Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the all-new G-class and one good thing about the latest model is that it still looks familiar to the older Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Fans of the original G-Wagen will be delighted to know that the designers have not implemented the brand’s new design language for the icon but retained its classly look.
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The new Mercedes-Benz G-Class follows the philosophy of Sensual Purity and at the same time remains true to the character of the original SUV from 1979. This off-road has been technically enhanced over the decades but visually has hardly changed. The new G-Class is now 53 mm longer and 121 mm wider, giving it a greater presence.
The new model has been designed to make it feel as if it is cast from a single piece. All body surfaces have a more taut design and have more tension. Mercedes-Benz has also improved the surface quality resulting in narrower, more precise gaps and more harmonious transitions. The wheel arches and bumpers now form a more integral part of the body and thus look less like add-on features.
The interior of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class has undergone a tremendous change. It has been redesigned to look modern and provides top-class luxury by using only high-quality materials. Almost all of the detail inside the G-Class is finished by hand with the utmost care.
The new G-Class gets numerous interior features that have been inspired by the exterior elements. The shape of the round headlamps is reflected in the side air vents. The shape of the loudspeakers follows that of the iconic indicators. Hallmarks of the G-Class include the grab handle in front of the front passenger and the chrome-highlighted switches for the three differential locks. Both have been meticulously optimised and retained as characteristic features.
The redesigned instrument panel features timeless tube-look analogue round dials as standard. Similar to the instrument cluster seen on the new S-Class and E-Class, two 12.3-inch displays showing virtual instruments in the driver’s direct field of vision and a central display above the centre console is available as an option. Drivers can choose between three different styles for the displays – Classic, Sport and Progressive along with select relevant information and views according to their individual needs.
The driver seat also gets memory function. Customers can also choose Active Multicontour Seat Package which brings in massage functions, climate-controlled seats, and fast seat heating along with electrically adjustable lumbar supports thereby enhancing comfort to another level.
The new model of the SUV also offers more space inside. It provides 38mm more legroom in the front and 150mm more legroom at the rear. Shoulder room has increased by 38mm and 27 for the front and rear respectively. Elbow room at the front is more by 68mm while at the rear it has increased by 56mm. The rear seats can be folded down to 60, 40 or 100 percent, opening more room for cargo as well.
The new Mercedes-Benz G500 will be powered by a high-performance 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine which generates 422 hp and maximum torque of 610 Nm at 2000 to 4750 rpm. This motor is mated to the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission with torque converter. Engineers have managed to reduce the shift and response times by means of a dedicated software application. The new G-Class now comes fitted with electromechanical rack-and-pinion steering as standard.
The new G-Class, built on a ladder frame platform performs even better off-road and now is more agile, dynamic and comfortable on the road than its predecessor. The driver of the new 2019 Mercedes-Benz can use the DYNAMIC SELECT to choose from five driving modes – Comfort, Sport, Eco, Individual and the new G-Mode. The new improved suspension has enhanced the SUV’s off-road capability and also provides a ground clearance of 270 mm at the front axle and 241 mm to the rear axle. The new G-class has a maximum fording depth of 70 cm when driving through water and mud.
2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Price (Germany):
At the time of market launch in June 2018, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class will be available at an entry-level price of €107,040.50 (incl. VAT)