Battle for the top position in the luxury car market seems to be on fire. The trio Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz are leaving no stone unturned in gaining maximum share of slice in the Indian market. Mercedes in particular is quite excited about its new product launches. Just a month back company unveiled performance packed GL63 AMG and now it has updated the ML line-up with a new product named ML63 AMG. The rich and powerful SUV is perhaps, the second most powerful SUV from the company till date. Not only is this one of the most powerful SUV but also very swift, encouragingly capable, extremely refined and remarkably practical.
The AMG tag rules all over the car. From the front, the SUV boast of dynamic stance with massive front air intakes and sports LED daytime running lights on the sporty front bumpers. The radiator grille has three chrome slats and the Mercedes signature badge embellished with high gloss slats at the centre carry a dominating attitude on the road. With AMG tag, the side profile is enhanced with 5-spoke light alloy wheels which are finished in titanium grey paint affixed in 265/45 R20 tyres. Rear of the car shows the new design language adopted in the modern generation of ML series with revamped tail light cluster, high mounted stop lamp, a chrome nudge bar and the antenna on the roof. In new ML63 AMG, the rear bumper is reminiscent to the front one that exhibits quad exhaust pipes with chrome accents.
The interiors of the third generation ML series of cars have been designed with extra care. It has all the required features to get flattered on. The ML63 AMG in particular has been designed with impressive quality material with minute attention to detail. It is also excellent in ergonomics and carry a vast amount of space. The seats of the this luxury SUV are overlaid with top quality Designo leather and the same electrically adjustable sports seats are dual topstitched that gives exclusive AMG look. The very upholstery can also be customized with optional Designo Exclusive Package which includes leather covering in maroon or porcelain for both front and rear seats, door and central console armrests and the door centre panels as well. The package also include exceptional lateral support with more emphasis on contours and higher side bolsters. Besides this, the entire cabin is being offered in ambient lighting in three unique colors; Neutral (White), Polar (Ice Blue) and Solar (Amber).
The car also features 4-spoke steering wheel adorned in Nappa leather for that perfect grip on the go. The infotainment system includes TFT panel at the center which also incorporates AMG welcome logo along with AMG configured menu. The screen consists of 20.3 inch monitor that also does the job for high performing music system. The music experience is further enhanced by Watts Harman Kardon Logic 7 surround system along with 14 high-performing speakers, wireless headsets and 2 infrared remote controls. All the other comfort features remain intact. These include rear seat split on 1/2 to 2/3 layout or folded down entirely for convenient luggage loading, active parking assist and automatic climate control with separate control units for front and rear passengers, etc. The new ML63 AMG comes with AIRMATIC package that consists of Adaptive Damping System paired with Active Curve System, air suspension and active roll-bars for reducing body roll during cornering.
With AMG tag, the SUV is now powered by 5.5L Bi-turbo V8 petrol engine that yield massive power of 557bhp and torque rated at 760Nm. The high performance engine is paired with 7G-Tronic automatic transmission gearbox having AMG Speedshift Plus technology. The transmission with the AWD system splits the power to the front and rear axle in 40:60 ratio. Combination of all the above mechanism helps the giant SUV to sprint from 0-100kmph in just 4.7 seconds of time, reaching the top speed of 250kmph. For power hungry car aficionados, engine can also be customized through AMG Performance Package which gives extra power of 32bhp and 60Nm of torque.
ML63 AMG was launched at a whopping price tag of Rs 1.49 crore. It is the top end variant in the ML line-up and third most expensive SUV from the company in the Indian market. The SUV will be pitted against Audi Q7 and BMW X6 xDrive 50i.
Besides this Mercedes-Benz India also announced modern showroom ‘Performance Centre’ in New Delhi which will provide hands on experience on to the vast performance oriented AMG range of Merc. Mercedes-Benz with its extensive range of new launches in India, has prepared to topple Audi from the top position. In recently concluded Auto Expo it also introduced Mercedes M-Guard SUV, CLA 45 AMG and the production version of GLA Class SUV for the Indian market. This shows that company is extremely optimistic to revive its position in India once again.