Mercedes Benz’s trusted G-Wagon has received a few updates to make the old-school SUV a more modern machine.
The biggest changes come with the AMG model – or rather AMG models. The G55 AMG will be replaced by a G63 AMG and G65 AMG – meaning the 5.4-litre supercharged V8 engine and five-speed automatic transmission will finally be consigned to the history books. The G63 AMG will make use of AMG’s 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 engine producing 544hp and 760Nm (560lb ft) of torque, and sends its power through a 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic transmission. It also gets Mercedes Benz's ECO stop/start function.
The biggest surprise is indeed the introduction of the V12-engined G65 AMG, making it only the third ever mass-produced SUV with a V12 engine – others are the Lamborghini LM002 and Audi Q7 V12 TDI. Its engine is the same twin-turbo 6.0-litre unit found in other 65 AMGs, producing an impressive 612hp and 1,000Nm (737lb ft) of torque.
Other models are the G350 BlueTEC diesel, and G500. These models continue with the same engines found in the current version, a 3.0-litre V6 diesel producing 211hp and 540Nm (398lb ft), and a naturally aspirated 5.5-litre petrol V8 with 388hp and 530Nm (390lb ft) of torque.
Exterior changes will include new LED lights and side mirrors, while the AMG models will have a different radiator grille and bumper, as well as large air intakes. Optional 20-inch wheels will also be made available for the rest of the range. Interior updates include a new steering wheel, a new gear selector, as well as a more modern-looking centre console and instrument panel.
The new G-Wagon can be bought as of June this year, with prices starting at; €85,311 for the G350 BlueTEC, €99,948 for the G500, €100,900 for the G500 Cabriolet, €137,504 for the G63 AMG, and €264,180 for the G65 AMG.