The Mercedes-Benz G-Class adventure mobile is getting updated for 2016. It begins with a new engine in the G500 that delivers new technology, more power and improved fuel efficiency. The other G-Class models will get updated engines, too, and we can also look forward to a new AMG 463 special edition.
The new engine in the G500 is based off the engine in the AMG GT and the AMG C63 and it is the same engine that was unveiled in the G500 4×4 concept in the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. This redesigned engine will give the G500 a 16 percent increase in power by delivering 422 horsepower using a 4.0-liter direct injection V8 biturbo engine.
According to the European press release by Mercedes, this engine includes a spontaneous response and high tractive power system using two turbochargers that are configured between the cylinder banks in the “hot inside V” formation that allows for optimal performance in a compact design.
Not to be left at the bottom of the mountain, the other G-Class models are receiving improved performance with the base G350d being bumped up from 211 to 245 horsepower, the AMG G63 is going from 536 to 563 horsepower, and the top of the line AMG G65 jumping from 612 to 630 horsepower.
The suspension system on the G-Class is also being improved for a more comfortable and controlled drive coupled with a more sensitive ESP setup that improves stability. The G500 is will offer an optional damping system as well.
Fuel economy wise, the G350 d, G500, and AMG G63 will now come standard with the ECO start/stop system that shuts the engine off when the vehicle is at rest for a prolonged period of time.
In addition all these performance updates, the new G350 and G500 models are now coming standard with restyled bumpers and flared wheel arches. The AMG models are also keeping it real with a plethora of new color options. The G340 is also joining the party with now standard 18-inch wheels.
The AMG 463 special edition is designed to have a sportier appearance than a standard G and will be offered on the basis of the G63 and the G65. It will stand out with a stainless steel underguard, AMG sport stripes along the sides, a protective-strip insert in black aluminium, and exclusive enormous 21-inch forged wheels. The inside will also feature a two-tone instrument panel and two-toned seating in leather with contrasting stitching.
High-end adventure awaits as the updated G-Class machines are expected to arrive in the U.S. by November.