India Exclusive: Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG

If you remember the Bollywood superhero flick Krrish, Hrithik Roshan played two characters – Rohit and Krishna. While both were broadly quite similar in appearance, one looked 30 years younger than the other – as with the G63, whose boxy design, flat body panels, flared wheel arches, rectangular nose and upright windscreen all resemble the model designed more than three decades ago. However, there have been modest revisions over the years.

The new G-Class AMG gets a restyled grille with two prominent slats, new headlamp inserts and LED running lights, a deeper front bumper with larger air ducts, red brake calipers and new 20-inch alloys. However, if there’s one thing that doesn’t gel with the G’s overall boxy design, it’s the new curvy housing on the exterior mirrors.

Outside, the G63 may resemble its forebears, but the cabin gets contemporary design elements that seem to work well with the SUV’s overall rugged feel. There are bits and pieces from other modern Mercs, which isn’t a bad thing. There’s a revised instrument panel, a new monitor at the centre of the dash, a modern-looking centre console, steering wheel, gear knob and Mercedes’s COMAND system. The 2013 G-Class is like those Indian heritage palaces-turned-luxury-hotels. The aura outside is of an era gone by, but the inside reveals how well it has stayed in touch with the tastes of the modern customer.