The original Mercedes-Benz G-Class lasted for four decades and has undergone numerous updates over the years to keep it fresh. We’re not sure how long Mercedes plans to keep the current G-Class on the shelf before giving it a redesign, but it looks like the automaker will at least give the vehicle regular updates in a similar fashion to its predecessor .
We’ve already spotted prototypes for an updated version of the standard G-Class, and now we have spy shots of prototypes for AMG’s updated G 63. Prototypes for both can also be seen in the video below. Both G-Class versions are expected to debut as 2023 models early next year.
Judging by the camouflage gear of the G 63 prototype, we’ll see a revised fascia with what appear to be active shutters introduced up front. And while the general shape of the grille should remain unchanged, a revised pattern is expected.
The dashboard was also covered, which indicates some changes on the inside as well. A major update inside should be the addition of the latest version of Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system.
The G 63 is powered by a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 that produces 577 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. While AMG just rolled out a plug-in hybrid powertrain with this V-8 in the form of the GT 63 SE Performance 4-Door Coupe and S 63 E Performance, we don’t expect the G 63 to go plug-in -Hybrid will route yet.
A more likely bet is the addition of the mild hybrid system already offered with the 4.0-liter V8 in some Mercedes models. The system features an electric motor that can add a transient boost of 21 hp and 184 lb-ft. An electric powertrain is planned for the G-Class, but won’t come until 2024.
A iteration of the 4×4 Squared option complete with portal axles was also added to the G 63 overseas lineup earlier this year, although US availability of this option has yet to be announced.
Stay tuned for updates as development progresses.