Mercedes-Benz Reveals the 2013 G-Class: G550 and G63 AMG
JUNE 27, 2012
The G-Class enters its 34th year of production with a host of meaningful revisions inside and out. European buyers can choose one of five variations, including the diesel-powered G350 BlueTec, the short-wheelbase G500 cabriolet, and the range-topping new G65 AMG, which packs a twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12 with a staggering 612 hp. American buyers get the G550 and the fearsome G63 AMG. The former features Mercedes’ normally aspirated 5.5-liter V-8. It’s matched to a 7-speed automatic transmission and is good for a stout 388 hp and 391 ft lbs of torque. The AMG model employs a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 with 544 hp and 560 ft lbs of torque.
Exterior updates for 2013 are limited to LED daytime running lights and new mirrors, but the interior enjoys a significant (and much-needed) update. The gauge cluster now includes a vivid TFT color display between two round dials, and a tablet-style display for the standard COMAND infotainment system dominates the center console, merging navigation, entertainment, and connectivity functions.
Fans of the G-Class will be pleased to note that the 2013 G-Class gives up none of its all-conquering off-road capability. Power still reaches the wheels via solid axles and a full-time four-wheel-drive system with electronically controlled locking front, center, and rear differentials.
The 2013 G550 and G63 AMG reach North American Mercedes-Benz showrooms this August. The company hasn’t released pricing yet, but expect a confident bump from the current base figure of $107,100. Those ready to opt up to the G63 AMG should budget an additional $25,000 or so. (www.mbusa.com)