, the brake interface itself does deserve a mention. With stainless less design and rubber groove paddings, the vehicle’s brakes offer the best feel to ride. The robust design helps in avoiding harsh collision impacts.The AMG Sports suspension gives this luxury crossover a superior handling capacity. The AIRMATIC package offered with this vehicle includes air suspension, special damper struts, Adaptive Damping system and automatic level control. For active roll stabilization, ensuring better safety, the vehicle suspension is coupled with the Active Curve System.
Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG 2014 Performance and Handling
The vehicle is a performance marvel, waiting to be a performance legend with all the specifications it offers with the car. The AMG Speed Shift 7G Tronicmakes sure that the power is transmitted to all the four wheels separately. With three modes and another automatic double-declutching function for downshifting the vehicle is designed to be versatile. The AMG speed sensitive sports steering offers variable power assistance which makes the vehicle easily adaptable to varying driving conditions. V8 along with the AMG Sports Suspension makes handling even more splendid. The vehicle hardly creates any roaring sounds, thanks to the exhaust design. While an automatic might not be able to unleash its full capacity in the heavily populated streets of India, an AMG sure seems to be the perfect solution till then. Moreover, the paddle shifters, though may time to adapt, will turn out to be key merits of the vehicle. The vehicle stays more in control since the power is completely segregated at the steering.
What do we think about Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG 2014?
Mercedes Benz is a remarkable company and GL 63 AMG is an amazing vehicle, no doubt. While the vehicle is too much for Indian roads to handle, there is always a first one. With the V8 engine, the vehicle is capable of hitting speeds most commuters cannot dream to reach. And despite such performance, the vehicle offers a decent mileage and that’s commendable. The price might seem high, sure but what is offered for that price is priceless. Other than the glory of owning a Mercedes Benz, one gets to ride a unique blend of sports and adventure. Mercedes Benz itself predicted that 2% of people going for GL Class are likely to opt GL 63. While that’s not a number that might look promising, that’s a confident number for a luxury vehicle. Hopefully the sales of the vehicles inspire local talent to bring up world class luxury vehicles too.
Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG 2014 Competitors
Competitors of a luxury vehicle are hard to point out. When one shells out enough money to buy a luxury vehicle, they clearly are ready to do it and can, with ease connect themselves to that vehicle. Luxury cars create that special bond with individuals in such a way that it would no longer be that regular buying a vehicle attitude, it is more of owning a GL 63. However, the segment is not totally unconquered by others. Luxury Crossovers like Lexus RX 350, Infiniti QX50, Acura RDX and others do take a sweet share of auto enthusiasts dream pie. But we believe there is enough space for everyone to feed. If some true fan of Mercedes Benz wants to go for a luxury sedan, the choice would definitely be a GL 63. So the competition in more of loyal fans and when it extends beyond that, Mercedes Benz sure has to wrestle with Audi Q5 and BMW X5 along with the above mentioned crew.