2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class: tried, true, and all-new


The 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is the definition of retro-cool.
After 40 years, the G-Class enters its second full technology
with a radical redesign that does not change the way in which it seems to be
however improves upon its greatest faults.

The G-Wagen was revealed Sunday forward of the 2018 Detroit auto
present. The preliminary entry, the G550—extra fashions with hopped-up
engines will inevitably observe—surprises most with what hasn’t
modified. It is nonetheless boxy and nearly indistinguishable from the
final 4 a long time of G-Wagens. It is the one Mercedes SUV to
use a separate ladder body relatively than the unibody
structure seen within the model’s GLS-Class. And it is nonetheless an
old-school four-wheeler with three differential locks and no
palette of off-road traction management modes.

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A Vary Rover can drive itself up a mountain with nearly no
driver intervention. In contrast, the G550 requires its pilot
to be absolutely in management with solely a two-speed switch case, a
trio of differential locks, and a single “G-Mode” off-road
traction management parameter at their disposal.

Its greatest mechanical change, other than some further width
and size, is that it now makes use of an unbiased entrance suspension
relatively than the stable axle that took up residence below the
engine for the final 40 years. Mercedes says that the
unbiased suspension permits for extra operating floor clearance
up entrance and for improved on-road and high-speed off-road
dealing with. Adjustable dampers are newly optionally available, which ought to
assist the G-Class trip higher than its buckboard predecessor.

Moreover, Mercedes has switched to an electro-mechanical
energy steering system for higher on-road dealing with and freeway

Below its hood, the G550 carries over the earlier technology’s
four.Zero-liter twin-turbo V-Eight rated at 416 horsepower and 450
pound-feet of torque. Full-time four-wheel drive with a
two-speed switch case is normal, however the G550 has adopted a
9-speed automated transmission with a wider ratio than the
outgoing 7-speed automated. The console-mounted gear lever in
final 12 months’s G-Class has given technique to a stalk lever like that
used on most different Mercedes merchandise.

Search for hopped-up AMG variations of the G-Class to observe quickly.

2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class leaked – Picture by way of AutoWeek.nl
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2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class leaked – Picture by way of AutoWeek.nl
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The large adjustments

It’s going to take a eager eye to identify the outside adjustments to the
G-Wagen. The 2019 mannequin is 2.1-inches longer and four.Eight-inches
wider, leaving the G-Wagen’s 189.7-inch general size and
85.7-inch width (together with its exterior mirrors) on the small
finish for an expensive SUV. The upright proportions which have outlined
Mercedes’ all-terrain SUV stay intact, massaged barely.
Even particulars just like the rub strips that run alongside the automobile’s
sides, the fender-mounted flip indicators, and the uncovered door
hinges are cleaner, however nonetheless current. Preliminary photos seem to
present a lot narrower panel gaps than the outgoing mannequin’s
1970s-era match and end.

It is too early to listen to if the G-Wagen’s signature door “clunk”
remains to be a part of the bundle, however we’ll see Mercedes’ SUV in
the flesh quickly.

Inside, the look is all-new. A 12.Three-inch touchscreen for
infotainment takes up appreciable actual property on the G-Wagen’s
dashboard. As within the automaker’s S-Class flagship, a second
12.Three-inch display screen that takes the place of standard gauges is
optionally available. Controls are organized in a extra typical Mercedes
trend than within the outgoing G-Class, however the seize deal with in
entrance of the passenger’s seat stays.


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