How does a traditional new car launch work? Well, basically, they fly us to some place. Warm and sunny snazzy, yeah it's, usually pretty like big sur or you know, pick scottsdale pick the cool place of your dreams and then they give us a car to drive around for a day or sometimes two days, uh and they feed us dinner yep. And then we fly home, yeah that's how it usually works uh. So you know, we've got a very um good lifestyle in doing that, because we get to go to these beautiful places meet with other journalists, drive the cars uh and you know, come back home but because of colby, of course, that's not happening so now. They'Re doing virtual uh new car introductions, the newest car that's just been introduced. Is this one it's the mercedes, benz gla, so it's the smallest crossover in mercedes, benz lineup, and if you want to go over to tfl now tell me: you've, got an initial non driving review of the vehicle kind of pointing out all the cool features of it. For sure yeah and then uh the way they're doing it now is they're sending us the cars for a couple of days right and then they're setting a really strict embargo so that all the journalists can drive the cars. And then we can all publish our thoughts at the same time yeah. But of course there is that part where we go out to dinner, where we have well isn't that kind of bribery.
Well, yeah it's, you know we're transparent about it, so we always let you know that mercedes fed us. They put us up at a snazzy hotel. So in that same vein of transparency, mercedes just sent us uh this little gift basket. So i want to read you what they wrote: okay and then we'll open this up and see what they sent us uh as a gateway to mercedes, benz, suv, family. The gla is made for young and dynamic people who seek adventurous lifestyles both in the city and outside of it is that you are you and i no i'm, not an adventurous, oh so, i'm. Sorry, all right! The is a true digital forward, suv that is tailor made uh for the exact audience already accustomed to increasing digital age, that we're in in the usual mercedes benz tradition. We would love to be able to invite you to the cocktails and dinner where we could discuss in person the driving experiences because they learn from us hopefully or we learn from them in person, but we're doing a full digital program. So we look forward to seeing you at our first virtual hp hospitality enjoying cheers, look what they sent us yeah. So shall we do a official unboxing and see what they sent us. So is this going to be like a zoom thing, then yeah it's going to be a zoom thing that we're going to go on and we're going to talk with the pr team and talk with the engineers while enjoying the comforts of look at that.
I believe this is uh it's, a wine from california, i believe contra costa county wine – i'm, not a wine guy, saint helens, california. So we have a little bit of wine here, tommy uh! Thank you! Mercedes uh and uh let's see what we have here. Uh. You know what i'll just do it the old manual way? How about that? I think this is actually from a a grocer. Is it from from here from boulder colorado, wow let's see what they sent us here to enjoy with the wine. Oh, my look at that. Whoa whoa, look at that we've got crackers. We'Ve got salami. This is the uh backcountry picnic gift box, we've got cheese. We'Ve got a little bit of trail mix. Now we've got whatever this is from cured, wow and uh. This is seascape haseo robles, california, we've been to paseo robles. You look at that. That'S cool, yeah, that's, really cool excited about the cheese yeah, so uh. Thank you, mercedes uh for the generous gift basket uh and thank you cured for sending it to us and yeah. So it's not quite the same as being in paso robles, uh, but uh. You know in this time of covet we lead a very uh, blessed lifestyle and i just wanted to kind of show you a behind the scenes of what it's, like now being automotive journalist. So i can't say that you know this is going to influence us because you've already done the video, so the video is already done, but it will be nice to virtually on zoom get together with the mercedes pr team.
I'Ll learn a little bit more about the car for our driving impressions, uh and um. You know what you know what we should do. We should show them the car since it's here, let me show you something come on come on with me is that yeah it's here this is a cool. This is the cool thing about the car. At the same time, we've got not one but two mercedes here. So come on through the offices we'll go this way and the cool thing is not only do we have the least expensive, mercedes uh, the gla, but at the same time, at the offices we have the most expensive mercedes in terms of their crossovers right. So that's the entry level – and this is the one that is uh – certainly for people with um a need for speed, because this is the amg version of the gls yeah it's, the 63 by turbo formatic. How much is this guy david? You remember, i think, it's a this is a 150 thousand dollar. I think it's, like 150 95., this one yeah entry level. It starts at 38. This is the one that's brand new uh, but as configured it's, what 50 55 840. so there's. Eighteen thousand dollars worth of yeah upgrades and what's the horsepower under the hood of this amg. This one is like 600. This is the uh gls 63 yeah. I think there's a gls 63 s as well. Okay, this is more of the standard 600 horsepower gls yeah, and then this has got the little two liter turbo.
So it's got like two hundred and i wan na see 48 pound feet of torque, though so it's a lot. So basically, we could do like um, affordable versus expensive video right, because you're looking at a hundred thousand dollar difference between these two right, so 50, 150 000 give or take give or take. Is that something you'd like to see, or would you rather have us, take this up tombstone uh and see if it actually has any off road uh capability, because it should you know this going off road with these tires, probably not so much. These are z, rated michelins uh. You know at the end of the day, the the tire is always what's, the most important, and so so taking that off, even though it does have like an off road mode, it would be a little scary just because i think these are just the same things, Though those aren't z, rated yeah but they're summers, i don't think so. Yeah take a look. I bet you they're mud and snows there's. All these all these uh. No because these are the amg wheels. I don't think they are oh let's see made in poland. Hey that's cool yeah, because these are the amg wheels uh the upgraded 20s yeah. I have to dig around a little bit around a little bit real, quick inside this car because get both keys with you, because what is cool between these two is um, and you heard it in that little um card.
They sent us that basically, the technology out of that car is also shared in this car. So let's take a look inside and see if it's true, because what you should have are two very large screens uh that are in both cars with uh, my mbux, which is mercedes benz's. Here it goes so there we go there's that one and look at that. You'Ve got this massive screen with you know all the latest tech in the entry level, crossover and let's compare it to the top dog which granted has a little bit bigger screen, but nevertheless, still very similar in terms of technology, not similar in terms of what's. Under the hood, should i pop the hood tell me: let me pop the hood. Let me show them. Let me pop this because that's where the real difference is, i don't know it was wrong. So i drove this car in uh in uh, outside of los angeles, and i mixed it up. We have the gle 63s and then the gls, 63 and i've got all the specs. Actually right here. Believe me: okay, this is uh a v8 twin turbo. If i'm not mistaken, right, yep and then the horsepower, i think, it's like 603, it is 603 yeah, um 627 pound feet of torque is 0 60 in 4.1, which is enormously quick for such a large heavy atv yeah. I think this is uh mercedes, most outside of the g wagon right, which is its own thing, but it's its most powerful, most expensive, uh suv in its lineup and, of course this is the entry level.
So let's look under the hood here. All right, let's see. We got here here we're, looking at oh, my that's, where the hundred thousand dollars went tommy. This is the two liter turbo 221 258 pound feet of torque yeah um, eight speed, dual clutch: okay, automatic uh with all wheel drive. You can get this in front of the drive or all wheel drive. I think the front wheel drive starts at 36 to 30. The all wheel drive starts at 38, 230. yeah it's, a good london, though yeah you know well. I just did the first video yesterday. What do you think of this inside it's kind of funky, but you know one of my favorite features of all the new mercedes. Let me show you this and it's funny, because it's in the entry level, but it's not in the in the top dog, are these round vents. I think these are just uh super designed uh in a really stylish and no, i was gon na, say sexy, but can event be sexy. I guess it can be because look at even clicks that little click it just is very uh pleasing to the finger when you touch it, uh it's, just a really nice interior. I think mercedes has done a really good job in updating their in interiors everything. Here. You know not only feels expensive but actually smells expensive now, let's. Compare that to the interior of big dog. This is a big dog.
Okay, let's take this around come on in here and, of course, here you'll have the flat bottom steering wheel: you've got the you know the little center marker for the amg and you have more traditional events and i got ta tell you, i kind of like the Uh the round vents better, but for the most part, every bit of technology that you get in this vehicle for the most part you'll get in the entry level, vehicle uh and tommy uh they're, like cool things right that you can do here like set this thing For off road mode, you turn the knife down, so show them like the off road mode, which is pretty cool. You may have to start the engine um. There are all these different themes: yeah, um, Music. There we go. Yes, there are different themes that configure the car based on uh. What you're driving over so, for example, like there's, an experience theme and that will give you your tachometers yep, that changes yeah and that's all it can figure out yeah, so it's, a really really just a tour de force, heated and cool cup holders. You'Ve got your different drive selectors here it's got the exhaust buttons on the steering wheel and that's the kind of stuff you don't get in the gla 250 right. You can't change the exhaust note you don't have the uh different drive modes for the most part yeah. These are two super super different cars, but they're very similar in a lot of ways.
Similar yeah very similar it's got 600 horsepower. How is that similar i'm talking about i'm talking about the interior design? Of course, you've got the bowmeister radio here right, which is that has burmeister too. It has burmeister yeah. They both have burmesters yeah but they're, very different than baumeister, which would be a building meister versus a burmeister, which would be a name of somebody. I'M. Sorry dad these two are not comparable all right. Well, you know me and tommy of course, have different opinions. Look at look at how beautiful that is. Oh, my god. Look at the design in that speaker, grill all right, so uh the question tommy. I guess i have, for you is uh.