“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Wise words that, thankfully, Mercedes didn’t listen to when it came to the 2019 Mercedes AMG G63 SUV. For the first time since 1979, Mercedes did a full redesign of their popular G-Wagen.
Mercedes started by addressing the under-performing suspension and steering of the AMG. By getting rid of the solid front axle and giving the rear a five-link set up with coil springs, not to mention adding adaptive dampers, as well as improving the steering system with a variable ratio and speed sensitive rack, the new AMG should be a dream to handle.
The engine promises to hit 60 mph 0.9 seconds faster than the previous model, coming in at 4.4 seconds. If you opt for the Driver’s Package, top speed will be 149 mph; otherwise you’ll have to “settle” for 137. That speed is made possible by the 577 horsepower axis-shifting 621 pound-feet of torque 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8. Fuel economy is boosted in this model by cylinder deactivation. The AMG uses 4Matic all-wheel drive to deliver that power, with a 40:60 front to rear toque split.
Look wise, the AMG will be recognizable—Mercedes didn’t stray far from the classic original design. Color schemes are also classic and classy. The interior provides every comfort that one would expect from a Mercedes, with metal, leather, and carbon fiber making up pretty much every surface.