The most powerful SUV Mercedes-Benz sells, G63, has sold out in Australia until the year 2020.
GoAuto reports that all Australian allocated units of the uber-SUV were snapped up almost as soon as it was introduced to the market. The high-demand and relatively limited supply – given the hand-built nature of AMG performance models – has meant that the G63 waiting list has stretched into 2020.
During the Australian market launch, Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific (MBAP) head of media relations, Jerry Stamoulis, added that given the G-Class’ heritage, new design, and up-to-date interior packaging, the model appeals to a wider range of customers now.
He added that Mercedes-Benz is seeing an increase in female buyers in the new-generation G-Class. The G63 is expected to account for around 80 percent of the model’s sales, regardless of the scheduled introduction of the cheaper G350d in 2019. Stamoulis said, “Without a doubt, it (G63) was (the best-selling variant) in the previous car and it will be with this one as well,”
Despite its retrospective looks, the all-new G-Class has been thoroughly reworked in all aspects. While it retains the torsionally rigid ladder-type frame, the weight-optimised materials and design have contributed to a lower kerb weight and better ride quality.
The G63 which was also recently introduced locally is powered by a V8 bi-turbo engine which delivers 585 hp between 5,500 rpm to 6,000 rpm and 850 Nm of torque between 2,000 rpm and 3,500 rpm. Power is sent to AMG Speedshift TCT 9-speed automatic transmission which distributes power to all four wheels through an AMG Performance 4Matic system.