The G-Class is Mercedes’ oldest design, and even though it is one of the most expensive SUVs, it still uses the same basic chassis as it did more than 40 years ago. However, it seems that this will change with the upcoming 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class. That’s right; the G-Class will finally receive a new platform after nearly half a century. However, while it will be new, some parts will be shared with the older model. While this is a rather unusual approach, considering how old the current model is, it should maintain the ruggedness and off-road prowess.
2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Price and Release date
The price will most likely not change all that much meaning that it should start at roughly $120,000 and go up from there. The release date for new 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is not officially scheduled yet. From little information we could gather from around the internet, this model will be presented somewhere during the year 2018 as 2019 model.
Chassis and Running Gear
Like we previously mentioned, this will be the first time in 40 years when a new chassis will be used. This will be with up to 4 inches wider than the older car. Also, with the added width, an entirely new suspension system is going to be used. It seems that Mercedes wants to offer a much better ride quality on the road without compromising off-road prowess. From the spy shots of the development mule, it seems that Mercedes will not abandon the live rear axle. The front will also likely feature a live axle as it allows for high capabilities in off-road. It also seems that they are going to use quite a bit more aluminum and high-strength steel. This should allow for as much as 440 pounds of lost weight.
It is not really a surprise that the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class will be pretty much identical to the current model. This is mostly because Mercedes built a reputation for the 40-year old model and if they would dramatically change it they would likely lose most of their customers. Expect the same vertical windshield, a similar front end as well as the already trademark round headlights. At the back, not much will change either with the spare tire still mounted on the left side of the tailgate.
2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Interior
Here a few more things are going to be changed over what it currently available. The extra width will offer quite a bit more room inside the cabin. On the current model the cabin is rather narrow and even though it is comfortable, it is not as comfortable as the competition. The new car will change all of that. The actual design of the dashboard, instrument cluster as well as the seats should all be similar to Mercedes’ other high-end offerings.
For the US market, two models are going to be offered for starters. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class will get the G550 and the G63. Both of them are going to use the same 4 liters twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine. The base G550 should still offer around 416 horsepower and around 450 lb-ft of torque. The G63 on the other hand, despite having the same driving force, is expected to make over 550 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. Later down the road, a twin-turbocharged V12 petrol engine is also a real possibility. However, at this point, not much else is known about it. In Europe, the base car will most likely receive a 3 liter twin-turbocharged six cylinder diesel. This should be close to 300 horsepower and over 400 lb-ft of torque, and it should be a highly efficient engine over the petrol offerings. In any case, a new nine-speed automatic is expected to be used while the AMG versions might stick to the older seven-speed unit due to its strength and fast response times over the new nine-speed box.