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Updated Mercedes G-Class revealed

The dinosaur lives on...

The Mercedes G-Class has received the latest in a long line of facelifts aiming to keep the warhorse going.

There have been barely enough external modifications for it to be considered a facelift, but the changes include LED daytime running lamps and new side mirrors. Though they haven’t released any images of them, the AMG versions also feature a new AMG grille with double louvres, plus new bumpers with large air intakes. Red brake callipers and 20-inch wheels, available for the first time, round out the exterior.

Inside changes are a bit more comprehensive as the instrument panel and centre console have been completely redesigned in line with the current C-and E-Class interior look. It includes new controls and trim pieces in addition to a TFT colour display in the instrument cluster. There's also a large colour screen at the top of the centre console that is part of the COMAND Online system and incorporates a DVD changer and the COMAND Controller, which are standard on all G-Class models.

The G500 variant will be available in either long-wheelbase station wagon or short-wheelbase Cabriolet form and is powered by the existing 5.5 litre V8 petrol engine with 384 bhp. The non-AMG line-up is completed with the more economical G350 BlueTEC that uses the venerable 3.0 litre twin-turbo diesel engine with 209 bhp. It is also the cheapest model in the line-up with a starting price of €85,311 in Germany.

The G63 AMG becomes the first G-Class to benefit from the bi-turbo 5.5 litre V8 engine. It generates 530 bhp and 560 lb/ft of torque and features the ECO start/stop system. The G65 AMG has now also been added to the line-up with its 6.0 litre V12 bi-turbo engine that generates 597 bhp but will cost nearly twice as much with a price tag of €264,180 in Germany.

The new 2013 Mercedes G-Class will be launched in June. We expect to see a G65 Press Release very soon.

Images courtesy of Mercedes 

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more