G-Class classic gets 2012 update

2012-04-12 21:19

The original Merc off-roader has been given a significant upgrade for 2012 with state-of-the-art features to ensure it keeps up to speed with modern conveniences. It'll reach South Africa in the first quarter of 2013.

The G-Class gets a new interior and an instrument cluster and centre console that have been completely redesigned with new controls and exclusive trim options.

Keeping the driver updated is Mercedes-Benz’s Comand Online infotainment system with its large colour screen with which occupants can manage the navigation (with off-road functions) and internet access as well as the standard DVD changer and voice-controlled Linguatronic.


While most of the changes are visible inside the cabin, the G-Class also receives new diode daytime running lights and new housings for the exterior mirrors to blend in with the classic design that has remain largely unchanged since the 1970's.

The main attraction in the updated G-Class is the headlining G 63 AMG with a biturbo eight-cylinder engine that also does its bit for the environment – engine start/stop technology is standard.

AMG versions also feature an AMG grille with double louvres, plus new bumpers with large air intakes. Red brake callipers and 20" rims, available here for the first time, complement the emotive appeal of its exterior.

Safety equipment includes blind-spot coverage, Parktronic, and Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control. The G-Class’s stability control system has been completely overhauled and now has trailer stability and hold functions.

The G-Class range at launch in Europe includes the 155kW/540Nm diesel V6 powering the G350 Bluetec, 285kW/530Nm from the 5.5-litre V8 petrol engine in the G500, the new 400kW/760Nm G 63 AMG and the monster G 65 AMG with 450kW/1000Nm on tap from the V12 biturbo engine.

These engines are mated to Merc’s 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission.

  • Erik - 2012-04-13 08:50

    I dare not ask the price on the AMG models.

  • Mulalo Vusi Khorommbi - 2012-04-13 09:14

    i love the G class its luxurious inside and its off road

  • Richard - 2012-04-16 18:22

    So Brabus has been selling the G Wagon with a V12 for a number of years (Albeit with 800hp instead of the paltry 600 the AMG has...) now and finally Mercedes has woken up to the fact that people are willing to pay crazy money for these things... And I am certain the G65AMG wont be anywhere close to the half a million Euros Brabus charges for their version...

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