Mercedes-Benz has been manufacturing the G-Class for more than 35 years. And for more than 35 years the legendary brand has upgraded and updated the off-roader. And the latest Geländewagen model is not an exception. The 2016 G550 comes even more powerful and more determined to rule over the road. Or, in case there is no road ahead, the 2016 G550 will gladly create one. Let us see what this tough guy has to offer.

To be honest, the list with features is as long, as the history of Geländewagen, but the most important change here is the engine. 2016 G550 comes with a revised 4.0-Liter twin-turbo V8, that produces a total of 416 hp (305 kW) and 450 pound-feet of torque. Impressive, right?  There are also upgrades, done to the suspension system. The Benz team has fine-tuned the ESP ASR and ABS systems. Other changes are made on the visuals and style, fresh colors. And of course, Benz team offers different trims, so the 2016 G550 can be customized for every single customer.

But let us get back to the powerplant. The fresh 8-cylider engineer wonder is based on the Mercedes-AMG V8 series, but is further-tweaked, so it will fit perfectly on the G-lineup. Additional features include spontaneous response, that is possible, thanks to the two turbochargers, which are especially designed to fit between the cylinder banks. Engineers created this design in order to achieve optimal response, low emissions and overall energy consumption efficiency. And as usual for the G-class, the latest models deliver the well-known sturdy basis of body frame, that is especially designed for the all-wheel drive, low-range gearbox and overall wonderful experience on off-road tracks.

Additional attention has been given and to the suspension system. It has been revised and brings more control and greater ride comfort. The adapted ESP setup brings even more dynamics and increases the overall confidence and stability of the vehicle. In addition, the G500 has optional adaptive damping system with two available modes: Sport and Comfort.

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Changes have been made and on the exterior and interior . The G350 and G500 will be instantly recognized by the redesigned bumpers and the AMG flared wheel arches. In fact, the G350 comes with 18-inch five-spoke light-alloy wheels. On the other hand, the inside includes a wonderful instrument cluster, 11.4 multimedia display and redesigned pointers.  And as said above, the 2016 lineup comes with additional colors. There are exclusive Color packs, that include Solar Beam, Tomato Red, Alien Green, Sunset Beam and Galactic Beam.

But the goodies do not end here. The 2016 G-Series lineup comes with a special AMG EDITION 463 model. It demonstrates impressive looks, wonderful interior, stainless steel underguard, AMG sport stripes, 21-inch forged wheels. It really is a special model. Just as  the rest of the G-Class. Mercedes-Benz team really demonstrates passion and incredible craftsmanship with the revised G-Series. The latest models are really more muscular, more powerful and more confident. It is a good thing, that Mercedes-Benz brand pushes its own limits and brings vehicles, that are not just a well-known classics, but machines, that are ready for the challenges of today.

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Press release:

Mercedes has been building (or having Magna Steyr build) the G-Class for an unfathomable 36 years now. Needless to say, the legendary off-roader wouldn't still be around if not for the occasional update here and there, and that's just what the German automaker announced today.

The list of enhancements to the iconic Geländewagen is almost as long as its lifespan, but the most salient point here is the introduction of a new engine. The revised G550 introduces a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, based on the high-performance engine in the Mercedes-AMG GT and C63, but retuned: in this application, it produces 416 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque (compared to 453 hp and 440 lb-ft in the GT or 503 and 480 in the GT S). We'd expect that engine to gradually make its way into other models as well.

Though the G500 is the only one with a completely new unit, the other engines in the lineup have also been updated. The G350d bumps from 211 hp and 398 lb-ft to 245 hp and 442 lb-ft, the AMG G63 jumps from 536 hp to 563 (torque remains constant at 560 lb-ft), and the top-of-the-line, twelve-cylinder G65 (which we'll be getting Stateside for the first time) now produces 621 hp and a massive 738 lb-ft. Those figures result in a 0-62 time of 8.9 seconds for the diesel, 5.9 for the G500, 5.4 for the G63 and 5.3 for the G65 – which are altogether might impressive for a vehicle as big and boxy as the G-Wagen. All but the G65 now feature stop/start systems to help reduce fuel consumption too.

Benz also revised the suspension tuning (while offering optional active dampers) and reprogrammed the ESP, ASR andABS systems. Inside there's a new instrument cluster, the non-AMG models get new bumpers and flared wheel arches, and there's a bright new array of colors available for the AMG models, which can also be ordered in a new special Edition 463 featuring unique trim inside and out.

The revised models will be arriving at US dealers in November, however the diesel model will not be making the transatlantic journey to our shores. The data in the press release below (as well as the images in the gallery above) pertain to the European models, with the correct output figures for the US models amended in the text above.

Makeover for an off-road icon

Stuttgart. All Mercedes-Benz G-Class models will in future offer up to 16 percent more power and lower fuel consumption. The range includes the G 500 with a new, powerful 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine. All engines are compliant with the latest Euro 6 emissions standard. A new suspension setup, together with more sensitive ESP® control results in increased driving stability, safety and road comfort. The exterior and interior have also been given an upgrade. At the same time, an exclusive AMG special edition will be available.
Mercedes-Benz's classic off-roader is beginning a new chapter of its success story which spans more than 35 years. With its continuously improved technology and high-class equipment specification, this cult all-terrain vehicle has consistently satisfied the highest expectations of off-road fans. True to this tradition, a new 4.0‑litre directly injected V8 biturbo engine already unveiled in the G 500 4x4² show car is now celebrating its world premiere in the G-Class.The new 8-cylinder powerplant in the G 500 can point to an exclusive heritage. It is based on the new generation of Mercedes-AMG V8 engines that have already coaxed exceptional levels of performance out of the Mercedes-AMG GT and Mercedes-AMG C 63. For use in the G-Class, the V8 has been modified to deliver 310 kW (422 hp) with torque of 610 Nm. Other standout attributes include a spontaneous response and high tractive power which are made possible, for example, by two turbochargers, which instead of being configured on the outside of the cylinder banks are arranged between them in the V – the so-called "hot inside V". This layout allows a compact design, optimal response and low exhaust emissions. High efficiency is ensured by Mercedes-Benz's use of piezo direct petrol injection with spray-guided combustion. Maximum strength with lowest possible weight is guaranteed by the aluminium crankcase of the V8 engine. The cylinder bore surfaces feature Daimler's NANOSLIDE® technology, which makes them twice as hard as conventional cast-iron linings. This minimises both internal friction and fuel demand.Technical data

Cylinders V8
Cylinder angle 90°
Valves per cylinder 4
Displacement 3982 cc
Bore x stroke 83.0 x 92.0 mm
Cylinder spacing 90 mm
Compression ratio 10.5 : 1
Output 310 kW (422 hp) at 5250 to 5500 rpm
Torque 610 Nm at 2250 to 4750 rpm

More power, lower fuel consumption

The engines of the other G-Class models have likewise been further developed and improved in the interests of superior tractive power and optimised fuel economy: - the G 350 d benefits from a hike in output from 155 kW/211 hp to 180 kW/245 hp, with its torque climbing from 540 to 600 Nm. - The AMG G 63 now delivers 420 kW/571 hp (i.e. an extra 20 kW/27 hp) with torque of 760 Nm. - Instead of 450 kW/612 hp, the 12-cylinder powerplant in the AMG G 65 now puts out 463 kW/630 hp with torque of 1000 Nm.

The G 350 d, G 500 and AMG G 63 are equipped as standard with an ECO start/stop function that reduces fuel consumption and emissions by switching off the engine when the vehicle is at rest, e.g. in a traffic jam or at traffic lights.

As is typical of the G-Class, the new models retain the familiar sturdy basis of body and ladder-type frame, which still offers generous reserves to cope with the increased power. Also retained is the unrivalled off-road performance with permanent all-wheel drive, low-range gearbox and three differential locks that can be engaged/disengaged while on the move.

The standard suspension setup has been revised with optimised shock absorbers for improved control of body movements and even greater on-road ride comfort. An adapted ESP® setup makes for enhanced driving dynamics together with increased driving stability and road safety. Optimisations to ASR and ABS result in improved traction while shortening the stopping distance when braking.

In addition, the G 500 is optionally available with a new adaptive damping system with Sport and Comfort modes. This provides a significantly more agile on-road performance in Sport mode with undiminished off-road capability while at the same time reducing the typical SUV roll on corners.

Enhanced inside and out

Visually, the new G 350 d and G 500 models are especially easy to identify by their restyled bumpers and now standard AMG flared wheel arches in the colour of the vehicle. The G 350 d now also comes as standard with 45.7 cm (18-inch) five-spoke light-alloy wheels.

On the inside, the G 350 d and G 500 feature an eye-catching instrument cluster in two-tube look with 11.4 cm multifunction display and redesigned pointers and dials. The two AMG models also sport a redesigned instrument cluster.

New choice of colours

A new Colour package is available for customers wishing to give their AMG G-Class an even more personal look. There are exclusive exterior paint finishes in solar beam, tomato red, alien green, sunset beam and galactic beam. Detachable parts such as mirrors, front and rear bumpers, wheel arch extensions, the ring around the spare wheel cover as well as the roof are painted in obsidian black. The interior topstitching is colour-matched to the paintwork.

New AMG EDITION 463 special model: visible dynamics

With the new EDITION 463 special model, Mercedes-AMG is giving the G-Class an impressive sporty look. The exquisite interior specification includes a two-tone instrument panel, two-tone seats in high-quality designo leather with side bolsters in carbon-look leather and contrasting topstitching, seat and door centre panels in a diamond design, carbon-fibre trim and door pulls in nappa leather.

On the outside, a stainless steel underguard, AMG sport stripes along the sides, a protective-strip insert in black aluminium look as well as exclusive 53.3 cm (21‑inch) forged wheels underscore both the dynamics and exclusivity of the special model.

The EDITION 463 special model is available on the basis of the Mercedes-AMG G 63 and the Mercedes-AMG G 65.

The models at a glance

Model Cyl. cc kW/hp Nm 0-100 km/h  in sec*
G 350 d V6 2987 180/245 600 8.9
G 500 V8 3982 310/422 610 5.9
AMG G 63 V8 5461 420/571 760 5.4
AMG G 65 V12 5980 463/630 1000 5.3
Source: Mercedes-Benz