MERCEDES-BENZ TO STOP PRODUCTION OF G 63 AMG 6X6 FROM MAY THIS YEAR

MUSCAT: Mercedes-Benz is calling the final chapter in the production lifespan of the G 63 AMG 6×6. Having enjoyed two years of immense success in the region, the company will stop the 6×6 production from May 2015.

In a niche class of its own, the G 63 AMG 6×6 is a show vehicle that brings together the best of worlds, and has enjoyed its reign as the biggest, most rugged off roader Mercedes-Benz has ever produced. The production is expected to stop in May 2015.

The G 63 AMG 6×6 took the region by storm when it was introduced in early 2013. It has been a successful model from the start and has strengthened Mercedes-Benz’s leadership in the SUV segment. The Middle East has proved to be the most crucial sales market for the vehicle.

“Exceptionally popular in this region, the G 63 AMG 6×6 will be missed not just by Mercedes-Benz, but also by our SUV enthusiasts. It enjoyed an immediate and overwhelmingly positive response from the day it launched in 2013 and continues to do so today. The Middle East region alone accounts for 41 per cent of the global sales of the G 63 AMG 6×6, which is no surprise for a market always looking to have the best or nothing,” said Dirk Fetzer, director of Sales & Marketing at Daimler Middle East & Levant.

The superior 6×6 comes with an all-wheel drive technology, AMG V8 biturbo power and looks that leave no room for doubt: 400 kW (544 hp), a 6×6 drive, low-range ratio, five differential locks, portal axles, tyre pressure control system and a special chassis allow this pickup to make good progress in environments where the concept of individual mobility normally bites the dust as soon as the road ends. The G 63 AMG 6×6 is also equipped with special, two-part 45.7 cm (18-inch) beadlock wheels. When a tyre is fitted to this type of wheel, it is clamped between the wheel (formed by the two halves of the rim) and an internal beadlock ring so securely that, even in the event of a complete loss of pressure, it cannot slip off the rim and sand cannot enter.

Thanks to the wealth of interior enhancements from the AMG stable, passengers can enjoy the highest possible degree of off-road ability with three portal axles which have been added to the Mercedes-Benz off-road portfolio. As a result, the ground clearance of the G 63 AMG 6×6 is increased to 460 millimetres which allows the passengers to enjoy a commanding view and additional ground clearance.

Other visual highlights include the use of elegant carbon fibre for the integrated LED light strips above the windscreen as well as for the large flared wheel arches while the rear load area section has a distinctive stainless-steel roll-over bar. The load area, which is lined with particularly tough and durable bamboo, can be accessed by means of a tailboard.

SOURCE: MUSCAT DAILY