Mercedes-Benz has beefed up its G-Class models, which now offer up to 16 percent more power and up to 17 percent lower fuel consumption. The G 350 diesel V6 has a new improved performance of 180 kW power output from the previous 155 kW while the torque climbed from 540 to 600 Nm. The G 350 d now accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.8 seconds instead of the previous 9.1 seconds. The combined NEDC consumption drops from 11.2 litres per 100 kilometres to 9.9 l/100 km. The AMG G 63 V8 also has a new improved performance of 420 kW from the previous 420 kW with torque of 760 Nm. There is also a new EDITION 463 special model, which is simply the G 63 V8 with a different sporty look. The EDITION 463 has an exquisite interior specification that includes a two-tone instrument panel, two-tone seats in high-quality design leather with 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 G 350 d and the 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 in a traffic jam or at traffic lights. A new suspension set-up, 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. 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 the unrivalled off-road performance with permanent all-wheel drive, low-range gearbox and three differential locks that can be engaged/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. An adapted ESP setup makes enhanced driving dynamics possible and, as a result, increased driving stability and road safety. Optimisations to ASR and ABS result in improved traction while shortening the stopping distance when braking. The front-axle load capacity has been raised by 100 kg to 1550 kg. As already familiar from the AMG variant, the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission in the G 350 d model now also features a manual transmission mode. This mode, which can be conveniently activated by pressing the “M” button, allows the driver to savour the high available torque and to use the steering-wheel shift paddles to decide just when to change gear. Visually, the new G 350 d is especially easy to identify by its restyled bumpers and now standard flared wheel arches in the vehicle colour. The G 350 d now also comes as standard with 45.7 cm five-spoke light-alloy wheels. On the inside, the G 350 d features an eye-catching instrument cluster in two-tube look with 11.4 cm multifunction display and redesigned pointers and dials. The Mercedes-AMG 63 also sports a redesigned instrument cluster. On the outside, a stainless steel under guard, AMG sport stripes along the sides and a protective-strip insert in black aluminium look underscore both the dynamics and exclusivity of the special model. The G 63 is fitted with exclusive 53.3 cm 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels in matt black with high-sheen spokes and 295/40 R 21 wide-base tyres. The price for the G 350 diesel V6 starts at N$1,418 million while the AMG G 63 V8 starts at N$2,156 million. The Edition 463 V8 is N$2,156 million plus an additional N$152,000.
New Era Reporter
2015-09-24 11:43:17 3 years ago