Mercedes G-Class facelift revealed with mild hybrid engines

    New G-Class gets minor styling tweaks, a new suspension setup and more.

    Published On Mar 26, 2024 07:03:00 PM


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    The Mercedes G-Class line-up has received a mid-life refresh, making this a second update for this generation. The G-Class now gets mild-hybrid engine options across the line-up along with other minor changes.

    1. G-Class facelift gets minor power bump
    2. AMG G63 gets same power but new suspension setup
    3. EQG EV SUV coming later this year

    Mercedes G-Class facelift: powertrain highlights

    The current-gen G-Class was unveiled back in 2018, and has received tweaks to its entire line-up. The G-Class EV, likely to be called the EQG, is also expected to be revealed this year.

    The entry-level model will continue to use a 3.0-litre straight-six diesel, although it is now mated to a 48V integrated starter generator (ISG). This boosts power to 357hp and 750Nm, which is why it has been rebadged from G400d to G450d. The G500 will continue to be offered in some markets, with its 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol unit now making 436hp.

    Mercedes G-Class facelift: exterior highlights

    There are subtle design changes to the G-Class: a new front bumper and radiator grille, the A-pillars have been subtly rounded off, and a new lip added to the windscreen. The latter two changes are designed to improve aerodynamic efficiency and reduce NVH levels, and were inspired by developments for the electric version. Mercedes claims this has helped reduce the drag coefficient of the G-Class from 0.53 to 0.48.

    The front-facing camera has now been mounted lower in the front bumper, which gives it a ‘transparent bonnet’ view. It also gets a washer jet to ensure the camera stays clean.

    Mercedes G-Class facelift: interior highlights

    Inside, the G-Class gains the same version of the MBUX infotainment system that's seen on the GLS facelift, which means it gets a touchscreen for the first time. It also gets temperature-controlled cup holders and a wireless mobile charger. In another nod to practicality, the G-Class now features keyless entry for the first time; while a seemingly minor tweak, it required substantial work to install without redesigning the door handle itself.

    The off-road ‘control centre’ in the middle of the dashboard has also been revamped to give easier access to key functions.

    Mercedes G-Class facelift: off-road stats

    What hasn’t changed is the off-road capability of the model: it has ground clearance of 229mm, a wading depth of 700mm, a 31-degree angle of approach and the ability to remain stable on inclines of up to 35 degrees.

    Mercedes-AMG G63 facelift gets updates too

    The hot Mercedes-AMG G63 now gets an advanced new active suspension system that is designed to improve both its on- and off-road performance. Just like the standard G-Class, the AMG also adds 48V mild-hybrid tech, but it produces the same 585hp as before. Also, the AMG G 63 now gets an optional AMG Active Ride Control, which is Mercedes' hydraulic, anti-rollbar-free suspension tech that made its debut on the AMG SL 63.

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