Some issues simply do not make sense. Ducky Dale did not get the woman in Pretty In Pink (although he is such a pleasant man!), I can not seem to shed some pounds regardless of chopping my carbs all the way down to crying-shame ranges, and the 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 — an almost 6,000-pound SUV — can speed up to 60 miles per hour faster than many sports activities automobiles.How brilliantly absurd.
The G-Class is all-new for 2019, save for a few iconic, carryover bits just like the door handles, spare tire cowl, headlight washers and solar visors. Yet it nonetheless retains the identical form, and is bursting with over-the-top attraction in its most raucous AMG G63 guise. And now, it is quite a bit simpler to drive.
Fast and furiousWhile this overview concentrates on the bonkers Mercedes-AMG G63, managing editor Steven Ewing took a spin in the usual, $124,500 G550 earlier this yr. The G550 is healthier for people who would possibly really go off-roading, what with its less-aggressive wheel/tire setup, and it nonetheless packs hearty V8 punch and a world-class inside.
The G63, in the meantime, begins at $147,500, and it is a bombastic, grandiose, utterly pointless factor. It’s powered by an AMG-built, 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V7, pumping out 577 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. That’s a full 161 horsepower and 177 pound-feet greater than the G550. And with 22-inch wheels wrapped in summer time tires, the G63 is extra beast-in-the-street than it’s devil-in-the-dirt.If the outdated G-Class had one obvious drawback, it was the steering. Unchanged for generations, the recirculating-ball setup was type of scary, with horrible on-center feeling and irregular weighting. For 2019, it has been changed by a extra conventional, electronically assisted rack-and-pinion system, so the G63 reliably goes within the course I level it. This extra fashionable steering setup even has two totally different modes: Comfort feels a bit too gentle for a car this massive, however Sport provides an acceptable quantity of weight, and it is my most popular setting for all conditions.Another large enchancment is the impartial entrance suspension. The chilly, onerous reality is that the majority G-Wagen homeowners keep distant from the grime, and an impartial setup offers a way more snug trip.The G63 is large, boxy and really lovely.
The AMG G63 has drive modes for Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual, however I spend most of my time in Sport+ for optimum throttle response, the stiffest suspension and the snappiest shifts. It’s an intoxicating expertise; the G63 rears up once I mash my foot on the accelerator, the V8 engine and side-exit exhaust roaring and crackling.The nine-speed automated transmission is a pleasure. I can function it from the paddle shifters, however within the Sport and Sport+ modes, it is programmed to downshift on braking, so once I come out of a flip or get again on the fuel after a short slow-down, energy is true there ready for me. Sure, the transmission hesitates a bit in Comfort mode, however I really like that the programming, not simply the shift velocity, will get extra aggressive once I need it to.
Taking all of those enhancements collectively ends in a G63 that’s a lot simpler to manage when placing the pedal to the metallic, and rather more snug to drive on the day by day. It’s not going to win any dealing with competitions — it is acquired an excessive amount of physique roll for that — but it surely does a good sufficient job when the street will get twisty, with glorious acceleration and whomping-big AMG brakes to close all of it down securely.
A contemporary tech improveThe G-Wagen comes as much as the 21st century by way of know-how, as nicely. The older model got here with blind-spot monitoring, parking help and adaptive cruise management, however the 2019 mannequin provides forward-collision warning, lane-keeping help and rear cross-traffic alert.
Inside, tech is dealt with by a pair of 12.3-inch screens, one functioning as a configurable gauge cluster and one housing the COMAND infotainment system. COMAND is managed by both the dial on the middle console or by utilizing the 2 thumb pads on the steering wheel, swiping throughout it very like a smartphone. I actually like that I haven’t got to take my fingers off the wheel to say, change a radio station, however the central dial works simply as nicely, with a pleasant, clicky, tactile feeling to it.It’s a little bit of a bummer that the G-Wagen would not get Mercedes’ new MBUX system with its slick navigation with augmented actuality overlay; COMAND is a bit too sophisticated with menus and sub-menus galore. The excellent news is that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are alongside for the trip, so I can use my very own smartphone-mirroring tech for a cleaner infotainment expertise.The outdated COMAND infotainment system is in right here, full with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
More spacious, extra snugThe G-Class acquired an entire lot greater for 2019, rising 4 inches in size and practically 5 inches in width. That’s an enormous bonus for rear seat passengers, who get a whopping 6 inches extra legroom. To entry the cargo area you continue to should swing out the heavy, rear door. But as soon as open, you are met with an enormous cargo maintain. However, the load ground is not flat and I usually have to shut the door twice — do not be shy, you really want to slam it.Speaking of doorways, those that loved the rifle-action sound of the outdated G’s locking mechanism won’t be upset. That fantastic audible deal with remains to be there, main me to lock and unlock the door greater than obligatory simply so I might hear the satisfying ker-thunk of this factor battening down for the night.Inside, my G63 has the optionally available Comfort Seat package deal that gives multicontour seats with bolsters that transfer relying in your cornering power. Go round a flip with gusto and also you get a bit hug. It’s a bit gimmicky, certain, but it surely’s a luxurious I’ve come to get pleasure from in a Benz. To say nothing of the massaging seats, that are nice, however appear to show off too shortly. You do not inform me when my therapeutic massage is finished, Mercedes. I inform you.The wheel wells invade a little bit of the cargo area within the G63.
Go large or go homeWhile I would personally go for a G550, since I am extra of an off-road gal, there isn’t any denying the attract of the G63. I would spec mine with the 22-inch AMG solid wheels ($3,950), the Seat Comfort package deal ($2,200) and 360-degree digital camera ($400). I would go away issues just like the reconfigurable gauge cluster on the desk in an effort to avoid wasting cash, and all-in, I would be at $154,050, not together with $995 for vacation spot — a bit lower than the $158,320 value of the SUV you see right here.There are loads of luxurious SUVs out there nowadays, however none have a fame as outrageous because the G-Class. A Range Rover will do comparable off-road methods (however not as nicely), and a Lincoln
Navigator or BMW
X7 supply extra space inside for individuals and cargo. There’s additionally the upcoming 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, which seems to be an actual winner.The 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 just isn’t for the shy. It’s loud, it is brash and it stands out like a neon tube prime at a polo match. It’s primarily an ideal match for my persona, however I perceive that some of us could discover it a bit over-the-top. But hey, these individuals can go for the extra sedate GLS-Class. For the audacious amongst us, go for the G.