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2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 blends performance with three rows of seating, befitting luxury

This SUV combines the power and performance buyers expect from a Mercedes-AMG branded product.

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Mercedes has done it again. The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 combines the performance buyers expect from anything with the AMG label with three rows of seating and high-end appointments befitting its price tag.

Its exterior is accented by an AMG-specific radiator grille that features high-gloss slats and is the largest in the Mercedes-AMG lineup. It features standard LED headlights with high beam assist. The SUV has the first implementation of a new AMG front bumper style, which integrates the front splitter, trim strip, and side air inlets.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 lights wheels grille The SUV rides on standard 21-inch wheels.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

Around the side there are flared wheel arches, body-color mirror housings, and chrome window surrounds. There is a rectangular twin-tailpipe setup at the rear. The model rides on standard 21-inch AMG multi-spoke wheels. Up to 23-inchers are available.

The SUV is powered by a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine that achieves 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. It has a 48-volt electrical system that helps boost off-the-line efficiency and gives the car additional power at low speed. That adds 184 pound-feet of torque to the 627 the gasoline engine achieves. A nine-speed automatic transmission completes the powertrain. To get from zero to 60 mph takes 4.1 seconds and ther SUV has an electronically limited top speed of 174 mph.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 profile wheels windows The SUV has an elongated wheelbase, which allows for more legroom in the 2021 model.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

All GLS 63s feature all-wheel drive and active ride control, which is an air suspension that works to stabilize the cabin of the vehicle no matter the terrain.

Mercedes has equipped the model with six drive modes:

  • Comfort - suspension and steering are set up for an emphasis on comfort.
  • Sporty - more agile response to accelerator pedal input, shorter shift times and earlier downshifts
  • Sport+ - even more agile throttle response, selective torque control for upshifts, increased idle speed
  • Individual - individual adjustment of the drive system, transmission, AMG DYNAMICS, suspension and exhaust system
  • Trail - maximum performance on soft, muddy or slippery ground; suspension is raised to a two inches when below 44 mph
  • Sand - adjustments to the suspension and all-wheel drive system are made for sporty driving on loose, sandy surfaces; two additional inches of ground clearance when below 44 mph

The seven-seater features all the typical high-end GLS design elements alongside the usual list of AMG treatment items including brushed stainless steel pedals with rubber studs, illuminated door sills, "AMG" lettering throughout the cabin on a variety of surfaces, and high-gloss trim elements.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 interior screen drive modes High-end appointments and fresh, modern technology fill the cockpit of the SUV.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

In front of the driver is a 12.3-inch driver information display and a 12.3-inch infotainment touch screen takes center stage. The instrument cluster has AMG-specific content including a variety of drive modes and track-ready instrumentation.

Second-row seats are heated as standard while heated seats are available for third row passengers. Both of those rows of passengers benefit from the GLS's longer wheelbase in this new generation, which allows for significant additional legroom.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 interior cabin drive modes The Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 features a driver-centric interior design.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

The SUV comes with a long list of innovative safety technology, including Active Distance Assist with route-based speed adjustment. This system uses live traffic monitoring software to adjust speeds accordingly.

Additional available equipment includes a Burmester surround sound system, the Warmth and Comfort Package, Air-Balance Package, and Energizing Package, all of which add additional levels of sophistication to this family hauler.

Atlas is one of Volkswagen's top-selling models in the U.S. and though it seems like just yesterday that it debuted on the heels of the Dieselgate scandal, the automaker is already preparing to give it a facelift.

Volkswagen has confirmed that the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas will sport a revised grille, head- and taillights, and front and rear bumpers when it arrives on dealer lots later in 2020. It will also have interior upgrades, and new driver-assistance and technology features.

Many of the refreshed elements come straight from the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport's design.

The three sketches that were shown as part of the tease show a more rounded, upright, and smirking grille at the front of the Atlas. Its headlights have a straighter LED light signature. The SUV's lower fascia has changed to show a more aggressive bottom half complete with the hint of a faux skid plate alongside repositioned and smaller fog light housings. Changes at the back aren't nearly as obvious.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

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Volkswagen has released these sketches of the forthcoming 2021 Volkswagen Atlas.

VW has said that the changes add three inches to the length of the vehicle.

There aren't a lot of specifics about what potential buyers can expect from the interior upgrades but previous statements from Volkswagen indicate that there will be a new D-shaped steering wheel, an eight-inch infotainment touch screen, and wireless device charging.

Volkswagen will add new driver assistance technology to the model including adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality and low-speed lane centering.

It's likely that the public's first look at the refreshed Atlas will come in February at the Chicago Auto Show.

A new bespoke creation from the Rolls-Royce team features a flower motif.

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A Stockholm-based entrepreneur with an affinity for flowers has commissioned a new Rolls-Royce Phantom. When he ordered the car, he challenged Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective, the company's high-level customization team, to envision a car that wrapped its occupants in a floral scene.

The result is a new Phantom with one million embroidered stitches.

2019 Rolls-Royce Phantom Rose embroidery interior The embroidery encompasses the entire cabin.Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

"The Rose Phantom is a stunning iteration of a contemporary Rolls-Royce," said Torsten Müller Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. "Our extraordinary craftspeople at the Home of Rolls-Royce have achieved, with this car, something which can only be described as sublime. The work of our Bespoke Collective is the best in the world. When I look at creations like this car, it is with a sense of pride that I know that these skills could not be replicated anywhere else in the world. This is undoubtedly one of the greatest Rolls-Royce Phantoms of its generation."

Ieuan Hatherall, one of the Bespoke Designers on the Rolls-Royce team, took inspiration for the design from the rose garden at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex. It is in that garden that a special breed of flower, the Phantom Rose, is exclusively grown. It was bred exclusively for Rolls-Royce by British Rose Breeder Philip Harkness of Harkness Roses.

2019 Rolls-Royce Phantom Rose embroidery interior The owner's family chose the exterior paint color of the sedan.Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

"There is a transcendent beauty when a rose garden is in full bloom," Hatherall said, "The patron wanted to create that same feeling of awe; an abundance of flowers to lift the spirit and celebrate nature's decadent beauty, in the Rose Phantom's serene interior."

The exterior of the new Rose Phantom car is covered in a Peacock Blue paint job. It features a Charles Blue twinned-coachline designed to intertwine like the stem of a rose. The wheels are the same color as the pinstripe.

2019 Rolls-Royce Phantom Rose embroidery interior The flowers on the car's interior were inspired by the garden at Goodwood.Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Inside the model is the one-million stitch embroidery. Starting with the inside of the rear doors and opening up to engulf the cabin in the stitched mastery of a season in full bloom. The Phantom Roses depicted appear in various stages from bud to bloom, in an asymmetrical design that appears to naturally grow across the roof lining. The roses are interspersed with the individual fiber-optic lights of the car's headliner.

2019 Rolls-Royce Phantom Rose embroidery interior At the patron's request, butterflies were added to the design.Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Charles Blue leather fills the interior and is accented with Peacock Blue piping. Stems of embroidered roses fill the Phantom's Gallery, climbing through the element's glass-fronted fascia.

In addition to the flowers, Peacock and Adonis Blue butterflies were added to the motif.

2019 Rolls-Royce Phantom Rose embroidery interior Embroidered flowers and butterflies surround the driver and passengers.Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

While the car was inspired by nature, it was designed to haul around a family, who also played an integral role in its design. The patron has a wife and two children. His daughter Magnolia chose the exterior color of the car while his wife designed the Rolls-Royce's umbrella.