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

16 January, 2018, 01:31 | Author: Grady Montgomery
  • Meet The All-New Mercedes G-Class: The Grandaddy Is Reborn

AMG variants account for 60 per cent of G-Class sales Down Under. Iconic elements of the original remain, though, including the exterior protective strip, the bonnet-mounted indicators and the spare-tyre mounted on the tailgate.

Despite its similarities with its direct predecessor, Mercedes claims quality is improved, resulting in "narrower, more precise panel gaps", and the wheel arches and bumpers become a more integral part of the body, "looking less like add-on features", says the German vehicle maker. Dimensions, however, subtly grow by 2.1 inches in length and 4.8 inches in width to benefit passengers who will enjoy more elbow room with which to ogle the interior's refinements. Now measuring 4715mm long and 1881mm wide, it is still more compact than its Range Rover rival, which measures 4999mm by 1983mm.

With the automaker just now giving the G class its most thorough redesign since the venerable off-roader was launched almost 40 years ago, a fully electric version probably wouldn't happen for quite a while. We'll find out more, and get behind the wheel, sometime between now and when the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G 500 goes on sale late this year. Here, a comprehensive modernisation has taken place, with next-generation Mercedes touches throughout - dual 12.3-inch infotainment screens with three selectable display styles, a 590-watt 16-speaker Burmester stereo circular metal air vents and touch-sensitive steering wheel controls all feature, along with swathes of high-end trim and luxurious leather. No, the statement SUV is and will always be the Mercedes G-Class. The body shell is also stiffer than before, yielding improvements in all driving situations since the suspension can more effectively do its job. Front legroom is 1.5-inches longer and rear legroom grows by 5.9-inches.

Ola Kallenius oversaw development of the G-Wagen and says the new vehicle is "still a G, only better".

G-mode is a reminder that, for all its new creature comforts, the G-class still had to pass muster on Austria's grueling 4,741-foot Schöckl mountain peak - Europe's version of Jeep's punishing Rubicon trail proving grounds. As a result, it claims the G-Class is better still off road yet also "significantly more agile, dynamic and comfortable" on the road.

The new suspension has been developed with AMG. Mercedes also increased its climbing ability, breakover and departure angles and its water fording depth.

For off-roading, there is also "G-Mode". The fifth mode, G-mode, is for off-road driving only.

There's still a solid axle in the rear, along with a low range transfer case and three locking differentials, so if you don't mind scratching up your six-figure truck, have at it.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

New electromechanical rack-and-pinion steering should be a significant upgrade from the outgoing G-Class' seemingly wooden recirculating ball setup.



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