We wouldn’t disagree with Mercedes-Benz when they claim that their G-Class is a true icon in the automotive world. In fact, it has been around in its same form for almost 40 years. Besides, can you think of any other vehicle that has survived that long, with very minimal changes? All we can say is the G-Class has been proven to be timeless.
Today, the spotlight is on the 2019 G-Class. Unsurprisingly, it has the same rugged appearance as its predecessor despite the number of updates. Several new exterior updates were implemented that make the surface look smoother, with its reshaped headlights and tail lights, slimmer front blinker, and a new set of wheels. It has grown in size a little too, by 2.1 inch in length, 4.8 inch in width, and 0.3 inch in height.
But most of the new upgrades can be found inside the cabin. Passengers will now get more room inside, particularly back passengers. This has been done because the previous model had tighter accommodations for back riders. This also means more legroom for them, because the wheelbase had been extended by 1.6 inches in length. Aside from that, the rear seats had been repositioned as well. Late last year, we also talked about the G-Class’ new interior that has been made so much nicer, with the new surface that gives us the same familiarity, but with a more upscale feel.
Do not be deceived by the luxurious interior though as the G-Class is still pretty skillful off road. There is a new suspension design, a low range gear, and three independently locking differentials. The new independent front suspension means that on-road performance will be improved, and Mercedes makes sure that this does not affect its off-roading skills. Aren’t you guys excited to see this driving on mud?
In the United States, the first one you could expect is the G550 model, with the same 4.0 liter biturbo V8 that can carry out 416 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque. This engine will be working with a nine speed automatic transmission.
The G-Class will also be featuring a Dynamic Select switch that allows the driver to choose from several modes like Comfort, Sport, Eco, Individual settings, and a so called “G Mode”. This feature is supposed to adapt the adjustable damping of the chassis and the steering as well as the accelerator characteristics.
Pricing is not yet available for the G-Class but we expect the details to arrive later this year. And after the G550 makes its first public appearance, there will likely be an AMG version that will follow sometime in 2019. For now, you could check out the photos of the new 2019 G-Class.