Mercedes-AMG G63 Uncovered Ahead Of Geneva Debut

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"The vehicle has nevertheless reached a completely new dimension in terms of technology with the 4.0-litre V8 Bi-Turbo 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. It will show off standard features like the latest alloy 17-inch wheels and LED lighting. As the G-Class and its high-performance variants aged, sales went nowhere but up. There are a generous amount of AMG insignias, red brake callipers, and Multibeam LED headlights to make the new G63 standout. Outside, an all-new body uses high-strength steel and aluminum to increase torsional rigidity by 55 percent and also keep weight to a minimum, though Mercedes hasn't yet cited a curb weight for the model. Mercedes-AMG also gives the option to choose from five drive modes- Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual, and three off-road modes- Sand, Trail and Rock. The C-Class has touch-sensitive controls in the steering wheel. For 2019, Mercedes-AMG has upgraded the G63 with a more powerful drive system, newly developed AMG Ride Control suspension, AMG-specific transmission modes and the new interior with widescreen cockpit. There's also a new Multicontour Seat package with pneumatically adjustable side bolsters and lumbar support. However, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Facelift also features Active Emergency Stop Assist functions and Active Change Lane Assist in Active Steering Assist system. The vehicle's surroundings are scanned by radar across a distance of up to 820 feet to the front, 130 feet to the sides, and 260 feet to the rear, while with the camera a range of up to 1,640 feet is possible to the front, including 295 feet in 3D.

The new Maybach S-Class features a similar grille to the one found on the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 concept from 2016.

The most visible change, however, is in the instrument cluster which can now be specced as a fully digital 31.2cm screen with customisable Classic, Sport and Progressive background graphics. There's a standard 7-inch display atop the center stack, or an optional 10.25-inch display.

Mercedes-Benz South Africa can't yet confirm engine upgrades, but we suspect the C300 will be boosted from 180kW to 190 as per global specification while torque stays the same at 370Nm. A hybrid system such as the one found on the concept vehicle could also make its way into production, boosting power even more.

United Kingdom pricing and specification will be revealed at the end of March, with first cars arriving from August 2018.

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