Mercedes-Benz India launches AMG G 63 at Rs 2.19 crore

by Nishant Parekh, Autocar India 05 Oct 2018

Michael Jopp, vice-president, Sales & Marketing, Mercedes-Benz India, at the launch of the Mercedes-AMG G 63 in New Delhi today.

Mercedes-Benz has just launched the all-new AMG G 63 in India at a price of Rs 2.19 crore (ex-showroom, India). The AMG version is the only model from the all-new G-class range – unveiled globally, earlier this year – that will make it to India.

The boxy silhouette, round headlamps, high bonnet, door hinges and handles, and mounted direction indicators ensure that the SUV is unmistakably a G-Wagon. Other than the newly added technologically advanced features and the G 63’s new engine, body and chassis, Mercedes-Benz has retained the character of the original G-class – an off-road icon that began production nearly 40 years ago.

Michael Jopp, vice-president, Sales & Marketing, Mercedes-Benz India said, “Around the world, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is acknowledged as the benchmark amongst luxury off-road vehicles. We offer fans of the AMG brand as well as customers in India the latest iteration of this cult luxury off-roader, the Mercedes-AMG G 63. The AMG G 63 has now reached a completely new dimension in terms of technology with the 4.0‑litre V8 biturbo engine, combined with its off-road characteristics, its agility and vehicle dynamics. The extreme rock-climbing abilities combined with sports car performance, class leading styling and a high-tech cabin makes the new Mercedes-AMG G 63 yet another legend in the making.”

“Mercedes-Benz continues its product offensive and the new AMG G 63 is the 10th product we have launched for the Indian market in 2018We have an exciting line-up for the upcoming festive season and our product innovations will continue in the coming months.” he added.

The new G 63 adopts a more robust body shell and a widened ladder-frame chassis, which has increased its width by 210mm and rear legroom by 150mm, boosting comfort and stability. Ground clearance is up by 241mm. With an eye on enhanced agility, both on the road and off it, the G 63 also gets a heavily redesigned suspension with coil springs all around. Mercedes says that for the first time the front axle has an independent, double-wishbone suspension. A rigid axle with a five-link suspension is used at the rear.

Some exterior design features include flared wheel arches to accommodate the larger standard 21-inch alloy wheels, a unique radiator grille, side-mounted exhaust pipes and LED headlamps. Having grown in every dimension, the new G63 is now 53mm longer, 64mm wider and 15mm taller than its predecessor.

The cabin features a newly designed dashboard with Mercedes-Benz’s Widescreen Cockpit that comes with digital instruments in combination with two 12.3-inch displays as standard. There is also significantly more shoulder room and legroom than before.

Safety kit on the new G 63 includes nine airbags, active brake assist and lane keeping assistance as standard. The optional Driving Assistance pack adds adaptive cruise control and a blind spot monitoring system.

Powering the new G 63 is an M178 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 petrol motor putting out a colossal 585hp at 6,000 rpm and 850Nm of torque at 2,500-3,500 rpm. The biturbo unit replaces the 5.5-litre V8 and sees a bump-up in power (41hp) and torque (90Nm). The engine is mated to a new 9-speed automatic transmission that powers all the wheels via Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. Besides five on-road drive modes on offer - Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual - the G 63 also gets three off-road drive modes - Sand, Trail and Rock.

Despite a kerb weight of 2,485kg, Mercedes-AMG claims the AMG G63 accelerates to 100kph in just 4.5sec. Top speed is electronically capped at 220kph – or 240kph with the AMG Driver‘s package.