Mercedes-Benz has taken the camouflage off the second-generation G-Class. The new G was leaked online couple of weeks ago.
As Mercedes says, its external appearance has not changed significantly since 1979. Iconic elements continue to serve very specific purposes, now as then, 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 exterior protective strip, the exposed spare wheel on the rear door and the prominent indicator lights.
According to Mercedes, the design has just been enhanced with a touch of Sensual Purity design language, and at the same time remains true to the character of the original. The door hinges positioned on the outside and the surface-mounted bonnet are carried over to the new generation.
The new G-Class is 53 mm longer and 121 mm wider.
The new G-Class’ interiors were revealed in December. More here.
Off-Road and G-Mode
More on the new G-Class’ off-road ability, G-Mode, and the suspension can be read here.
The 4.0 V8 biturbo from the outgoing model has been retained. It produces an output of 310 kW (422 hp) and a maximum torque of 610 Nm @ 2,000 to 4,750 rpm.
Transmission is a 9G-Tronic torque converter automatic. Mercedes said that the developers have managed to reduce the shift and response times with a dedicated software application.
Market launch will happen in June with an entry-level price of €107,040.50 in Germany (incl. VAT).