It may have taken longer than we wanted but Mercedes have finally unveiled their brand new G-Class for 2019. But to be honest, we did have to check that we didn’t just get sent the pictures of the old one as things are looking remarkably similar…
In fairness, we shouldn’t really be surprised that the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class hasn’t had much of a facelift. Not only is it heading towards its 40th birthday (which will no doubt be an event in itself), the G’s more successful than ever with sales improving year after year. If it ain’t broke…
So what is new? Well, there are some new LED lights, and the wheel arches and bumpers have had a little exfoliation applied. But generally it’s very much the G-Class we know and love with exposed the spare wheel, prominent indicator lights, protective exterior strips, etc.
The new G is 170kg lighter, though, and it’s also a bit bigger – 53mm longer and 121mm wider to be exact. This has allegedly benefited interior space, which if we’re honest is very welcome. The ground clearance is better than before too, improving the G-Class’s already excellent wading depth.
But it’s inside is where things have changed the most. Its all-modern interior comes with a dashboard which is far more up-to-date, while seats can offer massaging, heating and cooling. The dials are all digital, while the media system gives haptic and audio feedback as you use it.
The new G-Class will comes with a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8, providing 416bhp and it’s been linked to a new nine-speed automatic gearbox. It also offers electric steering – bringing self-parking tech with it – and adaptive dampers that help you traverse off-road.
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class hasn’t had its UK pricing announced just yet but in Germany, it’ll start at around €107,000, which converts to around £95,000. Deliveries start in the summer. Head over to the Mercedes-Benz Website for more details.