New Mercedes-Benz G-Class OFFICIALLY Revealed

Mercedes G Class 2018

We're going to get straight to the stuff you care about first-the G's chassis.

On the move and in its natural off-road setting, our passenger ride revealed that the G-Class is better still in the rough than before thanks to tweaks to the car's chassis, rear axle and suspension, along with optional variable dampers. Double-wishbones bolted directly to the frame, to be precise. The independent front suspension allows for a stiffer front end, as well as better on-road manners.

In the first revamp of the G-Class since the rugged sport utility vehicle's introduction almost four decades ago, Mercedes-Benz took the approach that if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

There's still three 100-percent locking differentials, along with a solid-rear-axle. G-Mode activates automatically whenever low-range is engaged, or when one of the G's three differentials are locked.

While it's more refined on the road, off it the G-Wagen is a beast. In G-Mode, the truck optimizes the suspension, steering, transmission, and throttle mapping for ideal performance in a low-speed off-road environment.

Split-folding rear seats, a memory function driver's seat, heated front and rear seats or even optional Active Multicontour seats (which offer a massage function, climate control and automatic air-filled bolsters) are available, making the new G-Class more luxurious than previous models. Far from going all sleek and sinewy though, the new G-Class is also 53mm longer and 121mm wider than its predecessor, bestowing it with "even greater presence".

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The use of high-strength steels and alloy panels has trimmed weight by 170kg compared to the old auto. The unit produces up to 422 hp and 610 Nm of torque at 2,000 to 4,750 rpm. It hasn't stayed relevant by resting on its laurels though, and today Mercedes has announced an all-new version in the hope of securing its title for many more years to come. The G's transfer case is bolted directly to this gearbox and allows you to engage low-range at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour. The G's growth means the interior is considerably larger, with more space for all occupants.

Some of the new G-Class's biggest aesthetic and technological changes are found in the interior.

Owners can now opt for a pair of 12.3-inch digital screens.

Despite the longer wheelbase the new G-Wagen gains 6mm of ground clearance between axles (up by 6mm to 241), while side tilt, approach, breakover and departure angles are all improved with 35, 31, 26 and 30 degree measurements respectively. For the first time, the G-Class has luxury seating to match the Mercedes nameplate. "While the outgoing generation featured a leatherbound environment replete with the high-spec leather, rear infotainment, and premium materials, Mercedes engineers were forced to work around the G-Class' restrictive dimensions, resulting in a cockpit that was unfriendly to seemingly anyone above 5'9". Some of its edges are a little more rounded than before, and Mercedes touts smaller panel gaps, but it's mostly just classic Geländewagen here.

Exterior-design cues include the distinctive retro door handles, exposed door and hood hinges and exposed spare wheel on the rear door.

Helping to unveil the new model here is actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a long-time G-wagon enthusiast and, like the modern G-Class - a collaboration of Mercedes and Magna Steyr, born in Austria and known for his rough-and-rugged roles. Carbuyer found that auto seemed to handle off-road work more easily than before.

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