Refreshed 2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Finally Comes Out of the Woods

By Joel Arellano | April 11, 2012
Updates for the stalwart 2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class are primarily minor, with one major exception. That exception is the addition of the Mercedes G63 AMG to the full-size SUV's lineup. The most powerful G-Class comes equipped with a twin-turbo V-8 which generates 544 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque, or low-end acceleration and towing power. The regular Mercedes-Benz G-Class continues to be powered by the 5.5-liter V-8 for model year 2013, which now comes with an ECO start/stop mode which shuts off the engine at stoplights to help improve fuel economy (figures aren't yet available). Mercedes engineers were able to tweak an additional six horsepower out from the previous model's 382 horsepower engine for a now whopping 388 horsepower.
Additional changes on the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class are more sedate. Mercedes designers updated the exterior with new mirrors and LED daytime running headlights. Inside, the G-Class' instrument cluster and center stack have been redesigned with the infotainment system updated to utilize mbrace2. The Mercedes-Benz G-Class also comes equipped with more safety features and technology for model year 2013, many of them standard. Some of these new standard equipment include blind spot detection and rearview camera. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class AMG separates itself from its more sedate sibling with a distinctive grill and bumpers. Red caliper brakes are available as an option for the G-Class AMG. Source: Mercedes-Benz