The G-Class, the luxury off-road vehicle from Mercedes-Benz, has long been considered a design icon.
Its external appearance has not changed significantly since 1979, as its unmistakable shape is its trademark, meaning in 2019 the G-Class is very retro cool. But add its extraordinary off-road attributes and sumptuous interior and you have a dead-set trendsetter in the off-road segment.
The distinctive door handles and the characteristic closing sound, the robust exterior protective strip, the exposed spare wheel on the rear door and the prominent indicator lights remain typical features.
Other typical G-Class features include the plain, rectangular tail lights, which are now contoured and mounted to the body. The door hinges positioned on the outside and the surface-mounted bonnet are also carried over to the new generation.
The new G-Class is 53mm longer and 64mm wider; the revised dimensions benefit not only the driver and front passenger, but also the passengers in the second row.
The primary goal of development was to redefine the quality of the handling both on and off the road. The new G-Class performs better off-road, while on the road it is significantly more agile, dynamic and comfortable than its predecessor.
But the G thus remains a true G – thanks to its standard ladder-type frame, the three 100-percent differential locks and LOW RANGE off-road gear reduction.
The new “G-Mode”
One of the prerequisites for the improved off-road handling characteristics is the new “G-Mode”. The G-Class changes to “G-Mode” independently of the chosen driving mode as soon as one of the three differential locks has been activated or the Low Range off-road reduction gear has been engaged.
This off-road mode adapts the adjustable damping of the chassis and the steering as well as the accelerator characteristic, avoids unnecessary gear shifts and thus ensures optimum control and maximum off-road capability. A small “G” icon discreetly lights up in the instrument cluster.
Plenty of power
In the new G 500 a high-performance 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine ensures there’s no lack of grunt. The new biturbo produces an output of 310 kW (422 hp) and a maximum torque of 610 Nm at 2000 to 4750 rpm.