“The new G-Class continues to set the bar higher in all relevant areas – in terms of performance both on and off the road as well as with regard to comfort and telematics. Our ‘longest-serving’ model series is therefore ideally equipped to continue its success story. In short, the new ‘G’ is still a ‘G’, only better,” said Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.
We preview the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class that will have its world premiere at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and will go on sale in the U.S. by late 2018.
The G-Class Reinvented for Today
The G-Class, the luxury off-road vehicle from Mercedes-Benz, is a design icon. Its external appearance had not changed much since it first appeared in 1979. Iconic elements continue to serve very specific purposes, so as to give the G-Class its unique appearance.
With the latest update, the off-road icon is making the leap into a new era – both in terms of technology and looks. The new G-Class is longer and wider with even greater presence on and off-road. That should appeal to the usual Hollywood A-listers, rappers and players.
The new G-Class appears to be hewn from a single piece of metal. All surfaces are tauter, with narrower, more precise gaps. Wheel arches and bumpers form a more integral part of the body that sits on the classic ladder-type frame. The independent suspension with double-wishbone front axle in combination with a rigid rear axle and three differential locks make for better performance off-road. Look at this wheel articulation!
The new G-Class is chock full of standard new features such as LED headlamps, advanced driver assistance systems, a high-quality interior with leather seats and a new suspension. Additionally, options such as the Exclusive Interior Plus with diamond-stitched leather provide even more customization.
While the exterior retains the G-wagen classic iconic look, the interior of the G-Class got a fundamental redesign. With its off-road character and world-class luxury appointments, the G-Class has always combined two extremes into a harmonious symbiosis. Every detail is hand-crafted with the utmost care, using only the finest high-quality materials.
Fans of classic round instruments will find the new dashboard familiar but underneath lies all the cutting edge electronics you need. As in the new E-Class and S-Class, a large display instrument cluster in the driver’s direct field of vision and a central display above the center console is available as an option.
If chosen, two 12.3-inch displays blend visually into a Widescreen Cockpit beneath a fully bonded glass panel. 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.
Ride comfort can be further enhanced with the optional Active Multicontour Seat Package. In addition to special multicontour seats, this features various massage functions, climate-controlled seats and rapid seat heating. There are electrically adjustable lumbar supports for the driver and front passenger.
The side sections of the seat cushions and backrests of the active multicontour seats include integrated air chambers that fill or empty continuously depending on the driving dynamics, thus providing better support for the seating positions of driver and front passenger and more lateral support during cornering.
The front seats of the Active Multicontour Seat Package are recommended by experts from the German spinal health organization “Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V.”
Good to know……
Off-road: 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. Thanks to its standard ladder-type frame, the three 100-percent differential locks and LOW RANGE off-road gear reduction, the G remains a true G.
À la carte: “Comfort,” “Sport,” “Individual” or “Eco”
DYNAMIC SELECT is now available with up to five driving modes for the G-Class. Touch a button and you can change the vehicle characteristics in seconds. The four programs “Comfort,” “Sport,” “Eco” and “Individual” can be set.
All you need to know is that the clever system changes how the automatic transmission shifts, the engine throttle response, the electric steering system, suspension damping and the exhaust flap. It’s like four different vehicles at your command.
Making the G-Class
The new G-Class is built with a new mix of materials comprising strong, high-strength, ultra-high-strength steels and aluminum, as well as improved production processes at the Magna Steyr plant in Austria. The rigid body shell is now made of a variety of steel grades, while the fenders, hood and doors are made of aluminum.
We Have the Power
In the new G 550 a high-performance 4.0-liter V8 gasoline engine ensures powerful propulsion. The new biturbo produces an output of 416 hp and a maximum torque of 450 lb-ft at 2,000 to 4,750 rpm. The 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission with torque converter was specifically adapted to meet the needs of the G-Class.
As the model with the longest production history in the Mercedes Benz line up, the new G-Class has brought the luxury SUV truly into the 21st century. It truly is “Built to feel like it’ll last forever.”
No prices have been announced but the outgoing model starts at $124,000 before optional extras.
If you have to ask te price, this is not the ‘droid’ you’re looking for……
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).