Mercedes-Benz G-Class is perhaps one of the oldest product in the company's fleet and it is still available for sale. In India, it is available only as G63 AMG trim and is powered by a 5.5-litre V8 bi-turbo petrol engine. Now, to the surprise of everyone, the automobile giant has rolled out the Crazy color edition of this SUV series by phasing out the standard color schemes like Black, Silver and White. This exclusive edition includes exterior colors like Solar Beam, Sunset Beam and Alien Green. At the same time, exterior cosmetics like door handles, bumpers, roof, wheel arches and ORVMs get the Obsidian Black finish. This gives a dual tone look to the exteriors and makes it look even spectacular. As for the interiors, the manufacturer used the Designo Nappa Leather upholstery that further emphasizes its exclusivity. The company is also offering an optional features in the form of Harman Kardon surround system. Apart from the cosmetic changes and updates in its features, all the technical specifications of this SUV have been retained. Another surprise aspect about this series is that it is going to be produced in limited numbers.
Although, it gets a new exterior color options, its has not lost its classy appeal. Perhaps, it looks even sportier owing to the black accents on its body. This masculine SUV is designed to serve those individuals who look for a vehicle with extreme off-road capabilities and sheer luxury. This AMG version is blessed with an innovative 4MATIC all-wheel drive system that enables it to deal with terrains with utmost easy. It also allows the driver to switch to the rear wheel drive mechanism for enhanced fuel efficiency. This vehicle is blessed with an array of telematic equipments, an exclusive AMG instrument cluster with a color display and other such aspects. As for its safety, it has airbags, seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load limiters along with other pre-safe aspects, which can protect the occupants from hazards. Placed in the high end SUV segment, it is the only vehicle which is competing with itself in the country's automobile market.
This rugged sports utility vehicle is blessed with a robust body structure and is also equipped with quite a few styling aspects. To begin with the front facade, it is designed with a large windscreen, which is accompanied by a couple of rain sensing wipers. The frontage looks quite aggressive with a bold radiator grille that has horizontally positioned slats. It is embedded with a prominent company insignia in the center. This grille is flanked by a trendy looking head light cluster that is integrated with powerful Xenon lamps and side turn indicators. There are LED day time running lamps equipped in it, which gives the frontage a distinct appearance. The bumper is painted in black color and houses a large air intake section for cooling the powerful engine quickly. It is accompanied by a protective cladding that helps in preventing the vehicle from minor damages. The air intake section is further surrounded by a couple of bright fog lamps that helps in improving visibility especially during foggy climatic conditions. There are a few visible character lines on its sleek bonnet, which further gives it a striking look. Its side profile is designed attractively and includes some interesting features like black colored door handles, side protective molding and wheel arches. The outside rear view mirrors are integrated with side turn indicators and are electrically adjustable as well. There are neatly carved wheel arches that are fitted with a classy set of alloy wheels, which are covered with a robust set of tubeless radial tyres, which provide superior grip on any road conditions. Whereas, its rear end includes a radiant tail light cluster, which is incorporated with bright reverse along with brake lights and indicators. The windscreen has a defogger along with wash and wipe function. It is integrated with a centrally located high mounted stop lamp that adds to the safety quotient. The rear bumper is smooth, which is fitted with a pair of reflectors along with rectangular shaped exhaust pipes. Its large tail gate is affixed with a spare wheel, which gives the SUV a rugged appearance.
The company has designed this rugged sports utility vehicle with an overall length of 4763mm along with a total width of 1855mm, which goes up to 2055mm, when the external mirrors are included. It has a total height of 1938mm that ensures enough head room for all occupants. The minimum ground clearance is about 217mm, which makes it capable for dealing with any terrain. The wheelbase of 2850mm is quite good for providing ample leg space. This vehicle has a kerb weight of 2550 Kgs, whereas its gross weight is about 3200 Kgs.
Ed's Take : The interiors of the G63 have been upgraded when you compared it to the previously sold G55. The interiors were luxurious even before, but now they are even more stylish, especially the new short gear knob, which we have also seen on the several new AMGs.
Its interiors are enchanting as they are done up with premium quality leather and complimented by lots of wood and chrome inserts. The cabin is huge owing to its large wheelbase, which ensures enough leg space and shoulder room for all occupants. In terms of seating, the cabin is incorporated with ergonomically designed seats, which are covered with brand new Designo Nappa leather upholstery. These seats come with heating and ventilation functions along with adjustable head restraints. These not only offer maximum comfort, but also provide good support for back and thighs. The driver's seat has 10-way power adjustable along with memory functions, while the foldable rear seat allows to bring in more luggage. The cockpit is designed elegantly and includes a smooth dashboard that is integrated with a few equipments like center console, steering wheel, AC vents and a few others. There are high quality plastic materials used inside the cabin, which gives it a classy look. The gear shift knob as well as steering wheel is also wrapped with premium leather. In addition to these, it has wood inserts on dashboard and console that gives a rich look to its interiors. There are front sun visors available along with vanity mirrors for both driver and front co-passenger. It has an advanced instrument panel with a stylish 4.5-inch color display that provides several notifications and warning for keeping the driver alert. It provides informatics like outside temperature, trip computer, fuel consumption, fuel gauge, distance traveled, vehicle speed, gearshift position, tachometer and driver's seat belt warning. The cabin is equipped with a couple of accessory sockets to connect notebooks, MP3 players, mobile phones and other electric devices. Apart from these, the cabin includes tinted windows, cup and bottle holders, a large glove box compartment, reading lamps, air conditioning unit, advanced music system and many other such aspects that help in giving a pleasurable driving experience to its passengers.
It is packed with a number of interesting aspects that help in providing enhanced comfort to its passengers. Starting with its seats, they offer very good comfort and optimum support to the body. The front seats are power adjustable in ten different ways and have memory function as well. An efficient dual zone air conditioning system is offered that features automatic temperature control. The center console is equipped with a sophisticated music system, which also comes with a touchscreen navigation system. Then, there is a power assisted, multi-functional steering system that is mounted with audio, call and cruise control switches. Also, it has an optimized media interface with consumer cable kit, which is useful for connecting portable media players. In addition to all these, it also includes sun visors with vanity mirrors on both sides, illuminated entry, assist grips, tinted windows, auto dimming internal rear view mirror, and a few other features that add to their convenience.
The roomy internal cabin is one of the plus points of this SUV. It can host around five people easily. There is ample head and leg space offered to its occupants along with sufficient shoulder room. It comes with a large boot compartment that is quite good for storing a lot of luggage. Moreover, this space can be further increased by folding its rear seat.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
Ed's Take : The acceleration produced by the SUV will push you back deep into your seat.
With the help of n advanced seven speed, G-tronic automatic transmission gear box, this vehicle can attain a breathtaking top speed of 210 Kmph approximately. While it has the ability to break the speed mark of 100 Kmph in close to 5.4 seconds from a standstill.
Engine and Performance
Ed's Take : The 500+bhp produced by the 5.5-litre twin turbo is absolutely fascinating and it is almost a neck breaking experience.
This sports utility vehicle has a powerful 5.5-litre, V8 Biturbo petrol engine that comes with a total displacement capacity of 5461cc. It carries eight cylinders that are further fitted with 32-valves. This mill has the ability to produce a peak power of 544bhp along with torque output of 760Nm. An advanced 7-speed G-Tronic automatic transmission gear box is skillfully coupled with its motor. This simplifies gear shifts and even transmits engine power to both its front and rear wheels. It helps in attaining an impressive top speed of about 210 Kmph and gives a maximum mileage of around 11 Kmpl on expressways.
Ed's Take : A 5.5-litre twin turbo petrol SUV owner will not be worried about the mileage of his vehicle. Yet, the G63 has a fuel efficiency of 2-3 km/l.
This sports utility vehicle is equipped with a commanding V8 power plant, which is incorporated with an advanced fuel supply system. It is capable of returning a mileage of 5.5 Kmpl, when the vehicle is driven under city traffic conditions. At the same time, it can give out fuel economy of nearly 9.5 Kmpl on the bigger roads, which is rather good for this segment.
Power of Mercedes-Benz G-Class
Ed's Take : Power produced by the G63 is brutal as 500bhp from this engine is just phenomenal.
It is blessed with a powerful 5.5-litre twin turbo petrol engine that delivers an excellent performance on the roads. This mill has the ability of generating a whopping power of 544bhp at 5000rpm in combination with a hammering torque output of 760Nm in the range of 2000 to 5000rpm, which is quite decent taking in view the Indian road and traffic conditions.
Stereo & Accessories
Ed's Take : The G63 comes embellished with several bells and whistles like multimedia system, cruise control, steering mounted audio controls, three diff locks etc.
For the best in-car entertainment, the manufacturer has bestowed it with an advanced infotainment system that lets its occupants enjoy music. It comes with a COMAND system that features a high resolution color display. This unit also has a central controller on the console, which enables the driver to operate it conveniently. It is also available with the advanced voice control technology that simplifies the usage of phone, audio and navigation functions. Besides these, it supports USB interface, SD card reader, as well as Bluetooth audio streaming. Then, the in-dash CD/DVD player, HD radio receiver and high quality speakers are also offered. On the other hand, the company also gives its owners an option for customizing the vehicle with necessary accessories.
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Braking & Handling
Ed's Take : Asking about how an AMG bred vehicle handles is a joke. Push it around a turn and you will amazed in the manner the vehicle .
The car maker has bestowed it with an adaptive braking technology. There are ventilated disc brakes fitted to all its wheels. Moreover, it comes equipped with hill start assist, brake hold feature as well as anti lock braking system, which further boosts this mechanism. It also has an advanced brake assist function that helps in minimizing its stopping distances. This SUV comes with a proficient suspension system that keeps it stable at all times and makes the drive smoother. Both its front and rear axles are affixed with longitudinal and transverse links. These are further accompanied by AMG calibrated coil springs as well as gas-pressurized shock absorbers. On the other hand, it is incorporated with an electromechanical power assisted steering system that offers a very good response.
Safety & Security
Ed's Take : The safety features on the G63 include multiple airbags, ABS, ESP, four-wheel drive, PRE-SAFE and the list goes on.
A lot of safety features are offered in this variant, which ensure maximum protection of its passengers. It includes anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist. The rollover sensor is also offered that automatically deploys emergency tensioning devices. It is loaded with collision prevention assist that provides a visual and acoustic warning if any insufficient gap exists between it and the vehicles ahead. There are three point seat belts offered with pretensioners and force limiters that maximizes security in case of a collision. Then, it has the advanced adaptive braking system, which flashes brake lights and warns the drivers behind in case of emergency braking. It also has the PRE-SAFE occupant protection system that detects critical driving conditions. Moreover, it also activates preventive measures in order to reduce the risk of injury to its passengers. This vehicle also features electronic stability program that helps in maintaining stability irrespective of road conditions. The aspects like remote door unlock and anti theft alarm notification are useful in preventing it from any unauthorized entry. The reversing camera with wide angle lens aids, while reversing into a parking space. In addition to all these, it also includes NECK-PRO crash responsive head restraints, downhill speed regulation, tyre pressure loss warning system, remote door locks, night security illumination and a few other aspects that adds to the security quotient.
Its pronounced wheel arches are equipped with a modish set of 20 inch, 5-twin spoke alloy wheels that gives a sporty look to its side profile. These rims are further covered with tubeless radials of size 275/50 R20. Moreover, a spare wheel is also offered along with the necessary tools that are needed for changing a flat tyre.
1. Safety standards are quite good.
2. Ample leg and head space offered.
3. Available with various innovative aspects.
4. Excellent engine performance.
5. Striking internal section packed with several advanced features.
1. Fuel economy is not up to the mark.
2. Expensive price tag.
3. External look can be further improved.
4. High cost of maintenance.
5. Its long turning radius is a drawback.
Mercedes-Benz G-Class price
|G63 AMG |
|2,03,50,000 ||2,03,00,000 ||1,87,00,000 ||3,24,00,000 ||1,91,00,000 ||2,04,84,199 ||1,96,00,000