The present Mercedes-Benz G-Class (W463) was launched in January 2018 and as its third-year anniversary approaches, two camouflaged prototypes of the AMG variant have been caught testing on public roads by our spy photographers.
Judging from the side-mounted exhaust pipes and the large physique package, this have to be the efficiency flagship of the vary – the Mercedes-AMG G63. Whereas camouflage is masking many of the physique panels, leaving solely the doorways uncovered, design adjustments seem like minimal with the G-Class retaining its signature boxy form.
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On the entrance, the refreshed mannequin may get a redesigned grille and barely completely different bumper intakes, along with up to date graphics on the spherical headlights. The profile will probably stay similar except for new wheel designs and colours, whereas on the again we should always count on a barely completely different bumper.
Inside, we should always count on the newest model of the MBUX infotainment, Mercedes’ new steering wheel design, new trim choices, and probably extra ADAS programs with the intention to sustain with the competitors within the luxurious section. Nonetheless, the truth that the dashboard on the prototypes was lined, may imply that Mercedes is getting ready extra vital adjustments.
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When it comes to powertrains, Mercedes will hold updating their present lineup for a number of extra years and so long as they will adjust to emission laws in sure markets. The prototypes didn’t have any hybrid stickers, that means that the G63 will probably stay non-electrified. The present mannequin is fitted with the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine, producing 577 hp (430 kW / 585 PS) and 627lb-ft (850 Nm) of torque, mated to a 9-speed computerized transmission.
The facelift of the G-Wagen may come along with the manufacturing model of the totally electrical EQG idea that debuted final September. This one will retain the off-road credentials of the ICE-powered G-Class since it is going to be based mostly on the identical ladder body. Mercedes has confirmed that the battery will likely be built-in inside the body for a low heart of gravity whereas 4 individually controllable electrical motors will present the EQG with “huge pulling energy”.
The debut of the facelifted G-Wagen is predicted in late 2022 or early 2023, marking 4 years after the introduction of the present mannequin. Previous to that, we should always count on the debut of the off-road-focused Mercedes-AMG G-Class 4×4² variant which has been spied a number of occasions previously 12 months that includes portal axles, large floor clearance, and chunkier tires.