New 2018 Mercedes-AMG G 63: first images and details

The new Mercedes-AMG G 63 gets 576bhp, and will do 0-62mph in just 4.5 seconds.

The Mercedes G-Wagen has become known for its high-performance variant as much as any off-roading ability in recent years – and now Mercedes has released the first images and details on the new generation of the brutish V8 SUV, the AMG G 63.

The new G 63 gets AMG’s latest 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine, producing 576bhp and 850Nm. That’s enough to take the brick-shaped G-Class from 0-62mph in just 4.5 seconds (almost a second less than the outgoing G 63) – and on to a top speed of 137mph, or 149mph if you choose the optional AMG Driver’s Package.

As with the E 63, the V8 engine also gets cylinder deactivation. This helps the newly re-engineered G 63 – which boasts 4MATIC four-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic gearbox as standard – to combined fuel economy of 21.4mpg, and CO2 emissions of 299g/km.

The overall silhouette of the G 63 has changed little – because Mercedes spent much of the regular G-Class’s development period working out how to keep its distinctive shape while still modernising the vehicle. The car in Merc’s initial images features a chrome bumper guard that won’t be offered in the UK; however, the rest of the package, which includes flared wheelarches, wheel sizes of up to 22 inches, running boards and standard metallic paint, will all be available to British customers.

The G 63’s cabin gets a distinctive grab handle on the glovebox for the front passenger and chrome highlights on elements like the switch that operates the differential locks. The G 63 features an analogue instrument cluster as standard, but as an option, the car can be ordered with Merc’s latest widescreen combination, which mixes fully digital dials with a large central infotainment display.

 

The interior also includes an AMG sports steering wheel and a control for the standard two-stage exhaust system, allowing the occupants to increase the noise allowed through to the cabin from the V8 motor.

The G 63 is due in UK dealers in the second half of this year, following its public debut at the Geneva motor show; indeed, it will be the first of the new-spec G-Class models to be offered to British customers. There’s no indication on pricing yet but we’d expect a modest increase over the old car; that could give the G 63 a starting figure just north of £140,000.

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