EXCLUSIVE: Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen to Receive MY 2011 Facelift
We have recently got our hands on some inside information from Graz, Austria, where all the G-Klasse variants are being hand-assembled since 1979. Apparently, the G-Wagen will receive yet another facelift (the third in four years) beginning with the month of September 2010.
Most likely, the facelifted G will be presented in Autumn, at the Paris Auto Show, which the autoevolution team will of course attend. A major novelty will be the addition of Euro 5 emission standards on all of its European engines, while the interior will again be overhauled to include some of the latest technology available on cars like the W212 E-Klasse.
The overall "Bauhaus" design will naturally remain largely the same, with just a few almost invisible "nip and tucks" and a new collection of alloy rims for every model version.
The AMG version will be the last Mercedes-Benz to retain the torquey 5.4-liter supercharged V8, with the "55" moniker finally being replaced by "63" somewhere in 2012. Even though the new AMG will be named G 63, under the hood will most likely be a version of the newly-launched 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8, offering between 544 and 571 horsepower.
As far as new engines are concerned, the venerable 5.5 liter normally-aspirated V8 from the G 500 will be replaced with the newly-developed direct injection V8 with twin-turbochargers, increasing both power and torque while decreasing the medium fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.