Even an icon needs an update: Mercedes renovates its G-Class in the middle of the year. The legendary off-road vehicle will then not only get a modified version of the V8 biturbo from the AMG GT sports car, but also further engine and chassis improvements as well as a visual refresh. There is no information on the prices yet, currently the cheapest model, the V6 diesel G 350 BlueTech, is around 87.000 euros.
The new G 500 uses a 4,0-liter eight-cylinder biturbo based on the new generation of V8 engines developed by Mercedes-AMG. The two turbochargers are arranged between the cylinder banks in the V. The eighth has an output of 310 kW / 422 hp with a torque of 610 Newton meters.
The other G-Class units have also been optimized and now offer up to 16 percent more power: the V6 diesel in the G350 D now comes to 180 kW / 245 hp, the power in the AMG G 63 rose to 420 kW / 571 hp and that Twelve-cylinder in the AMG G 65 now develops 463 kW / 630 hp. At the same time, consumption is said to have decreased.
The G-lander will of course still have permanent all-wheel drive, off-road gear reduction and three differential locks that can be switched while driving. The standard suspension has now been re-tuned with improved shock absorbers for more driving comfort. The ESP control works more sensitively and should provide more driving dynamics as well as more driving stability and safety. Adjustable damping with a sport and comfort level is optionally available for the G 500. ABS and ASR have been optimized for a shorter braking distance.
The G 350 d and G 500 also change optically: you get a newly designed bumper and the AMG fender flares now available as standard in the body color. A new instrument cluster with a multifunction display is installed in the interior, and the AMG models are also being updated here.
The G models of the refiner from Affalterbach can now also be ordered in new versions - including quiet green and sunny yellow - and as Edition 463: The special model includes two-tone instrument panels and leather seats, carbon trim, and 21-inch forged wheels.
Author: Hanne Lübbehüsen / SP-X