Iconic Mercedes G-class gains further momentum

BY CHARL BOSCH - SEPTEMBER 22, 2015

Having posted commendable sales since its return to South Africa four years ago, Mercedes-Benz has given its iconic G-class a number of revisions, as well as a re-shuffling of models.

Now comprising of only three models versus the previous four, external changes are minimal with the G350d benefitting from a restyled front bumper, colour coded flared wheel arches and standard 18-inch alloy wheels, while the performance AMG remains mostly unchanged.

Inside, the entire range comes fitted as standard with Benz’s free standing touchscreen infotainment display with the AMG also featuring a redesigned instrument cluster.

Underneath the skin, the G retains its trademark three diff-lock setup and ladder frame chassis, but comes fitted with a revised suspension and reprogrammed Electronic Stability Programme to better counter body roll.

Model-wise, the dedicated off-road G300 CDI Professional and G500 petrol have both been dropped with the previous mid-range G350 CDI BlueTEC, now simply known as the G350d, coming in as the base G-class.

Powered once again by a 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine, the amount of twist has been hiked from 155 kW and 540 N.m of torque, to 180 kW and 600 N.m of torque. As before, Benz’s 7G-tronic automatic will be the only transmission offered with a manual mode now being fitted for the first time. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 9.9 L/100 km from the previous 11.2 L/100 km.

Sitting at the top of the range, the AMG-G63 retains its predecessor’s 5.4-litre bi-turbo V8, but with a 20 kW power increase to 420 kW with torque remaining unchanged at 760 N.m. Top speed is rated at 210 km/h with 0-100 km/h taking 5.4 secs. Combined fuel consumption comes in at 13.8 L/100 km.

Completing the line-up, the AMG can also be have in limited run Edition 463 guise, which mainly adds a number of cosmetic trim pieces and standard kit.

Referring to the G’s internal model code, these add-ons include revised interior trim, carbon fibre seats inserts and door pulls, body colour matching stitched interior trim, 21-inch light alloy wheels finished in matte black and a stainless steel engine brush plate.

 

PRICING

MODEL POWER PRICE
G350d 180 kW / 600 N.m R1 418 000
AMG-G63 420 kW / 760 N.m R2 166 000
AMG-G63 Edition 463 420 kW / 760 N.m R2 301 000