The German off-road automotive icon is shining ever more brightly – Mercedes-Benz has finally unveiled officially the all-new generation of the ubiquitous Geländewagen, the legendary G Class.
The G-Wagen is almost ready to celebrate four decades of existence, and we can always tell the G Class from other SUVs because most of the exterior design hasn’t changed since way back in 1979 when it was first released. But on the other hand, the German company has made sure it withstands the trials of the modern world, with major upgrades over the predecessor, most of them already presented prior to the debut by the automaker itself. The exterior – which leaked last week – is true to the original, with a few sensible upgrades here and there and enhanced dimensions: the G Class surges 2.1 inches in length, 4.8 inches in width, and 0.3 inches in height.
The true revelations come from the interior, where the G Class features a revolutionary new dashboard, along with enhancements in terms of space for the rear passengers, which gain no less than six inches of legroom. Everything inside is new, with an emphasis on luxury and technology. And of course, the G Class is just as capable – if not more – in terms of off-road prowess. It still features three independently locking differentials, a low-range gear, along with a new suspension – independent up front for improved on-road performance – while all angles are improved, along with an extra 3.9 inches of fording depth.
For now, along with the new G-Mode for enhanced off-road chops and the availability of four programs “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Eco” and “Individual” from the Dynamic Select system, Mercedes offers just two engine choices. 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. In America the G Class will be motivated via the G550 version – the same 4.0-liter biturbo V8 but featuring 416 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, coupled to the new, specifically tweaked nine-speed automatic transmission.