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SA-BOUND: Mercedes-Benz SA has confirmed that a new V8 turbocharged G-Class will arrive in 2016. Image: Mercedes-Benz

STUTTGART, Germany - Upcoming Mercedes-Benz G-Class units will have as much as 16% more power... but use less fuel.

The range includes a G500 with a new four-litre V8 biturbo engine and, Mercedes says, a new suspension with more-sensitive electronic control that promises better driving stability, safety and road comfort.

The exterior and interior have also been further improved.

Mercedes-Benz SA says the updated G-Class will arrive in 2016 in G300 BluTec, G500 and G63 guise.  Prices and specs will be confirmed then.

V8 BASED ON AMG GT AND C63 ENGINES

True to this tradition, a new four-litre direct-injection V8 biturbo engine already unveiled in the G500 4x4² show car is now celebrating its world premiere in the G-Class.

This new eight-cylinder engine is based on the new generation of Mercedes-AMG V8's in the Mercedes-AMG GT and Mercedes-AMG C 63.

In the G-Class the V8 has been modified to deliver 310kW/610Nm; its two turbos nestle in the V of the two cylinder banks. 


IMAGE GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz G-Class


Mercedes-Benz says such a layout permits compact design, the best response and low exhaust emissions. Piezo direct petrol injection with spray-guided combustion is used to aid efficiency while maximum strength with lowest possible weight is achieved by using an aluminium crankcase.

The cylinder bores have Daimler's 'Nanoslide' technology to make them twice as hard as conventional cast-iron linings.

MORE POWER, LESS FUEL

The rest of the G-Class engines have also been developed and improved in favour of power and fuel economy: the AMG G63 now delivers 420kW (extra 20kW) and 760Nm.

The G500 and AMG G63 have an ECO stop/start function that reduces fuel-consumption and emissions by switching off the engine when the vehicle halts.

Retained is what Mercedes describes as "unrivalled off-road performance with permanent all-wheel drive, low-range gearbox and three differential locks that can be engaged/disengaged while the car is moving.

Adaptive damping is now an option on the G500: choose Sport or Comfort mode. Mercedes says this "provides significantly more agile on-road performance in Sport mode with undiminished off-road capability while at the same time reducing typical SUV roll through corners".

The new G500 also has restyled bumpers and now-standard AMG flared wheel arches.

The cabin's facia has an eye-catching "two-tube" instrument cluster with 11.5cm multifunction display and redesigned pointers and dials. The two AMG models also have a redesigned instrument cluster.

NEW AMG EDITION 463 SPECIAL MODE

With the new Edition 463 special model Mercedes-AMG has given the G-Class an impressive sporty look. The cabin spec includes a two-tone instrument panel, two-tone leather seats with contrasting top-stitching, diamond patterned seat and door panels, carbon-fibre trim and Nappa-leather door pulls.

A little ruggedness, but contrast, comes from a stainless-steel underguard, AMG stripes along the sides, a protective "black aluminium" protection strip and 53.3cm forged wheel rims.

The Edition 463 is based on the Mercedes-AMG G 63.


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