Hardcore Mercedes off-roader finds softer 'G' spot
UNMISTAKEABLE straight-edged design of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class has been retained for the iconic new model which will arrive mid-2018.
It will arrive lighter yet longer and wider than before, with a car-like widescreen digital display.
The changed herald a softer appeal for the renowned hardcore off-roader, which was unveiled ahead of the official opening of North American International Auto Show at Detroit today.
Mercedes says it has upped its off-road ability with three 100-per cent differential locks along with independent suspension with double-wishbone front axle in combination with a rigid rear axle.
Unveiled was the G500, which uses Mercedes' 4.0-litre biturbo V8 petrol engine that generates 310kW and 610Nm partnered to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Fuel consumption on average is 11.1 for every 100km.
It has 241mm of ground clearance and maximum fording depth of 700mm.
Losing about 170kg courtesy of improved construction and by using ultra-high-strength steels and aluminium, the G-Class's reincarnation will be 53mm longer and 121mm wider.
Leg, shoulder and elbow room improves in the front and back rows.
There are four driving modes, "Comfort”, "Sport”, "Eco” and "Individual”.
For off-roading, there is also "G-Mode”.
It can be chosen as one of the three differential locks has been activated or the low range off-road reduction gear has been engaged.
"This off-road mode adapts the adjustable damping of the chassis and the steering as well as the accelerator characteristic, avoids unnecessary gear shifts and thus ensures optimum control and maximum off-road capability,” Mercedes-Benz says.
"The 'G' swallows rough ground so easily that the driver is able to enjoy inch-perfect manoeuvring even in the steepest terrain and receive excellent feedback on the traction capacity of the surface.”
Inside emulates the E-Class and S-Class, with leather trim along with two 12.3-inch displays that form a 'Widescreen Cockpit'.
No prices for Australia have been released, with the current 350d starting from $164,610 while the AMG version costs $235,410.
"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”, said Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.