Is there anything interesting about its design?
The original (W460) G-Glass, then known as the G-Wagen (or Geländewagen for cross-country vehicle), was launched in 1979 as an ultra-capable off-roader, soon favoured by armies the world over. Arriving here in 1982, its distinctive, slab-sided form remained unchanged over the best part of four decades.
At close to 4.8m nose-to-tail, more than 1.8m across, and a bit over 1.9m tall, the G 63 is now longer (+110mm), wider (+106mm), and fractionally lower overall (-13mm), but still pulls off a convincing impersonation of a bread box.
Merc-AMG confidently quotes a drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.55 for the G 63, which isn't as bad as a brick (around 2.0… I Googled it) although it is in the same league as a heavy truck.
But it's the car's unique, upright stance, complete with pumped wheelarches and old-school flat glass, that sets it apart and draws people in. Looking more like a take-no-prisoners, functional device than a luxury cruiser, I can assure you it attracts as many admiring looks and comments as a low-flying supercar wedge.
The new-gen G 63 features AMG's vertically slatted 'Panamericana' grille, and our test example was fitted with the optional 'Night Package' ($5900) adding a range of dark exterior details including tinted indicator lenses, dark tinted glass, black exterior mirror shells and spare wheel ring, other black trim pieces and painted areas, as well as 22-inch AMG forged alloy rims.
Also worth noting, Merc has retained the G-Class's solid metal door handles, complete with the mechanism's unmistakable 'click-clack' opening and closing sound. Nice touch.
Inside, the biggest change is the upgrade from a conventional dual-gauge instrument cluster and central media stack to a pair of 12.3-inch digital screens, forming a sleek widescreen display, and bringing the G 63 in line with other recent Merc offerings.
Similarly, the gearshift moves from a traditional console-mounted set-up to Merc's 'Direct Select' lever on the steering column (exactly where the indicator stalk is located in 90 per cent of right-hand drive cars). And the standard flat-bottom, leather-trimmed 'AMG Performance' steering wheel is a racy addition.
Like the exterior door handles, another tip of the hat to the car's heritage is retention of the horizontal grab handle ahead of the front passenger on the dash above the glove box. Nice to have something to hold on to if the going gets rough.