The Mercedes-Benz G-Class has been long overdue for a revamp — at nearly 40 years old, the only older platform in the Mercedes stable is the Unimog. The 2019 G-Class has gotten a full redesign, making it a much-improved vehicle on the tarmac, but it’s lost none of its off-road ability. The body-on-frame construction and iconic styling are still there, along with three locking differentials, and more of everything else: Ground clearance, fording ability, and slope climbing. The major rework of the interior makes it a true Mercedes, with a dash-spanning digital display and more front- and rear-legroom, thanks to a longer and wider body. The 2019 G-Class will arrive in the US in late 2018.
We’ve been waiting for a long time for Mercedes-Benz to bring this one out into the open. In fact, we’ve been following its development right from the time the company first teased the car and now it’s finally here. The 2019 G-Class features a number of substantial updates over its predecessor, the iconic Gelandewagen largely stays the course.
The 2019 G-Class comes with smoother surfaces and re-shaped headlamps and tail lamps, slimmer front blinkers and of course new wheels. It has also grown in size when compared to its predecessor and is now 53 mm longer, 121 mm wider and close to 8 mm taller. This, of course, translates to more room inside the car as well as the wheelbase too has gone up by nearly 40 mm. The rear seats have been repositioned so that the passengers have an additional leg room of 152 mm and that’s quite a lot.
The cabin is all new and every surface is new, with a design that’s both familiar and upscale. The first thing you notice is the expansive digital display that extends from behind the steering wheel all the way out to the center stack. This is a set up similar to the one we’ve seen on the E- and S-Class which houses two 12.3-inch high-resolution screens.
Features-wise, the touch-sensitive Touch Control Buttons on the steering wheel respond to swiping motions. The driver can also use the touchpad without looking away from the road. The input options are rounded off by shortcut keys in front of the controller for frequently accessed operating tasks, and by the optional control array for the driving assistance systems above the rotary light switch. The seats in the G-Class are equipped as standard with numerous convenience functions such as the Memory function for the driver’s seat, seat heating front and rear, and luxury head restraints in the front. The side sections of the seat cushions and backrests of the active multi-contour seats include integrated air chambers. The standard audio system features seven loudspeakers. The Burmester surround sound system with 16 speakers and a 590-watt amplifier with Digital Sound Processing is available as optional equipment.
Under the new body too, a completely new ladder-on-frame chassis underpins the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class. The SUV now comes with a modern independent front suspension, whole steel and aluminum have been used in its construction to keep the overall weight low.