Five Things to Know About the New 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
Certain models stand the test of time, without even having to change their look. The G-Class from Mercedes-Benz is such a vehicle. Its design has barely changed since it launched in 1979, but this year, Mercedes-Benz is showing its creative side and launching a new version of its legendary all-terrain SUV.
1. More space for occupants The reconfigured cabin creates more space for occupants. To do this, the vehicle has been made 53 mm longer and 121 mm wider. Mercedes was also able to increase head, shoulder and hip room for the driver and passengers.What’s more, those seated on the rear bench get an extra 15 cm of legroom and can now enjoy a glass sunroof.
2. A 55% more rigid structure Even before this makeover, the G-Class was already a tank when it came to rigidity. Now, the manufacturer’s engineers estimate that the vehicle’s structural rigidity has been improved by 55%! How did they do it? They shrunk the gap between the side panels and used high-resistance steel and aluminum for the body and chassis. Basically, in addition to being more solid, the new G-Class is also 170 kilograms lighter.
3. A new engine for the AMG G 63 The 2019 Mercedes-AMG G 63 has been endowed with an unbelievably dynamic engine. Rather than updating the last year’s 5.5-litre V8, Mercedes-AMG is equipping the 2019 edition with a 4.0-litre V8 that offers 585 horsepower as well as 627 lb.-ft. of torque available between 2500 and 3500 rpm. The company claims it go from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, 0.9 second faster than in the 2018 G 63. How’s that for interesting?
4. New dashboard, new steering wheel The G-Class has also been equipped with a new interface, including two huge 12.3-inch rectangular screens that can be configured in three different modes. This addition gives the vehicle a much more distinguished look to match its price.
5. Rigid front axle replaced by an independent suspension An independent suspension will improve vehicle handling, offer more precise steering and reduce fuel consumption. The manufacturer claims the vehicle’s all-terrain capabilities will remain the same despite this mechanical change, but the only way to be sure is to take it for a test drive.