The LARTE design studio used the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) 2016 to present a tuning program for the Mercedes GLS. In the presence of VIPS and many members of the media, the company unveiled the long-awaited GLS Black Crystal, a modified SUV that is designed for customers who want their very own unique SUV.
The GLS Black Crystal was a completely new design project that involved using as many as 50 new parts, a wide range of materials including carbon and basalt and special paints and painting techniques to give the Mercedes GLS a stronger, more powerful image.
The front bumper has been modified to include a splitter and inserts made of carbon fiber while it is flanked on both the left and right by symbols of the tuning package – the Black Crystal Swarovski. The radiator grille is decorated with carbon fiber and the horseshoe shaped logo of the company. Carbon fiber inserts are also used in the expanded side arches to give the vehicle a more impressive visual style. The carbon elements can be painted in any color or style to suit the tastes of inpidual customers.
All the components used as part of the tuning package are lightweight and extremely durable as they are fashioned from basalt fibers made using vacuum infusion technology. Carbon fiber inserts are used in the rear bumper and in a diffuser that make it possible for customers to attach a towbar. The use of carbon fiber extends to the dual exhaust tips are made of carbon fiber, to add a touch of flair to the vehicle.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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