Despite being a relic from another time — styling-wise — it’s certainly a different-driving G63 now, complete with a new dimension of agility and comfort on or off-road thanks to a comprehensive redesign of its ladder-frame chassis. There are now coil springs and independent double wishbone suspension in front, in place of the previous solid axle.
The sharpened dynamics are felt immediately and there is a marked decrease in tendency to sway during bends. The body shell is lighter too. It’s the result of being constructed in a mixture of different grades of steel with the doors, wings and bonnet made of lightweight aluminium. This also increases torsional rigidity of the frame by about 55% and thus the G63 handling envelope is of better precision than ever before. Comfort has also benefited as vibrations and creaking are reduced considerably.
Some new adaptations to Indiana Jones’s car here include redesigned crumple zones on its spruced up body, which is styled with more flush headlamps, flared wheel arches and the fashionable AMG Panamericana grille.
Passive and active safety systems see an additional pair of airbags fitted into the A pillars as well as a knee bag. There’s also accident-mitigating tech like Active Lane Assist, a camera-led Traffic Sign Assist, multibeam headlamps with high-beam assist to suit changing darkness situations, Active DISTRONIC cruise control and uprated ABS brakes.
Further alterations can be found in the cabin, which is now headlined by high-quality materials and a new 12.3” MBUX digital user interface that’s currently being rolled out into Mercedes-Benz products. New ideas for interior comfort and styling include a carbon-fibre decorated grab handle in front of the front passenger, open-pore wood trim, chrome-highlighted switches and swanky, electrically operated leather-clad seats.