2016 Mercedes Benz G-Wagen

Mercedes-Benz has revealed an update to its iconic G-Class range – although, as always, it’s a case of spot the difference.

The boxy shape that was born in 1979 hasn’t changed, but some of the details have, including the front bumper. But it’s underneath that the G-Wagen has had its most significant update, with revisions to the suspension to improve its below-average dynamics.

Mercedes-benz g-wagen g500 rearThe engines, too, have been upgraded to meet stricter Euro 6 emissions standards and have revisions to their outputs – 180kW/600Nm for the G350d, with its 3.0-litre turbo diesel, and 420kW/760Nm for the G63 AMG, with its 5.5-litre twin turbo V8 petrol.

Mercedes-benz g-wagen g500 engineIn the middle is the G500, which now comes with a 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 delivering 310kW and 610Nm. This is the same engine found in the AMG GT sports car, but it has been re-tuned to deliver less power and more torque to better suit the boxy off roader.

Mercedes-benz g-wagen g500 frontDespite the on-road improvements, the G’s appeal is still its immense off-road ability. Three diff locks and a proper transfer case set the scene for its impressive rough-road credentials; although, with prices for the civilian models starting at around $150,000, the only ones you’re likely to see off road are those camo versions being used by the Australian Defence Force.

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