Most you will be aware of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. It started life as a military vehicle but found favour with celebrities later in its life.
Its life has come to an end, but it will shortly be replaced by an all-new G-Class that looks exactly like the old one. These are the first official images of the new 4×4.
It seems silly, but Mercedes was never going to mess with the styling, seeing as how so many celebrities loved the way it looked.
Now, you might think the new car has been softened down, but you’d be wrong. In fact, Mercedes states in its press release that its main goal was to further enhance its off-road ability.
The G thus remains a true G – thanks to its standard ladder-type frame, the three 100-percent differential locks and low range off-road ratio. Its suspension is the result of collaboration between Mercedes-Benz G GmbH and Mercedes-AMG GmbH. The result is an independent suspension with double-wishbone front axle in combination with a rigid rear axle.
One of the prerequisites for the improved off-road handling characteristics is the new “G-Mode”. The G-Class changes to “G-Mode” independently of the chosen drive program as soon as one of the three differential locks has been activated or low range 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 gearshifts and ensures maximum off-road capability. A small “G” icon discreetly lights up in the instrument cluster. The G simply swallows up major bumps, and even in extreme terrain, the driver does not have to frantically hold on to the steering wheel to effortlessly manoeuvre.
For the power transmission, the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission with torque converter was specifically adapted to meet the needs of the off-road icon.
The new transfer case is flange-mounted directly on to the 9G-TRONIC. It is adjusted in such a way that 40 percent of the drive torque reaches the front axle and 60 percent reaches the rear axle. The permanent all-wheel drive ensures maximum traction.
No engine details have been revealed, but expect a full line-up of petrol, diesel and a stupidly powerful AMG model as well.