After calling an end to the production of its iconic off-roader back in November last year, a car which saw little change in its design across four decades, the G-Wagen is back.
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class made its debut today and it looks, well, kind of the same bar a wider and longer body. Keen eyes will however notice a slightly more sculpted body and LED headlights, but the essential boxy aesthetic is still there whilst the engineers focused their efforts on making the car more capable in the off-road department.
The biggest mechanical change sees the solid axle front suspension traded up for an independent front suspension to free up space under the engine that wasn’t there during the last forty years. This extra real estate will allow the new suspension setup to run more ground clearance whilst improving high-speed off-road handling.
New materials used for the chassis also means a lighter and more rigid body – and remember, this isn’t even the balls-to-the-wall AMG variant yet. Adjustable dampers also come as an option in the 2019 model which should help widen the appeal of the traditionally rawer G-Wagen of yesteryear.
Engine variant details are scarce at the moment but we do know that one option will please the power hungry. The G550 will feature one option with the proven 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 from the previous generation in a revised format. Power is rated at 310kW and 610Nm here. This is mated to a full-time four-wheel-drive layout alongside a new 9-speed automatic transmission with a two-speed transfer case as standard.
Watch the video and have a peruse through the gallery of the new car before the ballistic AMG version follows suit.