The new Mercedes G-Class, due in South Africa early in 2013, will go into production in September 2012 and emerge from the lines with more power, more technology and a greater range of comfort and safety gear than any previous model.It's expected in South Africa early in 2013.IMAGE GALLERYAmong that new equipment are diode daytime running lights and a reworked interior that, for the first time, includes COMAND Online, Parktronic (an audio and visual parking aid) and new leather upholstery over heatable front AND rear seats.A new design of 18”, five-spoked alloy rims, power folding and heatable external mirrors, colour instrument cluster and a mighty Harman Kardon Logic 7 audio system complete the changes.HAND-BUILT BI-TURBOThe entry model (in the UK) is the G350 BlueTEC at £82 945 (R1.16-million)* whose three-litre V6 delivers 157kW (a tiny 0.75kW up on the previous unit) and has the same fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of the model it replaces - a claimed 11.2 litres/100km and 295g/km.The new G63 AMG is priced at £123 115 (R1.73-million). Its hand-built, bi-turbo, 5.5-litre V8 AMG engine delivers 405kW and 760Nm – improvements of 28kW and 60Nm over the outgoing G55 AMG. Despite these gains, the new V8 claims CO2 emissions down by 13% to 322g/km and combined fuel consumption down by 15% to 13.8 litres/100km.Distinguishing the G63 AMG from the rest of the G-Class range is a unique AMG radiator grille with twin chromed fins running through a black mesh grille. The changes extend to a set of AMG wheel-arch extensions, an AMG sports exhaust with twin chromed tailpipes, and new 20” five twin-spoked alloy rims finished in a grey high-sheen finish.SPECIAL PACKAGESThe G63 AMG's cabin now has single-tone leather trim, an AMG gear selector lever with leather insets and an embossed AMG emblem, AMG stainless-steel illuminated door sills with AMG lettering, a colour AMG instrument cluster and the Harman Kardon Logic 7 audio system with COMAND Online and a media interface for the latest in-car enhancements.Included is a Chrome Package and an Exterior Styling Package - each an option on the G350 BlueTEC.Despite its focus on performance, the G63 AMG, in common with every G-Class, has permanent all-wheel drive, differential locks, all-wheel electronic traction control and a low-range gear set.*These are UK prices (converted on August 7 2012) and could differ largely with those in SA through import and other taxes.