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Mercedes updates iconic G-Class

THERE is a bit of a trend in the automotive industry where manufacturers keep old models alive, because we humans are sentimental beings… the first generation VW Golf locally, the original Beetle in Brazil and the first Mini over in the UK. Mercedes has thankfully done the same with its go-anywhere G-Class, which it has recently updated.

So what’s new?

The range looks different, too, with models like the G-350d and G-500 with restyled bumpers and flared wheel arches in the vehicle colour. The G-350d now also comes as standard with 18-inch five-spoke light-alloy wheels.

The range also benefits from a revised suspension setup and an improved Electronic Stability Programme (ESP).

Inside, both the G-350d and G-500 feature an updated instrument cluster in a two-tube look, with11.4cm multifunction display and redesigned pointers and dials. The two AMG models, too, sport a redesigned instrument cluster.

New and updated engines

The range now includes more efficient engines; in fact, the German marque claim a 16 percent increase in power and a 17 percent improvement in fuel economy.

The G-500 model now also gets the smaller 4.0-litre turbo V8 from the C-63 for improved efficiency and performance. In the G-500 this motor produces 310kW/610Nm, which is a power and torque improvement over the existing 5.5-litre V8 model. The model will get to 100km/h in 5.8 seconds, which is a good shuffle for such a big beast.

The new G-350d gets a power hike to 180kW/600Nm and can sprint from 0-100km/h in 8.8 seconds while consuming a claimed to 9.9 litres/100 km. The AMG models also get more fire power with the G-63 getting 420kW/760Nm and the monstrous AMG G-65 now has 463kW/1000Nm.

Special AMG Edition 463

There is also a new special Edition 463 model available in the Mercedes-AMG G-63 and G-65 models. The special model gets a two-tone instrument panel, two-tone seats in Designo leatherwith side bolsters in carbon-look leather and contrasting topstitching, seat and door centre panels in a diamond look, carbon-fibre trim and door pulls in nappa leather.

The exterior includes a stainless steel under-guard, AMG sport stripes along the sides and a protective-strip insert in black aluminium. The G-63 is fitted with 21-inch five-twin-spoke light alloy wheels in matte black.

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