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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.

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

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.

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Silvercar by Audi is expanding its rental service to series of new dealerships.

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Audi's in-house vehicle rental service, Silvercar by Audi, is expanding from 26 airports to dealerships nationwide. The addition of 10 dealers allows customers to enjoy Audi vehicles in a more convenient manner.

The program adds another element to the Audi premium experience joining Audi at Your Door, an online communication and vehicle pick-up and delivery service, that was launched in May.

Silvercar by Audi will continue to offer a fleet of premium standard features through the Silvercar mobile app and website. Additionally, service is offered by a Silvercar Mobility Specialist on-site. Contactless Rental will also be available at participating dealerships.

Silvercar is available in 36 locations in the U.S. including Austin, Dallas, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and San Diego.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

"We've seen and heard from customers that their mobility needs are changing as transportation habits evolve," said Stephan Zeh, Head of Audi Mobility Services. "The addition of Silvercar rentals at dealerships provides a new, convenient way for new and existing customers to enjoy the premium Audi experience in their neighborhood."

Silvercar is seeing growing demand from new and existing customers for local rental options to accommodate regional transportation, longer test drives, flexible short-term transportation, and lease bridges. These new dealership initiatives will service those needs.

Silvercar by Audi at dealership locations launched in late July and currently include 10 Audi dealerships with more to come through the end of 2020. Current locations include:

  • Audi Dallas, TX
  • Audi Seattle, WA
  • Audi Henderson, NV
  • Audi Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Audi Denver, CO
  • Audi Charlotte, NC
  • Audi North Orlando, FL
  • Audi Fletcher Jones, CA
  • Audi Wesley Chapel, FL
  • Audi Exchange Highland Park, IL

Audi at Your Door is currently offered at approximately 95 percent of Audi dealerships across the U.S.

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This Rolls-Royce Culliinan was pushed to its limits in Dubai.

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is home to one of the most well-known sand dunes on Earth, Moreeb Dune. The challenging landscape of that, and other dunes across the nation's landscape are punishing on even the best of off-roaders. This includes the Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

A Cullinan owner from the UAE recently put his Rolls-Royce SUV to the test, pushing its Magic Carpet Ride ride and promised "effortless everywhere" drive experience to the limit. Thankfully, it was all captured on video and in photos (see below).

Led by the car's illuminated Spirit of Ecstasy, the car awakens from its parking area and hits the road. Pavement rolls out in front of the black Cullinan as it speeds down a patch of asphalt between two horizons of golden sand. Suddenly, the viewer is taken off-road, onto the sand, where the Cullinan hightails it across a flat patch as sand is thrown from under the tires and spewed toward the camera. Drifting commences, in slow motion and real time, with sand dancing around the SUV like water from the Bellagio's fountains. Cullinan ascends a dune, rides along the ridge, the sun sets.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan in the United Arab Emirates

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While the video is possible thanks to a number of different video techniques, the drive is possible thanks to Cullinan's engineering. The drivetrain of the Cullinan was engineered to do just one key job explained Caroline Krismer, Engineering Project Leader for the Cullinan upon its debut in 2018, "To bring the famed Rolls-Royce 'Magic Carpet Ride' to all other terrains possible, while ensuring class-leading on-road behaviour in the SUV sector."

The famous Magic Carpet Ride benefits from Cullinan's lightweight platform, dubbed the Architecture of Luxury, and self-leveling air suspension. There's larger struts on the Cullinan than there are in other Rolls-Royces as well as four-wheel drive. The bespoke automaker reworked their customary 6.75-liter V12 engine to deliver more torque at lower revs, a key to off-roading success.

The suspension makes millions of calculations every second to continuously vary the electronically controlled shock absorber adjustment system. The double-wishbone front axle and five-link rear axle delivers control over lateral forces ensuring stability. Rolls-Royce describes how the system operates specifically under off-road conditions: "The electronically controlled shock absorber adjustment system uses an air compression system to actively push down any wheel it detects losing traction to ensure every wheel is constantly in contact with the ground and maximum torque is being provided to all wheels."

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