Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
The new G 63 – which lands in August – will cost $270,700 before on-road costs, which is a not inconsiderable jump of $25,000 over the old car. However, the changes wrought under the new G 63's skin makes the price adjustment absolutely worth it – and the wait list is long and growing.
You’ll also get 21-inch wheels with 275mm wide tyres, huge six-piston front and single-piston rear brakes on 400 and 370mm rotors, a trio of lockable diffs and adaptive damping.
Also standard are items like heated and vented seats with self-adjusting bolsters, an AMG steering wheel, alloy pedals, sat nav, Apple CarPlay, a raft of adjustable driving parameters for off-road and on-road work, and a complete suite of active driver aids.
Everything from active lane keeping, adaptive cruise control, sophisticated AEB (forward and reverse), blind spot warning with pedestrian detection and more has been added to the G-Class, thanks to significant revisions under the skin.
These include revised chassis rails, rack and pinion steering that replaces the ancient articulating ball set up of the old car, a new multi-link front suspension system that replaces the previous live axle, and a brand new centre locking diff that’s preceded by a nine-speed automatic.
The body is completely new, despite its looks, and the interior has also been completely redone. It might look all but identical to the old car, but it’s thoroughly new in every respect.