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Mercedes-benz up­dates Its g-class off-roader

Virtuozity - - Auto News -

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.

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