2025 Mercedes G Wagen goes for mild hybrid and gets hydraulic suspension

By | March 26, 2024

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The Mercedes-Benz G Wagen hasn’t changed much in the past 45 years. Sure, the truck is more luxurious and expensive than ever before, but it still embraces its off-road mission with a familiar face. Mercedes has updated the G550 and G63 series for the 2025 model year, with new hybridized powertrains, minor styling tweaks, new active safety features and a range of improved off-road technologies. Here’s everything you need to know about the new Gs.

Despite calling them all-new, the 2025 Mercedes-Benz G550 and Mercedes-AMG G63 models are still based on the same updated platform that first arrived for the 2019 model year. In the center of the vehicle is a ladder frame, which gets independent front suspension and a solid rear axle. 2025 also sees the return of the previous model’s three mechanical limited-slip differentials, which work together with the truck’s all-time four-wheel drive system.

The first major change for 2025 comes under the hood, where the G550 model loses its 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. The standard G Wagen will now be equipped with Mercedes’ 3.0-liter inline-six engine, which uses both a gas-powered turbocharger and an electric compressor. The setup produces 443 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque, and is further boosted by a 48v mild hybrid system via an integrated starter generator. That system adds another 20 hp and 148 lb-ft at low engine speeds, ensuring smooth and consistent power delivery.

It’s a shame to see the V-8 engine disappear, which provided only 416 hp, but a meaningful 450 lb-ft.

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For the AMG model, you’ll have to pony up in 2025 to get the V-8 experience, as the G63 gets a mild hybrid variant of the 4.0-liter V-8. The twin-turbo V-8 is good for 577 hp and 627 lb-ft, which is identical to the current model. The AMG shares the integrated starter-generator setup with the G550, which offers the same low-end boost. Mercedes says the G63 can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds, with a limited top speed of 130 mph. The G550 reaches a speed of 210 km/h before the limiter comes into effect. The trucks are offered with a wide variety of wheel options, ranging from 18 to 22 inches, depending on your model and package choice.

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For the first time, AMG customers will also have the option to specify the Active Ride Control system as part of the AMG Off-Road Package Pro. This suspension package ditches traditional anti-roll bars in favor of hydraulic roll stabilization and includes hydraulic dampers with individual rebound and compression controls. The dampers on all four corners are also connected via the hydraulic lines, allowing precise control over each wheel. This system not only makes the G63 more comfortable off-road, it also provides improved wheel articulation and traction. The AMG Off-Road Package Pro also brings unique driving modes to the G63, including AMG Traction PRO and AMG Active Balance Control. The first uses the brakes to transfer torque across different surfaces for maximum tire traction, combined with adjustable degrees of differential lock. AMG Active Balance Control allows owners to adjust the roll stiffness of the hydraulic suspension in all three of the SUV’s off-road driving modes, with Low, Medium and High settings. Both the G550 and G63 come standard with adjustable adaptive dampers.

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Other off-road goodies coming to the G Wagen range in 2025 include Mercedes’ new Off-Road Cockpit feature. This new infotainment feature reorganizes all your crucial off-road vehicle information in one place. The system highlights important data such as vehicle angle, a compass, altitude, steering angle, tire pressure and temperature. The screen also shows your differential positions and provides easy access to a number of other off-road features. This includes the transparent bonnet feature, which allows you to see under the vehicle via the 360-degree camera setup. If off-roading isn’t your thing, Mercedes will also offer the G Wagen with active safety features for the first time, including active steering assist, active emergency braking assist and a route-based speed adjustment system.

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Other changes for the 2025 model year include minor adjustments to the front and rear dashboard, including a new front grille with an additional slat. You’ll also notice a number of aerodynamic tweaks, including to the A-pillars and the roof-mounted spoiler. According to Mercdedes, these will help improve efficiency while reducing wind noise on the road. Customers looking for a bespoke vehicle will also receive more options through the Manufaktur program, including the addition of exclusive paint colors and extended leather options. Also offered for 2025 is a rear-seat entertainment system that includes two 11.6-inch touchscreens. There’s also a dash camera option up front, which can be used to record off-road adventures or untimely accidents. The system even allows playback directly on the infotainment screen.

Mercedes hasn’t shared pricing information for either G-class model at this time, but don’t expect them to be anything less than pricey. Expect prices for the G550 to start around $145,000, while the AMG will be closer to $185,000 to start. That’s a lot of money, but there’s undeniably a lot of capacity in these iconic crawlers, mall or otherwise.

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