The G-Class has tugged hearts of millions of people across the globe with a lot of celebrities making the wagon their preferred pick. Right from Sylvester Stallone, Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dan Bilzerian to our very own Ranbir Kapoor, you name them, and they probably have one in their garage. What makes the old-school G-Wagon so popular among the wide spectre of audience across the globe? It’s the old school styling, the unmistakably huge stature, raw power and a distinct look that makes it stand out in crowd like nothing else.
The new Mercedes-AMG G63 AMG is priced at Rs. 2.19 crore (ex-showroom, India), has an increased performance thanks to its reinvented chassis and an enormous V8 engine, while being properly retro wth its cinder-block design. The overall design of the new G63 looks so cuboid, that it is makes you to make a straight link of a big metal box on wheels, period. Apart from the fact of the boxy looks, it’s so capable on and off the road that it will beat the heat out of most of the SUVs currently on road. And yes, it’s no overstatement.
It gets three options for a differential lock and gets compulsory four-wheel drive system with an integrated low range gearbox. Under the hood of this mammoth sits an equally powerful hooligan; the tried and tested 4.0-litre bi-turbo AMG V8 is something we’ve already seen in other AMG maniacs including the GT R and C 63 S. The engine gets two twin-scroll turbochargers that helps the beast churn out a hefty 585bhp and a mind numbing 850Nm of torque which is 33bhp and 90Nm more than what the older 5.5-litre biturbo V8 manged to eke out.
This G63 is mated to a brand new 9-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The G-Wagon weights about 2.6 ton, make no mistake, not in the wildest of your dreams to consider this car as a slow footed one; this AMG can lift its skirt and sprint from the 0-100 kmph in just 4.5 seconds, which is 0.9 seconds quicker than the model it replaces. The top speed of this G63 is electronically limited to 220kmph, giving you some serious speed for life. And if at all, you are not satisfied with it, Mercedes will allow to remove the restrictor, which takes its top speed up to 240kmph!
The G-Wagon is equipped with five road driving modes – Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual; and three off-road modes – Sand, Trail and Rock. This newer version is more fuel efficient while being more powerful by quite a margin. How did Mercedes manage to do that? Simple! They used the principle of cylinder deactivation. Under part throttle conditions, the V8 is capable of shutting down four of its eight cylinders. Fuel efficiency is the last question you will ask about this car, and if that is your priority, the car will itself scowl and say, “Tu rehne de.” Still if you want the numbers, the new G63 gives 7.5kmpl according to EU ratings, which is a notch better than its predecessor’s 7.25 kmpl. As with the previous version, India will get only the G63 and not the standard V8 powered G500 petrol or the V6 powered diesel.
The headlamps and tail lamps are all-LED. With a focus on enhanced agility, both on the road and off it, the G 63 also gets a heavily redesigned suspension with coil springs all around. Mercedes claims that for the first time the front axle comes with an independent, double-wishbone suspension. A rigid axle with a five-link suspension is used at the rear.
The new G63 comes with a completely revised cabin which is on par with other Mercedes offerings. Particularly, some elements are nod to the external design. For ex., the circular AC vents housed within block-sized metal are inspired by the round LED headlamps. The dash-mounted speakers resemble the top-mounted indicators. Mercedes-Benz India offers twin 12.3-inch digital displays on the G63 instead of the standard circular and analogue instrument cluster, which looks cool.
The car comes with nine airbags, active brake assist and lane keeping assistance as standard. The optional driving assistance pack adds adaptive cruise control and a blind spot monitoring system. At Rs 2.19 crore (ex-showroom, India), it surely costs a premium. At similar price, Lamborgini offers the Urus, Maserati the Levante and Landd Rover the Range Rover Sport SVR. But character and old school charm of the G-Wagon is next to none.