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Mercedes Shows 2013 G-Class

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On: Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 2:19PM | By: Chris Weiss


Mercedes Shows 2013 G-Class

Mercedes-Benz introduced the 2013 G-Class off-roader earlier this week. The new model, which hits the market in the summer, gets a few minor updates inside and out.

If you look at the 2013 G-Class, you could easily think you're looking at the 2012 G-Class. That's because Mercedes (unlike Land Rover) has the good sense to recognize exactly what works in its hardcore off-road model. What works is a burly body, hard edges and sharp lines. So the automaker maintains the overall look and structure and adds simple updates like daytime running LEDs and new rear-view mirrors. The AMG model gets an AMG radiator grille with double louvers, new bumpers with large air intakes, and available red brake calipers and 20-inch wheels.

When you open up the door, you'll find a few additional changes like the redesigned center console with new shift knob and a new instrument cluster with central color display. The latest version of the COMAND infotainment system delivers navigation with off-road functions, Bluetooth wireless connectivity and voice control.

In the US, the G-Class will be offered in two versions. The base G550 model uses a 5.5-liter V-8 engine that puts out 388 hp and 391 lb.-ft. of torque. The new G63 AMG has a 544-hp biturbo V-8 engine that gives you 560 lb.-ft. of torque. The G63 also comes standard with an ECO start/stop system.

Mercedes has updated the G-Class line with new standard safety equipment, including Parktronic parking assist, Distronic adaptive cruise control and Blind Spot Assist. The ESP system now includes Trailer Stabiliity Assist and a HOLD function.

The G-Class will hit the US market in August. Mercedes did not list pricing information in its press release.


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