Mercedes-Benz may be deep in development of its next-generation G-Class range, but that isn’t stopping the carmaker from keeping its long-serving ‘463’ range on the go.
In the G 500, and in the extreme G 500 4x4², the compact V8 offers 310kW and 610Nm of torque, promising a 0-100km/h time of just 5.9 seconds.
The AMG G 63 is also upgraded for 2015, its 5.5 litre turbo V8 now producing a mean 420kW and 760Nm. That boost sees the hi-po G-Klasse hit 100km/h in 5.4 seconds.
The big V12-powered G 65 sits once more at the head of the table, and it’s had a power boost too, now producing 463kW and a nice round 1000Nm.
You’d buy the G 65 just for the sound and street cred, however (what better reason is there? - Ed), with the 0-100km/h only a touch sharper than the G 63 at 5.3 seconds.
The 180kW G 350d diesel, G 500 and G 63 also gain ECO start/stop for the new model year, and all models are now compliant with Euro 6 emissions requirements.
A revised shock absorber design features across the range, along with changes to the stability control and anti-lock braking systems.
Go for the G 500 and there’s also the option of new adaptive dampers, promising improved on-road comfort without sacrificing off-road capability.
Other changes for 2015 include a refreshed look to the bumpers and wheel-arch flares (previously only available on AMG models), along with the addition of a new 11.4cm multifunction display in the instrument cluster.
Australian timing for the new range is still to be confirmed, while the exact range make-up is also still to be decided.
We won’t see the G 65, however, due to its exclusively left-hand-drive production program.