Los Angeles - The high-performance GL 63 AMG sport utility is making its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The latest model to join the award-winning new generation GL-Class family, the 2013 GL 63 AMG features a 5.5-litre biturbo V8 engine that produces a breath-taking 550 horsepower and 560 lb.-ft of torque and an AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC transmission with the high efficiency ECO start/stop system.
The 2013 GL 63 AMG features all the standard equipment of the generously-equipped GL 550 as well as standard Driver Assistance Package, Panorama roof, designo interior and surround view camera.
Standard AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with AIRMATIC – air suspension, automatic level control and special shock absorber struts with ADS adaptive damping – works with an ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM that provides active stabilization of body lean. This AMG-designed system uses active front and rear stabilizer bars to reduce body lean during cornering.
The new GL 63 AMG boasts a special transfer case for the 4MATIC full-time four-wheel-drive system that distributes engine power 40:60 to the front and rear wheels. This rear-biased torque distribution helps provide the SUV with sports car handling as well as impressive all-weather traction.
In the GL 63 AMG, drivers can choose between two suspension modes at the push of a button – Comfort or Sport. AMG electro-mechanical speed-sensitive steering features variable power assist, depending on the suspension setting. The new steering also helps save fuel, because it uses energy only when the steering wheel is being turned. In addition, the air suspension automatically lowers the body at higher speeds or when in Sport mode to improve aerodynamics and driving stability.
A Distinctive AMG Look
The GL 63 AMG is fitted with flared fenders that increase body width by nearly two inches, which make room for 21-inch AMG alloy wheels with tires that are nearly 12 inches wide. Its special front bumper features large air intakes and a border of LED daytime running lights in the side air intakes. Matte silver trim along the lower fascia and a gloss black grille complete the new look. "V8 BITURBO" badges are mounted on the front fenders, and aluminum-finish running boards under the doors are illuminated. The rear fender flares blend into an AMG rear bumper which incorporates eye-catching matte silver chrome trim and two pairs of sport exhaust outlets.
In addition to AMG RIDE CONTROL, AIRMATIC, and the ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM, standard safety equipment on the GL 63 AMG includes ATTENTION ASSIST, Crosswind Stabilization, a 360-degree camera system and Bi-xenon headlights. Other standard equipment includes KEYLESS-GO, panorama sunroof, power EASY-ENTRY for the rear seats and a power tailgate.
The 2013 GL Lineup
The new high-performance GL 63 AMG joins an award-winning GL-Class line of full-size sport utilities that also features the GL 350 BlueTEC (240 hp, 455 lb.-ft.) with a V6 turbodiesel, and the GL 450 (362 hp, 406 lb.- ft.) and GL 550 (429 hp, 516 lb.-ft.), which are both equipped with new direct injection biturbo engines.
About Mercedes-Benz Canada
Mercedes-Benz Canada is responsible for the sales, marketing and service of the four brands within the Mercedes-Benz Group in Canada: Mercedes-Benz, smart, AMG, and Maybach. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc. employs approximately 1,300 people in 19 locations across Canada. Through a nationwide network of 13 Mercedes-Benz owned retail operations and 40 authorized dealerships, Mercedes-Benz Canada sold 31,651 vehicles in 2010, the best year ever reported for Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.
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