The quickest G-Class to Date

Mercedes-AMG wasted no time releasing a hot-rod version of the all-new 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV. The G-Class still retains its iconic, boxy design and ladder frame chassis, but is completely modernized in every other measure. From the twin-turbo V-8 and new suspension system to the high-tech, leather-lined interior, the new Mercedes-AMG G63 is the new high-water mark for the automaker.

Mercedes is set to officially debut the G63 at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show on March 6, after which the production version will arrive in showrooms toward the end of 2018. Naturally, the price is steep – likely costing more than the 2018 G63’s $142,800 here in the U.S.

We should know more as Mercedes-AMG debut the 2019 G63 at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, so stay tuned to TopSpeed.com.

Update: 02/13/2018: Mercedes-AMG has released photos and preliminary information about the all-new, 2019 G63 SUB ahead of its official debut at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show on March 6.

Continue reading for more on the 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63.

Exterior

- * More aggressive front fascia
- * Wider fender flares
- * Body-color & chrome spare tire cover
- * Unique AMG & BITURBO badging
- * Standard 21-inch wheels
- * Optional 22-inch wheels
- * Two available appearance packages

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The G63 is given a more aggressive front bumper and grille, wider wheel arches, and several distinguishing trim pieces

While the basic design remains mostly unchanged from the 2019 G-Class, in typical AMG fashion, the G63 is given a more aggressive front bumper and grille, wider wheel arches, and several distinguishing trim pieces that help visually separate this high-horsepower monster from its more civilized brethren.

The side strips along the doors are pained in high-gloss black and feature silver AMG emblems. A chrome and body-color wheel cover hides the spare tire, and the front fenders get “V8 BITURBO” emblems. The tailgate also boasts a G63 logo.

The AMG G63 is also treated to unique colors on the trim work. The front air inlets are painted in matte iridium silver, while the oversized brake calipers are painted in red. Mercedes includes 21-inch wheels as standard equipment on the G63, but 22-inch wheels are optional. Both come wrapped in performance all-season tires that are somehow not terrible off a beaten path.

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Speaking of getting off the path, the AMG G63 is still fully capable of going off-road.

Speaking of getting off the path, the AMG G63 is still fully capable of going off-road. It boasts 9.5 inches of ground clearance and short overhangs with impressive approach and departure angles. Underbody skid plates keep vital drivetrain components safe from trail damage, too.

If for some reason the Mercedes-AMG G63 doesn’t look special enough for you, Mercedes offers two appearance packages. The AMG Night Package includes smoked LED headlights, taillights, and turn signal lenses, deep-tinted windows, and Obsidian Black paint on the side mirrors, spare tire cover ring, bumper trim, and 21- or 22-inch wheels finishes off the look.

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If for some reason the Mercedes-AMG G63 doesn’t look special enough for you, Mercedes offers two appearance packages

The second special edition package is the Edition 1. It comes painted in Designo Night Black Mango with contrasting matte Graphite Grey stripes along the G63’s sides. A red stripe on the side mirrors adds color while high-gloss black covers the rest of the exterior trim. Unique 22-inch wheels coated in matte black paint come with the Edition 1 package and feature a red-painted ring along its outer edge.

Interior

- * AMG flat-bottom steering wheel
- * Vastly improved interior shared with standard G-Class
- * Real metal & wood trims
- * Seating for five
- * Power-folding, 60/40-split rear bench

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The G-Class has come to represent the ultimate in excessiveness and ostentatious living

The G-Class has come to represent the ultimate in excessiveness and ostentatious living, yet over the last few years, its interior has become outdated and rather sad. Thankfully, Mercedes has completely cured that issue for 2019. The interior is covered in high-end leather and accented with quality trim materials. Dual 12-inch screens cover the dashboard and report on vehicle parameters while keeping passengers entertained.

Mercedes-AMG kicks things up a notch with even higher-end materials like carbon fiber, a flat-bottom AMG steering wheel, and performance apps in the infotainment system.

Thankfully, AMG didn’t have to do much to improve the desirability of the new G-Class’ interior. Aside from the lovely dual screens, the dash includes real metal accents and toggle switches, the modern Mercedes infotainment controller, an analog clock for that old-world touch, and memory seat controls for both driver and passenger.

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As for those seats, Mercedes even offers its Active Multicontour Seat package.

As for those seats, Mercedes even offers its Active Multicontour Seat package. This includes special front seats with several massage functions, heating and ventilation, and nearly infinite adjustability. The rear passengers aren’t forgotten, either. The new G-Class comes standard with a 60/40-split rear bench with power-folding and adjustments that include reclining. The seats also fold completely flat for hauling larger cargo, too.

Drivetrain

- * Hand-built 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8
- * “Hot-V” engine design
- * 577 horsepower & 627 pound-feet of torque
- * Nine-Speed automatic transmission
- * Full-time 4WD with low range
- * Front, Center, & rear differential locks
- * Eight drive mode settings
- * 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds
- * Top speed up to 149 mph

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The engine kicks out an impressive 577 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque.

At the heart of the Mercedes-AMG G63 is a hand-built 4.0-liter, Biturbo V-8. The engine kicks out an impressive 577 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. That peak torque hits at an incredibly low 2,500 rpm and stays strong up to 3,500 rpm – perfect for an SUV. Mercedes says the G63 will hit 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds and onto a top speed of 137 mph. Customers who want more can pay extra for the AMG Driver’s Package. This bumps the top speed up to 149 mph.

The engine a “hot V” arrangement with its twin turbochargers. This means the cylinder heads feature a reverse flow with the intake to the outside of the V and the exhaust on the inside of the V – hints the “hot V” name. The benefit is a very short distance from the exhaust port to the twin-scroll turbochargers, which allows for a great reduction in spool time and a noticeable decrease in turbo lag.

Of course, the G63 wouldn’t be an AMG without a rumbling exhaust system. It features dual exhaust tips on each side of the SUV – just ahead of the rear tires under the side steps. The side exit helps make the exhaust more audible to those inside the G, but without being too obnoxious during normal driving.

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The torque split has been moved from a 50/50 divide in the outgoing G63 to a 40/60 split front to rear.

Mercedes uses its AMG SpeedShift nine-speed automatic transmission to spin the 2019 G’s updated full-time 4WD system. The torque split has been moved from a 50/50 divide in the outgoing G63 to a 40/60 split front to rear. This means the G will have a tail-happy bias when pushed hard.

When it comes to off-roading, the G63 performs even better than before. Its 4WD low range has been improved from a 2.1:1 ratio to a stouter 2.93:1 ratio. This multiplies torque at a higher rate before heading to all four wheels. In other words, the engine has more leverage to get the G63 though sticky situations. Impressively, 4WD low range can be engaged at speeds up to 25 mph and will operate up to 44 mph. At that point, 4WD high range can be engaged without stopping. That’s a big improvement over most two-speed 4WD systems that require a complete stop and the transmission to be shifted into neutral.

Another iconic feature the G-Class continues to have is its three locking differentials. The front, middle, and rear differentials can all be electronically locked by pressing the buttons prominently featured on the dashboard. It starts with the center differential; when locked it provides an even 50/50 torque split between the front and rear axles. The rear is next, and when engaged, locks the two rear wheels together, making the spin at the same speed regardless of one loses traction. The front differential is the last to lock. Just like the rear diff, it binds the two front wheels together for maximum traction. The only downside to a locked front diff is a great reduction is turning ability. That’s why the differentials are only lockable in 4WD low range.

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The 2019 G63 comes with even more driver-selectable controls, too

And while this feature has been around since the G-Class’ beginnings, Mercedes has reworked the system to engage more quickly.

The 2019 G63 comes with even more driver-selectable controls, too. There are five on-road driving modes. These include Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport +, and Individual. Each customize the G63’s engine, transmission, 4WD, stability control, and traction control to behave in different manners for a tailored performance in each category.

The same is true for the three off-road driving modes, too. These modes include Sand, Trail, and Rock. Sand and Rock modes are self-explanatory, but the Trail mode is tailored to soft, muddy terrain. All eight driving modes are selected through the AMG Dynamic Select rocker switch on the dash.

Last but not least, when it comes to saving fuel, Mercedes-AMG didn’t simply forego the topic. The 4.0-liter biturbo V-8 is fitted with cylinder deactivation. With the drive mode set to Comfort and the revs settled between 1,000 to 3,250 rpm, the engine will cut fuel to four of the eight cylinders.

Suspension

- * New independent front suspension shared with 2019 G-Class
- * Five-link coil spring rear suspension w/ live axle
- * Adaptive dampers with three settings
- * Sport-tuned coil springs at all four corners

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Mercedes-AMG improves on this design further with adaptive dampers and AMG-specific coil springs with firmer spring rates

The new 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class rides on an all-new suspension system that incorporates an independent front suspension with MacPherson struts and a solid rear axle held in place with a multi-link coil spring arrangement.

Mercedes-AMG improves on this design further with adaptive dampers and AMG-specific coil springs with firmer spring rates. The front suspension is aided by a strut tower brace for added lateral rigidity. The rear suspension uses four track bars to hold the axle in place fore and aft, while a Panhard bar keeps the axle in place laterally.

The adaptive dampers react to the Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ driving modes with increasing degrees of stiffness. Set to Comfort, the G63 rides like a Mercedes S-Class, while when set to Sport+, it rides like a Mercedes-AMG GT.

Pricing

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Mercedes-AMG has not announced the price for its 2019 G63, but we fully expect an increase over the outgoing 2048 G63’s starting price of $142,800. Perhaps the 2019 model will start around $145,000 to $150,000, depending on how much Mercedes thinks its customers are willing to pay for the vast improvements.

We will know more as the 2019 G63 gets closer to its on-sale date toward the end of 2018.

Competition

2018 Land Rover Range Rover

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The Range Rover is Land Rover’s most luxurious and expensive model. It is also one of the brand’s most capable vehicles thanks to its full-time 4WD system and adjustable air suspension. The Range Rover offers seating for four or five, depending on the model, and has a decent amount of cargo room. If you want the second row to fold flat, stick with the rear bench option; the rear bucket chairs don’t fold flat.

Though several engines are available, the most powerful is JLR’s ubiquitous 5.0-liter supercharged V-8. In “base” form, it makes 518 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough grunt to move the Rover to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. However, with the SVAutobiography Dynamic edition, the V-8 makes 557 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. JLR says the 0-to-60 mph time remains at 5.1 seconds, but does say top speed is improved from 130 to 140 mph.

An eight-speed automatic and full-time 4WD system send power to all four wheels. When the going gets tough, an available low range gives extra torque, and automatically locking center and rear differentials ensure torque is distributed equally between the wheels.

The 2018 Range Rover is certainly not cheap. In its “base” form, it carries a price of $87,350. If you want the V-8, it pushes the vehicle price to $104,850. For the SVAutobiography Dynamic edition, the price starts at $177,200. Those wanting more legroom in the second row will appreciate the Range Rover Long Wheelbase. It comes with all the same equipment, but with an extra 7.3 inches added to the second-row footwell. It starts at $108,895, but the powerful SVAutobiography starts at a whopping $207,900 before options.

Read our full review on the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover.<

2018 Lexus LX570

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The LX570 is Lexus’ most posh and expensive model, yet is very capable when the pavement ends thanks to its underpinnings shared with the Toyota Land Cruiser. When it comes to hauling people, the LX can haul more than the G-Wagen and Range Rover thanks to its third-row seat. Combined, it can haul a maximum of eight. Cargo room also leads the three, thanks to the folding and tumbling second and third rows. However, Lexus knows some customers just need two rows, so for 2018, a two-row LX570 is now available.

The only engine choice is Toyota’s venerable 5.7-liter V-8. Here, it makes 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. The sprint to 60 is undoubtedly the slowest of the bunch, taking 7.3 seconds. The LX does have a top speed of 137 mph, however, but the lumbering SUV is by far the least athletic of this bunch. An eight-speed automatic is paired with the LX’s full-time 4WD system with a Torsen limited-slip center differential that can be locked when things get really slippery. The 2018 Lexus LX570 carries a starting price of $85,350 with the two-row version. Loaded out, the LX can cost just over $100,000.

Read our full review on the 2018 Lexus LX570.

Conclusion

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We’re exactly happy Mercedes has finally updated its G-Class. The outgoing model has been around – basically unchanged – since 1979. The changes move the old-school SUV into modern times with a swanky interior, an updated powertrain, and a modern chassis with adaptive dampers and an independent front suspension.

These days, G-Class customers no longer consist of militaries and government agencies, but rather upper-class folks who want a status symbol that embodies their wealth and success. The G spends far more time rolling down Rodeo drive than through the ruts of a battlefield, so it’s only reasonable that Mercedes cater the G to its current customer.

As for the AMG improvements, we’re wildly impressed with the 4.0-liter’s 577-horsepower output, the nine-speed automatic, and the new full-time 4WD system. Mercedes unquestionably knows how to develop and build a high-end drivetrain with outlandish levels of power. That legacy is not lost on the 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63.

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Update History

Update 07/12/2017: A new crop of spy photos reveals the G-Wagen’s interior. It’s inspired by the E-Class, but has a unique, more rugged design that plays into the G-Wagen’s iconic heritage.

With the new Mercedes-AMG G 63 (combined fuel consumption: 13.2 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 299 g/km), the Mercedes-AMG G-Class has undergone the greatest change in its history – while remaining true to its well-proven virtues. The G 63 underpins its unique position among performance off-road vehicles with the powerful drive system, the newly developed AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension, the AMG-specific transmission modes and the new interior with optimal widescreen cockpit. The basis for the hallmark AMG Driving Performance both on and off metalled roads is provided by the 430 kW (585 hp) 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine, the rear-biased all-wheel drive (40:60) with three differential locks, the extremely fast-shifting 9-speed automatic transmission, the double wishbone independent front suspension and the adaptive adjustable damping. The reinterpretation of the unmistakable design creates strong highlights with the AMG-specific radiator grille, flared wheel arches, striking side pipes on the exhaust system and the up to 22-inch wheels.

"The new AMG G 63 brings driving performance to the segment of unadulterated off-road vehicles in unexpected form. It was important for us to tie in with the original character on account of the cult status the G 63 enjoys with our customers and fans. The vehicle has nevertheless reached a completely new dimension in terms of technology with the 4.0‑litre V8 biturbo engine as well as in combination with the off-road characteristics, the agility and the vehicle dynamics achieved", explains Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes‑AMG GmbH. "This applies to the entire G‑C lass model series. Mercedes-AMG is responsible for their suspension and chassis development as well as V8 competence."

Proven to be powerful: the AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine

The AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine now also replaces the previous 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine in the G 63. It generates 430 kW (585 hp) in this model, and delivers a maximum torque of 850 Nm. This is available across a wide rev range between 2.500 and 3.500 rpm, and provides a sense of effortless superiority. It absolves a sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds. This dynamic performance is maintained up to the limited maximum speed of 220 km/h, or 240 km/h with the AMG Driver‘s package.

The two turbochargers are not positioned on the outside of the cylinder banks, but inside the cylinder "V". Advantages: a compact engine design, spontaneous response of the turbochargers and low exhaust emissions thanks to optimal airflow to the near-engine catalysts. The eight-cylinder delivers its power with muscular torque in all engine speed ranges, combined with maximum efficiency for low fuel consumption and emission figures.

Two twin scroll turbochargers are used for optimal response. The housing is divided into two parallel flow channels. Combined with two separate exhaust ducts in the exhaust manifold, this makes it possible to control the exhaust gases on the turbine wheel separately. The exhaust gas from the first and fourth cylinders of the cylinder bank is fed into one duct, that from the second and third cylinders to the other duct. The aim is to prevent the individual cylinders from having mutually adverse effects on the gas cycle. This reduces the exhaust gas back pressure and improves gas exchange. The results are increased output by virtue of improved cylinder charging with fresh mixture, more torque at low revs and very fast response times.

Other engine features include modified pistons, optimised intercooling and extensive software upgrades. Spray-guided direct petrol injection with piezo injectors, the all-aluminium crankcase, the four-valve per cylinder design with camshaft adjustment, air-water intercooling, alternator management, the ECO start/stop function and the gliding mode have all been retained.

AMG Cylinder Management cylinder deactivation system

For more efficiency, Mercedes-AMG has equipped the V8 engine in the G 63 with the AMG Cylinder Management cylinder deactivation system. In the partial-load range, cylinders two, three, five and eight are deactivated, which significantly lowers the fuel consumption. The combined fuel consumption is 13.2 l/100 km, and the combined CO2 emissions 299 g/km.

When the driver has selected the "Comfort" transmission driving mode, the cylinder deactivation system is available in the wide engine speed range from 1000 to 3250 rpm. The AMG main menu on the instrument cluster informs the driver whether the cylinder deactivation system is in use and whether the engine is presently operating in the partial or full-load range. The transition from four to eight-cylinder operation is fast and imperceptible, so that the passengers do not experience any loss of comfort whatsoever.

AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission with shorter shift times

The AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission is used in the G 63. This has a model-specific software application to achieve very short shift times. The multiple downshift function allows more spontaneous bursts of speed, while the double-declutching function in "Sport" and "Sport Plus" transmission modes makes for an even more emotional driving experience. Defined engine manipulation makes for even faster gear changes.

The wide ratio spread allows a choice of a very sporty or a very comfortable and efficient driving experience. In all transmission modes the G 63 moves off in first gear so as to ensure a dynamic sprint from a standstill whenever required. The DIRECT SELECT lever has been repositioned as a steering column stalk.

"Manual" mode can be selected using a separate switch. The gear changes are based on the selected transmission mode, and the driver can now change gear using the paddles on the steering wheel. Moreover, the transmission stays in the selected gear and does not automatically shift up when the engine speed reaches the limit.

Enhanced agility and traction: AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive

The standard-specification AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive features rear-biased torque distribution with a front/rear split of 40 to 60 percent. This configuration ensures greater agility on the road and improved traction during acceleration. In the preceding model the distribution was still a neutral 50:50.

The off-road reduction gear has been developed further for operations on difficult terrain. It helps to ensure that the G 63 is able to master even more demanding off-road stretches. The reduction ratio of the transfer case is now 2.93, i.e. considerably higher than in the preceding model (2.1). This assists moving off on extreme uphill gradients in particular, as the torque at the drive wheels is significantly increased.

The off-road reduction gear can be engaged via the LOW RANGE switch at speeds of up to 40 km/h. The gear ratio of the transfer case is then changed from 1.00 in HIGH RANGE to 2.93. It is possible to switch from LOW RANGE to HIGH RANGE at speeds of up to 70 km/h.

The new, intelligent multiplate clutch behaves like an automatically controlled locking differential. It ensures that the new G 63 remains manoeuvrable for longer when off-road. The advantage is that the driver has more scope before having to engage the differential locks manually.

When the driver operates the switch for the centre differential lock, the multiplate clutch switches to a 100% locking effect. The locks at the front and rear axle differentials are differential locks with a dog clutch and a 100% locking effect. All the locks can be engaged individually while on the move, both in LOW RANGE and in HIGH RANGE, firstly centre, then rear axle and finally front axle differential.

The differential locks now respond to the switches even more rapidly, as they are electromechanically actuated and fully networked. An LED and the central driver’s display indicate which lock is currently active.

With adaptive adjustable damping: AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension

The new G 63 performs even better when off-road, and on the road it is more dynamic and comfortable than its predecessor. The agile driving impression is substantially due to the suspension system, which has been completely redesigned by Mercedes-AMG and features coil springs all-round. For the first time the front axle has an independent, double wishbone suspension; a rigid axle with a five-link suspension is used at the rear.

The components of the double-wishbone front suspension are directly mounted to the ladder-type frame without a subframe. The attachment points of the lower wishbone are positioned as far up as possible. This arrangement ensures good driveability both on and off the road. A strut tower brace, known as a suspension bridge, now connects the front strut towers, which increases the torsional rigidity of the ladder-type frame.

At the rear, the new axle is guided with four longitudinal control arms on each side and a Panhard rod. This makes normal driving on the road even more comfortable. When off-road, the rear spring compression of 82 mm and rebound of 142 mm plus the ground clearance of 241 mm to the rear axle gear help to ensure a safe ride even in extreme situations. To reduce body roll, the G 63 has additional transverse stabilisers at the front and rear axles.

The AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension with adaptive adjustable damping is standard equipment. This fully automatic, electronically controlled system adjusts the damping at each wheel to the current requirements. This improves driving safety and ride comfort. The damping is adjusted individually for each wheel, and depends on the driving style, the road surface and the selected suspension setting. The ideal operating point can be selected at all times on the basis of extensive information relating to acceleration or vehicle speed, for example.

Via a switch on the centre console, the driver can choose between three different sets of damping characteristics, namely "Comfort", "Sport" and "Sport+", and thus individually influence the driving experience from very comfortable to taut and sporty.

Direct and with clear feedback: the AMG speed-sensitive steering

The electromechanical speed-sensitive steering installed in the G 63 for the first time has a variable ratio to ensure precise and authentic feedback. The steering servo assistance is reduced at high speeds, and continuously increases at low speeds. This means that comparatively little steering force is required at low speeds, and that the best possible control over the vehicle is maintained at high speeds. Steering power assistance is available in a choice of two modes - "Comfort" or "Sport". The relevant characteristics are automatically activated depending on the selected DYNAMIC SELECT driving mode, or can be personalised in "Individual" mode. In "Sport" the driver receives more direct feedback about the driving status.

Characteristics at the touch of a finger: AMG DYNAMIC SELECT

For the first time in the history of the Mercedes-AMG G-Class, the driving characteristics can be individualised at the touch of a finger with five on-road and three off-road driving modes.

With the five DYNAMIC SELECT on-road modes "Slippery", "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport+" and "Individual", the characteristics range from efficient and comfortable to very sporty. Key parameters such as the response of the engine, transmission, suspension and steering are modified in the process. Independently of the DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs, the driver has the option of pressing the "M" button to switch directly to manual mode, in which gearshifts are executed exclusively using the shift paddles on the steering wheel. If required, the stages of the adaptive adjustable suspension can be selected as well.

Three off-road modes - "Sand", "Trail" and "Rock" - are available when driving off the beaten track. These are accessed using the switch in the centre console for activation of the central differential lock, and can then be selected with the DYNAMIC SELECT rocker switch. "Trail" allows maximum performance on soft, muddy or slippery surfaces. "Sand" modifies the parameters for sporty dynamics and the best possible grip and steerability on sandy stretches or desert sand dunes. "Rock" is the mode for extremely demanding, rocky terrain with severe axle articulation and frequent lifting of one or more wheels.

All the driving modes, both On Road and Off Road, are visualised in the instrument cluster and in the central media display. Deselection of all the locks returns the setting to the on-road driving modes.

Bodyshell: made for the toughest jobs

The basis for the enormous off-road capabilities of the G 63 is provided by a torsionally rigid ladder-type frame of high-strength steel and a mounted body of composite construction. This design is considerably more robust and suitable for off-road operations than a unibody construction. As the lowest point of this construction, the frame ensures a low centre of gravity and protects the major assemblies, fuel tank and exhaust system during ground contact, e.g. when driving over obstacles.

Another development aim was to reduce the weight of the body. Using a digital prototype, the developers simulated the operating life of individual components and assemblies to determine where lighter materials could be used without compromising durability, operating life and quality.

The result is a new material mix: the bodyshell consists of various grades of steel. The wings, bonnet and doors are made of aluminium. To be able to retain the door hinges and handles typical of the G-Class, the developers modified these to suit the new aluminium design. The A and B-pillars are made of high-strength steel in view of their load-bearing function.

Thanks to this intelligent design, it was possible to increase the torsional rigidity of the frame, body shell and body mounts by around 55 percent, from 6537 to 10,162 Nm/deg. This provides the ideal basis for maximum handling precision. Comfort has also benefited: vibrations and noise in the interior have been considerably reduced.

The roof is no longer spot-welded, but instead connected to the body structure by laser welding ‑ resulting in better surface quality and higher body strength. The flange width was retained, but optimised for the new welding method. For the first time, all the fixed windows are adhesive bonded to the body. This not only increases the torsional rigidity of the body, but also makes the window frames more resistant to corrosion.

Off-road capability was the main focus during further development of the doors. The side and rear doors have a protective foil cladding on the inside, so that no water can enter when fording watercourses. The surfaces of the frame, vehicle floor and body are specially treated to withstand even the most severe influences – whether water, snow, salt or sand.

Sporty and distinctive: the exterior design

Unmistakable design features give the new AMG G 63 its unique appearance: the boxy silhouette, the proud bonnet, external door hinges, round headlamps, mounted direction indicators, robust door handles, muscular protective strips with inserts in high-gloss black with a silver AMG emblem, the exposed spare wheel on the rear door with a stainless steel cover and three-dimensional Mercedes star.

The front section of the G 63 is characterised by the AMG-specific radiator grille and the AMG bumper with large side air inlets and trim in matt iridium silver. The headlamps, indicators and tail lights are in LED High Performance technology as standard. This lighting consumes less energy and has a particularly long service life.

MULTIBEAM LED headlamps are optionally available. These each use 84 individually controlled high-performance LED modules to illuminate the road surface automatically with an extremely bright and precisely directed beam of light, without dazzling other road users. That is because this individual control allows the light distribution of the left and right headlamps to be adapted separately, quickly and dynamically to suit the changing situation on the road. This improves safety for all road users.

With the enhanced fog light function, the MULTIBEAM LED technology also allows the headlamp on the driver’s side to illuminate that side more actively, while masking any rise in the light beam. As a result, the outer half of the road surface is more brightly illuminated and back-glare from the light reflected from the fog is reduced.

New light functions for enhanced safety

Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus also benefits from the performance of MULTIBEAM LED technology: thanks to a larger number of pixels, the dark areas in the light distribution are more precise and dynamic than ever before in partial main-beam mode, and the main beam can be used for longer than before. Once switched on, the system always makes the best possible headlamp range available.

Mercedes-AMG G 63 with further distinctive features

Other characteristics of the G 63 include the flared front and rear wheel arches, which create space for the larger, wider wheels. Running boards as standard, distinctive trim elements on the front and rear bumpers and metallic paintwork as standard round off the exclusive exterior. Other distinguishing features include the "V8 BITURBO" lettering on the front wings and the Mercedes-AMG G 63 model badge on the rear door. Red brake callipers, perforated brake discs and 22-inch wheels available for the first time round off the exterior design.

The G 63 looks particularly striking with the optional AMG Night package. In this case the headlamps, tail lights, indicator lenses, rear window and rear side windows are dark-tinted. The obsidian black paint finish on the exterior mirror housings, the spare wheel ring and the trim in the front and rear bumpers, together with the black-painted underride guard, emphasises the confident appearance which is rounded off by matt-black 21 or 22-inch wheels.

Sporty look with model-specific details: the interior design

The new G 63 has been given a completely newly designed, modern interior that echoes specific exterior features. The shape of the round headlamps is reflected in the side air vents, and that of the indicators in the tweeters on the dashboard. Hallmarks of the G 63 also include the grab handle in front of the front passenger and the chrome-highlighted switches for the three differential locks.

The completely redesigned dashboard has analogue tubes as dial instruments as standard. Optionally the fully digital Widescreen Cockpit with virtual instruments directly in the driver’s field of vision and a central display above the centre console can be ordered. The two 12.3-inch displays visually blend into a single unit beneath a shared glass cover. The driver is able to choose from three different views – "Classic", "Sporty" and "Progressive" – � � � � � � � � and access the required information individually.

The new dimensional concept in the interior benefits all the occupants. The increase in length (+101 millimetres), width (+121 millimetres) and height (+40 millimetres) provides the basis for a significantly more airy and spacious impression than in the previous model.

The rear seats can be folded down in a ratio of 40, 60 or 100 percent. The seats in the G-Class are equipped as standard with numerous convenience functions and are ergonomically designed, thus providing enhanced seating comfort and lateral support. Features include the Memory function for the driver’s seat, seat heating front and rear, as well as luxury head restraints in the front.

This ride comfort can optionally be boosted still further with the Active Multicontour Seat package. In addition to the special multicontour seats, this encompasses such features as various massage functions, climate-controlled seats, and fast seat heating. This variant also offers electrically adjustable lumbar supports for the driver and front passenger. The side sections of the seat cushions and backrests of the active multicontour seats include integrated air chambers that fill or empty continuously depending on the driving dynamics, thus providing better support for the seating positions of driver and front passenger and, for example, offering more lateral support during cornering.

New AMG Performance steering wheel as standard

Extremely sporty design, a grippy shape with a heavily contoured rim and intuitive operation are the key attributes of the new AMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather, which is standard equipment. It has a flattened lower section and is perforated in the grip area. The steering wheel shift paddles are galvanised.

Using the integrated touch control buttons, the functions of the instrument cluster (left) and multimedia system (right) can be intuitively controlled by horizontal and vertical swiping movements of a finger. As in the S-Class, the settings for Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and cruise control are made in the left control panels. The control panels on the right are used to activate the voice control and telephone, and to regulate the sound volume, music selection and other functions of the multimedia system.

Typical AMG V8 exhaust note

The dual-flow exhaust system features side pipes below the rear doors. The twin tailpipes in high-gloss chrome emit the typical AMG V8 sound. The standard exhaust flap can be adjusted in two stages using the switch in the centre console or depending on the selected driving mode, to make the exhaust note more sporty or discreet.

Exclusive "Edition 1" special model at market launch

On market launch the new Mercedes-AMG G 63 will also be available as an exclusive "Edition 1" special model: the combination of equipment details turns the special model into the flagship of the range. The available paint finishes are magnetite black, obsidian black, iridium silver, mojave silver, selenite grey, designo graphite metallic, designo platinum black. designo mystic white bright, designo platinum magno and designo night black magno. As a discreet contrast the sports stripes along the vehicle sides are in matt graphite grey. The exterior mirror housings have a decorative red stripe. The AMG Night package with features in high-gloss black reinforces the muscular impression. The matt black 22-inch forged wheels in a cross-spoke design have red-painted rim flanges.

The red highlights continue in the interior: They can be found on numerous interior features, for example as red contrasting topstitching on the dashboard support, centre console, door panels and rear seats. The front sport seats in black/red pepper nappa leather also show this striking colour. The sport seats feature a dynamic diamond pattern with red contrasting topstitching as standard. The carbon-fibre trim has highlights in red pepper, and the Performance steering wheel in DINAMICA microfibre with a flattened lower section is embellished with red contrasting topstitching and a red 12 o’clock marking.

The new Mercedes-AMG G 63 will celebrate its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show on 6 March 2018 - the sales release date is 18 March 2018 and the market launch begins from June 2018.

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