Mercedes-Benz G-Class Video Review

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Mercedes Benz have been teasing the new Mercedes G Class over the last few weeks, their latest SUV is now official and we have some photos and details on the new G Class.

The true revelations come from the interior, where the G Class features a revolutionary new dashboard, along with enhancements in terms of space for the rear passengers, which gain no less than six inches of legroom. It is mated to a new automatic transmission, however, the 9-speed 9G-Tronic Mercedes says gets unique software controls for the application that will make the G-Class quieter and smoother driving, especially at low engine speeds.

Fans of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class have probably noticed that theSUV's exterior design hasn't changed much since 1979. It's more than 2 inches longer and nearly 5 inches taller than the G-Wagen it'll replace. "In short, the new "G" is still a "G", only better", stresses Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. The instrument panel is a single sheet of glass housing two displays, one for the gauges and one for the COMAND infotainment display.

Mercedes-Benz already gave an early preview of the G-Class' interior late past year as part of a set of teaser photos.

More fundamental changes have been carried out inside the vehicle, with the emphasis on quality.

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. The rear bench also folds flat to increase the size of the luggage compartment.

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The new G-Class will arrive in the United Kingdom in August in Mercedes-AMG G63 guise, which is the most popular variant sold here. There are also increases in elbow room and shoulder room in both the front and rear. That includes the characteristic door handles, external door hinges and the spare wheel mounted on the rear door.

Ground clearance is now 241mm (up 6mm), wading depth is 700mm (up 100mm), the breakover angle is 26 degrees (up 1 degree) and the G-Class can traverse slopes up to 35 degrees (up 6 degrees).

Carried over on the new G 550 unveiled here is a twin-turbo 4.0L gasoline V-8 generating 416 hp and peak torque of 450 lb. -ft.

The Dynamic Select system includes a "G-mode", which can chosen independently of the conventional drive settings (in conjunction with low-range and/or any of the differential locks). Mercedes has retained the three locking differentials, but engineers made the truck more on-road-friendly with a double-wishbone independent front suspension.

The new G-Class is 2.1 inches longer and 4.8 inches wider, giving the vehicle an even bulkier and more aggressive presence.

Unfortunately, we'll still have to wait for pricing and fuel economy data till the new SUV hits the market in late 2018, but we expect those numbers to stay close to their current counterparts.

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