Mercedes G-Class

Mercedes G-Class

Mercedes just dropped the G65 and G63 AMG models out on the market, but previous models are still getting some love from tuners. Los Angeles based tuner Icon 4x4 Design has gotten hold of a G55 AMG and provided it with an impressive upgrade package. The car has been specially customized for a famous celebrity, but the name of the celebrity is still unknown at this point.

Icon 4X4 Design only chose to update the exterior and interior of this luxury beast because they said that "the stock performance was fine for the customers needs." The tuner started by painting in an impressive 300SL matte silver, then replaced the stock plastics from the side trim, vents, and hood plastic before replacing the stock chrome grill. The tuner also added LED daytime lights, a monster Vision-X LED light bar, rack mounted reverse LED spot lights, and redesigned side market lights with guards.

The interior was also finished in matte silver to match the exterior, followed by Chilewich woven vinyl to replace the door panel inserts. All of the plastic was also removed. Next, the tuner added a pretty cool audio system with multiple amplifiers, a programable equilizer, bass, and improved stock speakers.

Source: icon4x4

The last model in the new G-Class to be announced is the G65 AMG - the most powerful and the most expensive model in the line-up. The new G65 AMG features an AMG 6.0-liter V12 biturbo engine that delivers an impressive 612 HP, but is also one of the most expensive models currently available on the market. It is priced at 264,180 euro, or about $346,000 at the current exchange rates.

The new Mercedes G65 AMG will be distinguished by its high-gloss chrome radiator grille and new set of 20"AMG five-spoke light alloy wheels painted in titanium grey with a high-sheen finish. On the interior, Mercedes added designo leather exclusive upholstery and a leather instrument panel trim. A unique feature is the distinctive V12 diamond design of the seats and the numerous V12 badges.

UPDATE 04/19/2012: This review has been updated with the official details and images of the Mercedes G65 AMG.

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The G-Class is the monster of the Mercedes ’ lineup and it’s time for that monster to get a little TLC from its maker, starting with the AMG version. The standard G-Class was revealed recently, with a full arsenal of details and images, and now the Mercedes Benz USA official web page has shared a few images of the G63 AMG version.

Some may be scratching their heads at the name of the vehicle, considering many thought it was actually going to be called the G55 because of the engine used, but Mercedes have thrown us a curveball with the G63 AMG. The utility vehicle is powered by the 5.5 liter V8 biturbo engine with 544 HP and 560 lb-ft of torque. The engine features the ECO start/stop system as standard.

The Mercedes G63 AMG version will be distinguished by dual chrome-tipped, side-exit exhaust pipes; a new, characteristic AMG radiator grille with double louvers; and distinctive new bumpers with large air intakes. The interior will get exclusive designo leather to dress it up a bit.

UPDATE 04/14/2012: The Mercedes Benz USA official web page has revealed a series of images for the new G63 AMG version. Check them out in the gallery provided!

UPDATE 04/20/2012: Mercedes has unveiled a pretty cool promo video for their new G63 AMG SUV. Enjoy!

UPDATE 06/07/12: Another commercial of the imposing Mercedes G63 AMG has surfaced, and you can check it out by browsing through the photos above. Check it out!

UPDATE 06/18/12: Mercedes has unveiled a new pretty cool commercial for the new G63 AMG. It is called "Parking" and you guessed it: it is about how easy it is to park the new SUV.

After displaying one image of the new generation G-Class secretly or accidentally in the official picture gallery of the new GLK-Class , Mercedes has finally decided to drop the official details on the new G-Class. The car has been heavily modified and includes a new interior with exquisite materials, a completely redesigned instrument cluster and center console, and some minor changes for the exterior.

The line-up now includes a new G63 AMG powered by an eight-cylinder biturbo engine combined with an ECO start/stop system and a new G65 AMG model featuring a new V12 biturbo engine.

"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 of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.

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Mercedes has just unveiled the 2013 GLK-Class , but it seems that another one of their models was strategically or accidentally placed in the background of one of the shots. A second look at the GLK’s picture gallery revealed a glimpse of what may be the facelift G-Class . Could this mean that an official debut of the new G-Class is also on the horizon, following in the footsteps of the GL-Class reveal next month in New York?

Previous rumors suggested that the new G-Class won’t receive many changes on the exterior - just a new set of LED daytime running lights and some mods to the front end - and this picture shows that those rumors are true. Mercedes will be doing most of their changes on the car’s interior, but that certainly isn’t visible at this time.

Next to the standard G-Class, Mercedes will also be unveiling a new G55 AMG and a G65 AMG . All three models are expected to be unveiled later this year.

Mercedes G63 AMG

The future Mercedes G55 AMG was caught testing for the first time back in October and now spy photographers have been able to catch up with it yet again while it performed some winter testing in Sweden. Luckily, this prototype was dressed down enough to reveal a few more details on the exterior’s changes.

From these images we can see that the new G55 AMG will be graced with new side mirrors, a revised grille, a new front bumper with one integrated cooler, and some LED day driving lights integrated in the bottom of the headlight unit. The SUV will also get new wheels with a new design and an updated brake system. For the interior, Mercedes will offer a new instrument cluster, a new steering wheel, and a sat-nav screen on top of the dash as seen on the new B-Class .

Under the hood, the Mercedes G55 AMG will have a 5.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 with around 525 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes has promised it will work on improving the fuel consumption, but they can only do so much with this high-powered beast of a vehicle.

Mercedes AMG has revealed a pretty cool tribute video to the G 55 AMG - a model that came onto the market in 2004. The current model is powered by a supercharged 5.5 liter V8 engine with an output of 476 HP and 700 Nm torque. But Mercedes is preparing a new model that will use a new 5.5 liter V8 engine with an output between 525 HP and 544 HP.

Until we will finally see the new G55 AMG in January 2012 at the Detroit Auto Show enjoy this video and see one classic car in action. And please remember that the G-Class remains the perfect choice for those who want to combine off-road capabilities with the classic look. And its quite long history proves that Mercedes is doing an incredible job. As they always do!

Noted Mercedes tuning company, Carlsson, has been far busier than usual these past few weeks. Of course, with the Frankfurt Motor Show scheduled in a month’s time, everybody is pretty busy in the auto industry these days.

For their part, Carlsson has dropped the details on one of their IAA-bound vehicles, the Mercedes GL-Class Grand Edition "CGL45". With upgrades being done across the board, Carlsson’s new program for the GL-Class Grand Edition offers plenty of improvements. For starters, the SUV’s body package comes from high-quality PUR-Rim plastic, the wheel arches have been made wider, and there’s a new chrome radiator grille complemented by mesh inserts. On top of that, the tuning company also added an impressive lighting set-up that features a couple of double light units wand LED daytime running lights on the front spoiler. Rounding out the exterior package are a set of 22" 1/5 Evo Brilliant Edition five-spoke alloy wheels and a suspension kit that drops the SUV’s ride height by 30 mm.

Inside, Carlsson gave the GL-Class Grand Edition a variety of goodies, including Nappa leather, Alcantara, stainless steel, and wood trimmings. There are also embossed illuminated sill plates and unique numbered and signed plaques on the center console for each model.

As far as the engine is concerned, the GL-Class Grand Edition received a notable bump in power, thanks to the tuner’s own C-Tronic power unit. The resulting upgrade took the SUV’s 5.5-liter V8 engine on the GL500 from an output of 388 horsepower and 391 lb/ft of torque all the way up to 435 horsepower and 442 lb/ft of torque.

The second special edition G-Class to mark the last leg of the Mercedes model is called "Edition Select" and will be based on the long-wheelbase G 500 Station Wagon. The price for the package is €6735, or $9950 at the current exchange rates.

The new "Edition Select" model will be offered in a two-tone paintwork that combines designo mystic white, palladium silver metallic, thulite red metallic, or obsidian black metallic. It will be further distinguished by new bumpers, obsidian black AMG side flaps and exterior mirrors, running boards, and a spare wheel cover with a 3D Mercedes-Benz star in stainless steel. Finishing off the looks are black 18-inch light-alloy wheels in a 5-twin-spoke design with size 265/60 R 18 tires, carbon-fiber look inserts in the protective strips, an underguard and an AMG sports exhaust system.

The interior of the special edition will add high-grade two-tone upholstery in a porcelain/black designo leather and chrome trim on the selector lever, seat adjustment controls, and loudspeakers in the front doors. Black leather will also be used on the dashboard, armrest, door handles, and parking brake lever, while the inner door panels are lined with gathered leather. Mercedes is also offering a designo wood trim in black piano lacquer, while the steering wheel and selector lever are in a leather/piano lacquer combination with contrasting topstitching.

The Mercedes G-Class is entering its final phase and to mark the event, the company has launched the special edition BA3 Final Edition. It will be based on two different variants of the offroad vehicle - the G 350BlueTEC model or the G500 model - and will be priced at € 90,511.40 ($134,463 at the current rates) for the G350 and €100,685.90 ($149,577 at the current rates) for the G500.

The BA3 Final Edition will be distinguished by AMG flared wheel arches, a new set of 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, a 3D Mercedes-Benz star in stainless steel, and an AMG radiator grille in a 3-louver design with chrome highlights. Further distinction will be claimed with an electric sliding/tilting sunroof, metallic paintwork, rear mudflaps, carbon-fiber look inserts in the protective strips, an ultrasonic reversing aid, and a tire pressure monitoring system. On the interior, Mercedes has added functional ambient lighting, chrome highlights on the frame and selector lever cover, seat adjustment controls, and loudspeakers in the front doors. The front seats will be covered in black leather combined with burr walnut wood trim, while the steering wheel and selector lever get high-grade wood plus leather.

The list of standard equipment will include a convenience telephone system in the armrest with a universal interface for various mobile phone cradles, extended telephone functions, a charging function, and an external aerial for optimum reception.

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