Daimler’s subsidiary Mercedes-Benz has announced to launch the new and face lifted G-Class, which the press in Germany has dubbed the “German-American SUV” for its size and power, this autumn. According to reports, the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class will go into production in the United Kingdom in September.
Big, powerful and comfortable are the adjectives generally used to describe Sport Utility Vehicles. But the face lifted Mercedes G-Class offers even more. It is luxurious while providing excellent off road abilities, maximum safety and a feeling of being on a safari. It also brings with it a sense of nostalgia and history as the G-Class is a true Mercedes original. It is the longest produced model in Mercedes-Benz and Daimler history with a span of 33 years. It was originally built as a military vehicle for an Iranian Shah and then offered as a civilian version in 1979.
Since the late 1970s, the G-Class has been remodelled and face lifted several times. The newest version will now finally hit the market in the UK this autumn. While the SUV kept its trademark features, it has received new standard equipment. The G-Class will come with LED daytime running lights, new 18-inch alloy wheels and parking cameras. It is also equipped with electric folding and heated mirrors as well as heated front and rear leather seats to make the winters more pleasant. And to add some music to the driving fun, it comes with a Harman Kardon audio system.
While the SUV received a new look and new standard equipment, performance and economy figures remain unchanged for the 3.0-litre V6 diesel G350 Bluetec. It produces 208bhp and achieves 25.2mpg on the combined fuel cycle. CO2 emissions are also unchanged at 295 grams per kilometre.
The G-Class G63 AMG, however, has received an update inside out. From September on, the G63 AMG will be available with a tuning arm’s exterior body kit, a redesigned radiator grille, wheel arch extensions, a bespoke sports exhaust system and new 20-inch alloy wheels besides the already mentioned standard equipment. The car’s twin-turbo 5.5-litre V8 engine produces 537bph, an increase of 37bhp compared to its predecessor G55. It boasts 561lb ft of torque, up 44lb ft over the G55. Although the car has more power now it uses 15 per cent less energy and emits 13 per cent less CO2 at 322 g/km.
The two face lifted Mercedes-Benz G-Class models will be available from £82,945 for the entry level G350 Bluetec. The sportier G63 AMG version will hit the market from a whopping £123,115. For more information on new Mercedes-Benz offers, click here.