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by Tim Beissmann

The first official images of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG have leaked out ahead of the new twin-turbo V8-powered off-road monster’s world premiere at next week’s 2012 Beijing motor show.

The new G63 AMG will join the diesel-powered G350 in the refreshed line-up, replacing the old G55 AMG model. Along with a new powertrain, the flagship sports variant benefits from a more aggressive exterior design and a more refined and car-like cabin.

The revised 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG gets LED daytime running lights, new side mirrors, a redesigned grille and gaping lower air intakes. Available for the first time are 20-inch alloy wheels and red brake calipers to enhance the high-performance look.

The interior benefits from similar upgrades to the G350, incorporating a new instrument panel with TFT display; large central screen with Comand system, satellite navigation and internet connectivity; Bluetooth connectivity and voice control.

Carbonfibre and satin silver surfaces create a premium ambiance on par with the luxury German brand’s passenger vehicles.

The G63 AMG gets a stubbier gearshift lever for the new seven-speed 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission, which has two more ratios than the G55 AMG model it replaces.

As previously reported, the new model also gets a new engine, substituting the old supercharged 373kW/700Nm 5.4-litre V8 for a 405kW/760Nm 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8.

The extra 32kW/60Nm helps the the G63 AMG accelerate from 0-100km/h in 5.4 seconds, shaving one tenth off the G55’s time – an impressive feat for a boxy goliath that weighs more the 2.5 tonnes.

Despite the added power, fuel consumption falls more than 13 per cent to 13.8 litres per 100km.

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class range will go on sale in Europe later this year before hitting Australian showrooms around April/May next year. Local specification and pricing details will be confirmed closer to its launch.