2012 Beijing Motor Show preview: new Mercedes G-Class, G63 and G65 AMG

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The 2012 Beijing Motor Show is about to see the unveiling of two brand new models from Mercedes: the revamped G-Class and the new G63 AMG. Our colleagues from parent-site Autoblog.it already got the chance to see them both ‘in the metal’, and here are a few pictures showing us the two new born-creatures from the house of the three-pointed star in all of their majesty.

Just for the record, the details we have anticipated a few days ago are confirmed. The renewed G-Class - a.k.a. G-wagon - maintains its classic, timeless styling while adopting a decidedly more modern approach: the main lines of its design are basically the same as the first generation of this iconic offroader - which debuted in 1979 - but a few cosmetic upgrades make it clear that the new model is now perfectly aligned to nowadays standards. From this point of view, at a first glance, LED daytime running lights, newly designed wing mirrors and bigger air-inlets on the sides are its most distinguishing features. On the contrary, the passenger compartment has been completely re-designed: right in the middle of the dashboard there is a screen that allows the driver to control the Comand Online infotainment system that include DVD-Changer and Controller, while Active Cruise Control with Distronic Plus (a system that monitors the safety distance), Blind Spot Assist and Parktronic are available as optional extras. Besides there’s also an updated version of the ESP, which provides for a better handling of the most challenging situations.

As for the engine range, there are three version of the G-Class: the G 350 BlueTEC, the G 500 - both of which will come in a station-wagon configuration, with a longer wheel base - and the G 500 Cabrio, with a shorter wheel base. The G 350 BlueTEC is powered by a 2,987 cc V6 diesel engine producing 155 kW (211 hp) at 3,400 rpm and a peak torque of 540 Nm between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm. The G 500 is equipped with a5.5-litre V8 credited with an output of 285 kW (387 hp) and 530 Nm of peak torque, which is the same unit that pulses under the bonnet of the G 500 Cabrio. Both the G 350 and the G 500 come with the by now well-know 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic gearbox.

Mercedes-Benz G63 & G65 AMG

The fact the new G63 AMG is being launched in Beijing is no surprise as China has now become the third bigger market worldwide for AMG products. The new model is pushed by a 5.4-litre twin-turbo V8 unit delivering 544 hp and 760 Nm of maximum torque, which make for an extra 37 hp and 60 Nm over the outgoing 5.5 Kompressor version, the G55 AMG. As for the performance figures, Mercedes claim a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of 5,4 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph). For the first time the model will use a ECO system with Start-Stop that will contain the emissions of its frightening V8 to a minimum. Aesthetically, the AMG variant of the G-Class can be told apart from the other versions by its exclusive AMG gloss black “twin-blade” radiator grille, the newly designed bumpers with larger air-intakes, the wider fenders, its dedicated set of 20″ alloys, AMG side skirts, the mufflers placed in front of the rear wheels and its red-painted calipers.

Let’s be honest though, would you have expected AMG to be satiated with just a V8? Sure thing they weren’t, so here is the G65 AMG, powered by a terrifying 6.0-litre twin turbo V12 that will definitely take no prisoners. Credited with an output of 612 hp and a maximum torque of 1000 Nm, this engine sees Mercedes raising the bar for the whole segment, actually setting a new offroad standard altogether: this monster can go from standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.3 seconds, reaching a self-imposed top speed of no less than 230 km/h (143 mph). Go figure.

A rolling stock for the clients

The presentation of the G63 AMG took place at the AMG Performance Center of Beijing, where our mates from Autoblog.it also got the chance to visit the whole facility. Besides the usual information packs - both ‘traditional’ and multimedia - the customers are also given the chacne to access a secluded parking lot where they can check out the various AMG models in many different colors, allowing them to see what they are in for in first person and, on the top of all that, go out for a test drive too. Not bad at all.

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