At the upcoming Beijing Motor Show, Mereceds-Benz’s G-Wagen will be unveiled with a host of updates.
However, the cosmetic updates could only be spotted by the true “anoraks” and mean little as the G-Wagen has changed little over its 33-year life span.
What is of more importance is that the new G-Wagen will ditch the 5.4-litre supercharged V8 doing service in the current G-Wagen for a 400-Kw version of the twin-turbo 5.5-litre V8 doing service in MB’s other models, to become the G63.
The biggest news though is that the G-Wagen will gain the 6.0-litre Twin-turbo V12 from the mad-fast SL65 AMG. This engine will push out 464-KW and a truly earth-moving 1000nm of torque in the 5.2 seconds it will take the 2.5-ton Toorak tractor to reach 100 km/h on its way to the electronically limited 250km/h top speed.
The G65, as it will be called, gains bigger brakes and a new 7G-Tronic transmission. In a bid to TRY to be environmentally conscious, the car will also have stop/start and braking energy recuperation systems.
The new G-Wagen’s styling tweaks are restricted to the usual redesigned grille/lights/wheels combination while AMG models will get a special front bumper designed at aid cooling of the blown engines.
Inside, the new car gets a new instrument cluster, a new 4.5-inch colour monitor and the latest version of MB’s excellent COMMAND system though as before it will be available in short and stretched wheelbase versions.
No news on when the new car will be released into the Aussie market but the car found 85 homes here last year and another 22 in the first 2 months of 2012 so expect it late this year or early 2013.