2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Is An Icon Reborn

The Mercedes G-Class has withstood the test of time and become an icon for the brand. The company is hoping to build on that success by introducing the all-new model at the North American International Auto Show.

Redesigning an icon isn’t easy but Mercedes seems to have pulled it as the 2019 G-Class manages to capture the spirit of the original. Starting up front, we can see a familiar grille which is flanked by circular headlights. The model also has an evolutionary hood as well as a new front bumper which is more rounded to help improve aerodynamics.

Moving further back, the G-Class retains its boxy styling and upright greenhouse. The model’s distinctive trim strips have also carried over and so has the spare tire carrier. Despite the familiar appearance, the redesigned model is 53 mm (2 inches) longer and 121 mm (4.7 inches) wider than its predecessor.

The styling changes continue in the cabin as drivers will find an all-new steering wheel, metallic accents, and wood or carbon fiber trim. The SUV comes with analogue gauges but customers can order a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster to match the 12.3-inch infotainment display. Elsewhere, there are heated seats, a seven-speaker audio system, and numerous new storage compartments.

A dizzying array of options will be available including a 16-speaker Burmester surround sound system, designo leather upholstery, and an Active Multicontour Seat package which adds front seats with heating, ventilation, and massage functions. If that’s not luxurious enough, the Exclusive Interior Plus package adds Nappa leather upholstery on the doors, dashboard, and center console.

Even without additional options, the 2019 G-Class is more comfortable than its predecessor as it features an assortment of changes to reduce noise, vibration, and harshness. The model’s increased dimensions also provide drivers and passengers with additional leg, shoulder, and elbow room. Rear seat passengers, in particular, receive an additional 5.9 inches (150 mm) of legroom.

At launch, the model will be offered with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that develops 416 hp (310 kW) and 450 lb-ft (609 Nm) of torque. It will be connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission which is obviously paired to a four-wheel drive system.

At SUV’s unveiling, Arnold Schwarzenegger asked Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche about the possibly of a pure electric variant but he simply said “Stay tuned.”

Despite the focus on luxury and comfort, the all-new G-Class is even more capable off-road than its predecessor. In order to achieve this, the model rides on a ladder-type frame and has been equipped with three 100-percent differential locks. The biggest change is the addition of a new independent front suspension and front axle. The rear axle is also new and Mercedes says it helps the model stay on “track more robustly.”

Thanks to these changes, the G-Class has approach and departure angles of 31° and 30° as well as a maximum fording depth of 70 centimeters (27.5 inches). The SUV also boasts a 26° breakover angle and 241 mm (9.5 inches) of ground clearance between the axles.

Other off-road focused features include a new transfer case and an all-new G-Mode which changes the characteristics of the accelerator, steering system, and adjustable damping system to ensure maximum off-road capability.

Besides being more capable off-road, the G-Class has an AMG-tuned suspension and a curb weight that has been reduced by approximately 170 kg (374 lbs) thanks to use of lightweight materials such as aluminum.

The all-new G-Class will go on sale in the United States in late 2018 and pricing will be announced closer to launch. In Germany, the G-Class will be launched in June and be priced from €107,040.50 ($130,532).

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    • Bash

      Yeah, sorry about that sir, but they don’t come with Caps Lock option.

      • Mr_Fanta_Pants

        Gold 👏

      • Jds65


  • gor134

    Not a fan.

  • B.Stokes


  • PK

    Just stunning. Typical of Mercedes Benz! <3

    • Ruel Lewis

      Have you seen the new cls?

      • Six Thousand Times

        Some people are just fans no matter what.

        • GreenApple18r

          Or he might think CLS is atypical

  • An Existing Person

    Love it.

  • Six Thousand Times

    I’m still not seeing Why they went to the trouble. Also not sure about the IFS unless the drug dealers and Hollywood types were in search of a better ride.

    • europeon

      Do you think anyone will go offroading with a $100k stock vehicle? 99.9% of them will never see anyhing else but paved roads. I’m sure it’s a great vehicle IFS or not, but they’re selling an image.

      • Six Thousand Times

        I think your percentage is pretty close to accurate. Maybe a gravel road once every couple years. Just sort of expected M-B to keep it a little real.

        • europeon

          Doesn’t it come with some beefy ARBs? I’m on my phone and it’s a pain to look at the technical pics.


    The only down side so far is the DRL

  • Nordschleife

    I feel like those rims are making this vehicle look even more nostalgic. They would have done better to surprise us with the interior vs showing that off weeks ago.

  • Bash

    They reinvent this icon with every redesign/new generation. it is timeless indeed.

  • RDS Alphard

    I’m glad Mercedes-Benz make it still looks like G-Wagon, and yet almost everything is new & different.

    • PK

      that’s how the g class should be. keep it old on the onside and modify in the inside.

  • XtremWize

    $100k for a farm tractor? No thanks …

  • Merc1

    This is Mercedes’ license to print money for the next 10 years in the high-end SUV segment.


    • Andrewthecarguy

      And why wouldn’t they? The G Wagen is an anomaly in the car industry. Mercedes can’t believe it either, and honestly there is something special and unapologetic about it.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    “Ladies and gentlemen, you may hand over your money NOW.”

    Dieter Zetsche, probably

  • Toss

    This is not a 2018 car, with all sorry.

    • Matt

      That’s why it’s awesome

      • Toss

        It’s awesome to press a metal button and grab a ordinary plastic at door handles, and to pay 100k?

        • Matt

          You’re trying really hard to hate everything about it, just relax.


    Tough line they have to toe with this sled.Obviously it’s calling card is the off-road cred…but the people who can afford it still want a comfortable / functional / luxurious space.Wonder if they fixed that rear view camera problem.(?) Most of the rear vision was blocked by the spare tire cover.Not safe…and not what you’d expect from a six figure sled.And yes…they really need to make the next generation of this puppy electric.Nobody is impressed with internal combustion related horsepower…or for that matter…the too-many-expensive-moving-parts-that have-to-be maintained-and-replaced.

  • I like the update…it is very clean and smooth out…this is the SUV you can use in a Zombie Apocalypse, along with your Unimog…

  • ediotsavant

    Kudos to Mercedes for keeping the shape! It has a presence like no other suv on the market. I love these box style cars. Kia Soul. Scion xB. Nissan Cube.

  • TheHake

    The ONLY car you’ll EVER need.

  • fabri99

    A lot of fuss about a new G-Class and…this is the result? I’m happy they stayed true to the original, but I was expecting bigger and more evident change after all that talking about it.

  • lagunas3ca

    Needs the LED strip.

  • Dennis James

    It’s as advanced as it gets, in a classic shape. Look at the double A-arm suspension at the front and the unibody frame. Plus the interior, it’s modern but still classic-looking. Very nice !

  • But it looks the same

  • SJ

    I would prefer a new 2018 Suzuki Jimny… plus it’s cheap so you don’t care if you damage it off road.

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