2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 Lands: 430kW, Due Q3

by under News on 14 Feb 2018 01:44:02 PM14 Feb 2018

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2019 Mercedes-AMG G63

Affalterbach’s prodigal automotive nutters, Mercedes-AMG, have pulled the tarpaulin off its penultimate off-roader, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63, which aims to offer the perfect blend of on-road presence and off-road capability, even if the latter aspect will never really be explored.

It carries with it all the benefits of the all-new G-Class which was launched almost exactly a month ago. As such, the G63 benefits from an all-new construction that blends a multitude of metals and alloys together resulting in a 55% stronger structure. Further, the G63 is now larger than the outgoing model: It’s 101mm longer, 121mm wider, and 40mm taller. 

2019 Mercedes-AMG G63

Most importantly, the G63 gets an all-new engine. Under the bonnet you’ll find a 4.0-litre biturbo V8, which places its two turbochargers inside the V of the engine, which works to produce an immense 430kW and 850Nm. This means that the G63 can do the century sprint in an little as 4.5-seconds, to a top speed of up to 240km/h. And if it matters to you, it also features cylinder deactivation, contributing to the (claimed) fuel consumption of 13.2L/100km.

The power goes to all-four wheels via a 9-speed automatic gearbox, which also allows for multiple downshifts for “more spontaneous bursts of speed.” Unique to the AMG-fettled G are the side-exit exhausts, and the enormous alloy wheels (which can be specced up to 22-inch units), and the Panamericana grille up front that’s been lifted straight off of AMG’s other performance cars. 

2019 Mercedes-AMG G63
“The new AMG G63 brings driving performance to the segment of unadulterated off-road vehicles in unexpected form. It was important for us to tie in with the original character on account of the cult status the G 63 enjoys with our customers and fans. The vehicle has nevertheless reached a completely new dimension in terms of technology with the 4.0‑litre V8 biturbo engine as well as in combination with the off-road characteristics, the agility and the vehicle dynamics achieved. This applies to the entire G-Class model series. Mercedes-AMG is responsible for their suspension and chassis development, as well as V8 competence.” — Tobias Moers, CEO, Mercedes-AMG GmbH
2019 Mercedes-AMG G63

Off-road capability has not been compromised too much, with the G63 retaining the off-road reduction gear to help with low-traction launches, as well as the low-range gearbox which can be switched in or out from at speeds of up to 70km/h. There are still three diff-locks in the G63, though AMG says they “now respond to the switches more rapidly.”

AMG Ride Control also features here, aiming to provide both dynamism and off-road agility. There’s a totally-redesigned suspension system with independent double-wishbone front suspension, while the rear is serviced by a rigid axle with a five-link setup. A total of 241mm of ground clearance is available on the G63, though we’re doubtful many owners will ever need it. There’s also adjustable damping (of course their is) and a variable-weight steering wheel. 

2019 Mercedes-AMG G63

The cabin of the G63 benefits from a greatly more luxurious and modern cabin. Features like the passenger grab handle and prominently-placed triple diff-lock switches are still there, though there are now a pair of 12.3-inch widescreen displays (optional) that sit atop them, something the outgoing G wouldn’t have even thought of. Upgraded cabin materials also feature to improve the ambience in what was originally conceived 40-years ago as a utilitarian military vehicle.

The Mercedes-AMG G63 will be arriving on our shores in Q3 of this year, and is expected to land in Edition 1 guise first. Edition 1 models will get 22-inch matte black wheels, gloss-black details, stripes along the body and on the mirror housings, as well as red cabin highlights. 

2019 Mercedes-AMG G63

Pricing and further specifications will be detailed closer to launch, so be sure to stay rooted to CarShowroom as we bring you more updates as they come.

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