Mercedes reveals all-new G-Class

16 January, 2018, 01:31 | Author: Jacqueline Daniels
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If you're willing to get up close and personal with the 2019 G-Class, make sure to check out the live clip below. It hasn't stayed relevant by resting on its laurels though, and today Mercedes has announced an all-new version in the hope of securing its title for many more years to come.

Not only is the styling of the G-Class only modestly updated, but familiar G-Class trademarks - like the door closing noise, "stuck on" indicators and old-fashioned door handles - remain intact too, although panel gaps improve and it looks less bolted together from bits and more of a cohesive whole.

The new model retains a similar look to the original, but has significantly enhanced the safety and dynamics of the iconic 4×4, as well as making it much lighter than before. Now measuring 4715mm long and 1881mm wide, it is still more compact than its Range Rover rival, which measures 4999mm by 1983mm.

Well, after four decades and more than 300,000 sold, Mercedes-Benz has finally decided the G-Class was due for a complete and total redesign. "In short, the new "G" is still a "G", only better", stresses Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

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There's a special "G" mode for off-road driving and a large flat screen. Interior elbow room is up by 68mm in the front - handy if the Christmas period has left you feeling a little wider than you did.

The interior dimension has also increase with 1.5 inches more front legroom and 5.9 inches rear legroom. As a result, it claims the G-Class is better still off road yet also "significantly more agile, dynamic and comfortable" on the road.

Mercedes also incorporated the new 12.3-inch Comand display that serves as both the gauge cluster and the infotainment display.

The new suspension has been developed with AMG. It is an independent suspension with a double-wishbone front axle and a rigid rear axle.

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It has 241mm of ground clearance and maximum fording depth of 700mm. The vehicle can ford water up to 27.6-inches deep, has a breakover angle of 26-degrees, departure angle of 30-degrees, and approach angle of 31-degrees. It ditches the old G's recirculating ball setup for electric power assistance, which enables Comfort, Sport, and Off-Road steering modes. The fifth mode, G-mode, is for off-road driving only. It can be chosen manually, but it activates automatically when the driver fires up any of the three 100 per cent differential locks - front, rear and centre - or the low-range transmission feature.

Another significant change is the adoption of a new steering system. Thanks to independent suspension, Mercedes says the auto is more comfortable on the road and more capable off it.

Mercedes has also launched a G500 model, powered by a 416bhp 4.0-litre petrol V8, but Carbuyer understands this will not be offered for sale in the UK. The AMG variant will be launched with a First Edition version that is likely to cost £156,000. Deliveries are expected to start in the summer.

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