New Mercedes-Benz G-Class OFFICIALLY Revealed

New Mercedes-Benz G-Class OFFICIALLY Revealed

After calling an end to the production of its iconic off-roader back in November past year, a auto which saw little change in its design across four decades, the G-Wagen is back.

The new G-Class also felt more refined and comfortable, with its new suspension helping to make it feel more up-to-date to ride in. AMG variants account for 60 per cent of G-Class sales Down Under.

Exterior-design cues include the distinctive retro door handles, exposed door and hood hinges and exposed spare wheel on the rear door.

Not only is the styling of the G-Class only modestly updated, but familiar G-Class trademarks - like the door closing noise, "stuck on" indicators and old-fashioned door handles - remain intact too, although panel gaps improve and it looks less bolted together from bits and more of a cohesive whole. Now measuring 4715mm in length and 1881mm.

I'm not the only one who thinks the G-Class is a dinosaur; to celebrate the new one, Mercedes embedded this G280 in 44.4 tonnes of synthetic amber.

Mercedes-Benz Australia will also bring in a diesel-powered version before the end of the year, priced close to the current model's $165,000. Round analog gauges are standard, but G-Class buyers will be able to opt for the same expansive digital display as in the E- and S-Class that places a second 12.3-in. screen behind the steering wheel.

This perspective follows the new G-Class's general design theme of being the same but different.

The car's larger dimensions also include a 40mm longer wheelbase, contributing to more rear passenger space, an area that was criticised in its predecessor. Everyone has more than 2 inches in extra elbow room.

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Interior volume has been increased, with legroom up 1.5 ins. Its massive size is even more impressive in person. Mercedes has not yet announced luggage capacity but is expected to surpass the outgoing model's 699 litres.

Do you reckon this G-Wagen will one day be used to clone G-Wagens? As a result, it claims the G-Class is better still off road yet also "significantly more agile, dynamic and comfortable" on the road.

Mercedes-Benz says the goal was to improve the G-class's handling both on and off-road.

The new suspension has been developed with AMG. There's been a focus on increased stiffness, with torsional rigidity up by 55 per cent; ground clearance is up to 241mm; and maximum fording depth now stands at 70cm, 10cm greater than before.

For off-roading, there is also "G-Mode". But the low-range, three locking differentials, and special G-mode off-road setting in the drive mode system means the new G 500 is perfectly capable off road.

It can be chosen as one of the three differential locks has been activated or the low range off-road reduction gear has been engaged.

The external appearance haven't changed significantly since the Gelandewagen was launched to the public in 1979, and fans of the G-Wagen's retro angles can continue to rest easy.

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