Straight from the horse's mouth this morning in Montvale NJ...
And even cooler.... now only the G and the Sprinter will be called 4x4 no longer 4-matic which has been confusing people since 2002 since it is entirely different from 4M. All other AWD Mercedes models in the passenger car series of products will use the 4Matic moniker when AWD version is sold. For G it is now known as the G550 4x4 with 4.0 liter V8. This is supposedly a killer engine...with better fuel economy (like perhaps up to 15mpg and a whopping 450 ft/lbs of torque. (this paragraph is my own summary).....no onto the official PR release:
G-Class (updated) 2016
The venerable G-Class family is further enhanced for MY2016 and arrives at U.S. dealers in November.
The 2016 G-Class includes the introduction of the new Mercedes-AMG G65. It will also include a number of new options and added standard equipment for existing models. G550 receives the latest V8 with more power and more fuel efficiency, refreshed bumpers and wheel arch designs, a new instrument cluster and 19" wheels. Mercedes-AMG G63 receives more horsepower, and is now at the middle positioning point.
New G550 gets the 4.0 V8 as seen in the G500 4x4 squared...
The G550 is priced at $119,900* and features restyled bumpers, enlarged wheel arches, and larger standard 19" 5-spoke wheels. It also features an updated instrument cluster and a brand-new and more fuel-efficient 4.0 V8 engine, derived from the AMG GT S and AMG C63 and rated at 416 hp (+34 hp) and 450 lb-ft (+59 lb-ft).
AMG G63 reaches 50% of sales
The AMG G63 currently accounts for over half of all G-Class sales in the USA. Priced at $139,900,* its engine output is increased to 563 hp (+27 hp) and maintains its powerful 560 lb-ft of torque since going on sale in Fall 2012.
New AMG G65 US Version released!
The AMG G65 is added to the U.S. portfolio after being available to discerning customers in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East since 2012. Priced at $217,900,* it joins the SL65 and the S65 sedan and coupe in an exclusive price range and features a powerful 12-cylinder bi-turbo engine with 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque.