The new 2019 G-Class: Mercedes-Benz reinvents the dinosaur

Mercedes G Class 2018

But if you wanted to pick a new vehicle that was as far away from the courageous new connected mobility future we keep hearing so much about, you couldn't do much better than the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

It's the new G 500, with the ubiquitous 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine packing 310 kW (422 hp) and a maximum torque of 610 Nm at 2000 to 4750 rpm - with fuel consumption, combined: 11.1 l/100 km. This power is managed by Mercedes' 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission.

It's one of the three new badges for Mercedes-Benz's four existing compact cars (A-, B-, CLA- and GLA-Class), with the others being a relatively conservative A-Class sedan based on last year's Shanghai motor show concept vehicle and a two-door sports coupe to give the C-Class Coupe a baby brother.

The G-Class interior has grown significantly and is more noticeably modern and luxurious, with dual 12.3-inch widescreen displays and available massaging seats, but the short dashboard look and front passenger grab handle remain.

The chrome-studded cockpit gets as an option the same elegant 12.3-inch instrument-and-infotainment display found in the E and C-class sedans.

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Mercedes' G-Class boxy brute of an SUV is getting a tech makeover for 2018, including the inclusion of an Alexa-like virtual assistant.

I'm not the only one who thinks the G-Class is a dinosaur; to celebrate the new one, Mercedes embedded this G280 in 44.4 tonnes of synthetic amber.

G-class has been coveted by everyone from the Pope to the Shah of Iran and has seen sales increase in the US for the last four years.

The stronger all-round performance will be helped by the fact that the new auto is 170kg lighter than the old model, while the body is also stiffer, which helps to improve refinement and safety.

When used in the new G-Class the MBUX fits Merc's brief of offering luxury and easy access to entertainment and information without compromising the utilitarian feel and look the G-Wagen built its reputation upon.

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The longer and wider body means more space inside the new G-Class. That includes the characteristic door handles, external door hinges and the spare wheel mounted on the rear door.

All models will be available with Mercedes' DYNAMIC SELECT system, whereby up to five driving mores can be selected to tailor the car's engine, gearbox, suspension and steering to the driver's needs. Full advantage has been taken of that increased volume: 68mm more elbow room up front should put an end to any awkward driver/passenger contact, whilst 150mm extra legroom in the rear will certainly make it a more comfortable place to be. The new G-Class retains a ladder-type frame and two-speed fulltime four-wheel-drive transfer case, guaranteeing ruggedness in poor conditions.

New to the 2019 G-Class is the addition of an independent front suspension and double-wishbone front axle in combination with a rigid rear axle. Its massive size is even more impressive in person.

Specification detail and pricing for the NZ market will be announced closer to launch later in 2018.

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