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For the first time in the history of the Mercedes-AMG G-Class, driving characteristics can be individualized at the touch of a finger with five on-road and three off-road driving modes. Independent of the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs, the driver has the option of pressing the "M" button to switch directly to manual mode, in which gearshifts are executed exclusively using the shift paddles on the steering wheel. e transmission stays in the selected gear and does not automatically shift up when the engine speed reaches the limit. If required, stages of the adaptive adjustable suspension can also be self-selected. Outfitted with AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive, the rear-biased torque distribution provides a front/rear split of 40 to 60 percent, improving agility and traction during acceleration. A reworking of the off-road reduction gear helps to ensure that the G63 is able to master even more demanding off- road stretches, and can be engaged via the LOW RANGE switch at speeds of up to 25 mph. Because the majority of G63's experience more time on road than off, occupants will appreciate the completely designed suspension system, which features coil springs all-round. For the first time, the front axle has an independent, double wishbone suspension; a rigid axle with a five-link suspension is used at the rear. To reduce body roll, the G63 has additional transverse stabilizers at the front and rear axles. Adaptive adjustable damping is standard and is adjusted individually for each wheel. Model-specific cues from the exterior are repeated inside: the shape of the round headlamps is reflected in the side air vents, and in the shape of the indicators in the tweeters. e redesigned dashboard has analogue tubes as dial instruments as standard. A fully digital Widescreen Cockpit with virtual instruments directly in the driver's field of vision and a central display above the center console can be added as upgrades. Two 12.3-inch displays visually blend into a single unit beneath a shared glass cover, with the driver able to choose from three different views—"Classic," "Sporty" and "Progressive"—and access the required information individually. Available in early 2019, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG G 63 will have a starting MSRP of $147,500.. sl 64 slmag.net

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