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Look to your favourite automakers this year for a sportier and luxe set of wheels, from Lexus to BMW

Mercedes-Benz GLS

The largest and most luxurious SUV from Mercedes-Benz yet, the new GLS combines luxury and comfort with the rustic character of an off-roader. Powered by a 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine with 48-volt technology, the GLS 450 4MATIC AMG line comes with an enhanced AIRMATIC air suspension system that adapts to road conditions in real time while keeping the car at the same level regardless of the load on board. 

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Sporting a wheelbase that's 60mm longer than its predecessor, the GLS cuts an imposing silhouette from outside with plenty of space in the interior. Foldable seats can be stowed away at the push of a button, revealing up to 2,400 litres of boot space. Inside, the S-class SUV's dashboard design boasts a large touchscreen and flows easily into the door panels to create a free-floating appearance. With the Mercedes me connect app, the GLS can perform a variety of remote functions controlled by your smartphone, from unlocking doors and starting the engine to scheduling services. 

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Porsche Cayenne

Now unveiled with a new Premium Package for Malaysia, the Porsche Cayenne is as appealing as ever, beloved by enthusiasts as the sportiest model in the automaker's SUV segment. With its fine athletic appearance and the impressive performance of its 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine, the Cayenne lends comfort, style and unmistakable flair to your city driving experience.       

The latest package includes luxurious touches such as the Bose Surround Sound System, ParkAssist with Surround View, dynamic handling and elevated driving comfort with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and improved road handling with 21-inch motorsport-inspired RS Spyder wheels. 

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Volvo XC40 Recharge T5

Officially launched in Malaysia on February 25, the new XC40 Recharge T5 represent's Volvo's commitment to sustainability, and with this release the automaker became the first in the country to offer a full plug-in hybrid electric vehicle range assembled in Malaysia. The SUV's twin engine setup offers a more sustainable drive with carbon emissions of just 50 grams per kilometre, without compromising on performance and style. 

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With the addition of safety features such as the Pilot Assist system, Cross Traffic alert with brake support and City Safety and Run-off Road protection and mitigation, the XC40 Recharge T5 promises a more dynamic driving experience with five different driving modes: Hybrid, Pure, Off-road, Power and Individual.    

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Lexus UX

Expert craftmanship and luxury meet technological sophistication in the new Lexus UX 200. The luxury compact SUV is designed and built for urban adventures, combining the best features of an SUV and a hatchback into one sleek model that's ideal for city driving. Built with the Seat-In-Control feature adapted from the LC 500 Coupe, the UX gives the driver a better field of vision and control and better maneuverability even in tight spaces. 

Inside, distinct elements of Japanese craftsmanship meet the eye: from a luxurious ‘Washi’ dashboard trim, evocative of the shoji doors in a traditional Japanese home, to ‘Sashiko’ quilted seats worked in leather upholstery by Takumi craftsmen. In the front, the Lexus Remote Touch Interface recreates a high-res display with the familiar usability of a smartphone, promising seamless connectivity thanks to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features.      

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BMW X5 xDrive 45e M Sport

In 2020, the BMW X range welcomed the addition of the new locally-assembled electrified variant, the X5 xDrive 45e M Sport. The new model boasts a 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine with the BMW eDrive technology, offering enhanced shift dynamics and reduced carbon emission of 56g per kilometre.

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In full electric mode, the new BMW X5 has an electrical driving range of up to 77km on a full charge, with a top speed of 135 kilometres per hour. In keeping with its sporty character, the cockpit is rife with unmistakable details like the M leather steering wheel and the BMW Live Cockpit Professional with Gesture Control and Intelligent Personal Assistant, combining a digital instrument display with a large touchscreen control display. The automatic tailgate operation feature allows for contactless opening and and closing for ease of loading into a boot space that can open up to 1,720 litres.     

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Bentley New Bentayga V8

Bentley's luxury SUV is back with an enhanced design and impressive tech features. Powered by the Bentley V8 engine, the new Bentayga V8 creates a dynamic driving experience with greater levels of control thanks to the innovative Bentley Dynamic Ride active roll control system, which improves grip on off-road surfaces and minimises body roll on tight corners. Mood lighting settings and a panoramic roof blind add a thrill of adventure, operable from the passenger seat now with the new Touch Screen Remote. The SUV's sleek infotainment system is complemented with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for ease of connectivity.

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Maserati Levante S GranSport

This year, Maserati's special edition Levante S GranSport SUV featuring an Ermenegildo Zegna PELLETESSUTA interior was unveiled in Malaysia, with only five models available. Formed out of the Italian automaker's longstanding partnership with renowned Italian fashion brand Ermenegildo Zegna, the Maserati Levante promises exclusivity for the fashion-savvy crowd as the only SUV fitted with this supple woven Nappa leather PELLETESSUTA interior pioneered by Zegna. The Levante's twin-turbo engine offers powerful performance and stability, complemented with safety features like the Q4 all-wheel drive system.

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