2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Overview
Mercedes-Benz focuses largely on road-going manners with its M-Class SUV, but the G-Class is a hard-core off-road machine that comfortably seats five people across two rows. It competes with the Land Rover Range Rover. A high-performance AMG variant is also available for 2013.
New for 2013
For 2013, the G-Class gets a new interior with a standard 7-inch display that mimics a tablet device, mounted above the center stack. On the refreshed center console there's a control knob for Mercedes' Comand system, buttons for standard parking assist, a revised shifter assembly and standard mbrace2 in-car communication system. The steering wheel has also been redesigned. On the outside, the G-Class gets new side mirrors and two strip of LED daytime running lights standard.
This distinctive SUV's boxy appearance is somewhat softened by body-colored bumpers and rocker panels, plus a stainless-steel spare-tire cover. Exterior features include 18-inch twin five-spoke wheels, LED daytime running lights, bi-xenon headlamps, a spare wheel cover, and body-colored door handles.
Standard equipment includes leather upholstery, automatic climate control, power windows and locks, Comand communication system with DVD navigation, power front seats with three-position memory and rear parking assistance. Other standard interior features include the mbrace2 7-inch tablet-style LCD screen, 610-watt Harman Kardon premium audio system with HD radio and real-time traffic info, ambient lighting, a heated steering wheel, and heated, ventilated and massaging front seats.
Under the Hood
Mechanical features include a 5.5-liter V-8 that makes 388 horsepower and 391 pounds-feet of torque, seven-speed automatic transmission, and standard four-wheel drive.
Standard safety features include antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and Distronic Plus brake assist, electronic stability system with traction control, blind spot warning system, adaptive cruise control, parking assist, rear backup camera, and side curtain airbags.
A high-performance variant of the G-Class returns for this model year. The 2013 G63 AMG model features a new twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 that makes 544 horsepower and 560 pounds-feet of torque. Fuel-saving engine stop/start comes standard as does a twin-lamella front grille, AMG-style shifter and red brake calipers. On the outside, the AMG model gets a bigger front bumper with large air intakes and double louver front grille.
*Overview courtesy of Cars.com