Development started in 1972, focusing on off road abilities and maximum safety and comfort; with a cooperative agreement between Daimler-Benz and Steyr-Daimler-Puch in Graz, Austria. Mercedes-Benz engineers in Stuttgart were in charge of design and testing, while the team in Graz developed the production plans. The first wooden model was presented to Daimler-Benz management in 1973, with the first drivable prototype beginning various testing including German coalfields, the Sahara Desert, and the Arctic Circle in 1974. Construction commenced on a new production facility in Graz, where the new cross-country vehicle would be assembled nearly entirely by hand in 1975, with production of the “G Model” beginning in Graz in 1979. In 1980, the Vatican took delivery of a specially made G-Wagen outfitted with a clear thermoplastic top which served as the Popemobile. The “Papa G” later took up permanent residence at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.
G 63 includes AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC transmission with and ECO start/stop function, AMG sports exhaust system, suspension/damper settings adjusted for the more dynamic handling characteristics via optimised bearings for the automatic gearbox, transfer case and engine cut vibration and noise levels; AMG 5×2 spoke 9.5×20-inch titanium-grey-painted light alloy wheels with high-sheen finish and 275/50 R 20 tyres, AMG high-performance brakes 375×36 millimetres front and 330×20 millimetres rear discs, six-piston fixed front brake calliper from the ML 63 AMG, single-piston floating rear calliper, red brake calliper colour, readjusted ESP with automatic control systems including the start-up assist and a HOLD function with optional trailer coupling, twin-blade radiator grille with four chrome inserts, AMG bumper with three airflow inlets and high-gloss chrome stainless steel inserts, new LED daytime running lamps below the bi-xenon headlamps, stainless-steel running boards and side protective strips with stainless-steel inserts, AMG instrument cluster with colour TFT screen, AMG main menu and separate gear display, plus white-lit AMG sills on all doors, E-SELECT shift lever from SLS AMG, designo leather upholstery with ruffled leather door panelling.
G 65 AMG is based on G 63 AMG, but includes high-gloss chrome radiator grille, 9.5×20-inch AMG five-spoke light alloy wheel in titanium grey with high-sheen finish, 275/50 R 20 tyres, designo leather upholstery and the leather instrument panel trim, V12 diamond design of the seats, including the impressed AMG medallion on the headrests, black piano lacquer designo trim features and designo foot mats with a V12 badge, AMG Performance Studio option (AMG light alloy wheels in matt black with high-sheen rim flanges).
The vehicles went on sale in June 2012, only in long station-wagon body style.
This Flat Black version of the G-63 is getting a few styling upgrades!!