2025 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Inches Closer to Electrification

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky

There are a handful of models that change so slowly that it’s almost imperceptible, leaving you with the impression that they might have never changed at all. The Mercedes-Benz G-Class could probably serve as the poster child for this phenomenon and has recently undergone another round of subtle tweaks for the 2025 model year. However, this is actually one of the more comprehensive updates the G-Wagen has seen between generations.

For starters, every available powertrain is now a hybrid — albeit a 48-volt mild hybrid — in anticipation of governments leveraging harsher environmental fines and the brand unveiling its planned all-electric version of the SUV. This means the G550 is dumping its 416-horsepower V8 for a turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six producing 443 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. While those numbers show a noteworthy increase in horses, torque is actually down by almost 40 pound-feet.

Those bemoaning the loss of the V8 can move upmarket to the AMG G65, which retains the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8. While power output remains pegged at 577 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque, the unit also makes use of the mild-hybrid system.

At this point, the G-Wagen has become an exclusive luxury item catering to people with money to burn. But this requires additions that don’t really make sense on a hardcore off-roader. For example, the AMG model is now available with an “AMG Active Ride Control” adaptive suspension system that’s designed to help with cornering. The hardware involved pairs hydraulic anti-roll bars and dampers with the vehicle’s computer to anticipate suspension needs. As a nice byproduct, the system is likewise supposed to make for a smoother ride under normal conditions.

However, it’s likewise supposed to aid the tires in holding onto uneven surfaces and is part of the “AMG Offroad Package Pro.” This option also includes a new driving mode that combines the SUV’s locking differential with vector braking to improve tracking. There is likewise the “AMG Active Balance Control” package that allows drivers to set their own suspension stiffness by way of the aforementioned hydraulic system.

The exterior looks like the typical modern G-Class. But Mercedes said that it’s actually been updated with aerodynamics being at the forefront of its list of considerations. Frankly, it’s a little hard to tell what’s been done beyond smoothing out the a-pillar. However, the manufacturer has said the front and rear bumpers have likewise been revised. We’re not really sure how much of a difference that will make, as the G-Wagen remains an incredibly boxy SUV.

Everything else pertains to the infotainment system, which seems to have been the primary focus of Mercedes-Benz products for the last several years. The company says all versions of the G-Class will offer additional information about angle and wheel position one might find useful for off-roading when asked. The 360-degree camera system was also said to be updated to offer operators a better idea of what’s directly in front of the SUV, even if the view outside the windshield is completely obstructed by the hood. This might be extremely helpful for those trying to climb up a tricky uphill section without a dedicated spotter.

That said, everyone knows that the roughest terrain most G-Wagens will be exposed to are the potholes located en route to their preferred shopping district. Those people are going to care a lot more about the updated MBUX infotainment system and the fact that it can be wirelessly paired to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Wireless charging pads are also the norm, as are the climate-adjustable front cupholders, some new driver-assistance features, and a bevy of tech updates.

Novel driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control with an optional lane-centering feature that’s supposed to anticipate the necessary speeds to take an exit ramp or particularly tight corner. Having tried similar features on other models, it would be impressive to see this work every single time. There’s likewise an optional dashcam that I’m not sure why someone would want considering its hardwired to the vehicle and presumably accessible to the manufacturer via its connectivity service.

The audio system was said to be upgraded from the previous model year and Mercedes has likewise said it’s pulling out all the stops in terms of its Manufaktur customization service. You'll certainly be paying extra but the new G-Class is supposed to offer more paint colors, upholstery choices, interior trims, and wheel options than ever before.

Mercedes-Benz has stated that the 2025 model year G550 and G63 should arrive at U.S. dealerships during the second half of this year. Pricing has yet to be announced but it seems impossible that it would start below $150,000 with the AMG variant likely retailing closer to $200,000.

[Images: Mercedes-Benz]

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Matt Posky
Matt Posky

A staunch consumer advocate tracking industry trends and regulation. Before joining TTAC, Matt spent a decade working for marketing and research firms based in NYC. Clients included several of the world’s largest automakers, global tire brands, and aftermarket part suppliers. Dissatisfied with the corporate world and resentful of having to wear suits everyday, he pivoted to writing about cars. Since then, that man has become an ardent supporter of the right-to-repair movement, been interviewed on the auto industry by national radio broadcasts, driven more rental cars than anyone ever should, participated in amateur rallying events, and received the requisite minimum training as sanctioned by the SCCA. Handy with a wrench, Matt grew up surrounded by Detroit auto workers and managed to get a pizza delivery job before he was legally eligible. He later found himself driving box trucks through Manhattan, guaranteeing future sympathy for actual truckers. He continues to conduct research pertaining to the automotive sector as an independent contractor and has since moved back to his native Michigan, closer to where the cars are born. A contrarian, Matt claims to prefer understeer — stating that front and all-wheel drive vehicles cater best to his driving style.

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  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Mar 27, 2024

    i heard that the new 3.0L will rock you like a hurricane

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    • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Mar 28, 2024

      Wow. A bunch of Scorpions fans

  • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Mar 28, 2024

    Well, it was never an off-roader, much less a military vehicle, so let the people with too much money play make believe.

  • Ajla It's weird how surveys comes to conclusions like this when about 100% of the responses then mock the results.
  • Jkross22 It very much depends on the dealer. Just bought a replacement for the CX9. A local dealer gave a $500 discount on a CPO car while another one gave a few thousand dollar discount but was out of the area and we had to drive 5 hours to get. The local dealer still seems to think it's 2022 and cars appreciate when sitting on the lot. I wish them luck.
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  • SCE to AUX What a farce.Besides, "patriotism" has been redefined a hundred different ways in the last 20+ years. Disagree with one of them, and you're a traitor.And for starters, Jeep is a Stellantis brand with its HQ in the Netherlands. If this persistent myth about patriotism is ever cracked, the brand is doomed.