Mercedes has prematurely revealed a facelifted G-class prior to its debut at the Beijing motor show
26 March 2012

A lightly facelifted version of the Mercedes G-class has been prematurely revealed. The 33-year-old G-class will receive its planned public premiere at next month’s Beijing motor show.

The reworked version of the German car maker’s iconic SUV, scheduled for a June launch, can be seen here pictured in the background of an official photograph of the facelifted Mercedes GLK posted on the carmaker's media website.

Among the subtle changes made to the G-class’s classic square rigged exterior is restyled grille, new headlamp inserts featuring LED daytime running lights and redesigned mirror housings.

Not seen in this picture but also evident in recent scoop pictures of G-class prototypes testing on public roads are altered tail lamps graphics and a new line of alloy wheels.

The G55 AMG’s 12-year-old 500bhp supercharged 5.4-litre V8 will makes way for a 536bhp version of AMG’s contemporary twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 in a new G63 AMG.

The big news surrounds the addition of a rapid new G65 AMG. It features the same twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 recently confirmed for the SL65 AMG. With 621bhp and a sturdy 737lb ft of torque, it is claimed to propel the 2500kg plus G65 AMG from 0-62mph in just 5.2sec on the way to a limited 155mph top speed. The G65 AMG will be the first G-class model to receive V12 power.

The new AMG models will receive different front end styling to the standard G-class model pictured here, with a deeper front bumper housing large air ducts for more efficient engine cooling. Other performance tweaks including larger brakes brought over from the recently introduced ML63 AMG. It is unclear whether the AMG models feature the extravagant side-exit exhaust pipes used on the G55 AMG.

In a move that promises substantial fuel savings, all new G-class models will be equipped with Mercedes’ seven-speed 7G-tronic gearbox in place of the five-speed 5G-Tronic unit. The G63 AMG will offer a stop/start function and brake energy recuperation.

The G-class continues to carry the internal codename W463 and will be produced at Magna Steyr in Austria. It will carry a revised instrument pack sourced from the third-generation M-class together. A 4.5 inch colour monitor and the latest Command system incorporating internet based functions will be featured.

The revised G-class will continue to be offered with the choice of two different wheelbases: 2400mm in standard guise and 2850mm in long-wheelbase form.

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26 March 2012

[quote Autocar]The big news surrounds the addition of a rapid new G65 AMG[/quote]

This just made me laugh out loud, how wonderfully pointless! I also love how Autocar describe the collosal 737 lb/ft of torque as 'sturdy'. That must be an absolute hoot to drive.

The eco tweaks take the prize for being properly pointless, though. It's like refusing your 6th 16" stuffed crust pizza by saying you're on a diet.


26 March 2012

This has cheered me up no end. Who says the Germans don't have a sense of humour...?

I've always had a soft spot for the old G-class (G-wagen). A V12 sounds suitably over-the-top - well done Merc, the world would be a duller place without it!


26 March 2012

Finally who are looking for a V12 G class doesn't have to go to Brabus even if the 800 Widestar has still a decent power advantage and promises 4 dead for the 0-62...

I love the G class but in a version that can properly go off road like the older edition PUR or the new G 300 CDI Professional.

26 March 2012

Excessive magnificence! Where would we be without it? What an over the top yet brilliant car!

289

26 March 2012

ooooh yes please.

Dark green with Tan leather interior SWB please...dont need the V12, I'll take a V8 thanks.

This is sooo politically incorrect, it makes my mouth water.

I have always loved G Wagens.

Wonderful

26 March 2012

I want one.. I didn't see any mention of price, but I'm guessing it's going to be really expensive.

I'd quite happy have the V8 also. These cars just have a massive presence!

26 March 2012

This latest version is the most perfect yet given that the idea for the G-Wagen is said to have come from the Shah of Iran, an unpleasant and anachronistic figure who grew rich on the back of others, thought the oil would never run out, lacked any kind of moral compass and spent a fortune acquiring pointlessly expensive baubles for himself while caring not at all for his fellow countrymen.

26 March 2012

[quote Autocar]A lightly facelifted version of the Mercedes G-class has been prematurely revealed. The 33-year-old G-class will receive its planned public premiere at next month’s Beijing motor show.

The reworked version of the German car maker’s iconic SUV, scheduled for a June launch, can be seen here pictured in the background of an official photograph o... Read the full article[/quote] Ah so!!, pandering to thee best market then?

Peter Cavellini.

26 March 2012

I went to visit a friend in Moscow a couple of years ago... seems the 'G' is the car of choice for the wealthy Russian. Saw loads of them - mostly black and badged BRABUS.

26 March 2012

[quote Stotty]BRABUS[/quote]

Which by a strange quirk is the phonetic Russian for kidnap-me.

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