Meet The All-New Mercedes G-Class: The Grandaddy Is Reborn


On Sunday, it revealed the the 2019 G550 during the Detroit Auto Show. Comfort, Sport, Eco and configurable Individual modes feature, along with optional G-Mode, which optimises the G-Class for off-road use. Yet the only curves on the G-class are on its wheels. "The only thing that is more out of the box is a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, but it won't have the refinements a Mercedes customer is looking for". But G-Class sales grew 6 percent compared with the prior year. All come with Mercedes' 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox. The overall look is much smoother, lending credence to the company's hyperbolic prose that says the G-Class looks like it's cast from a single piece of metal. It sells best in Southern California, the Dallas metropolitan area and then South Florida.

One of the most iconic off-road vehicles ever made is the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

Mercedes-Benz South Africa can't yet confirm local launch dates, but it will go on sale in Europe and the United States of America later this year. However, we'd expect them to be similar to those in other markets, where the auto comes with leather upholstery, a seven-speaker stereo set-up and a host of driver-assistance systems. There's a huge payoff inside. Buyers get 1.5-inches more shoulder room in front and 1.1-inches in the rear. Mercedes claims rear leg room has risen by 150mm and front leg room by 38mm.

Inside, the G-Wagen gets dramatic updates, appearing more in line with the E- and S-Class than previous generations of G-Class. Switching to IFS forced Mercedes engineers to stiffen the nose of the G-Class by adding a strut tower brace in the engine compartment. Rear seats can fold down completely or in a 60/40 split. What's that? It looks just like the old one?

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Inner Beauty But while the exterior was mostly left alone, Mercedes-Benz gave the interior a total makeover, with a bold infotainment display, modern trim materials, and a few touches that link to the exterior. The automaker also focused on precision construction.

What's changed is that the new model is 53mm longer and 121mm wider, while the wheelarches and bumpers have been created to look more like integral parts of the body. Everything inside is new, with an emphasis on luxury and technology.

The interior has undergone fundamental changes, though the digital "widescreen cockpit" is an option. "In short, the new "G" is still a "G", only better", said Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. The new vehicle can handle steeper approaches and climbs. It makes sense. The GLE had surpassed it when it comes to the bells and whistles.

It's the new G 500, with the ubiquitous 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine packing 310 kW (422 hp) and a maximum torque of 610 Nm at 2000 to 4750 rpm - with fuel consumption, combined: 11.1 l/100 km. There's likely to be a performance oriented AMG version available later this year.