The new 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 maintains the boxy, truckish looks of the G-Class on which it is based. But underneath its body panels the G63 is much different.
The four-door SUV can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and reach a top speed of up to 149 mph, according to Mercedes. AMG, the automaker’s high-performance division, also upgraded the transmission and suspension.
The Mercedes-AMG G63 is the newest version of the all-new G-Class that debuted at the Detroit auto show in December. The new G-Class features an updated look, a new 4-liter V8 engine and greater interior space. With the G63 variant, performance is a priority.
“The new AMG G63 brings driving performance to the segment of unadulterated off-road vehicles in unexpected form,” said Tobias Moers, chief executive of Mercedes-AMG.
“It was important for us to tie in with the original character on account of the cult status the G63 enjoys with our customers and fans,” Moers said.
The AMG G63 is part of a growing number of high-performance SUVs that include the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and Tesla Model X P100D. Analysts say such speedy SUVs are made to fuel customer demand for more power and create excitement around existing products.
AMG variants typically offer more power and a higher price point. The 2019 G63 adds turbochargers to the new V8 engine to increase output to 577 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque.
The 2019 G63 also has unique software in the AMG Speedshift 9-speed transmission that enables the SUV to reach 60 mph 0.9 seconds faster than the outgoing version.
Standard 2019 G63 models will reach a limited top speed of 137 mph. Opting for the available AMG Driver’s package unlocks the limit up to 149 mph.
Mercedes-AMG also upgraded the SUV’s suspension with coil springs on all four corners. A double wishbone independent front suspension is mounted directly to the ladder-type frame. Adaptive adjustable damping is standard equipment and controls each wheel independently to improve ride quality.
Other standard features include electromechanical speed-sensitive steering, five on-road driving modes and three off-road driving modes.
The AMG G63 can be distinguished from standard G-Class models by its unique front grille, exaggerated fender flares, red brake calipers and up to 22-inch wheels.
The 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 will debut at the Geneva Auto Show on March 6. Pricing will be announced closer to launch at the end of 2018.