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This Is Your New Mercedes G-Class

Engine upgrades, fresh styling and an all-new trim level introduced for 2016.

Mercedes has just unveiled the G-Class for 2016, with the rugged offroader set to receive a modest raft of upgrades. The most pertinent of these is reserved for the G500, which receives the carmaker’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 currently motivating the AMG GT and C63 AMG. Rated at 416 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque, it enables the Mercedes G500 to sprint to 62 mph in 5.9 seconds. Engine upgrades have also been given to the G63 AMG, whose 5.5-liter V8 is upped to 563 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque for a 0-62 mph time of 5.4 seconds.

The 6.0-liter V12 of the G65 AMG now delivers 621 hp and 737 lb-ft of torque, helping the $217,900 SUV to reach 62 mph in 5.3 seconds. The G350d variant also receives a modest boost in output. Cosmetically, the 2016 G-Class benefits from restyled bumpers and standard AMG flared body-color wheel arches for the G350d and G500, with the former getting 18-inch five-spoke alloys as standard. All models get a revised instrument panel, while a new Color package introduces new shades of solar beam, tomato red, alien green, sunset beam and galactic beam with black trim and color-matching stitching inside. The suspension has also been improved with new shocks and adaptive damping.

Also for 2016, Mercedes has introduced a new AMG Edition 463 trim for the G63 and G65. The “impressive sporty look” includes two-tone leather seats and instrument panel, carbon-fiber and nappa leather trim, a stainless-steel underguard, AMG sport stripes, and exclusive 21-inch alloys. The 2016 G-Class will be available to order this summer.

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