What Do You Think About The 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class?

Fans of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class have probably noticed that theSUV’s exterior design hasn’t changed much since 1979. It not only makes its nameplate iconic, but its form factor as well.

So what Mercedes has done for this new generation model, unveiled at NAIAS 2018, is that they’ve tried to give it more road presence by making it longer and wider, then adding a fundamentally modern interior, while still reflecting the overall aesthetic of the exterior.

So if you like what you saw in the new E-Class and S-Class, you will undoubtedly appreciate the instrument cluster of the G-Wagen as well, thanks mostly to the two 12.3″ displays sharing a glass cover.

All the buttons and switches have been borrowed from modern-day Mercedes models. If you recall, the old G-Class had the same buttons and steering wheel found on the pre-facelifted GLE (aka the M-Class).

Still, if the styling changes aren’t enough for you, then consider all the modern-day optional extras available – such as the 16-speaker Burmester sound system, designo leather upholstery or the Active Multicontour Seat package (heating, ventilated and massage functions). It’s the equivalent of having your cake and eating it too in the world of luxury off-roaders.

As for what it can do on the move, the launch model packs a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, producing 416 HP (421 PS) and 450 lb-ft (609 Nm) of torque. But since straight line speed has never been the G-Class’ forte, you’ll be relieved to know that the 2019 model features a ladder-type frame, new independent front and rear suspensions, and three 100% differential locks.

The all-new G-Wagen will go on sale in the U.S. later this year, when it will undoubtedly prove extremely popular with celebrities, just like all the previous generations.

What’s your take on the new generation of the G-Class?

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  • ErnieB

    Winner!!

  • LWOAP

    I like it. If it ain’t broke why fix it?

  • Tommy YoungKwon Seo

    Redesigning an icon isn’t easy. Jeep did an amazing job on new JL, this new G-class also looks great. Hopefully Land Rover will follow the same route with their coming-soon Defender.

    • Kash

      So long as you’re not hoping for retro styling or for it to look anything like the DC100 concept…

  • lagunas3ca

    Wider, lighter, and an updated interior. What more could you ask for?

    • PK

      more horsepower? lol

  • David Lee

    As long as it doesn’t drive like a truck or has mpg of 12-15, it will be a winner.

  • Eunos

    You’re wrong in the article – only the front is independant suspension, read has solid axle

  • Christian Wimmer

    Decent.

    I think the rather boxy and manly design of the original G-Class has been somewhat watered-down with this “rounder and curvier” G-Class. It’s still a nice-looking truck, but it lacks the edginess and hard appearance of the G-Classes that came before it IMHO.

    • nastinupe

      That edginess and hard appearance was from the fact that it was more narrow than this iteration. Wider is better and looks better IMHO. I believe that in real life this will blow the previous generation out of the water, especially once they tack on all of the extras that we are used to seeing on G Wagons.

  • DR.FUNK

    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.

  • lagunas3ca

    This launch model must be the G 550.

  • Michelin

    Is there some differences with the old one ???

  • Dennis Scipio

    Eh, the interior is fine but I guess the boxy exterior isn’t too bad either.

  • Sharper Living

    The press photos looked terrible, but this looks like it really works from the photos here. Was deeply unimpressed, but now quite like it. Still not sold on the interior though.

  • klowik

    They still don’t want to go too far from original look. Anyhow, it’s still targeted for practicality, toughness and ruggedness in the wild countries and places..not urban SUV which needs some civilized styling..

  • exeptor

    This car starts getting pointless. I wonder what percentage of its owner actually drive it even the easiest offroading. In my country the luxury versions like these on the pictures above (which is like 95% of them all) have 0% offroading usage. Could be different in other countries but still I don’t think that these days it covers all the hype around it. Don’t get me wrong – I like the G and always did but at some point even a lengends need to step off with dignity before start getting something completely different that it was supposed to be.

  • Bash

    What I think?…
    Its better all around, except for those headlights imo.
    when is the face-lift is due?. 😉

  • SteersUright

    Definitely appreciate MB retaining true-to-its-roots off-road capability but I wish they took slightly more risks with the exterior. Nothing too dramatic, but maybe a slightly more modern interpretation. It looks purposeful, but also somewhat tacky, almost like a tuner version of the original. I do like it, let me be clear, but thats my honest opinion. I think Jeep did a better job refreshing the Wrangler’s exterior in both retaining its signature design cues and still succeeding in making it look slightly more modern.

  • TheHake

    If I could have only 1 car for the rest of my life, this would be it.

  • Philip George

    They need to produce the electric powertrain version already. Same body style, for that rugged, outback, all-terrain feel and look, but with electric powertrain. It’s about time.

  • psiqtas

    Still a very cools SUV/4×4 but…these headlamps and dashboard are terrible – don’t fit the character of that car!!!

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