The German luxury carmaker has finally unveiled the second-generation Mercedes-Benz G-Class with comprehensive updates. While the SUV retains the retro styling, it receives significant changes inside the cabin. Available in multiple engine options, the 2019 Mercedes G Class is claimed to deliver impressive on and off road performance, handling and safety. Features such as new suspension setup, the “G-Mode”, the Dynamic Select driving modes and the three 100% differential locks enhance its overall ride comfort and agility.
Dr Gunnar Güthenke, Head of the Off-Road Product Group at Mercedes-Benz, explains: “Enhancing an icon such as the G-Class in technological terms was both a challenge and an opportunity at the same time. Each part and every bolt came under close scrutiny. With the body, our main focus was on increasing the vehicle rigidity and the connections between the suspension and drivetrain with the ladder-type frame”. Check Out – Upcoming New Mercedes Benz Cars At Auto Expo 2018
Globally, the new-gen Mercedes G Class will go on sale in June 2018. In the German market, the prices of the off-roader will start from €107,040.50 (including VAT) for the entry-level model. The company will also add the all-electric version of the SUV at a later stage. However, there is no official word on its India launch.
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The 2019 Mercedes G Class will be offered with multiple engine options. The base model G650 and G63 AMG variant will derive its power from the 4.0-litre V8 turbocharged AMG engine producing power worth 415bhp with 610Nm and 603bhp with 700Nm respectively. The lower-spec G500 trim will get less tuned engine. All variants of the SUV will get a 9-speed automatic transmission.
Mercedes will also introduce a new 2.9-litre, straight-six diesel engine on the G 350d variant, but at a later stage. This oil burner is good for 286bhp and 600Nm. That said, the company might scrap the G65 V12 variant from the carline to make way for an all-electric model. Read – The Fastest Production Car To Lap BIC – ‘Mercedes AMG GT-R’
On the exterior, the 2019 Mercedes G Class features redesigned headlamps, slimmer blinkers, new wheels and revised tail lamps. The off-roader has also grown in proportions, thus making it longer (by 53mm), wider (by 121mm), taller (around 8mm) and more spacious than the outgoing model. For creating extra legroom (152mm) for the occupants, Mercedes has moved the rear seats of the car.
Interior has also been revised, though it looks similar to the new Mercedes E-Class. Just like its sedan sibling, the 2019 Mercedes G Class gets two 12.3-inch high resolution displays, touch sensitive controls on the steering wheel and electric handbrake. Instead of the conventional gear selector stalk integrated in the centre console, the SUV gets steering column mounted gearshift. On the centre console, you will get the rotary infotainment controller, touchpad and lots of small storage compartments.
The rear camera has also been repositioned. Claimed to be “one-hundred percent waterproof”, it’s now mounted below the spare wheel. Features such as chrome switches for the three differential locks and grab handle for the front passenger are carried over from the previous model. The driver’ seats of the 2019 Mercedes G Class comes with memory function. While all seats are heated, the luxury head restraints are offered only on the front seats. Pictures & Details – Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition
For entertainment purpose, the SUV gets an optional Burmester surround sound system with 16 speakers and a 590 watt amplifier with Digital Sound Processing. The audio system with seven speakers is standard across the carline.
Ditching the ladder-frame chassis, the 2019 Mercedes G Class uses the new ladder-on-frame chassis and new aluminium body structure. The latter one has helped the car shed off 170kgs. The SUV gets AMG-developed double-wishbones independent front suspension and a rigid at the rear.