After being leaked, Mercedes-Benz has released the new 2019 G-Class (G-Wagen) and its new redesign. “The new G-Class continues to set the bar higher in all relevant areas – in terms of performance both on and off the road as well as with regard to comfort and telematics,” says Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. “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.”
On the outside, the new G-Wagen looks similar to the outgoing design, which is expected considering that Mercedes wants the model to maintain its decades-old styling. Aside from the new headlights and taillights, the only other major update to its exterior would be a body that’s 2.1-inches longer and 4.8-inches wider.
Inside, Mercedes is touting that the new G-Wagen has more space for passengers than ever before.
||Difference (vs. previous gen)
|Legroom in the front
||+1.5 in (38 mm)
|Legroom in the rear
||+5.9 in (150 mm)
|Shoulder room in front
||+1.5 in (38 mm)
|Shoulder room in rear
||+1.1 in (27 mm)
|Elbow room in front
||+2.7 in (68 mm)
|Elbow room in rear
||+2.2 in (56 mm)
Under the hood of the first model in the 2019 G-Wagen lineup (G 550) is a 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 416 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. Making the most out of the engine, especially when off-road, is a suite of driving modes: Comfort, Sport, Individual, Eco and G-Mode. All of these modes sound quite familiar, except for the all-new G-Mode. This new mode acts independently from the others and act as a “super mode” for those off-road adventures. When one of the three differential locks is activated, or an off-road reduction gear is engaged, G-Mode is switched on. When activated, G-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.”
Pricing for the new 2019 Mercedes-Benz G 550 and other G-Class models has not been revealed as of yet, but it will go on sale in late 2018.