It can still drive through rivers, too.
It’s barely been a month since we were introduced to the first all-new Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV in many years. Now, we’re ready to embrace the amped-up version from AMG, and as you probably expect, it’s no slouch. Say hello to the 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63, and we’ll just cut right to the good part. This boxy SUV will rip to 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds, which is nearly a full second better than its high-performance predecessor.
How does the G63 accomplish such a feat? You’re probably thinking the ample AMG-supplied power boost deserves all the credit, but that’s only part of the story. The familiar 4.0-liter biturbo V8 is retained for the G63, but it’s massaged to belt out 577 horsepower (430 kilowatts). That’s certainly plenty of oomph, but compared to the previous G63 it’s only a 14-hp (10 kW) improvement. Therefore, credit must also be given to the significant weight loss between new and old models – 375 pounds (174 kilograms) to be specific.
You might also notice that the G63’s 577 hp matches that of the AMG GT R. You’re not wrong, but in the SUV this engine generates a monumental 627 pound-feet (850 newton-meters) of twist, which is over 100 more than you’ll find in the GT R and 60 more compared to the previous AMG G63. Add all these factoids up and suddenly you have a boxy G-Class that can outrun many hardcore sport sedans in daily stoplight-to-stoplight battles.
Of course, the new G63 is more than just its engine. Handling the power is an AMG Speedshift TCT nice-speed automatic with a full-manual mode available, shifted via paddle shifters on the AMG-specific sport steering wheel. AMG-tuned 4MATIC all-wheel drive is set up to send 60 percent of the power rearward, while AMG suspension tweaks offer standard-issue adaptive adjustable damping, which can be optimized for on- or off-road performance. Most settings, of course, can be adjusted through the AMG Dynamic Selection functions, which can provide four present options or a fifth option which can be customized by the driver.
Visually, the Mercedes-AMG G63 is easily distinguished by its unique vertical-bar grille. The front fascia is AMG-specific as well with slightly larger intakes, and the wheel arches have a bit more flare to accommodate larger wheel options up to 22 inches in diameter. A revamped active exhaust system sends the V8's song exiting through cool side-exit pipes, with two noise settings available for either a mellow rumble or something a bit louder. Special badging, AMG door sills, and red brake calipers with perforated disc brakes are part of the AMG upgrade as well.
When the G63 launches later this year, Mercedes will offer an exclusive “Edition 1” mode that will serve as the G-Class flagship. Exclusively an appearance package, the Edition 1 will get a coat of black paint with matte gray stripes on the sides and red stripes on the mirrors. There will also be an AMG Night package available to help turn the G63 to the dark side with tinted headlights, taillights, and black 22-inch wheels.
The 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 will debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March. Pricing will be revealed later, with models going on sale by the end of the year.
Gallery: 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63
The new 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63
New appearance of the highperformance GClass
Affalterbach. The new 2019 MercedesAMG G63
has undergone the greatest change in its history while remaining true to its
wellproven virtues. The G63 underpins its unique position among performance off
road vehicles with a powerful drive system, an AMGdeveloped suspension, AMGspecific
transmission modes and a new interior with optimal widescreen cockpit. The basis for the hallmark AMG Driving Performance both
on and off road is provided by the 577 hp handcrafted AMG 4.0liter V8 biturbo engine, rear
biased allwheel drive (40:60) with three differential locks, extremely fast
shifting 9speed automatic transmission, double wishbone independent front
suspension and adaptive adjustable damping. The reinterpretation of the
unmistakable design creates strong highlights with the AMGspecific radiator
grille, flared wheel arches, striking side pipes onthe exhaust system and wheels
up to 22inches in diameter.
"The new AMG G63 brings driving performance to the
segment of unadulterated off-road vehicles in unexpected form.
It was important for us to tie in with the original character on account of the cult status the G63 enjoys
with our customers and fans. The vehicle has nevertheless reached a
completely new dimension in terms of technology with the handcrafted AMG
4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine as well as in combination with the off-road
characteristics, the agility and the vehicle dynamics achieved," explains Tobias
Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. "This applies to t
he entire G-Class model series. Mercedes-AMG is responsible for their suspension and chassis
development as well as V8 competence."
Proven to be powerful: the handcrafted AMG 4.0liter V8 biturbo engine
The handcrafted AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine nowalso replaces the
previous 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine in the G63. Itgenerates 577 hp in this
model, and delivers a maximum torque of 627 lb-ft. This is available across a
wide rev range between 2,500 and 3,500 rpm, and pro
vides a sense of effortless superiority. The G63 completes a sprint
from zero to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds (est.), 0.9 seconds faster than the previous model. This dynamic
performance is maintained up to the limited maximum
speed of 137 mph, or 149 mph with the AMG Driver‘s package.
The two turbochargers are not positioned on the outside of the cylinder banks,
but inside the cylinder "V." Advantages: a compact engine design, spontaneous
response of the turbochargers and low exhaust emissions thanks to optimal
airflow to the near-engine catalysts. The eight-cylinder delivers its power with
muscular torque in all engine speed ranges, combined with maximum
efficiency for low fuel consumption and emission figures.
Two twin scroll turbochargers are used for optimal
response. The housing is divided into two parallel flow channels. Combined with two separate exhaust
ducts in the exhaust manifold, this makes it possible to control the exhaust
gases on the turbine wheel separately. The exhaust gas from the first and
fourth cylinders of the cylinder bank is fed into one duct, that from the second
and third cylinders to the other duct. The aim is to prevent the individual
cylinders from having mutually adverse effects on the gas cycle. This reduces
the exhaust gas back pressure and improves gas exchange. The results are
increased output by virtue of improved cylinder charging with fresh mixture,
more torque at low revs and very fast response times.
Other engine features include modified pistons, optimized intercooling and
extensive software upgrades. Spray-guided direct gasoline injection with piezo
injectors, an all-aluminum crankcase, four-valve per cylinder design with
camshaft adjustment, air-water intercooling, alternator management, ECO
start/stop function and gliding mode have all been retained.
AMG Cylinder Management cylinder deactivation system
For more efficiency, Mercedes-AMG has equipped the
V8 engine in the G63 with the AMG Cylinder Management cylinder deactivation system. In the
partial-load range, cylinders two, three, five and
eight are deactivated, which significantly lowers the fuel consumption. When the driver has selected the "Comfort" transmission driving mode, the
cylinder deactivation system is available in the wide engine speed range from
1,000 to 3,250 rpm. The AMG main menu on the instrument cluster informsthe driver whether the cylinder deactivation system
is in use and whether the engine is presently operating in the partial or full-load range. The transition
from four to eight-cylinder operation is fast and imperceptible, so that the
passengers do not experience any loss of comfort whatsoever.
AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission with shorter shift time
The AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission is used in the G63. This has a
model-specific software application to achieve veryshort shift times. The
multiple downshift function allows more spontaneous
bursts of speed, while the double-declutching function in "Sport" and "Sport Plus” transmission
modes makes for an even more emotional driving experience. Defined engine
manipulation makes for even faster gear changes. The wide ratio spread allows a choice of a very sporty or a very comfortable
and efficient driving experience. In all transmission modes the G63 moves off
in first gear so as to ensure a dynamic sprint froma standstill whenever
required. The DIRECT SELECT lever has been repositioned as a steering
column stalk. "Manual" mode can be selected using a separate switch. The gear changes are
based on the selected transmission mode, and the driver can now change gear
using the paddles on the steering wheel. Moreover, the transmission stays in the selected gear and does not automatically shift
up when the engine speed reaches the limit.
Enhanced agility and traction: AMG Performance 4MATIC allwheel drive
The standard-specification AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive features
rear-biased torque distribution with a front/rear split of 40 to 60 percent. This
configuration ensures greater agility on the road and improved traction during
acceleration. In the preceding model the distribution was a neutral 50:50.
The off-road reduction gear has been developed further for operation on
difficult terrain and helps to ensure that the G63 is able to master even more demanding off-road stretches. The reduction ratio of the transfer case is now 2.93 : 1, considerably higher than in the preceding model (2.1 : 1). This assists moving off on extreme uphill gradients in particular, as the torque at the drive
wheels is significantly increased.
The off-road reduction gear can be engaged via the LOW RANGE switch at speeds of up to 25 mph. The gear ratio of the transfer case is then changed from 1.00 in HIGH RANGE to 2.93. It is possible to
switch from LOW RANGE to HIGH RANGE at speeds of up to 44 mph. The new, intelligent multiplate clutch behaves likean automatically controlled locking differential. It ensures that the new G63 remains maneuverable for longer when off-road. The advantage is that the driver has more scope before having to engage the differential locks manually. When the driver operates the switch for the center differential lock, the multiplate clutch switches to a 100% locking effect. The locks at the front and rear axle differentials are differential locks witha dog clutch and a 100% locking effect. All the locks can be engaged individually while on the move in LOW RANGE: firstly center, then rear axle and finally front axle differential. The differential locks now respond to the switches even more rapidly, as they are electromechanically actuated and fully networked. An LED and the central driver's display indicate which lock is currently active
With adaptive adjustable damping: AMGdeveloped suspension The new G63 performs even better when off-road, andon the road it is more dynamic and comfortable than its predecessor. The agile driving impression is substantially due to the suspension system, which has been completely redesigned by Mercedes-AMG and features coil springs all-round. For the first time the front axle has an independent, double wishbone suspension; a rigid axle with a five-link suspension is used at the rear.
The components of the double-wishbone front suspension are directly mounted to the ladder-type frame without a subframe. The attachment points of the lower wishbone are positioned as far up as possible. This arrangement ensures good drivability both on and off the road. A strut tower brace, known as a suspension bridge, now connects the front strut towers, which increases the torsional rigidityof the ladder-type frame. At the rear, the new axle is guided with four longitudinal control arms on each side and a Panhard rod. This makes normal driving on the road even more comfortable. When off-road, the rear spring compression of 3.2 inches and rebound of 5.6 inches plus the ground clearance of 9.5 inches to the rear axle.gear help to ensure a safe ride even in extreme situations. To reduce body roll, the G63 has additional transverse stabilizers at the front and rear axles.
The AMG suspension with adaptive adjustable dampingis standard equipment. This fully automatic, electronically controlled system adjusts the damping at each wheel to the current requirements. Thisimproves driving safety and ride comfort. The damping is adjusted individually for each wheel, and depends on the driving style, the road surface and the selected suspension setting. The
deal operating point can be selected at all times on the basis of extensive information relating to acceleration or vehicle speed, for example. Via a switch on the center console, the driver can choose between three different sets of damping characteristics, namely "Comfort," "Sport" and "Sport+," and thus individually influence the driving experience from very comfortable to taut and sporty. Direct and with clear feedback: the AMG speed-sensitive steering The electromechanical speed-sensitive steering installed in the G63 for the first
ime has a variable ratio to ensure precise and authentic feedback. The steering servo assistance is reduced at high speeds and continuously increases at low speeds. This means that comparatively little steering force is required at low speeds and that the best possible control over the vehicle is maintained at high speeds. Steering power assistance is available in achoice of two modes -
"Comfort" or "Sport." The relevant characteristics re automatically activated depending on the selected AMG DYNAMIC SELECT driving mode, or can be personalized in "Individual" mode. In "Sport" the driver receives more direct feedback about the driving status.
Characteristics at the touch of a finger: AMG DYNAMIC SELECT
For the first time in the history of the Mercedes-AMG G-Class, the driving characteristics can be individualized at the touch of a finger with five on-road and three off-road driving modes. With the five AMG DYNAMIC SELECT on-road modes "Slippery," "Comfort," "Sport," "Sport+" and "Individual," the characteristics range from efficient and comfortable to very sporty. Key parameters such as the response of the engine, transmission, suspension and steering are modified in the process. Independently of the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs, the driver has the option of pressing the "M" button to switch directly to manual mode, in which gearshifts are executed exclusively using theshift paddles on the steering wheel. If required, the stages of the adaptive adjustable suspension can be selected as well. Three off-road modes - "Sand," "Trail," and "Rock" - are available when driving off the beaten track. These are accessed using the switch in the center console for activation of the central differential lock,and can then be selected with the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT rocker switch. "Trail" allows maximum performance on soft, muddy or slippery surfaces. "Sand" modifies the parameters for sporty dynamics and the best possible grip and steerability on sandy stretches or desert sand dunes. "Rock" is the mode for extremely
demanding, rocky terrain with severe axle articulation and frequent lifting of one or more wheels. All the driving modes, both On Road and Off Road, are visualized in the instrument cluster and in the central media display. Deselection of all the locks returns the setting to the on-road driving modes.
Bodyshell: made for the toughest jobs
The basis for the enormous off-road capabilities ofhe G63 is provided by a torsionally rigid ladder-type frame of high-strength steel and a mounted body of composite construction. This design is considerably more robust and suitable for off-road operations than a unibody construction. As the lowest point of this construction, the frame ensures a lowcenter of gravity and protects the major assemblies, fuel tank and exhaustsystem during ground contact when driving over obstacles. Another development aim was to reduce the weight ofthe body. Using a digital prototype, the developers simulated the operating life of individual components and assemblies to determine where lighter materialscould be used without compromising durability, operating life and quality. The result is a new material mix: the bodyshell conssts of various grades of steel. The fenders, hood and doors are made of aluminum. To be able to retain the door hinges and handles typical of the G-Class,the developers modified these to suit the new aluminum design. The A and B-pillars are made of high-strength steel in view of their load-bearing function.
Thanks to this intelligent design, it was possible to increase the torsional rigidity of the frame, body shell and body mounts by around 55 percent, from 6537 to 10,162 Nm/deg. This provides the ideal basis for maximum handling precision. Comfort has also benefited: vibrations and noise in the interior have been considerably reduced. The roof is no longer spot-welded, but instead connected to the body structure by laser welding - resulting in better surface quality and higher body strength. The flange width was retained, but optimized for the new welding method. For the first time, all the fixed windows aradhesive bonded to the body. This not only increases the torsional rigidity of the body, but also makes the window frames more resistant to corrosion. Off-road capability was the main focus during further development of the doors. The side and rear doors have a protective foil cladding on the inside, so that no water can enter when fording watercourses. The surfaces of the frame,
vehicle floor and body are specially treated to withstand even the most severe nfluences – whether water, snow, salt or sand. Sporty and distinctive: the exterior design
Unmistakable design features give the new AMG G63 its unique appearance: the boxy silhouette, the proud hood, external door hinges, round headlamps, mounted direction indicators, robust door handles, muscular protective strips with inserts in high-gloss black with a silver AMG emblem, the exposed spare wheel on the rear door with a stainless steel coverand three-dimensional Mercedes star. The front section of the G63 is characterized by the AMG-specific radiator grille and the AMG bumper with large side air inlets and trim in matt iridium silver. The headlamps, indicators and tail lights are in LED High Performance technology as standard. This lighting consumes lessenergy and has a particularly long service life. MULTIBEAM LED headlamps are optionally available. These each use 84
individually controlled high-performance LED modules to illuminate the road surface automatically with an extremely bright and pecisely directed beam of light, without dazzling other road users. That is because this individual control allows the light distribution of the left and rightheadlamps to be adapted separately, quickly and dynamically to suit the changing situation on the road. This improves safety for all road users. With the enhanced fog light function, the MULTIBEAMLED technology also allows the headlamp on the driver's side to illuminate that side more actively, while masking any rise in the light beam. As a result, the outer half of the road surface is more brightly illuminated and back-glarefrom the light reflected from the fog is reduced. New light functions for enhanced safety Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus also benefits from the performance of MULTIBEAM LED technology: thanks to a larger numberof pixels, the dark areas in the light distribution are more precise and dynamic than ever before in partial main-beam mode, and the main beam can beused for longer than before. Once switched on, the system always makes the best possible headlamp range available.
Mercedes-AMG G63 with further distinctive features
Exclusive exterior characteristics of the G63 includethe flared front and rear wheel arches, which create space for the larger, wider wheels, running boards as standard, distinctive trim elements on the frontand rear bumpers and metallic paintwork as standard. Other distinguishing features include the "V8 BITURBO" lettering on the front fenders and the Mercedes-AMG G63 model badge on the rear door. Red brake calipers, perforated brake discs and available 22-inch wheels round off the exterior design. The G63 looks particularly striking with the optional AMG Night package. In this case the headlamps, tail lights, indicator lenses, rear window and rear side windows are dark-tinted. The Obsidian Black paint finish on the exterior mirror housings, the spare wheel ring and the trim in the front and rear bumpers, together with the black-painted underride guard, emphasizes the confident appearance which is rounded off by matte-black 21 or 22-inch wheels. Sporty look with modelspecific details: the interior design The new G63 has been given a completely newly designed, modern interior that echoes specific exterior features. The shape ofthe round headlamps is reflected in the side air vents, and inthe shape of the indicators in the tweeters on the dashboard. Hallmarks of the G63 also includehe grab handle in front of the front passenger and chrome-highlighted switchesfor the three differential
ocks. The completely redesigned dashboard has analogue tubes as dial instruments as standard. Optionally the fully digital Widescreen Cockpit with virtual instruments directly in the driver's field of vision and a central display above the center console can be ordered. The two 12.3-inch displays visually blend into a single unit beneath a shared glass cover. The driver is able to choose from three differentviews – "Classic," "Sporty" and "Progressive" – and access the required information individually. The new dimensional concept in the interior benefits all the occupants. The increase in length (+4 inches), width (+4.8 inches)and height (+1.6 inches) provides the basis for a significantly more airy and spacious impression than in the previous model. The most important interior dimensions at a glance:
The rear seats can be folded down in a ratio of 40,60 or 100 percent. The seats in the G-Class are equipped as standard with numerous convenience functions and are ergonomically designed, thus providing enhanced seating comfort and lateral support. Features include the Memory function for the driver's seat, seat heating front and rear, as well as luxury head restraints in the front.
ride comfort can optionally be boosted still further with the Active Multicontour Seat package. In addition to the special multicontour seats, this encompasses such features as various massage functions,climate-controlled seats, and fast seat heating. This variant also offers electrically adjustable lumbar supports for the driver and front passenger.The side sections of the seat cushions and backrests of the active multiconour seats include integrated
air chambers that fill or empty continuously depending on the driving dynamics, thus providing better support for the seating positions of driver and front passenger and offering more lateral support during cornering. New AMG Performance steering wheel as standard Extremely sporty design, a grippy shape with a heavily contoured rim and intuitive operation are the key attributes of the new AMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather, which is standard equipment. It has a flattened lower section and is perforated in the grip area. The steering wheel shift paddles are galvanized. Using the integrated touch control buttons, the functions of the instrument cluster (left) and multimedia system (right) can beintuitively controlled by horizontal and vertical swiping movements of a finger. As in the S-Class, the settings for Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and cruise control are made in the left control panels. The control panels on the right are used to activate the voice control and telephone, and toregulate the sound volume, music selection and other functions of the multimedia system
Typical AMG V8 exhaust note
The dual-flow exhaust system features side pipes below the rear doors. The twin tailpipes in high-gloss chrome emit the typical AMG V8 sound. The standard exhaust flap can be adjusted in two stages using the switch in the center console or depending on the selected drivingmode, to make the exhaust note more sporty or discreet.
Exclusive "Edition 1" special model at market launch On market launch the new Mercedes-AMG G63 will alsobe available as an exclusive "Edition 1" special model: the combination of equipment details turns the special model into the flagship of the range. Painted in designoNight Black Magno with contrasting matte Graphite Grey sports stripes along the vehicle sides and finished with exterior mirror housings have a decorative red stripe, the Edition 1 boasts a distinctive look. The AMG Night package with features in high-gloss black reinforces the muscular impression. The matte black 22-inch forged wheels in a cross-spoke design have red-painted rim flanges.
The red highlights continue in the interior: They can be found on numerous nterior features, for example as red contrasting topstitching on the dashboard support, center console, door panels and rear seats. The front sport seats in Black/Red Pepper nappa leather also show this striking color. The sport seats feature a dynamic diamond pattern with red contrasting topstitching as standard. The carbon-fiber trim has highlights in Red Pepper, and the Performance steering wheel in DINAMICA microfiber with a flattened lower section is embellished with red contrasting topstitching and a red 12 o'clock marking.
The new, 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 will celebrate its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show on March 6, 2018, with a pricing announcement and US market launch to take place by the end of 2018.
Technical data at a glance
2019 MercedesAMG G63
Handcrafted AMG 4.0-liter V8 Biturbo
577 hp at 6,000 rpm
621 lb-ft. at 2,500-3,500 rpm
AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel
drive with rear-biased torque
distribution of 40:60
AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G
Acceleration 060 mph
4.4 s (est.)
149 mph (Driver’s package)