When a car’s battery dies, the initial instinct is to start the vehicle by pushing it while the gear and clutch lever are engaged. This task is relatively simple to accomplish with a small hatchback, compact sedan, or SUV. However, it can become quite strenuous when dealing with a full-sized SUV that demands a significant amount of force to be pushed. A similar incident occurred in New Delhi, where approximately ten men had to push a Mercedes-Benz G-Class to get it started after its battery failed.
A video capturing this incident was uploaded to the Instagram page of ‘supercars_in_india.’ In the footage, we witness approximately ten men pushing a white-colored Mercedes-Benz G-Class, known as one of the heaviest and most powerful full-sized SUVs worldwide.
With a kerb weight of approximately 2.5 tonnes and its tall, boxy structure, the G-Class proves to be one of the most challenging SUVs to push. Nevertheless, when the battery of this formidable SUV refused to assist in cranking the engine due to discharging, the men believed there was no alternative but to resort to the conventional method of starting the SUV by pushing it.
However, the men pushing the G-Class were unaware of one crucial detail: a vehicle with an automatic transmission cannot be started simply by pushing it. Similar to all other vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class lacks a clutch pedal and has an open clutch in its gearbox. These two conditions prevent the engine from being cranked.
Given these circumstances, the only viable method to start a vehicle with an automatic transmission when its battery dies is to jump-start it.
To jump-start a vehicle’s battery, you will require another vehicle with a functional battery. The initial step involves connecting the terminals of the batteries using booster cables, allowing the transfer of energy from the operational battery to the depleted one. It’s important to ensure that the donor battery from the other vehicle does not have a higher voltage than the battery that is not in working condition. Additionally, maintaining a safe distance or gap between the two vehicles is crucial to prevent any risk of short-circuiting.
Mercedes G63 AMG
The Mercedes G63 AMG is one of the most popular AMG SUVs from Mercedes-Benz in India. It is commonly known as the G-Wagen. Throughout the years, the G-Wagen’s design has remained largely unchanged. It retains its distinct, boxy appearance, accompanied by a remarkably powerful engine. The G63 AMG featured in the video appears to be from a previous generation, equipped with a 5.5-liter V8 engine.
The current generation G63 AMG has gained significant popularity among Indian celebrities. The SUV maintains its rugged exterior while offering a premium interior. It now houses a 4.0-liter, bi-turbo V8 petrol engine, producing an impressive 576 bhp and 850 Nm of torque. This engine is paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission, delivering power to all four wheels. The starting price for the G63 AMG is Rs 3.30 crore, ex-showroom. Additional customization options may increase the overall price.