Mercedes-Benz Teases the 2019 G-Class Before Its Debut This Week
Camo’d Images All But Guarantee Traditional Geländewagen Styling
When Mercedes-Benz announced it would redesign the G-Class for the 2019 model year, the collective consciousness of the internet exploded. Would the company turn it into an only slightly rugged unibody crossover? Would it lose its T-square styling and flat windshield glass? Would it abandon locking differentials in favor of electronic doodads? Any of these outcomes were unacceptable.
And now, here we are, slightly less than a week away from the reveal of the 2019 G-Wagen, and it looks like those fears can finally be put to rest. Our first looks at the interior of the SUV proved it’d retain its three locking differentials, and the upright A-pillar seemed to suggest flat windshield glass and tall bodysides. And now, with the release of a G-Class teaser and these photos of a camouflaged G-Class, we’re all but certain it’ll look almost the same as it has since 1979.
Along with the images, Benz confirmed some of the off-road statistics of its flagship SUV. Proven on the rough roads of Schöckl, a mountain near the G-Class’ production facility in Graz, Austria, the new ‘Wagen will be very, very capable. It’ll climb 100 percent grades (that’s a 45-degree slope to you math whizzes out there) with an increased ground clearance of 9.5 inches, a deeper fording depth of 27.6 inches, a carryover approach angle of 30 degrees, and 1-degree-steeper departure and breakover angles of 26 and 31 degrees, respectively.
Built on a ladder-type frame, the 2019 G-Class bucks the unibody trend. It also gets a fulltime four-wheel-drive transfer case with a dedicated low range, which combines with the newly standard nine-speed automatic transmission to improve crawl ratios and applied wheel torque in slippery situations. Enhancing off-road performance is a new G-Mode, which adapts the adjustable dampers, throttle mapping, and steering to suit off-road driving. G-Mode operates independently of the Benz’s drive mode selector, engaging automatically when any of the differentials are locked or the transfer case is switched into low range.
Bringing the G into the 21st century is a bird’s-eye view, incorporating several cameras to show the SUV’s surroundings. A front-mounted camera helps take much of the guesswork out of cresting hills, showing the road ahead even when the driver’s seat is pointed at the sky.
Mercedes-Benz will formally reveal the G-Class to the public about a week from now, just before the 2018 North American International Auto Show. With its boxy styling hiding modern amenities, we’re sure the Geländewagen for a new generation will be a hit.