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    • Mercedes-Benz launches the 'new' 2019 G-Class with increased off-road emphasis

      It feels like the G Wagon has been with us forever, doesn't it? Mercedes-Benz does not rest on its laurels and despite the G-Class offering the same basic exterior styling they continue to update it under the skin. This newest version has changes designed to make it even more serious of an off-road vehicle as well as some interior improvements.


      So what did they change? This:

      Quote Originally Posted by Mercedes
      The primary goal of development was to make the new G-Class even more effective off-road. 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. During development work, the engineers had the task of fighting for every millimeter, because off-road capability also means maximum ground clearance. The raised axle with independent suspension decisively contributes to this, and additionally increases the stiffness of the body with a strut brace.
      The new independent suspension system with a double-wishbone front axle and a stiffer chassis.

      We're not going to argue with their off-road figures:

      • Slope climbing ability of up to 100% on suitable surfaces
      • Ground clearance between the axles: 241 millimeters (+6 millimeters )
      • Maximum fording depth: 70 centimeters in water and mud passages (+10 centimeters)
      • Driving stability at angles of 35 (+7)
      • Angle of departure: 30, angle of approach: 31 (+1)
      • Breakover angle: 26 (+1)
      • Suspension travel: Front axle: Spring/rebound travel of 85/100 millimeters; rear axle: Spring/rebound travel of 82/142 millimeters

      There is also a new 9-speed automatic. This is the 9G-Tronic unit:

      Quote Originally Posted by Mercedes
      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.

      The low-range ratio can be engaged via the LOW RANGE switch (engaged when in transmission mode N) at speeds of up to 40 km/h. The gear ratio of the transfer case is then changed from 1.00 in HIGH RANGE to 2.93. It is possible to switch from LOW RANGE to HIGH RANGE at speeds of up to 70 km/h. The gear ratio of the transfer case is 2.93 and thus significantly shorter than in the predecessor model (2.1), which becomes noticeable particularly when pulling away on an extreme gradient.
      And thus the G-Class marches on with further improvements. It is an off-road beast that is also available with a twin turbo V8 or V12 if you want some seriou muscle to move this behemoth.

      It is expensive, heavy, and built like a German tank capable of conquering anything its path. Hard not to love it, eh?










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      Comments 5 Comments
      1. benzy89's Avatar
        benzy89 -
        It still has no cup holders...
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by benzy89 Click here to enlarge
        It still has no cup holders...
        With the angles this G can climb at that's a good thing.
      1. Stevenh's Avatar
        Stevenh -
        This will be much more effective for traversing crosswalks at the mall and speed bumps at the soccer field.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Stevenh Click here to enlarge
        This will be much more effective for traversing crosswalks at the mall and speed bumps at the soccer field.
        Yeah, that's how most are used.

        Nice to know it can climb a mountain if necessary though.
      1. benzy89's Avatar
        benzy89 -
        Apple picking and snow is the most off roading these luxury SUVs see