Venerable Mercedes-Benz G-Class celebrated its 38th birthday this year. It has not changed much during its unusually long lasting production, but it is finally preparing to retire. We will see a new live in the Detroit Auto Show next month, and Mercedes has published the first official photos of its next SUV.
The German company is showing us only the interior, on which the first impression looks more advanced than before. The layout is the same; the dashboard is long and shallow and the windshield is flat.
Everything is new, tech features such as state-of-the-art dual-screen setup and touch-sensitive buttons come directly from the big S-Class on the steering wheel.
More basic models are organized for a single information screen and a device cluster composed of a driver-configurable colour display flanked by an analogy gauge.
Even more than meeting the eye, though. Mercedes has promised that G-Class now offers many hidden storage containers, an available wireless smartphone charger and much more space for all the people who are available. The latest electronic driving aids will also lead to Mercedes sedan.
From his entry into Mercedes, G’s presence has changed very little. It’s still the boxy, it’s still the round headlights, and the spare tire is still mounted out outside. Magna-Styr still makes a living by hand in his Graz, Austria facility.
There is no wonder that it is more comprehensive than before, and we were told everything under the skin (including the frame) was redesigned.
Interior shots confirm an important description about Dictation: The next-generation G retains three differential locks of outgoing models. They are activated using the switches located between the air pores on the centre console.
We also look at the switch labelled “lower category”, which means it will continue to offer the transfer case. In other words, the hardest off-roader on the planet is not being soft. Hugo Boss is putting it on the suit instead of just showing it in dinner at the hiking park from the northern face
Engine options are very much like, if we were betting, then we would say that Mercedes’s ubiquitous twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine will give power to entry-level models, at least in the US here. The V8- and V12-powered variants manufactured by Mercedes-AMG will be involved in the production run sometime later.
We are not deciding a lightweight hybrid model with Mercedes’s turbocharged direct six engine and one 48-volt electrical system. It’s too early to tell if the crazy models like G550 4 × 4² will return.
Did the new 2019 G-Class reject your interest? It is definitely our focus, keep looking, we will give you more information about Mercedes’s next off-roader because they will be available in the coming weeks.