While militaries across the world have kept the off-road vehicle industry growing, manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz have made it a rule to create civilians versions of such vehicles. That’s why the recent leakage of the redesigned G-Class from Mercedes-Benz on the Auto Week.nl, a Dutch website, was welcome for many die-hard fans. As many fans expected, the vehicle retained the iconic lines of the previous G-Class generation, which has a box-like shape that goes back to the G-Class that was debuted in 1979. In this article we are going to look at some of the notable features of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, as was evident from the recent publication.
The new G-Class will however have certain clear differences that die-hard fans will be able to recognize, such as the headlights. Unlike the previous model, this model has full LED headlights that are both large and more exposed, unlike in the previous model where they appeared more recessed. More the body is smoother, and its front fenders don’t have any vents.
Furthermore, you will notice that the new G-Class model appears shorter and wide, which is in contrast with the previous model that was taller and slimmer. The wider and shorter design gives it a squat proportion, which makes it more stable than the 2017 version. What is interesting is that the body appears shorter but the actual ground clearance increased to 8.49 inches, which is about 0.23 inches more than the previous model.
The redesigned G-Class has an exterior that looks familiar, however, its mechanics that define its on-road, and off-road capabilities are different from those used by its predecessors. The changes include a newly designed ladder frame chassis on top of an independent front suspension. The body is made of a combination if steel and aluminium to give it an optimized weight and strength.
When it comes to the interior, it’s designed to be as luxurious as that of the S-Class. The luxurious interior includes retro touches such as a dash mounted handle for the passenger seat, which dates back to the first model released in 1979. Moreover, the air conditioning inlet vents are in the same position as the original G.
Other notable change in construction in the 2018 G-Class is the live rear axle, three differential locks, and a permanent 4-wheel-drive system. Moreover, the 4.0-liter turbocharged V-8 engine from AMG powers the G-Class. The engine is expected to provide about 450 pound-feet of torque, and about 415 horsepower. The same engine type is used on AMG’s G63 model, although it’s a hairier version with about 603 hp, and up to 627 lb-ft of torque.
The entire range will feature a 9-speed automatic, however, there will be no longer be a V-12 powered G65, instead, a hybrid will be expected to take its place.
The hood of the G-class still bears a small resemblance with that of the Landover, especially the way it’s shaped just above the headlights. However, the indicator lights placed on top of the mudguard give it a different appearance to that of the Landover that has the indicator lights just above the mudguards.
On the rear, they have done some cleaning with the taillight having been taken off the rear window and it’s now attached to the hatchback. Moreover, the rear wiper is no longer visible when not in use; it is hidden right behind the spare tire. You will also note that the taillights have been updated to look like a part of the design. They no longer appear as if they were added to fulfill a necessary function as an afterthought.
Overall, the G-Class still looks as boxy and primitive, which seems to be what its ardent fans want to see. It has exposed hinges, a very flat windscreen, and the overall boxy design makes cars such as the Volvo 240 appear sporty. Even for fans of other off-road vehicles such as the Jeep and the classic Landover will still find this model well within their taste. We believe that’s what they were aiming for, considering the disappointment expressed by the classic Landover fans it when its production was halted a few years ago.
We hope that you found this article to be informative and you will enjoy will enjoy your 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class ride.