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. Iconic elements continue to serve very specific purposes, now as then, and to give the G-Class its unique appearance. All these are still found in the new G-Class: the distinctive door handle and the characteristic closing sound, the robust exterior protective strip, the exposed spare wheel on the rear door and the prominent indicator lights. The new G-Class is 53 mm longer and 121 mm wider and now has even greater presence, on the road as well as in terrain.
INTERIOR: AUTHENTIC ICON
While the exterior maintains the iconic classic look, the interior of the Mercedes- Benz G-Class has undergone a fundamental modern redesign which reinterprets the genes of the classic vehicle to reflect the exterior. As in the new E-Class and S-Class, an instrument cluster in the form of a large display showing virtual instruments in the driver’s direct field of vision and a central display above the centre console is available as an option. In this case the two 12.3-inch displays blend visually into a Widescreen Cockpit beneath a shared glass cover. Drivers can choose between three different styles for the displays — “Classic”, “Sport” and “Progressive” — and also select relevant information and views according to their individual needs.
OFFROAD: THE LEGEND SURPASSES ITSELF
The new G-Class performs even better off -road, while on the road it is significantly more agile, dynamic and comfortable than its predecessor. 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 suspension emerged from the collaboration between Mercedes-Benz G GmbH and Mercedes-AMG GmbH. The result is an independent suspension with double-wishbone front axle in combination with a rigid rear axle. Equipped in this way and with a ground clearance of 270 mm to the front axle gear, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class provides plenty of potential for maximum assertiveness and driving pleasure in terrain. The figures speak for themselves:
● Slope climbing ability of up to 100% on suitable surfaces
● Ground clearance between axles, plus 6 mm, now 24.1 cm
● Maximum fording depth now 70 cm when driving through water and mud, no less than an additional 10 cm
● Stable at tilt angles of 35°, plus 7°
● Angle of departure: 30°, angle of approach: 31°, plus 1°
● Break-over angle: 26°, plus 1°
POWERFUL AND EFFICIENT
In the new G500 a high-performance 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine ensures powerful propulsion. The new biturbo produces an output of 422hp and a maximum torque of 610Nm at 2000 to 4750 rpm.
NEW AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
For the transfer of power, the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission with torque converter was specifically adapted to meet the needs of the off -road icon. The developers have managed to reduce the shift and response times of the 9-speed transmission by means of a dedicated software application. The wide transmission ratio not only makes driving quieter and more comfortable especially at low engine speeds, it simultaneously also contributes to reducing fuel consumption.