Mercedes-Benz has taken the wraps off the refreshed G-Class family. While not available in South Africa, the most important improvement goes for the G500 version that receives the new 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 engine of the company that also powers the G500 4×4² concept.
SA sources its G-Class on the back of Australia, which orders the normally left-hand-drive (LHD) cars as right-hand-drive (RHD) models for its military operations. So for now, we are not sure if there will be a local allocation or not.
The G-Class features four models: G 350 d, G 500, G 63 AMG and G 65 AMG. A high-performance AMG G 65 version, packs a hearty V12 engine with 630 horsepower and massive pound feet of torque that promises a 0-60 mph sprint in 5.3 seconds; an unimaginable feat, considering the size of the vehicle. The base G 500 version features a new 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 engine that generates 422 horsepower, with the V8 in the sporty G 33 putting 571 horsepower onto the tar.
The exterior has received some tweaking; with the faces having been lifted on the front bumpers, giving them a new look. The arches are now colour-coded and sourced from AMG. The G 350 d has 18-inch standard wheels. The G-Class features some exclusive exterior paint colours, ranging from one called “tomato red” and another colour named “alien green”.
The G-Class comes packed with the usual technology you’d expect to find in a vehicle of this calibre, including a new 11.4cm multifunction display unit and redesigned dials. The interior specification, according to reports; includes a “two-tone instrument panel, two-tone leather seats with side bolsters in carbon-look leather and contrasting topstitching, seat and door centre panels in a diamond design, carbon-fibre trim and door pulls in Napa leather.”
Prices were not announced at the European launch, but in South Africa, the cheapest model is the 135kW G 300 CDI, coming in just a shade over R1-million, while the range-topping G 63 AMG (there’s no G 65 AMG available locally) will set you back R2.1-million with no extras.