Mercedes-Benz will commence the production of its new G-Class vehicles in September 2012. These models are endowed with more power, more technology and more comfort and safety equipment than any UK-specification model. With a starting price of just £82,945 OTR for the G 350 BlueTEC, the new G-Class boasts of more high levels of standard equipment, which includes but is not limited to new LED daytime running lights and a modified interior that dons COMAND Online.
The other standard features are the audio and visual parking system Parktronic and the new leather upholstery that complements the front and rear seats. The new G-Class features newly designed 18” five-spoke alloy wheels, electric folding and heated mirrors and instrument cluster with color display.
The new G-Class also comes with the Harman Kardon Logic 7 surround sound audio system. The G 350 BlueTEC model is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine the provides up to 211 hp of output and could travel up to 25.2 miles per gallon of fuel and emits 295 g of Carbon Dioxide per kilometers cruised.
The new G 63 AMG, meanwhile, is powered by a hand-built, bi-turbo 5.5-litre V8 AMG engine that provides 544 hp and 760 Nm of torque. Despite having more power than the engine of the outgoing G 55 AMG, the power house within the G 63 AMG has 13% lesser CO2 emissions to 322 g/km and improved combined fuel consumption to 20.5 mpg.
What makes the G 63 AMG unique compared to the rest of the G-Class range is the distinct AMG radiator grille with twin chrome fins running through the black mesh grille. The G 63 AMG is also unique because of a set of AMG wheel-arch extensions that have the same finish as the vehicle and a customized AMG sports exhaust system with chromed twin tailpipes as well as a new 20” five-twin-spoke alloy wheel design in Titanium Grey high-sheen finish.
The G 63 AMG, priced at £123,115 OTR, features an interior that sports a single-tone designo leather trim, an AMG selector lever with leather insets and an embossed AMG emblem.
It also dons an AMG stainless steel illuminated door sill panels complete with AMG lettering and an AMG instrument cluster with color display. It is endowed with the Harman Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system and COMAND Online with Media Interface and DAB radio. The G 63 AMG comes with the Chrome Package and Exterior Styling Package as standard. A buyer for a G 350 BlueTEC could avail of the said packages at £765 and £1,515 respectively.
BMW X1 is the first premium car of its kind and a true trailblazer in its segment. After more than two years, sales for the BMW X model have already surpassed 275,000 units. Now, this compact vehicle – which was built at BMW’s plants in Leipzig, Germany and in Tiexi, China – emerges with renewed vigor in order to meet many new challenges. Boasting a specially modified body design, a comprehensively revised engine portfolio, a meticulously upgraded interior, further innovative equipment features, and a new range of distinct BMW Lines, the new X1 delivers a much more intensive experience of BMW’s hallmark driving pleasure.
In parallel with the new BMW X1’s launch, preparations are underway for its market launch in the Unites States. What’s more, BMW is building new X1 models that are meant for the Chinese market at its newly opened plant in Tiexi, Shenyang Province.
Additionally, with familiar BMW X features successfully transferred to the compact segment through the BMW X1, competition has increased in the vehicle class. What remains uncontested is BMW X1's leadership in terms of efficiency and sportiness. And this lead is being extended as the relationship between fuel consumption and performance has been optimized further through engines that feature BMW’s TwinPower Turbo technology, the Auto Start-Stop function, a unique 8-speed automatic transmission, Brake Energy Regeneration, a wider range of EfficientDynamics technology, and an ECO PRO mode.