A legend updated
Mercedes-benz updates Its g-class off-roader
Mercedes-benz has updated its classic offroader, the G-class, which has been going strong for more than 35 years and is a favourite among Middle East car lovers.
Mercedes says that the G-class models, G 500 and G 63, offer up to 16 per cent more power with the added benefit of lower fuel consumption. The range includes the G 500 with a new 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine. The brand adds that a new suspension setup, together with more sensitive ESP control results in increased driving stability, safety and road comfort. The exterior and interior have also been given an upgrade. And an AMG special edition is also in the works.
The new powerplant is based on the new generation of Mercedes-amg V8 engines that have already seen use in the MercedesAMG GT and Mercedes-amg C 63. For use in the G-class, the V8 has been modified to deliver 422 hp with torque of 610 Nm.
“The G-class always wants to get ahead. With its peerless characteristics, proven technology, unsurpassed driving comfort and excellent functionality, the G-class is a clear icon in the segment of true off-roaders. The new model will be highly welcomed by car enthusiasts in the Middle East as the G-class offers them what they are always looking for - the best or nothing,” said Dirk Fetzer, director of sales & marketing at Daimler Middle East & Levant.
Both the G 500 and Mercedes-amg G 63 are equipped as standard with an ECO start/ stop function that reduces fuel consumption and emissions by switching off the engine when the vehicle is at rest.
As is typical of the G-class, the new models retain the familiar sturdy basis of body and ladder-type frame, which still offers generous reserves to cope with the increased power. Also retained is strong offroad performance with permanent all-wheel drive, low-range gearbox and three differential locks that can be engaged or disengaged while on the move.
The standard suspension setup has been revised with optimised shock absorbers for improved control of body movements and even greater on-road ride comfort.