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2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class facelift announced

The updated 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class wagon has been revealed, with the new G 500 getting a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. Outputs are also lifted for the diesel version.

2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class facelift

In terms of styling changes, they are limited to keep the robust look of the G-Class alive. There are some revised bumper bars though, and bigger wheel arch extensions taken from the AMG version.

Under the chisel-jawed bonnet, the G 350d now produces 180kW (up from 155kW) and 600Nm (from 540Nm), with the 0-100km/h sprint coming up in 8.9 seconds. Mercedes says fuel consumption has been reduced, however, specific figures are yet to be announced.

Stepping up to the G 500 gets you a new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 derived from the AMG GT sports car engine. In the G-Class it produces 310kW and 610Nm, with 0-100km/h taken care of in just 5.9 seconds.

If it is outright performance you want though you have to go for one of the two AMG variants. The G 63 AMG comes with a 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 producing 420kW and 760Nm, capable of 0-100km/h in 5.4 seconds, while the top G 65 AMG comes with a 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12 producing 463kW and 1000Nm. The V12, strangely, only manages 0-100km/h in 5.3 seconds.

Other updates for the range include new alloy wheels, with 18-inch items standard on the G 350d, and new colour options and two-tone themes, as well as a revised suspension system for the standard models to improve body control and on-road comfort.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.