For 2018, Mercedes-Benz has revamped and reworked the iconic G-Class for its second generation, which sees the legendary off-roader receive a much-needed update.
Although many of the base design elements of the exterior remain the same, such as the squared-off body, extended wheel arches and chunky sidesteps, Mercedes has given the G-Class a fresher outlook that includes the brand’s new design language.
A fresh grille, front lights and smoother body panels make the G-Class look energised and ready for the next stage in its tenure in the Mercedes fleet – and the mixture of contemporary and old design elements continues inside.
By carrying over the dash-mounted grab handle and chrome differential switches from the previous G, Mercedes has combined them with new materials, a more modern look and technology that has only been recently introduced to the fleet.
The widescreen cockpit panel is where your eyes are drawn when you get behind the wheel – as the dual-12.3-inch display concept allows the driver to customise it to their needs, and it is surrounded by high quality materials to make the G-Class feel bang up-to-date and luxurious, too.
As the G-Class is built to tackle off-road conditions, Mercedes has made it even more suitable for the rough stuff by jacking up the ride height by 6mm and strengthening the axles, while also developing the independent suspension even further for better feel and comfort.
It also comes with a new G-Mode, which switches on whenever the differential locks are engaged and prevents the automatic nine-speed transmission from making unnecessary changes, alters the throttle mapping and ensures better off-road control.
Four on-road modes are also included with the G-Class – comfort, sport, individual and eco.
Ola Källenius, member of the Daimler board for Mercedes-Benz development, said: “The new G-Class is setting the bar higher still 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.”
UK pricing and specification is yet to be officially announced, but expect pricing to start around £95,000 and an AMG model announcement to follow later this year.
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