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?