Mercedes-Benz has been in full-tease mode with the reveal of the all-new G-Class, releasing multiple pressers about it, none of which gave up too much info. Finally, Mercedes revealed all the juicy details on this all-new SUV.
Unsurprisingly, the 2019 G-Class is not a huge move from the previous model, especially in terms of its appearance. I still looks like a blast from the past straight from 1979 with its squared-off, upright body as well as its classic door handles, round headlights, off-body taillights and much more. That said, break out the tape measure, and you’ll sing a different tune: It’s 2.1 inches longer and 4.8 inches wider. Also, fans of this SUV will find that Mercedes took more care with panel placement, as the gaps are narrower, and its wheel arches and bumpers look more a part of the body.
While the G-Class maintains its more rugged interior design, it’s done in a classier manner: Picture a lumberjack in an Armani suit. Everything’s still upright and angular, but Mercedes adds a digital instrument cluster, and an optional 12.3-inch center screen. Some of the more classic touches include its three-spoke wheel, round instruments, and passenger side grab handle on the dash.
The larger body also makes the interior roomier than ever, which was one complaint buyers had in previous-generation G-Class models. The front seats gain 1.5 inches of legroom and shoulder room, while the rear seats get an extra 5.9 inches of legroom and 1.1 inches of shoulder room.
The 2019 G-Class will initially come in just a single level: the G550 with a 4.0-liter V-8 that delivers 416 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. This power will head through a nine-speed automatic transmission on its way to all four wheels.
Mercedes plans to have the 2019 G-Class in showrooms by late 2018, but pricing isn’t yet available.