Mercedes has once again updated its timeless G-Class model, adding a new high-performance G63 version to the lineup.
Powering the G63 is the brand’s bi-turbo V8 with 544 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque. And with that engine certain to drink plenty of premium, the G63 also gets a start-stop system.
Carrying on for 2013 is a familiar 5.5-iter V8 in the G550 that makes 388 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque – a slight improvement over last year’s numbers. Reports of a G65 model have yet to be confirmed by Mercedes.
Mostly unchanged outside the G-Class gets LED daytime running lights and new mirrors, while the AMG version gets a custom grille, a new front bumper with larger air intakes, 20-inch wheels and red brake calipers.
Inside the changes are more dramatic with a redesigned center console and controls with a color display screen between the two traditional gauges. Another screen sits like an iPad atop the dash and features Mercedes’ COMAND system with navigation, voice-operated controls and Bluetooth.
New tech highlights include Blind Spot Assist, Distronic Plus, Parktronic with a back-up camera and a revised stability control system with a Trailer Stability Assist program.
“Our G-Class has been a force to be reckoned with for the last 33 years,” says Dr Dieter Zetsche, Daimler Chairman and CEO of of Mercedes-Benz. “In its latest evolutionary stage, it offers state-of-theart, powerful engines, a further improved range of luxurious appointments and the very latest safety features, as well, of course, as its now legendary off-road capabilities. At the same time the design remains true to its down-to-earth, unmistakable style.”
The 2013 G-Class will arrive in dealers this August.