For the 2013 model year, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV gets a slight facelift on the outside but more substantial updates on the inside. In other words, the classic boxy design remains, but the interior benefits from Mercedes’s latest premium design theme.
The exterior updates on the 2013 G-Class include LED daytime running lamps and new exterior mirrors. AMG models also feature a new AMG radiator grille with double louvres and distinctive new bumpers with large air intakes. Red brake callipers and 20-inch wheels round out the new exterior package.
The interior updates are more comprehensive. The latest G-Class gets a completely redesigned instrument panel and centre console with new controls and exclusively designed trim elements. There is now a TFT color display in the instrument cluster and a large color screen — part of the COMAND Online system — at the top of the center console that incorporates a DVD changer and the COMAND Controller. New optional safety features include DISTRONIC PLUS, Blind Spot Assist and the parking aid PARKTRONIC with reversing camera. The ESP system has been completely revised and now includes Trailer Stability Assist and a HOLD function.
The G 350 BlueTEC is powered by a V6 diesel engine that produces 211 horsepower (155 kW) and 398 lbf-ft (540 Nm) of torque. Upping the ante, The 2013 G 500, which is available in either long-wheelbase station wagon or short-wheelbase Cabriolet, gets a 5.5L V8 making 388 horsepower (285 kW) and 391 pound feet (530 Nm) of torque, while the more powerful G63 AMG benefits from a biturbo V8 producing 544-hp (400 kW / 544 PS) and 560 lb-ft. (760 Nm) of torque. AMG’s 6.0-liter V12 biturbo engine (603-hp / 450kW / 612PS) carries over and is offered in the G65 AMG.
Prices for the G550 SUV start at €85,311, while the G500 and beastly G63 AMG start at €99,948 and €137,504, respectively.