Now in Malaysia: New luxury cars from Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Tesla
As we all know by now, the automotive industry never sleeps. Despite having gone through massive changes throughout the years, it’s been fascinating to witness luxury car manufacturers shifting their focus to hybrid and all-electric drivetrains even though the traditional internal combustion engine is still very much a standard. With that said, ahead are the new luxury car launches from Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Tesla that have recently debuted in Malaysia.
Aston Martin DB12
Malaysia, meet the world’s first Super Tourer—the Aston Martin DB12. Launched on our shores on 28 July, the arrival of this striking all-new model comes in conjunction with the brand’s monumental 110th anniversary as well as the DB line’s 75th anniversary. Under its sleek hood, the DB12 boasts a 4.0-litre Twin-Turbo V8 engine that has been further tuned by Aston Martin engineers to deliver 680PS at 6,000RPM and 800Nm in a wide torque band. This signals an impressive 34 per cent increase in performance compared with the outgoing Aston Martin DB11. With power delivered to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission, the DB12 goes from 0-100km/h in just 3.6 seconds, all the way to a top speed of 325km/h.
Design-wise, the DB12 features widened front and rear ends to accentuate the iconic Aston Martin grille for maximum presence. The all-new front end is flanked by LED headlights with distinctive daytime running lamp (DRL) signatures. Elsewhere, 21-inch forged alloy wheels complete its bold and assertive design, available in three design variations and a variety of colours and finishes.
Other standout features include marque’s next-generation infotainment system that is entirely bespoke, designed and developed in-house by Aston Martin for the first time ever. It supports wireless Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ connectivity via a 10.25-inch high-resolution touchscreen display, supported by an 11-speaker audio system as standard. Audiophiles may also opt for an upgrade to a 15-speaker, 1,170W surround sound system developed in collaboration with Bowers & Wilkins.
Price: From RM1,088,000 excluding duties, taxes, options and customisation
The Aston Martin DB12 is now available for viewing and booking in Malaysia through Aston Martin Kuala Lumpur, with an extended warranty offering up to 20 years of coverage.
For more information, please contact Aston Martin Kuala Lumpur at +603 2163 1196 or visit the official website here.
Audi e-tron range
Audi launched its award-winning and fully-electric e-tron fleet in Malaysia in June 2023, comprising three models and seven variants in total, including SUVs, sportbacks and a four door coupé.
The Q8 e-tron SUV offers a highly efficient aerodynamic form, refined drivetrain with stronger charging performance and higher battery capacity, extending a range of up to 582 km. Both the Q8 e-tron advanced 50 quattro and Q8 e-tron S line 55 quattro offer a first-class seating experience, with a storage area of up to 1,725 litres when the rear passenger seats are folded. The Q8 e-tron Sportback variants, on the other hand, deliver a sportier look with a streamlined silhouette for maximum aerodynamic efficiency.
As for the award-winning e-tron GT coupé, the variants include the iconic RS e-tron GT, e-tron GT quattro with Dynamic Package, and e-tron GT quattro. The e-tron GT EV has a power output of up to 390 kW (530 hp) and 640 Nm of torque, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds. Its 93.4 kWh battery allows the e-tron GT to travel up to a WLTP-rated range of 458 km. Alternatively, the RS e-tron GT delivers even more power at 475 kW (646 hp) and 830 Nm of torque, completing a 0 to 100 km/h spring in under 3.3 seconds, despite its lower driving range at 447 km.
All the new e-tron models come with the e-tron Charging System Compact and RM1,000 JomCharge Credits. The system, encompassing an intelligent compact charger and power cables, is compatible with the standard household power socket with an output of 1.8 kW to 2.3 kW, or a three-phase power supply with an output of 11 kW
All Audi e-tron models come standard with two years unlimited mileage warranty, eight years or 160,000 km battery warranty, and five years complimentary roadside assistance. Additionally, customers may opt for the Audi Assurance Package (AAP), comprising an additional three years warranty and three years maintenance at 15,000 km service intervals.
- Q8 e-tron advanced 50 quattro – RM 383,990 to RM 396,990
- Q8 e-tron S line 55 quattro – RM 474,990 to RM 487,990
- Q8 Sportback e-tron advanced 50 quattro – RM 389,990 to RM 402,990
- Q8 Sportback e-tron S line 55 quattro – RM 484,990 to RM 497,990
- e-tron GT quattro – RM 587,990 to RM 599,990
- e-tron GT quattro with Dynamic Package – RM 666,990 to RM 678,990
- RS e-tron GT – RM 792,990 to RM 807,990
For more information, visit the website.
Mercedes-Benz A-class family
Personifying ultimate style and intelligence, the refreshed models of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class family is now available in Malaysia, consisting of the A 200 Progressive Line, A350 4MATIC AMG Line, Mercedes-AMG 35 4MATIC, and Mercedes-AMG A 45 S 4MATIC+ in the Standard and Street Style Edition. This facelift also includes the latest version of the MBUX Infotainment system.
Sporty and muscular on the outside, the A 200 is equipped with a Progressive Line exterior, while the A 250 4MATIC features the AMG line exterior. Under the hood, the A 200 has a four-cylinder petrol engine with 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, while the A 250 4MATIC petrol engine is packed with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. As a mild hybrid, the A 250 4MATIC is also equipped with an extra 48-volt electrical system.
In terms of power, the A 200 supplies a maximum output of 120 kW (163 hp) and 270 Nm of torque, going from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.3 seconds with a maximum speed of 230 kmh. Meanwhile, the A 250 4MATIC produces a maximum output of 165 kW (224 hp) with 350 Nm of torque, with an additional 10 kW and 150 Nm of torque from its electric motor. A century sprint takes 6.4 seconds, with a maximum speed of 250 km/h.
Also making a debut are the sporty Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC, which is available as a saloon; and the Mercedes-AMG A 45 S 4MATIC+, available as a hatchback. Powering the Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC is a 2.0-litre Turbo 4 engine that is accompanied with a 48-volt auxiliary power supply and belt-driven starter-generator (RSG), making it a mild hybrid that achieves an output of 225 kW (306 hp) with a maximum torque of 400 Nm. On the contrary, the AMG A 45 S 4MATIC+ packs a Turbo 4 engine that enables it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds.
The Mercedes-AMG A 45 S 4MATIC+ is also available in a Street Style Edition, which can be differentiated by its unique base paint in Mountain Grey, gradient foiling with fluorescent orange accents, and the newly designed 19-inch AMG cross-spoke forged wheels. The AMG Street Style Edition delivers 310 kW (421 hp), and is furnished with the AMG Ride Control suspension, AMG Aerodynamics Package, the AMG Night Package II and the stand-alone AMG fuel filler cap.
Pricing (on the road, without insurance):
- A 200 Progressive Line – RM238,888.00
- A 250 4MATIC AMG Line – From RM264,000.00
- Mercedes-AMG 35 4MATIC – From RM354,000.00
- Mercedes-AMG A 45 S 4MATIC+ – RM509,888.00 (Standard), RM539,888.00 (Street Style Edition)
For more information, visit the website.
BMW i7 xDrive 60
The first all-electric luxury sedan from the BMW 7 Series portfolio, the BMW i7 xDrive 60, features the BMW Iconic Glow crystal headlights in the front, adorned with Swarovski crystal elements and an illuminated kidney contour. Flowing lines accentuate the new BMW i7’s sheer proportions from the side where its chrome elements are pronounced, whereas in the rear, the narrow, L-shaped rear lights and slim chrome strip plays up its breadth.
The all-electric BMW i7 delivers a total output of 544 PS (536 hp or 400kW) and 795 Nm of torque, completing a century sprint in just 4.7 seconds. Mounted on the car’s underfloor, its lithium-ion battery packs a gross energy capacity of 105.7 kWh and promises up to 625 km of WLTP-rated driving range. This battery comes with a Combine Charging Unit (CCU) that takes a maximum AC input of 11kW via a Type 2 connection, completing a charge from 0 to 100 per cent in about 9.5 hours.
Inside, the BMW Interaction Bar extends horizontally across the entire cockpit for an innovative ambience, finishing the multimedia experience with a 14.9-inch BMW Curved Display. Amongst other interior highlights on the new BMW i7 include a 31.3-inch Theatre Screen as well as loudspeakers in the rear that make for a pleasurable entertainment experience, and a panorama glass roof Sky Lounge equipped with dynamic light effects for nighttime.
Pricing (on the road, without insurance): RM729,800.00 (with Extended Warranty, Service Package, and SST)
For more information, visit the website.
Tesla Model Y
After much anticipation, Tesla officially launched in Malaysia on 20 July with the best-selling all-electric Model Y. The compact SUV arrived in three variants—Model Y Rear-wheel drive, Long Range, and Performance—with estimated deliveries to roll out in early 2024.
The base Model Y RWD is powered by a single rear motor and a LFP-type battery that’s good for a range of up to 455 km (WLTP). It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.9 seconds, on to a top speed of 217 km/h. On the other hand, the Model Y Long Range AWD has two motors, one on each axle. It uses an NMC-type battery with up to 533 km of travel range, and achieves the century sprint in about 5 seconds. The top variant, Model Y Performance AWD, also uses an NMC-type battery with a range of up to 514 km. It hits 100 km/h from nought in just 3.7 seconds on to a top speed of 250 km/h.
- Tesla Model Y RWD – RM199,000
- Tesla Model Y Long Range AWD – RM246,000
- Tesla Model Y Performance AWD – RM288,000
For more information, visit the Tesla website here.
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