Mercedes-Benz hints at new Maybach G-Class, G 63 S variant

"Previously, you'd never have had the steering and dynamics for an S," says product head Gunnar Guthenke.

Mercedes-Benz is apparently working on a few new G-Class variants, raising the bar in both performance and luxury.

The company carefully avoided making drastic changes to the second-generation G-Class outward appearance. The throwback bodywork conceals an extensively modernized platform, however, with improved chassis dynamics and capable of handling more power.

"Previously, you'd never have had the steering and dynamics for an S," G-Class product head Gunnar Guthenke said at a recent launch, as quoted by Auto Express.

An 'S' edition will presumably bring a significant jump over the new G 63, which delivers 577 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque from a biturbo V8 -- enough to launch the stocky SUV to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.

Guthenke also hinted at a new Maybach edition. Such a model would serve as a follow-up to the G650 Landaulet, a luxurious limited-edition model with a stretched wheelbase and a 6.0-liter V12 with 630 horsepower.

"We want to nurture this tradition," the executive said.