PKW9000000110 463 series cross-country vehicles, 2008 - 2012

463 series cross-country vehicles, 2008 - 2012

In May 2008, Mercedes-Benz announced another G-Class update. At that time, the sales range consisted unchanged of three models: the diesel-powered G 320 CDI and the potent petrol-powered eight-cylinder G 500 and G 55 AMG Kompressor. As part of the redesign, the G 500 from the market launch of the new models in September was equipped with a new engine – the 5.5-litre V8 of the M 273 engine series. The all-aluminium engine was a further development of the previously used M 113 and, by contrast, now had dual-camshaft cylinder heads and four-valve technology. The naturally aspirated engine developed a maximum output of 285 kW/388 hp at 6000 rpm and delivered a maximum torque of 530 Nm – 67 kW/92 hp or 74 Nm more than its predecessor. Thanks to this considerable increase in power, the driving performance potential of the G 500 moved significantly closer to that of the G 55 AMG Kompressor. Both were limited to a maximum speed of 210 km/h, and only in terms of acceleration performance did the AMG version still have slight advantages. The use of the new V8 in the G 500 also resulted in more favourable fuel consumption figures, which dropped by an average of around 2 litres to 14.7–14.9 litres per 100 km.

All models on offer were also equipped with the latest connectivity technology: A Bluetooth hands-free system for the mobile phone was standard, and a media interface was optionally available, which connected an external music storage device with the on-board electronics and the operating system of the respective vehicle. Externally, the revised G-Class was recognisable by a modified radiator grille with three louvres, and the G 500 in addition rolled on newly designed 18-inch light-alloy wheels.

The new radiator grille was also installed on the updated G 55 AMG, which was launched in September 2008 as well. It did, however, feature new 19-inch light-alloy wheels in AMG design. Its high-performance power unit with supercharger, unchanged from the M 113 engine series, was now calibrated to 373 kW/507 hp. Also on board the G 55 AMG was a new ESP® control unit that recognised dynamic driving manoeuvres more precisely than before, thus further optimising driving stability.

Gross list prices for the G 500 at launch ranged from 91,392.00 euros for the long station wagon to 92,344.00 euros charged for the convertible. The G 55 AMG Kompressor, available exclusively as a long station wagon, was listed at 119,238.00 euros.

The largest market for the G-Class in 2008 was Germany with a share of 30% of total sales, followed by the USA with around 20%. Diesel-powered models accounted for around 40% of the total. In the USA, only the long station wagon was offered as the G 500 and G 55 AMG, later replaced by the G 55 AMG Kompressor. In total, around 200,000 vehicles had been delivered to customers all over the world since the introduction of the G-Class in 1979.

An important but less spotlighted component of the model range was still the G 500 long-wheelbase station wagon based on the G-Guard. The fully armoured G-Class, certified in accordance with the ballistic resistance classes VR6 or VR7, offered protection against small arms, handguns and long guns as well as against explosive charges of defined size.

Mercedes-Benz celebrated the 30th birthday of the 463-series G-Class with the special EDITION30 model. Externally, this version, created on the basis of the G 500 and available exclusively as a long station wagon, was distinguished by the platinum black designo paint finish, specially designed light-alloy wheels and EDITION30 lettering on the wings. In the interior of the G 500, a designo leather interior in the colour "chablis", combined with wood trim in anthracite poplar, likewise from the designo range , created a decidedly exclusive atmosphere. The Edition model was available for order from mid-February at gross list prices starting at 97,461.00 euros.

Mercedes-Benz made further refinements to the equipment of the G-Class models from the 463 model series in mid-2009: The focus was on a new seating system with ergonomically optimised front seats that offered even more comfort and lateral support. As part of the redesign, the rear bench seat was also updated and matched to the design of the driver and passenger seats. There was a choice of black or grey fabric upholstery and leather upholstery in black, grey or chestnut. Also new in the range were the particularly classy designo leather upholstery in classic red or black as well as piano black piano lacquer designo wood trim. As a special highlight, the designo range for the G-Class from the beginning of 2010 also included interior trim elements with a stone veneer surface in the colour labrador blue pearl. In addition, special features such as indirect interior ambient lighting, a leather-covered instrument panel, an extensive chrome package and a media interface for connecting iPod, USB or AUX devices further enhanced the level of comfort in the interior.

Also in mid-2009, the G 320 CDI, the only diesel-powered vehicle in the model line-up, which had been in the sales range for around three years, was renamed. Now called the G 350 CDI, it remained technically completely unchanged on the domestic market, but only until the following year. It was replaced by the new G 350 BlueTEC model in summer 2010. This meant that the state-of-the-art technology developed by Mercedes-Benz to reduce emissions from diesel vehicles also made its début in the G-Class. BlueTEC worked with AdBlue®, an aqueous urea solution injected into the exhaust gas flow. This released ammonia, which reduced up to 80% of the nitrogen oxides to harmless nitrogen and water in the downstream SCR catalytic converter. As the G-Class was often used in remote areas of the world in accordance with its purpose, the engineers had integrated the refill opening for the AdBlue® fluid into the vehicle's external tank recess to simplify operation. The content of the AdBlue® auxiliary tank was sufficient for around 12,000 kilometres.

The OM 642 V6 diesel used in the G 350 BlueTEC had a slight reduction in power output from 165 kW/224 hp in the G 350 CDI to 155 kW/211 hp at an identical nominal engine speed of 3800 rpm as a result of the emission reduction measures, but provided the same peak torque of 540 Nm, which was available over a rev range from 1600 to 2400 rpm. Above all, however, the BlueTEC model offered significantly lower emission levels than its predecessor, with only minimal disadvantages in terms of driving performance, and even undercut the limits of the Euro 5 standard. In particular, NOx emissions were reduced by around 50%.

At market launch, gross list prices for the G 350 BlueTEC, initially available in all three body styles, started at 74,839.10 euros for the short-wheelbase station wagon and ranged from 80,194.10 euros for the long station wagon to 81,146.10 euros for the convertible. For the short station wagon, whose version was internally called BA3, this also marked the beginning of the last production cycle. Available in the G 350 BlueTEC and G 500 versions, it only remained in the sales range until summer 2012.

 

 

Mercedes-Benz Guard models, E-Class (left), Saloon, model series 211, G-Class (right), model series 463, S-Class and S-Class Pullman, model series 221 (centre). Variability depending on ballistic requirements, special protective elements were already seamlessly integrated into the visually otherwise identical bodyshell during production. Photo taken outside corporate headquarters in Stuttgart-Möhringen/Germany, 2008.
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E-Class Guard, Saloon - W 211, G-Class Guard - W 463, S-Class Guard - W 221, S-Class Pullman Guard - VV 221
Mercedes-Benz G-Class, Off-Roader, model series 463. Daimler AG donated 50 vehicles, among them trucks, to the Nippon Foundation to assist rescue efforts and reconstruction in the tsunami-stricken region in north-eastern Japan.
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G-Class, Off-Roader - W 463
Mercedes-Benz G 500 "Edition 30", Off-Roader, model series 463, 2009. 18-inch light-alloy wheels and designo paint finish in platinum black, single-tone Chablis leather interior, anthracite poplar wood trim with decorative badges.
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G 500 "Edition 30", Off-Roader - W 463
Mercedes-Benz G 350 BlueTEC, long wheelbase, Off-Roader, model series 463, 2010. Iridium silver metallic, 18-inch 6-spoke light-alloy wheels with high-sheen finish (optional extra).
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G 350 BlueTEC, Off-Roader - W 463
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