The G-Class has been a pretty stubborn model within Mercedes’ lineup, as it has resisted many major changes for quite some time. For 2016, the model will remain pretty much the same looks-wise, but it will undergo a few under-the-skin revisions aimed at making the retro-looking SUV more fuel efficient and cleaner running.
Earlier, I dove into the replacing of the 5.5-liter in the G500 (known as the G550 in the U.S.) with the new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 from the Mercedes-AMG GT, and Mercedes began its announcement with the reconfirmation of this move to the smaller V-8. This will inject 310 kW (416 horsepower) from 5,250 to 5,500 rpm and 610 Nm (450 pound-feet) of torque from 2,250 to 4,750 rpm into the G500. This change will allow the revised G500 to hit 60 mph in 5.9 seconds.
The diesel model, the G350d, will retain its 3.0-liter V-6 engine, but its power jumps to 180 kW (241 horsepower) and 600 Nm (443 pound-feet) of torque, which are jumps of 25 kW (33 horsepower) and 60 Nm (44 pound-feet) of torque. This engine will allow the 2016 G350d to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.9 seconds, which is a drop of 0.3 seconds when compared to the current model.
The Mercedes-AMG G63 uses the same 5.5-liter V-8 as last year’s model, but Mercedes pushed its output to 420 kW (563 horsepower) and 760 Nm (561 pound-feet) of torque – a 20 kW (27 horsepower) improvement over last year’s model. Despite the power bump, the G63 retains its 5.4-second 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time.
Finally, the Mercedes-AMG G65 comes with the same 6.0-liter V-12 as last year, but with its wick turned up a bit. This retuned engine pushes its output to 463 kW and 1,000 Nm of torque. The horsepower number accounts for a 13 kW (17-horsepower) gain over last year’s G65. This V-12 puts the 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time at 5.3 seconds.
Other than the drivetrain changes, the G-Class also gains an ECO start-stop model in G350d, G500, and G63 models to help reduce consumption and pollution in traffic. Mercedes also tweaked the suspension to reduce body roll, improved its electronic stability program, and optimized its ABS. The G500 receives selectable suspension modes, Sport and Comfort, so drivers can hone tailor their driving experience.
Though they are pretty minor, there are a few exterior modifications to go with this update. These changes include lightly restyled bumpers, the addition of standard AMG wheel flares on the G350d and G500, and standard 18-inch five-spoke wheels on the G350d. Five new colors for the AMG models round out the exterior changes: Solar Beam, Tomato Red, Alien Green, Sunset Beam and Galactic Beam.
The cabin also has a few updates in the form of a new two-tube-look instrument cluster, an 11.4 cm (4.5-inch) multifunction display, and redesigned dials. The AMG models also gains a new instrument cluster and exterior-color-matching stitching.
There is no mention of pricing nor when this model will hit the market. Expect all of these changes to make their way to the U.S. in time for the 2016 model year, save for the G350d, which we do not have in America.