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Mercedes-AMG GT four-door confirmed for Geneva reveal

14 February 2018

The revisions include a number of subtle styling upgrades including re-profiled bumpers with added chrome highlights, new headlights and a new diamond-pattern grille insert for AMG Line models.

Now just weeks after announcing the new G, Stuttgart (or should that be Graz, Austria, where the G has been manufactured since 1979...) is ready to show off the Mercedes-AMG G63.

Power comes from a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine with 430kW and 850Nm, the latter available between 2500 and 3500rpm. It will replace the current 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine that works under the hood of the present S350d. The chassis is made up of double wishbones to the front and multi-link to the rear, with a tower brace connecting the front struts, adaptive dampers as standard, and (for the G63 specifically) additional anti-roll bars on the front and rear axles.

The engine is mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox and - unsurprisingly - 4MATIC four-wheel-drive, ensuring the G 63 is nearly as capable off-road as its lesser-powered brethren.

Mercedes-Benz will finally be launching the S-Class Facelift in India. It offers five on-road modes, including Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual. Boasting 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 making 430kW and 850Nm of torque the G 63 will get from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds and yet go nearly as far off-road (its 22-inch alloys notwithstanding) the regular G-Class. With the driver's package fitted, the G63 has a top speed of 149mph. And around the sides, you'll notice wheels up to 22 inches in diameter, flared fenders, and twin side-pipe exhausts. While we loved it - admittedly, in a very irrational way - you could never escape the feeling that it was an automotive relic designed for military use now being asked to deal with four times the power it was originally prescribed.

You might be reading this and asking yourself, why? The series production model bears a strong resemblance to the long-wheelbase E-Class, sold in China and India, suggesting that the Maybach brand was kind of an afterthought.

"It was important for us to tie in with the original character on account of the cult status the G 63 enjoys with our customers and fans", Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, explained.

The new C-Class will be powered by a 2-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 255 horsepower, 14 more than the 241 horsepower in the outgoing model.

Given the iconic nature of the G Class, almost everything about the 2019 model has been fairly predictable.

Mercedes-AMG GT four-door confirmed for Geneva reveal