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G'd up: 2025 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 4WD updated with mild-hybrid AMG G63 engine, design tweaks and upgraded tech

The 2025 update for the iconic Mercedes-Benz G-Class has been revealed, with small design tweaks and new powertrain tech for the plush off-roader.

You’d be hard pressed to find some of the changes to the 2025 G-Class without being told that minor details like the reversing camera has been moved, but the bumpers have been altered slightly to feature a “squircle” theme.

The diesel-powered G450d and petrol G500 both feature a 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine, the latter was previously a V8, while the AMG G63 retains its powerful 430kW/850Nm 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 with a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission.

In Australia, Mercedes-Benz has offered the G63 only as its sole G-Class model for some time, meaning it’s likely to remain that way when the updated model arrives.

Now with a 48-volt ‘mild-hybrid’ system, the engine can supply an extra 15kW and 200Nm under boost for a short time. The G63 takes a claimed 4.4 seconds to hit 100km/h and goes on to a top speed of 220km/h.

New suspension is another key change to the G63, which Mercedes says now has “active, hydraulic roll stabilisation and adaptive adjustable damping”.

New off-road driving modes now include AMG Traction Pro and AMG Active Balance Control which, aptly, aim to maximise traction and allow for adjustable suspension stiffness respectively.

Inside, a new multimedia system brings the latest version of Mercedes MBUX with it, as well as keyless entry and even a dashcam as standard.

The 2025 Mercedes-Benz G-Class should land in Australia in Q4, 2024.

Chris Thompson
Racing video games, car-spotting on road trips, and helping wash the family VL Calais Turbo as a kid were all early indicators that an interest in cars would stay present in Chris’ life, but loading up his 1990 VW Golf GTI Mk2 and moving from hometown Brisbane to work in automotive publishing in Melbourne ensured cars would be a constant. With a few years as MOTOR Magazine’s first digital journalist under his belt, followed by a stint as a staff journalist for Wheels Magazine, Chris’ career already speaks to a passion for anything with four wheels, especially the 1989 Mazda MX-5 he currently owns. From spending entire weeks dissecting the dynamic abilities of sports cars to weighing up the practical options for car buyers from all walks of life, Chris’ love for writing and talking about cars means if you’ve got a motoring question, he can give you an answer.
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