Price Shock: 2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class AMG to Cost Half a Million?

By Joel Arellano | May 11, 2012
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is a nearly three-ton full-size SUV, at home transporting soldiers to and from the battlefield, or well-heeled suburban power brokers. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class dropped at this year's New York Auto Show. Designed back in the Seventies, the G-Class has changed little, especially the exterior, though Mercedes has upgraded the interior to match the rest of its SUV lineup as a luxury cruiser. The automaker has also been working on the G-Class' powertrain to increase its fuel economy without significantly affecting power. Auto Evolution reported earlier this year that Mercedes was trying to pair the G-Class' powerful 6.0-liter V-12 with its seven-speed automatic transmission, but so far that transmission hasn't been shown to handle the low-end power the massive V-12 engine produces; the Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG sedan with the same engine uses a five-speed automatic. While Auto Evolution speculated the G-Class AMG will be priced around $293,000—a high price tag even for an full-sized, off-roading, luxurious super-SUV—the speculates it will be nearly double that price in the Netherlands, closer to a jaw-dropping $500,000. FOr the U.S., those prices are a bit high. Currently, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz G-Class G550 models start at $107,100, while the 2012 G-Class G55 AMG starts at around $124,450. We don't see Mercedes massively increases those prices for an already low-volume seller. Source: