After months of teasers and leaks, Mercedes-Benz has taken the formal cover off the 2019 G Class. An icon within the automotive space and pop culture, the latest G Wagon continues to look much like the 1979 model, but that’s part of the allure here. Hidden underneath that iconic exterior is a host of new features and an overall larger G Class.
For 2019 Mercedes has made the overall footprint of the G Class larger. It is just over 2 inches longer and an impressive 4.8 inches wider than today’s model, increases the company says are intended to give passengers more space and give the G Class additional stability when off-roading (for the few that take their six-figure SUV off-road).
Speaking of off-roading, thanks to a new independent suspension and revised chassis, the 2019 model is more capable off-road. Mercedes has increased nearly every dimension in terms of off-roading, including the departure angle and break-over angle; two important elements to off-roading.
The added space in the G Wagon is hard to find in the design, because generally speaking, the new G Wagon looks just like the old one. Mercedes has slotted in new LED headlights that serve as sort of a technical nod to the future on this time machine; while other aspects of the design feature very subtle changes.
Where the changes are more obvious is on the interior. Designers have effectively taken components of other recent Mercedes interiors and slotted them into a new dash panel design that is short and similar to G Wagon’s of the past. The new look is allowing for Mercedes’ latest switchgear and infotainment system, while also providing a much-needed more modern appearance than today’s G.
What isn’t new is what is under the hood. The G550 will remain powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 with 416 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque; status quo of today’s. What is changing is the transmission it is paired to, as the 2019 model is gaining Mercedes’ 9-speed automatic.
The all-new 2019 Mercedes-Benz G Class made its world debut at the Detroit Auto Show and will be on-sale in the U.S. in late 2018.