Own Correspondent
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30 Sep 2015
8:00 pm

Mighty Mercedes G-Class wagons

Own Correspondent

All Mercedes-Benz G-Class models now offer up to 16% more power and up to 17% lower fuel consumption.

The range includes the G 350 d, the Mercedes-AMG G 63 and the exclusive AMG Edition 463. The G 350 d benefits from a hike in output from 155kW to 180kW, with its torque climbing from 540Nm to 600Nm. The G 350 d now accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 8.8 seconds instead of the previous 9.1 seconds.

The AMG G 63 now delivers 420kW instead of 400kW, with torque of 760Nm. 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.

Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Picture: Supplied

Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Picture: Supplied

The standard suspension setup has been revised with optimised shock absorbers for improved control of body movements and even greater on-road ride comfort. An adapted ESP setup makes enhanced driving dynamics possible and, as a result, increased driving stability and road safety. Optimisations to ASR and ABS result in improved traction while shortening the stopping distance when braking. The front-axle load capacity has been raised by 100kg to 1550kg. As already familiar from the AMG variant, the 7G-Tronic plus automatic transmission in the G 350 d model now also features a manual transmission mode. This mode, which can be conveniently activated by pressing the “M” button, allows the driver to savour the high available torque and to use the steering-wheel shift paddles to decide just when to change gear.

Enhanced inside and out, the G 350 d is especially easy to identify by its restyled bumpers and now standard flared wheel arches in the vehicle colour. The G 350 d now also comes as standard with 45.7cm five-spoke light-alloy wheels. On the inside, the G 350 d features an eye-catching instrument cluster in two-tube look with 11.4cm multifunction display and redesigned pointers and dials. The Mercedes-AMG 63 aslo sports a redesigned instrument cluster.

With the new Edition 463 special model, Mercedes-AMG is giving the G 63 an impressive sporty look. The interior specification includes a two-tone instrument panel, two-tone seats in high-quality leather with side bolsters in carbon-look leather and contrasting topstitching.