The classic off-roader of Mercedes-Benz is beginning a new chapter of its success story which spans more than 35 years. With its continuously improved technology and high-class equipment specification, this cult all-terrain vehicle has consistently satisfied the highest expectations of off-road fans. True to this tradition, a new 4-liter directly injected V8 bi-turbo engine already unveiled in the G500 4×4 show car is now celebrating its world premiere in the G-Class.
The new 8-cylinder powerplant in the G500 can point to an exclusive heritage. It is based on the new generation of Mercedes-AMG V8 engines that have coaxed exceptional levels of performance out of the Mercedes-AMG GT and Mercedes-AMG C63. For use in the G-Class, the V8 has been modified to deliver 310 kW (422 hp) with torque of 610 Nm. Other standout attributes include spontaneous response and high-tractive power that are made possible, for example, by two turbochargers, which instead of being configured on the outside of the cylinder banks are arranged between them in the V – the so-called “hot inside V.” This layout allows a compact design, optimal response and low exhaust emissions. High efficiency is ensured by Mercedes-Benz’s use of piezo direct petrol injection with spray-guided combustion. Maximum strength with lowest possible weight is guaranteed by the aluminum crankcase of the V8 engine. The cylinder bore surfaces feature Daimler’s NANOSLIDE technology, which makes them twice as hard as conventional cast-iron linings. This minimizes both internal friction and fuel demand.
More power, lower fuel consumption
The engines of the other G-Class models have likewise been further developed and improved in the interests of superior tractive power and optimized fuel economy: The G350d benefits from a hike in output from 155 kW (211 hp) to 180 kW (245 hp), with its torque climbing from 540 to 600 Nm; The AMG G 63 now delivers 420 kW (571 hp) (or an extra 20 kW or27 hp) with torque of 760 Nm; Instead of 450 kW (612 hp), the 12-cylinder powerplant in the AMG G 65 now puts out 463 kW (630 hp) with torque of 1,000 Nm.
The G350d, G500 and AMG G 63are equipped as standard with an ECO start/stop function that reduces fuel consumption and emissions by switching off the engine when the vehicle is at rest, particularly during traffic jams or at intersections that have traffic lights.
As is typical of the G-Class, the new models retain the familiar sturdy basis of body and ladder-type frame, which still offers generous reserves to cope with the increased power. Also retained is the unrivalled off-road performance with permanent all-wheel drive, low-range gearbox and three differential locks that can be engaged/disengaged while on the move.
The standard suspension setup has been revised with optimized shock absorbers for improved control of body movements and even greater on-road ride comfort. An adapted electronic stability program setup makes for enhanced driving dynamics with increased driving stability and road safety. Optimizations to anti-slip regulation and anti-lock brakes result in improved traction while shortening the stopping distance when braking.
In addition, the G500 is optionally available with a new adaptive damping system with Sport and Comfort modes. This provides a significantly more agile on-road performance in Sport mode with undiminished off-road capability while at the same time reducing the typical SUV roll on corners.
Enhanced inside and out
Visually, the new G350d and G500 models are especially easy to identify by their restyled bumpers and now standard AMG flared wheel arches that has the same color as the vehicle. Five-inch light-alloy wheels are standard for the G350d.
Inside, the G35 d and G500 feature an eye-catching instrument cluster in two-tube look with 11.4-centimeter multifunction display and redesigned pointers and dials. The two AMG models also sport a redesigned instrument cluster.
New choice of colors
A new color package is available for customers wishing to give their AMG G-Class an even more personal look. There are exclusive exterior paint finishes in solar beam, tomato red, alien green, sunset beam and galactic beam. Detachable parts such as mirrors, front and rear bumpers, wheel arch extensions, the ring around the spare wheel cover as well as the roof are painted in obsidian black. The interior topstitching is color-matched to the paintwork.