2025 Mercedes-Benz G-Class goes for mild hybrid and updated styling

By | March 27, 2024

2025 Mercedes-Benz G550

2025 Mercedes-Benz G-Class goes mild hybridMercedes Benz

  • The 2025 Mercedes-Benz G550 and Mercedes-AMG G63 add integrated 48-volt mild-hybrid systems with starter generator.

  • Mercedes updates the styling of the G-Class with revised bumpers, updated A-pillar trim and more.

  • The 2025 Mercedes-Benz G550 and Mercedes-AMG G63 will go on sale later this year.

It may be hard to see, but the folks at Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG are updating the legendary G-Class for 2025. Both variants have been upgraded to take them into the future and make the G-Class even more livable . For ’25, Mercedes is adding mild hybrid powertrains to both variants, updating the styling and adding some extra technology.

Pop the hood of the ’25 G550 and you’ll no longer find a 4.0-liter turbo engine. Taking its place is a 3.0-liter I6 that, together with the mild hybrid system, produces 443 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque.

This goes via a nine-speed automatic transmission to the all-wheel drive system. For those curious, that’s more peak power, but lower peak torque than the outgoing 4.0-liter turbocharged V8.

If you want the turbocharged V8, you’ll have to step up to the G63 now. That’s right, the AMG variant sticks with eight cylinders but adds a mild-hybrid integrated starter generator.

Mercedes says this V8 will make 577 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque, which is unchanged from the current AMG G63 models. The mild hybrid system should ensure that the G63 feels faster at low revs before the turbochargers can build up boost.

Like the G550, this AMG model uses a nine-speed automatic transmission. Mercedes says this combination is good for a 4.2-second sprint to 100 km/h and will run out of power at 210 km/h thanks to the electronic controllers. That is 0.3 seconds faster than the current G63.

Mercedes amg g63 from 2025 in mountain landscapeMercedes amg g63 from 2025 in mountain landscape

2025 Mercedes-AMG G63.Mercedes AMG

Of course, the G-Wagen has more than just its powerplants. The team at Mercedes has updated the styling of the G-Class, with revised bumpers front and rear and a new grille. There’s also new A-pillar trim and a lip spoiler on the roof to better cheat the wind. These changes apply to both variants of the G-Class and should make the interior slightly quieter.

In the G-Class, customers get some extra technology. The ’25 G550 and G63 both get the MBUX media system, which relays information to occupants through a 12.3-inch media screen. In front of the driver you’ll find a standard 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.

Of course, there are also nice features such as cup holders with climate control, a Burmester 3D surround sound system and the aptly named MBUX High-End Rear Seat Entertainment system. With the ’25 G-Class you also get the latest Mercedes steering wheels. The AMG steering wheel has also been renewed.

If you plan on taking this off Rodeo Drive and into the mud, you’ll still find your differential lock controls on the dash. Mercedes even leans on off-road technology with the G-Class and offers what it calls the Offroad Cockpit.

This special display gives you important information about your G-Class while driving off-road, such as compass, altitude, steering angle and vehicle positioning. You can also see through the hood with a camera array with a system Mercedes calls Invisible Hood.

The basic suspension design is retained, with a stick axle at the rear and an independent suspension at the front. But Mercedes did give some massage. Adaptive damping is standard and according to Mercedes, these dampers can adapt to road conditions better than the rebound dampers.

Roll and pitch adjustments also make their way to the active dampers. All this rolls on a set of standard 19-inch wheels, although 18-inch and 20-inch options are available.

In addition to the suspension, there is the AMG Active Ride Control system. This hydraulic system is part of the optional AMG Offroad Package Pro and replaces the traditional anti-roll bars with hydraulically assisted dampers.

These dampers still provide active damping just like the standard units, but go a step further to better reduce roll and pitch movements. Mercedes says this system increases wheel articulation to help off-road.

All in all, this isn’t exactly a huge departure from the current G-Class, but it does offer some quality of life improvements that the customer base could enjoy.

While G550 buyers may be disappointed by the lack of V8 growl at start-up, thankfully they can just step up to the G63. Key details such as price and fuel consumption figures will be available closer to the launch of the new G-Wag, which Mercedes says will take place in the second half of 2024. The current base price for a ’24 G550 is $144,150, while the current G63 is $180,150, with destination.

Do you think G550 buyers will be concerned about losing the V8? Tell us your thoughts below.

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