Despite being built on an antiquated platform with thirsty turbocharged engines and questionable practicality, the 2017 Mercedes–Benz G-Class still remains a force to reckon with in the luxury SUV segment. Additionally, its strong turbocharged engines luxuriously appointed cabin, unmatched presence, and go-anywhere capability, undoubtedly make it appealing option. Various undisclosed sources put its release date in August 2017.
By today’s standards, this is the only vehicle that successfully spans the cultural chasm between Sunset Strip and Beirut. For starters, this is a vehicle that has been used extensively in the military in over six continents, served civilians globally, and won the Dakar Rally once. Therefore, it is an understatement to call it versatile.
Interior wise, the SUV designed with ancient underpinnings capable of landmines-laden craters’ navigation offers incongruously contemporary engineering and leather-wrapped luxury surfaces. It’s heavy, its square, it rides, it steers like the decades-old military vehicle – and this is what makes it popular.
However, utility and practicality aren’t high on this SUV. Other cons include abysmal fuel economy, ineffective cupholders and interior storage, limited front legroom, and unwieldy handling. If you can’t live with this, there are other tangentially related competitors in the segment with as much muscle or attitude. Some of them include the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover and the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport. The 2017 Mercedes–Benz G-Class is nevertheless hard to beat.
Available Trims – Mercedes–Benz G-Class
The 2017 Benz G-Class is available in three trims: G550, AMG G63 and the AMG G65.
Interior Colors & 2017 Mercedes–Benz G-Class Exterior Pictures
Standard features available on the G550 trim include front and rear parking sensors, LED running lights, dual side-mounted exhaust outlets, automatic wipers, adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, a sunroof, 19-inch wheels, power-folding heated mirrors, and a blind-spot monitoring system.
Interior wise, the cabin comes equipped with driver memory settings, ventilated 10-way power front seats, automatic climate control (dual-zone), two 12-V power ports, a 7” touchscreen display, COMMAND electronics interface, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, shoulder supports, adjustable side bolsters, a navigation system, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system, voice commands, a 115-V power outlet, a heated rear outboard seats, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, CD and DVD player, HD radio, SD card reader, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity.
Opting for the G63 gets you an upgraded leather upholstery, a sport steering wheel, automatic stop-start function, a sport exhaust, 20” wheels, performance brakes, a more powerful turbocharged V8, AMG specific styling elements, a sport steering wheel, an AMG-tuned suspension.
Upgrading to the G65 brings a diamond-stitched door and seat upholstery, unique styling flourishes, jaw-dropping premium price, and a turbocharged V12 engine.
Very few stand-alone features are provided for the G-Class and include a rear-seat entertainment system, a synthetic suede headliner, a carbon-fiber or premium wood interior trim, stainless steel brush guard, and a heated steering wheel.
2017 Mercedes–Benz G-Class Engine Specifications
Inspiring the Mercedes–Benz G-Class for 2017 are three turbocharged engine choices: two V8’s, and a V12.
The G550 gets a twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 engine good for 416 hp and 450 lbs. ft. of torque. This power is consequently distributed to all the wheels via the seven-speed automatic transmission system. As you-d expect from such a huge power-sapping vehicle, EPA ratings should be expected at 13/14/13 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
Picking the AMG G63 gets you a 5.5L twin-turbocharged V8 rated at 536 horsepower and 561 lbs. ft. of torque. Test drives conducted on the model yielded a 0-60 mph acceleration in 5.3 seconds. This is impressive considering the vehicle weighs about three tones. EPA ratings put its rating at 12/14/13 mpg.
Should you want more bravado, the AMG G65 provides an eye-popping 621 horsepower and 738 lbs. ft. of torque. However, the fuel economy ratings get a nail in the coffin with their 11/13/12 mpg.
The maximum towing capacities for all models stands at 7,000 pounds.
Price & 2017 Mercedes–Benz G-Class Release Date
An MSRP starting from $139,900 gets you the G-Class AMG G63, $217,900 gets you the G-Class AMG G65, and the G-Class SUV will demand $119,900. Its release date should be expected in August 2017.