Thirsty for fresh details on Mercedes-Benz’s new G-Class? Well then, the German marque releases new information about the classic SUV ahead of its Detroit debut on January 15, 2018.
Mercedes-Benz claims that the 2019 G-class remains true to its DNA with its ladder-type frame, three 100% differential locks, and low range ratio. The highlight here is the suspension geometry, which was enhanced by Mercedes-Benz to improve this monster’s off-road performance.
Prior to that, the Mercedes-AMG collaboration develops an independent suspension with double wishbone front axle, which components are attached to the ladder-type frame, minus the suspension subframe. The attachment points on the frame of the lower wishbone are positioned as high as possible to provide better driving ability on asphalt. All in all, this provides spring and rebound travel of 85/100 mm.
The front axle is then complemented by a new rigid rear axle, which separately grants spring and rebound travel of 82/142 mm. It is supported by 4 longitudinal control arms on each side and a Panhard rod. With these, the company says that this version of the boxy SUV can even surpass its predecessor’s performance in terms of tracking and agility in off-road applications.
In addition, the G-Class is integrated with the new G-mode for better off-road capability. This can be stimulated when low range is engaged or when 1 of the 3 differential locks has been activated. The German automaker said that this modifies the steering, accelerator pedal, and adjustable damping of the chassis to avoid unnecessary gearshifts. This results to providing the driver with less effort on maneuvering the vehicle on extreme terrains.
Improvements are quite noticeable as the SUV shows off its ride height dominance with an additional 6-mm ground clearance and a maximum wading depth of 70 cm.
To keep the driver on track, assistance system includes a 360-degree full HD bird’s-eye-view of the vehicle displayed on the multimedia display. Additionally, an exclusive off-road screen shows relevant data such as height, gradient, angle, compass, steering angle, and the activated differential locks.
For an all-out traction, a new transfer case is mounted directly on the G-Class’ 9G-Tronic automatic transmission. This transfers 40% of the drive torque to the front axle and 60% to the rear axle. This wide transmission provides a quieter drive at low speeds, as well as reduces fuel consumption.
To prove its prowess, Mercedes tested the 2019 G-Class at the Schöckl, where it was said to have comfortably managed to master the 1,445-meter high mountain. It seized the 5.6-km route that includes gradients of up to 60% and lateral inclinations of up to 4%. Conquering over 2,000-km demanding track, definitely, it says something.
Well, what about the engine? That question remains unanswered as the German automaker keeps mum about the classic SUV’s powertrain. But then, the NAIAS 2018 is fast approaching so we just have to wait a bit. For now, indulge your eyeballs with the leaked photos of the boxy beast above.