We all knew it was inevitable, but AMG has had their way with the all-new Mercedes-Benz G Class. Mercedes’ in-house tuner shop has taken the cover off the 2019 G63, which will formally bow next month at the Geneva Motor Show.
Given the iconic nature of the G Class, nearly everything about the 2019 model has been fairly predictable. The same predictability has held true with the G63, which is powered by AMG’s familiar twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 with a hefty 577 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. AMG has also added cylinder deactivation to this engine, allowing it to run on two, three, five or eight cylinders depending on load requirements.
While the engine is familiar, AMG is slotting in its latest nine-speed automatic transmission. It’s quicker reactions will help push this beastly SUV from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 137 mph. If 137 isn’t fast enough, buyers can opt for an optional AMG Driver’s Package that increases the governed speed to 149 mph.
Also new for 2019 is the addition of AMG’s performance 4Matic all-wheel drive system, which is torque biased to the rear with a 60/40 split rear to front. This new drivetrain is resting atop a beefed up independent suspension that’s found on all new G Class models. New electronically controlled dampers round out the increases sophistication of the chassis.
Keeping to the predictability theme, the exterior of the G63 is also filled with no surprises. The base model’s new LED headlights and familiar boxy shape remain, while Mercedes has slotted in its Panamericana grille design; made famous from the AMG GT coupe.
The 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 will launch in Europe in a few weeks, while a U.S. launch is expected sometime later in 2018.