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Mercedes Benz Spotlights New Engine Lineup For The Whole G-Class Lineup

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On: Thu, May 7, 2015 at 10:52AM | By: Carl Malek

Mercedes Benz Spotlights New Engine Lineup For The Whole G-Class Lineup

Following hints that appeared to suggest that the iconic G-Class was in for a downsized future, Mercedes-Benz has revealed the new engines and subtle tweaks that will make their debut on the Euro-spec version of the G-Class, with many of these updates eventually making their way to U.S.-grade cars in the near future.

A key update that will be sure to be very noticeable among G-Class loyalists is the addition of a new smaller V8 for the G500 that aims to improve the G-Class's fuel economy, but without sacrificing raw performance. Borrowed from the Mercedes AMG-GT sports car, the all new 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 has been tweaked to produce 422 horsepower and a healthy 450 lb-ft of torque. These two figures are considerable jumps over the outgoing G550 with the new model making 40 more horsepower and and equally impressive 59-lb ft more torque than what was possible with the old 5.5-liter V8.

Enthusiasts concerned about whether the G500 will venture into the established territory claimed by the G63 AMG variant will be pleased to hear that it too has received a healthy boost in overall performance and attitude. The 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 in this model has received a host of upgrades and is now capable of producing 563 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque which allows the G63 to retain its title as one of the most potent luxury performance SUVs that money can buy. Lastly, the top of the line G65 AMG retains its beastly 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V12, but engineers have managed to extract even more performance from this mighty power plant with the model now capable of 621 horsepower and a mind-boggling 738 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes Benz claims that the new updated engines consume less fuel and allow the company to meet stricter Euro 6 emissions standards.

In addition to the revised engines, the 2016 model year also brings a revamped suspension to the G-Class lineup which promises to improve overall stability and ride comfort for occupants. An optional active suspension system pushes the envelope even further, and allows drivers to select from even more adjustments for the electronically operated suspension which improves versatility and allows the G-Class to conquer even more types of driving conditions than before. As a neat bonus, the ABS and stability control systems ditch their ancient electronics and greatly benefit from modern electronic enhancements which improves overall vehicle safety.

Unlike the radical updates to its mechanical and handling hardware, the interior and exterior styling of the G-Class receives more subtle updates with much of the basic profile and shape carrying over for 2016. Revised front and rear bumpers help kick things off, while AMG-inspired flared wheel arches are standard issue across the whole lineup and help add some much needed aggression to the G-Class's function-over-form styling. The interior retains its basic design and layout, but all new two-tone instrument clusters add some much welcomed contrast to the cabin, and help it look fresh and modern at the same time.

Look for nearly all of these updates to make their way to the U.S. version of the G-Class, but so far Mercedes-Benz has not formally unveiled full details regarding its global launch plans for the 2016 G-Class lineup. Expect that information to be released sometime in the near future at an auto show.

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