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Christopher Bruce2012-04-12 10:56:01

Mercedes Upgrades G-Class with Interior Redesign and 2 AMG models

 
 
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A view of the new G-Class' new LEDs, grill and mirrors

Mercedes is ready to debut its upgraded G-Class that gets a better interior, LED running lights and new mirrors. It will be offered as two AMG models G63 AMG and G65 AMG models in addition to the the G500 and G350 BlueTec. 

All versions of the G-Class get LED running lights and larger side mirrors with integrated turn signals. The two AMG versions a different grill with double louvers, new bumpers with larger intakes, red brake calipers and 20in wheels. 

The bigger changes come inside where the G-Class now has new controls and a TFT color screen in the instrument cluster. There is a new, larger panel in the center console for infotainment and navigation with voice-operated control and Bluetooth. Optionally buyers can opt for Distronic Plus, Blid Spot Assist, and Parktronic. The interior keeps the three switches for the differential locks with a slightly redesigned shift lever. 

The new G-Class will be offered in two bodystyles. There will be the usual coupe, and a cabriolet will be available on only the G500.

There will be four available engines: one diesel and three petrol engines, two of which are from AMG. The G350 BlueTec uses a 3.0l V6 diesel with 211hp and 540Nm of torque. It produces 295g/km of CO2. The G500 has a 388hp, 5.5l V8 with 530Nm; it produces 348g/km of CO2. The G63 AMG has a biturbo, 5.5l V8 with stop/start that makes 544hp and 760Nm that produces 322Nm. Finally, the top of the line G65 AMG uses a 6.0l, biturbo V12 with 612hp and 1000Nm of torque. 

The G350 BlueTec and G500 both use the 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission. 

"Our G-Class has been a force to be reckoned with for the last 33 years. In its latest evolutionary stage, it offers state-of-the-art, 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," said Dr. Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the board at Daimler AG. 

The G-Class will go on sale in July 2012. The G350 BlueTec will start at €85,311.10; the G500 for€99,948.10; the G500 Cabriolet for €100,900.10; the G63 AMG for €137,504.50; the G65 AMG for €264,180.00. All of these prices include the German 19% VAT. 

The G-Class debuted in 1979 and was mostly used as a military and off-road vehicle. While it is still equipped for those roles, over the years it has evolved into a more high-end luxury SUV. 

Encyclopedia
Mercedes-BenzMercedes-Benz
G-ClassG-Class
G-Class Gen.3G-Class Gen.3
G 63 AMGG 63 AMG
Engine
V 8
Displacement
333 cu in
Top Speed
130 mph
Transmission
7, Automatic
Maximum power
552 hp @ 5500 rpm
Type
Off-road vehicle
Fuel
Petrol
Fuel consumption (combined)
17.04 US MPG
price
$ 135.700
annual ownership cost
$ 3.714

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