Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the performance variant of the new G-Class. The new Mercedes-AMG G 63 has undergone the greatest change in its history and will celebrate its world premiere at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The luxury SUV’s market launch begins from June 2018.
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New G 63 is now faster and efficient
Power for the new G63 comes from a 4.0 litre V8 biturbo engine which produces 585 hp and delivers a maximum torque of 850 Nm. This huge SUV can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds. It can reach a limited maximum speed of 220 km/h. This figure can be taken to 240 km/h with the AMG Driver‘s package.
Mercedes-Benz has also managed to make the new G63 more efficient. The V8 engine is equipped with the AMG Cylinder Management cylinder deactivation system. This motor is mated to the AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission which has a model-specific software application to achieve very short shift times.
More dynamic and agile
The new G63 comes with the AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive as standard. It features rear-biased torque distribution with a front/rear split of 40 to 60 percent. The off-road reduction gear has been developed further for operations on difficult terrain.
The suspension system of the new G63 SUV has been completely redesigned by Mercedes-AMG and features coil springs all-round. The AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension with adaptive adjustable damping is standard equipment. Also for the first time, the front axle has an independent, double wishbone suspension while a rigid axle with a five-link suspension is used at the rear.
The electromechanical speed-sensitive steering installed in the G 63 for the first time has a variable ratio to ensure precise and authentic feedback. Another first 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.
Using the DYNAMIC SELECT the driver can select between on-road modes – Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual and off-road modes – Sand, Trail and Rock. The driver also has the option of pressing the “M” button to switch directly to manual mode, in which gearshifts are executed using the shift paddles on the steering wheel.
The new G63 is ready to be driven anywhere
The new G63 is quite capable off-road too, thanks to its torsionally rigid ladder-type frame which is made of high-strength steel and the body of composite construction. As the lowest point of this construction, the frame ensures a low centre of gravity and protects the major assemblies such as the fuel tank and exhaust system during ground contact when driving over obstacles.
The engineers have been able to reduce the weight of the body by using latest digital prototype and simulation software to develop components and assemblies where lighter materials could be used without compromising durability, operating life and quality.
Now lighter and more rigid
The body shell of the new Mercedes-AMG G 63 is made from various grades of steel. The wings, bonnet and doors are made of aluminium. The A and B-pillars are made of high-strength steel in view of their load-bearing function. The torsional rigidity of the frame, body shell and body mounts have increased by around 55 percent compared to the previous model.
The roof of the new G63 is no longer spot-welded but instead connected to the body structure by laser welding. The side and rear doors have a protective foil cladding on the inside so that no water can enter when fording watercourses. Also, for the first time, all the fixed windows are adhesive bonded to the body.
Looks same but is different
The new AMG G 63 continues to retain its unmistakable silhouette. It features 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 consists of 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 while MULTIBEAM LED headlamps with Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus are available as an option.
Other characteristics of the G 63 include the flared front and rear wheel arches, which create space for the larger and wider wheels. It also gets distinctive trim elements on the front and rear bumpers, “V8 BITURBO” lettering on the front wings and the Mercedes-AMG G 63 model badge on the rear door.
The sporty look of the SUV is further enhanced by red brake callipers and perforated brake discs. Also for the first time, the G63 is available with 22-inch alloy wheels. The running boards and the metallic paintwork as standard round off the exclusive exterior.
AMG Night package enhances the look further
The G 63 looks striking with the optional AMG Night package. In this variant 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 under-ride guard, emphasises the confident appearance which is rounded off by matt-black 21 or 22-inch wheels.
Gets a completely newly designed interior
The latest Mercedes-AMG G 63 has been given a completely redesigned, modern interior. It features the shape of the round headlamps in the side air vents and that of the indicators in the tweeters on the dashboard. The grab handle in front of the front passenger and the chrome-highlighted switches for the three differential locks are the hallmarks of the G 63 which are also included in the new model.
The dashboard had been newly designed and has analogue tubes as dial instruments as standard. It can also be ordered with the optional Widescreen Cockpit with virtual instruments and a central display above the centre console. 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 rear seats can now be folded down in a ratio of 40, 60 or 100 percent. The driver seat includes Memory function while all seats get the heating function. Luxury head restraints are also available on the front. This ride comfort can optionally be boosted still further with the Active Multicontour Seat package.
The 2019 Mercedes-AMG G 63 is equipped with the new AMG Performance steering wheel which is wrapped in Nappa leather. It has a flattened lower section and is perforated in the grip area. The steering wheel shift paddles are galvanised. The DIRECT SELECT lever has been repositioned as a steering column stalk.
Mercedes-AMG G 63 Edition 1 special model
At the time of the launch, new Mercedes-AMG G 63 will also be available as an exclusive Edition 1 special model. It will be offered in 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 shades.
The sports stripes along the vehicle sides will be finished in matt graphite grey. 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 as well. They can be found 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 as well. The AMG Performance steering wheel in DINAMICA microfibre with a flattened lower section is embellished with red contrasting topstitching and a red 12 o’clock marking.