2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class – The Cool and the Classy
The long overdue ship-of-the-desert Mercedes-Benz G-Class now available in the Middle East
The iconic Mercedes-Benz G-Class (known as Geländewagen) that emerged as a military vehicle and then naturally moved into its recognized habitat of rich and famous flaunting the most capable cross-country luxury SUV. However, for the longest period of time around 4 decades, the G-Wagen hardly changed its appearance. The brawny looks remain the same, even though there were multiple variants available to suit different markets and customers demands.
Fast forward to present day, Mercedes-Benz iconic G-Class once again celebrating its over 40 years existence. Revealed at the famous Al Serkal Avenue in Dubai and presenting to the region the legendary flagship model – Mercedes-Benz G-Class, ready to take a fresh leap into a new era and displaying modern technology while staying true to its unrivaled legacy.
Park the out outgoing vehicle next to the newly launched G-Class, even after rubbing the eyes you will still find the newest G-Class SUV same as before: standing tall and boxy with visible hinges and roof notches. The classic creases represented the rugged stance are now rounded-off to give a more elegant appearance yet maintaining the same bold attitude.
The all-new 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is more than much improved. It is now a re-invented SUV in every way. The newly revealed G-Class is bigger than the outgoing vehicle. G-Class is 53 mm longer and 121 mm wider. Hence the legroom in the front and the rear seats are more than before. While utilizing the modern techniques and materials: digital prototype and ultra-high-strength steels and aluminum G-Class shed 170kgs. Not only this made the new 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class lighter and agile and the same time more efficient.
Just like the exterior reminisces the predecessor, the cabin expresses itself in the similar fashion. However, it is now more luxurious and rich in every detail. Large weel defines redesigned instrument panel features timeless tube-look analog round dials as standard – with two 12.3-inch displays blend visually into a Widescreen Cockpit beneath a shared glass cover. In other words, fans of classic round instruments will certainly not be disappointed in the new G‑Class. 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.
Another aspect which critically eyed here in the Middle East is the off-road capability, Mercedes made sure the new G-Class will impress its customers in every way: whether on or off the road and whatever the operating conditions, the off-road vehicle impresses with its performance, advanced assistance systems, outstanding handling, and safety. The new suspension features the DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes including the “Desert” driving mode designed specifically for the G 500 in the Middle East, the “G-Mode”- an intelligent off-road control system – and the three 100 percent differential locks enhance not only ride comfort but also agility – on any surface.
The “G-Mode” independently of the chosen driving mode reacts quickly 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. Drivers are able to enjoy inch-perfect maneuvering even in the steepest terrain and receive excellent feedback on the traction capacity of the surface.
In the classic format the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is equipped with healthy 4.0L – V8 Bi-Turbo producing 422 hp @ 5,250 – 5,500 rpm and Torque610 Nm @ 2,000 – 4,750 rpm. G-Wagen will sprightly accelerate 0-100 km/h in 5.9 seconds till it reaches a restricted top Speed of 210 km/h. The engine is mate with a newly developed with 9G TRONIC automatic transmission with a smooth shifting program that also contributes towards better fuel economy.
The mighty Mercedes-AMG G 63 variant
Mercedes-Benz knows the popularity of its professional sports variant the Mercedes-AMG. A G63 is also introduced at the same time to fulfill the wish of the demanding customers. More than just an AMG badge, the G63 is beefed up with AMG 4.0-litre V8 bi-turbo engine which also replaces the previous 5.5-litre V8 bi-turbo engine in the G 63. The newest engine generates 430 kW (585 hp) in this model and delivers a maximum torque of 850 Nm. This is available across a wide rev range between 2.500 and 3.500 rpm, providing a sense of effortless superiority. It absolves a sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds. This engine is equipped with the AMG Cylinder Management deactivation system. In the partial-load range, cylinders two, three, five and eight are deactivated, which significantly lowers fuel consumption.
AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission is used in the G 63. This has a model-specific software application to achieve very short shift times. The multiple downshift function allows more spontaneous bursts of speed, while the double-declutching function in “Sport” and “Sport Plus” transmission modes make for an even more emotional driving experience. Defined engine manipulation makes for even faster gear changes.
“Manual” mode can be selected using a separate switch. The gear changes are based on the selected transmission mode, and the driver can now change gear using paddles on the steering wheel. Moreover, the transmission stays in the selected gear and does not automatically shift up when the engine speed reaches the limit.
The AMG G63 has its own unique appearance. The front section of the G 63 is characterized by the AMG-specific radiator grille and the AMG bumper with large side air inlets and trim in matt iridium silver. The headlamps, indicators and tail lights are in LED High-Performance technology as standard.
Mercedes-AMG believes the new G 63 performs even better when off-road, and on the road, and is more dynamic and comfortable than its predecessor. The agile driving impression is substantial due to the suspension system, which has been completely redesigned by Mercedes-AMG and features coil springs all-round. For the first time, the front axle has an independent, double wishbone suspension; a rigid axle with a five-link suspension is used at the rear.
For the first time in the history of the Mercedes-AMG G-Class, the driving characteristics can be individualized at the touch of a finger with five on-road and three off-road driving modes. With the five DYNAMIC SELECT on-road modes “Slippery”, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport+” and “Individual”, the characteristics range from efficient and comfortable to very sporty and “M” button to switch directly to manual mode.
Three off-road modes – “Sand”, “Trail” and “Rock” – are available when driving off the beaten track. These can then be selected with the DYNAMIC SELECT rocker switch. “Trail” allows maximum performance on soft, muddy or slippery surfaces. “Sand” modifies the parameters for sporty dynamics and the best possible grip and steerability on sandy stretches or desert sand dunes. “Rock” is the mode for extremely demanding, rocky terrain with severe axle articulation and frequent lifting of one or more wheels.