The new G-Wagen is here, and thanks to its rather unique nature, it still has no rival.
The new G-Wagen has been a substantial step for Mercedes-Benz – after decades of its launch, the G-Wagen has finally entered its second generation. This new model is considerably more modern than its predecessor with new underpinnings, and while the exterior of the car retains the iconic Gelandewagen shape, the interior is spanking new and designed to make it more comfortable for occupants with 150mm of more legroom. Passengers now have a more spacious cabin and better ergonomics. And that massive 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster replaces the analogue instrument cluster of the earlier model. But continuing the legacy of its predecessor, the new G-Wagen sports those front, centre and rear differential lock buttons bang in the middle of the dashboard.
The exterior of the new Gelandewagen looks identical to the previous vehicle apart from new bumpers, lights, 22-inch wheels, plenty of AMG badging and that AMG-exclusive vertical slat grille.
Like earlier, India will get only AMG spec models. Which means that the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class will make its India debut in G63 AMG configuration. Firepower for the new G63 AMG comes from Merc’s new favourite AMG motor, the 4.0 litre, bi-turbo V8 that generates 577bhp and a staggering 850Nm of torque. Power is transmitted via a nine-speed torque converter automatic to all four corners via Mercedes’ 4Matic four-wheel drive system that can now send as much as 60 per cent power to the back wheels if needed. Combine this with the fact that the new car is 175kg lighter than the earlier model, and you have a car that can go from standstill to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and onwards to an electronically limited top speed of 220 km/h. However, if you opt for the AMG Driver’s package, the top-speed is raised to 240 km/h.
But that shouldn’t be all that scary considering that the G-Class has a lower centre of gravity now and a new electromechanical power steering setup, both of which are designed to improve on and off-road drive dynamics of the SUV.
Priced at Rs 2.19 crore (Ex-Showroom, India), the G-Wagen continues to hold onto its unique nature without any rivals in sight.