2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Video, First Look

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It may not look it at first glance, but there’s finally an all-new Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

Officially unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class sticks to what has made it a timeless classic over the last few decades. It does however, loses about 375 pounds thanks to aluminum fenders, hood, and doors. Along with the diet, another major change is a new independent front suspension, which is expected to dramatically improve overall comfort. And before you think Mercedes gave up on keeping the G-Class a venerable off-roader, the SUV provides 10.6 inches of clearance between the ground and the front axle.

2018 Detroit Auto Show Coverage

The rear of the new G-Class is still supported by a live axle that contains four trailing arms and a Panhard rod. Ground clearance to the rear differential housing measures 9.5 inches, which is actually an increase of about 0.25 inch.

There are also three separate differentials, with each one having the capability to be locked 100 percent to tackle severe off-road conditions.

Compared to its predecessor, the new G-Class is about 2.1 inches longer and 4.8 inches wider, resulting in more interior space. Powering the SUV is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with 416 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque.

Continuing with tradition, the new G-Class will continue to be built by Magna Steyr in Austria and will go on sale later this year.

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