• The Mercedes G-Glass Could be offered in AMG 63 S and Maybach Forms Soon

We could see the G-Class in a whole new light

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is unique among all Mercedes models. It’s the only one of its kind in the German automaker’s lineup that’s able to balance an off-road identity with sporty and luxury goods surrounding it. It could also evolve into a model that plays into those two latter characteristics. That’s the word coming out of G-Class product chief Dr. Gunnar Guthenke, who hinted that a hotter S version of the Mercedes-AMG G 63 and a Maybach G-Class could be in the works.

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Can you imagine what an AMG G 63 S is capable of if the “standard” G 63 already has 577 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque at its disposal?

If Mercedes decides to branch out the G-Class, it will mark a big step in the model’s 39-year history. We’ve already seen what a high-performance G-Class can do if it Mercedes-AMG is given the task of having a go at it, but the idea behind a hotter “S” version appears to be grounded on the belief that the SUV ’s full performance potential has yet to be tapped. Can you imagine what an AMG G 63 S is capable of if the “standard” G 63 already has 577 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque at its disposal? It might not just be in terms of power, either. We could be looking at across-the-board improvements if such a model arrives.

That seems to be the position G-Class product chief Dr. Gunnar Guthenke is talking about in a conversation with Auto Express. According to Dr. Guthenke, there’s still room for improvement with the G 63, specifically in the handling department. “Previously, you’d never have had the steering and dynamics for an S,” he said.

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The idea of a plug-in hybrid, 800-horsepower Mercedes-AMG G 73 that has the steering and dynamics of an “S” variant is intriguing, to say the least.

His comments come at a time when Mercedes has already applied trademark for the name “G73.” It may not be the “S” variant that Dr. Guthenke is talking about, but it could be the range-toping version of the G-Class that will help elevate its status among luxury SUVs. That model, by the way, reportedly features a 4.0-liter, biturbo, V-8 engine and a plug-in hybrid setup that helps push its output up to 800 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. The idea of a plug-in hybrid, 800-horsepower Mercedes-AMG G 73 that has the steering and dynamics of an “S” variant is intriguing, to say the least.

But it’s also not the only “new” G-Class that’s on the horizon. According to Dr. Guthenke, there’s already talk of building a follow-up model to the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet. "We have had Maybach with Landaulet,” he said. “We want to nurture this tradition.”

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According to Dr. Guthenke, there’s already talk of building a follow-up model to the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet.

It’s still unclear how Mercedes plans to proceed with this plan, but if it does, it’s going to have to be a suitable successor to a limited-edition model that captured the world’s attention when it made its debut last year as, quite possibly, one of the most audacious cars in recent history. A part-convertible, part-gargantuan G-Wagen, the G650 Landaulet was the very definition of excessive, and we loved it because of that. Only 99 units were built, each with a price tag of €630,000 or just under $770,000 based on today’s exchange rates. Predictably, all 99 units were sold, including the final production model that went for €1.2 million ($1.47 million) at a Bonham’s auction.

If Dr. Guthenke wants Mercedes-Maybach to “nurture this tradition,” it’s going to have to raise the bar the G650 Landaulet set. That’s a tall order in it of itself.

References

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Read our full review on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

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Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes-AMG G63.

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