Mercedes introduced the 2019 G-Class at the North American International Auto Show in January but the model won’t go on sale in the United States until later this year. As a result, the company has announced a series of updates to the 2018 G63 and G65.
Since both models are reaching the end of the line, this year’s changes are minor and include a “Manufaktur Red and Black Edition.” The model has a Magma Red exterior with contrasting black accents. The two-tone theme continues in the cabin as drivers will find black designo leather seats with red contrast stitching.
The G63 and G65 can also be equipped with a Mojave Package which features Olive Magno paint and a two-tone Saddle Brown leather interior with carbon fiber trim.
Lastly, the AMG Performance Studio package is exclusive to the G63. When ordered, the SUV has a designo Monza Grey exterior with carbon fiber trim. The package also includes two-tone leather seats as well as “numerous chrome and carbon fiber trim accents.”
Under the hood, the G63 has a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 developing 563 hp (419 kW) and 561 lb-ft (759 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an seven-speed automatic transmission which enables the model to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds.
The G65 is even more powerful as it has a twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 engine developing 621 hp (463 kW) and 738 lb-ft (999 Nm) of torque. Despite being significantly more powerful, the range-topping model is only a tenth of a second faster to 60 mph.
Of course, fans can simply wait a few months longer and order the new G550 which has a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine developing 416 hp (310 kW) and 450 lb-ft (609 Nm) of torque. The new G63 is also slated to arrive late this year with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 producing 577 hp (430 kW) and 627 lb-ft (849 Nm) of torque.
Note: European models shown