Mercedes-Benz unveiled the all-new G-Class which is not so new after all… the car has the same shape for years but it remains one of the oldest and most popular SUVs on the market. For those who don’t know, the original G-Class was first revealed as a vehicle to be used primarily in tough off-road terrain, but it was such a success that Mercedes-Benz continued to produce it since then.
Today, the G-Class is considered as the top model among luxury-class cross-country vehicles. The 2013 G-Class features new LED daytime driving lamps and new exterior mirrors, but also few discreet changes to the exterior appearance. New to the range are the G 63 AMG powered by the 5.5-liter eight-cylinder biturbo engine and the Eco start/stop system as standard, but also the G 65 AMG with twelve-cylinder biturbo engine.
The new AMG versions (which are not shown in the photo gallery because Mercedes-Benz didn’t release any), feature a new radiator grille with double louvres, new bumpers with large air intakes, red brake calipers and 20-inch wheels which are available for the first time. Regarding the interior, the instrument panel and centre console were completely redesigned in order to include new controls and exclusively designed trim elements in order to give the car a fresh and classy look.
Moreover, the 2013 G-Class features a TFT colour display in the instrument cluster between the two round dials while a further large screen positioned in the centre is part of the COMAND Online system and incorporates a DVD changer and the COMAND Controller, offered as standard on all G-Class models.
Among other features, the new infotainment generation offers a navigation system with special additional off-road functions, the LINGUATRONIC voice-operated control system and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Still, there are few elements, which were seen on the previous G-Class such as the grab handle on the front-passenger side and the switches for the three differential locks.
New optional extra safety features include the Distronic Plus, Blind Spot Assist and the parking aid Parktronic with reversing camera. Further individualisation options from the exclusive designo range are available as enhancements to what is already a very high-quality interior package.
The G-Class will be available in five versions, G 350 BlueTEC and the G 500, both as a long-wheelbase station wagon, plus the G 500 as a short-wheelbase Cabriolet model. The G 350 BlueTEC is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine delivering 155 kW (211 hp) at 3400 rpm and 540 Newton metres of torque.
The BlueTEC technology developed by Mercedes-Benz minimises its emissions, in particular of nitrogen oxides (NOx). The G 350 BlueTEC works to even better effect with the addition of AdBlue, an aqueous urea solution that is injected into the flow of exhaust gases. The G500 is powered by the 5.5-liter V8 petrol engine delivering 285 kW (388 hp) and 530 Newton metres of torque.
Both engines are available with the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission as standard. As we said, the G-Class lineup received the G 63 AMG with V8 biturbo engine, delivering 400 kW/544 hp and 760 Nm of torque, which features the ECO start/stop system as standard. The most powerful and expensive model will be the G 65 AMG with V12 biturbo engine delivering 450 kW/612 hp and 1000 Nm of torque. The new G-Class is available from June 2012. Prices in Germany (incl. 19% VAT): G 350 BlueTEC - 85,311.10 euros; G 500 - 99,948.10 euros; G 500 Cabriolet - 100,900.10 euros; G 63 AMG - 137,504.50 euros; G 65 AMG - 264,180.00 euros.