Off-road fans of Mercedes-Benz’s G-Class models will be ecstatic to know that this range will offer more fuel economy and 16% additional power. With a 35-year history, the G-Class all-terrain vehicle is starting a new chapter and taking a big leap with advances in technology and the installation of high-class equipment.
Included in the range is the G 500, which will be powered by a new, powerful 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine. All of the engines will comply with the newest Euro 6 emissions standard. Improvements will be seen in driving stability, road comfort, and safety with a new suspension setup along with a more sensitive ESP control.
Upgrades have been done on the exterior as well as its interior. The automaker will also be offering an exclusive AMG special edition. Making its world debut in the G-Class is a new 4.0‑litre directly injected V8 biturbo engine, which was launched in the G 500 4x4² show car.
The new 8-cylinder powerplant in the G 500 is based on the latest lineup of Mercedes-AMG V8 engines, which have given the Mercedes-AMG GT and Mercedes-AMG C 63 a level of performance that’s simply astounding.
The V8 that’s found in the G-Class was modified to produce 310 kW (422 hp) with torque of 610 Nm. In addition, the G-Class features two turbochargers that result to high tractive power and spontaneous response. Rather than being positioned outside of the cylinder banks, the turbochargers are placed between them in what’s widely referred to as the "hot inside V".
With this layout, the range can boast of having low exhaust emissions, a compact design, and optimal response. Mercedes-Benz used piezo direct petrol injection with spray-guided combustion to make sure that it delivers optimum efficiency.
And by using an aluminium crankcase on the V8 engine, the automaker ensures that it delivers maximum strength with lowest possible weight. Daimler's NANOSLIDE technology is used on the cylinder bore surfaces.
As a result, they’re double the hardness of the conventional cast-iron linings. Internal friction and fuel demand are both minimized. In addition, the engines of the other G-Class models were enhanced to achieve excellent tractive power and outstanding fuel economy.
As a result, the output of the G 350 d goes up from 155 kW/211 hp to 180 kW/245 hp, with its torque increasing from 540 to 600 Nm. On the other hand, the AMG G 63 is now capable of delivering 420 kW/571 hp (an additional 20 kW/27 hp) with torque of 760 Nm.
The 12-cylinder powerplant in the AMG G 65, which used to produce 450 kW/612 hp, can now deliver 463 kW/630 hp with torque of 1000 Nm. Available as standard on the G 350 d, G 500 and AMG G 63 is an ECO start/stop function that cuts fuel consumption and emissions by shutting off the engine when the vehicle is at rest like when it’s in a traffic jam or when there’s a red traffic light.
As is customary of G-class units, the new models still have the usual sturdy basis of body and ladder-type frame, which gives it the ability to cope with the more intense power. Another feature that was retained is its unparalleled off-road performance with permanent all-wheel drive, low-range gearbox and three differential locks that may be engaged or disengaged while the vehicle is on the move.
The automaker revised the standard suspension setup and now comes with optimised shock absorbers to have better control of body movements and an even more impressive on-road ride comfort. The use of an adapted ESP® setup results to better driving dynamics as well as improved driving stability and road safety.
The ASR and ABS were optimized, resulting in better traction while reducing the stopping distance during braking. Furthermore, buyers can have the G 500 with the option of a new adaptive damping system with Sport and Comfort modes. This offers more agility in on-road performance in Sport mode with unaffected off-road capability while lessening the expected SUV roll on corners.
It’s easy to distinguish the new G 350 d and G 500 models due to their restyled bumpers and the AMG flared wheel arches in the vehicle’s colour (now available as standard). In addition, a set of 45.7 cm (18-inch) five-spoke light-alloy wheels is now standard on the G 350 d. The interior of the G 350 d and G 500 feature a stunning instrument cluster in a two-tube appearance with 11.4 cm multifunction display and redesigned pointers and dials.
A redesigned instrument cluster is also seen on the two AMG models. For more customization, buyers can take advantage of a new Colour package for their AMG G-Class. The automaker is offering exclusive exterior paint finishes in solar beam, alien green, tomato red, sunset beam and galactic beam.
Detachable parts are painted in obsidian black. These include the mirrors, wheel arch extensions, the ring surrounding the spare wheel cover front, rear bumpers, and even the roof. The color of the interior topstitching matches the paintwork. For a sporty look like no other, get the new EDITION 463 special model of the G-Class.
Its interior features include a two-tone instrument panel, seat and door centre panels in a diamond design, two-tone seats in top-quality designo leather with side bolsters in carbon-look leather and contrasting topstitching, carbon-fibre trim and door pulls in nappa leather.
For the exterior, the most outstanding features are a stainless steel underguard, AMG sport stripes along the sides, a protective-strip insert in black aluminium as well as exclusive 53.3 cm (21‑inch) forged wheels. The EDITION 463 special model is being offered on the basis of the Mercedes-AMG G 63 and the Mercedes-AMG G 65.