The Mercedes-Benz SUV Legacy
Mercedes-Benz is widely-renowned for its luxury sedans: from the vibrant and sporty A-Class to the ultra-luxurious S-Class. With its success in providing luxurious cars worldwide, Mercedes-Benz revolutionized the SUV driving experience by launching its own line-up of sports utility vehicles.
It Started with the G
The Mercedes-Benz SUV roster traces its roots to the legendary G-Class. Dubbed as the epitome of the Mercedes-Benz SUV segment, the G-Class demonstrates the durability of a Mercedes-Benz that can withstand the element of time and lives on from generation to generation. From its conception 39 years ago, the G-Class preserved its iconic design but continues to be updated with innovative and technological features that improve driving comfort and convenience.
The longest-serving Mercedes-Benz model sports a powerful V8 engine with a power output of 422hp and 610 Nm/rpm torque. The G-Class takes pride in its permanent all-wheel drive system and three 100% differential locks, making it the perfect partner for any driving terrain and off-road areas in the Philippines.
Equipped with safety features such as anti-locking braking system, airbags and window bags for driver and front passengers, as well as brake assist, electronic stability program, and headlamp assist, the G-Class ensures that your adventures are as safe as they can get.
Slated to celebrate 40 strong years in 2019, the G-Class continues to set the bar in SUV driving standards.
Mercedes-Benz GLS: The S-Class among SUVs
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is considered as the best car in the world with all the safety and technological features embedded in an ultra-luxurious vehicle. So when Mercedes-Benz introduced the GLS, it was but natural to translate the S-Class experience into this SUV.
The exterior of the GLS manifests elegance that demonstrates sensuous clarity and detail while sporting its dominant stance. Its front section radiates a superbly confident presence with its powerdomes, while its striking silhouette is the epitome of character.
As a full-size SUV, the GLS can fit up to seven occupants with ample space and top-notch comfort. The seats are particularly versatile, including the EASY-ENTRY System for ease of access to the third seat row. Its big trunk space gives more room for your baggage needed for your adventures. Customize your GLS’ interior with its soothing ambient lighting system with a three-color selection: Neutral (white), Polar (ice-blue), and Solar (amber). Elevate your driving pleasure with the GLS’ infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity that enables hands-free function and audio streaming using the Harman Kardon Logic 7 Surround Sound System.
The GLS sports cutting-edge safety features such as active brake assist, anti-lock braking system, acceleration skid control, attention assist, and magic vision control wherein a cleaning agent is sprayed directly in front of the wiper blades before it can impair the driver’s vision – ideal when cruising dusty off-road adventures. The GLS is also equipped with numerous airbags including driver and front passenger airbags and sidebags, kneebag for the driver, and window airbags.
The GLS is powered by a V6 engine with 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission and a permanent all-wheel drive system. The full-size SUV is also equipped with ADS Plus, which controls the dampening force of each individual wheel according to road surface conditions. The GLS is also armed with Dynamic Select features to customize your driving experience depending on the weather, road, and off-road conditions.
The GLS represents the best of the Mercedes-Benz SUVs segment with its stylish, comfortable, spacious, and highly intelligent features.
The GLE: Cocoon of Intelligence and Safety
The Mercedes-Benz GLE is built as one of the most intelligent and toughest SUVs ever made. The GLE demonstrates Mercedes-Benz engineering and state-of-the art features at its finest.
From the iconic star to its elegant taillights, the GLE never fails to impress. The GLE showcases a sporty yet elegant grill and gorgeous curves that is sure to catch attention on the road. The muscular stance of the GLE is capped off by its 20” alloy wheels and with the LED Intelligent Light System shaped as a glowing arc that sweeps into its well-sculpted profile.
Inside, the cabin features an ambient light option, elegant air vents, a sporty 3-spoke steering wheel with multimedia controls, and a 7” display infotainment system that can be operated through a touchpad. The GLE also offers generous cabin space that can fit five adults comfortably. The trunk space also offers ample space for luggage that you will need either for an errand around the metro or to your off-road adventures.
Powered by a V6 engine and Dynamic Select features, the GLE does not disappoint regardless if it is used on the busy streets in the metro or in muddy off-road terrains. Despite being powered by an innovative engine technology, the GLE seamlessly converts less fuel into more torque, producing surprisingly lower emissions. The standard 4MATIC all-wheel drive facilitates monitoring of each wheel for initial signs of slippage and consequently sends torque to the wheel/s with the remaining best grip. Agility Control adjusts suspension at every wheel depending on road surface and driving style.
The GLE is one intelligent car with various safety features such as collision prevention assist, blind spot assist, radar-based active brake assist with collision mitigation.
The GLE remains to be both of the most intelligent and toughest SUV that Mercedes-Benz built.
GLC: Setting the Benchmark for the Midsize SUV
The Mercedes-Benz GLC is a mid-size SUV that possesses everything that you’re looking for in a luxury SUV: comfort, luxury, performance, cutting-edge technology, and design – and thus sets a new standard for the mid-size SUV segment.
Before you can even set foot in the GLC, its muscular profile and athletic line stand out and excite the senses. The GLC sports a modern off-road look with an urban design. Its clear, smooth lines, and distinct contours give the GLC its sporty yet elegant aesthetics.
Aside from an expansive cargo space, the GLC’s interior simply amazes. The GLC is equipped with an infotainment system powered by a touchpad which gives you easier access to your multimedia files. It also empowers you to connect your mobile phone through Bluetooth and enables you to answer calls hands-free through the steering wheel control buttons. It is also equipped with Ambient Lighting to set the right mood for both driver and passenger. The interior also provides generous leg room in the rear seats which can be split folded to accommodate more cargo space if needed.
Under the hood, the GLC is powered by a 4-cylinder engine with 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission. The engine has an output of 184hp and a torque of 300Nm. To further enhance the driving experience, the GLC is equipped with Dynamic Select which lets you to choose the driving mode that suits your driving style, the weather, and road conditions — whether Eco, Comfort, Sport, or Sport+. This gives way to more comfortable body control of the driver over bumps and other driving conditions.
Just like any other Mercedes-Benz vehicle, the GLC is the epitome of safety features and technology which include adaptive brake lights, attention assist, and airbag deployment including side bags and window bags for the driver and the passengers.
If you want a mid-size SUV with powerful features and technology, the GLC is the SUV right for you.
GLA: The Luxe Crossover
The local terrain and weather make it ideal to own a pickup or SUV but there’s also a need for the comfort of driving a sedan in the city streets, thereby resulting in the demand for crossovers.
Mercedes-Benz meets this need with the GLA 180, a compact SUV equipped with masculine SUV design elements, and the comfort and sophistication of a Mercedes-Benz. It is bold as it integrates pure passion that is naturally in the DNA of every Mercedes-Benz with the versatility of an authentic SUV.
From the exterior to the interior, the GLA 180 is a delight to the senses. Front seats are as comfortable as lounge chairs, with trims and accents that give off a masculine vibe. The instrument cluster, aircon vents and the front panel take design inspiration from an airplane’s cockpit, adding to the overall feel of the entire cabin interior.
At the heart of the GLA 180 is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine that spews out power of 122hp and 200 Nm of torque.
With more than 100 years of expertise and innovations in the automotive industry worldwide, Mercedes-Benz continues to innovate and build vehicles that impact people’s lives worldwide. Truly, its SUV line up is one of the most powerful, most intelligent, and safest rosters ever built.
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