2019 Mercedes-Benz G Wagon has been redesigned to offer even more luxurious comfort to its owners. The iconic vehicle has larger dimensions, revised exterior an improved interior and the company promises a better off-road performance.
2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon – a short look at the history
Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV was introduced for the first time as a civilian version back in 1979. It was in the early 1970’s that the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who was a significant Mercedes share holder, suggested to executives of Mercedes-Benz that they could design and manufactured a four wheel drive which could be used by both military and civilian customers. The idea was really good and Mercedes joined efforts with the Austrian company Steyr-Daimler-Puch keeping the design and development of the vehicle to themselves and trusting the manufacture to the Austrians.
For all this time it was released in three main generations – W460, W461 and W463. Throughout its history, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class has received a variety of names and the most popular ones are G-class and G-wagen, short for Gelendvagen which means “cross country vehicle”. The wagon is called “Puch G” in Austria, Switzerland and Eastern European markets after the name of Steyr-Daimler-Puch company that did the final assembly.
The first 1979 G-Wagen 460 models appeared with a range of engine options:
230G was powered by an in-line four cylinder gasoline engine providing either 90hp or 102hp;
240GD had a four cylinder diesel producing 72hp;
300GD was equipped with a five cylinder 80hp diesel engine.
In the 1981 the SUV was refined and the vehicle received four speed automatic transmission and air conditioning, later front seats were improved and 280GE model was introduced which was fitted with a six cylinder fuel injected gasoline engine producing the impressive 150hp. Additional improvements took place and by 1987 electric windows, a power antenna and luggage covers were added. To mark the tenth anniversary of the G-wagon, it received permanent four-wheel drive, a wood-trimmed interior and optional Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). One of the most famous G-class vehicles of all times is the Papa-G or Popemobile.
In 1991 Mercedes-Benz replaced Series 460 model range with Series 461 range. It had three wheelbase lengths, 354-horsepower V8 that was upgraded to 476 horsepower in 2004.
2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon interior and exterior updates
2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon interior design is completely upgraded and incredibly luxurious, modern and sleek. Due to the fact that the SUV has new and larger dimensions, 2019 G Wagon has increased legroom for both driver and passengers. The five-seater comes standard with leather upholstery and is offered with new upholstery colors and trim options. Seating features power-adjustable front seats, heated front and rear seats as well as two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. Upgrade options include Nappa leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, massaging front seats and a heated steering wheel.
Sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, COMAND infotainment system with a 12.3-inch display screen, touchpad controller, navigation, Bluetooth, two USB ports, three 115-volt household-style power outlets, a 15-speaker Burmester audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are included in the standard configuration. A Wi-Fi hot spot and a rear-seat entertainment system are available as upgrade options.
Driver assistance features for standard models include a rearview camera, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, parallel and perpendicular park assist, and driver drowsiness monitoring, active brake assist, Mercedes Pre-Safe system.
2019 G-Wagon is offered with four driving modes: Comfort, Sport, Eco and Individual.
2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon exterior is longer by 5.3 cm (2.1 in) and wider by 12.1 cm (4.8 in). Despite the larger dimensions, the SUV is lighter by 170 kg (375 lbs) which is due to the aluminum and high-strength steel elements. The front grille has been re-used, the full-LEDs integrate daylight in circular shape and the front spoiler has been slightly redesigned. The hood also received minor modifications, while LEDs retain the retro look.
The new Mercedes-Benz G-Class has a ground clearance of 241 mm (9.5 in) and can cross an indent with a maximum depth of 700 mm (27.5 in). The SUV is equipped with a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine that produces 416 horsepower and 610 Nm (450 lb-ft) and a 9-speed automatic transmission (9G-Tronic) which is specifically set for the new Class G. Additional exterior improvements include 24 exterior paint color options, 19” and 20” wheel choice, LED Intelligent Light System with Integrated Daytime Running Lamps, etc.
2019 Mercedes-Benz G Wagon Configurations, powertrain and pricing
2019 Mercedes-Benz G Wagon comes in two configurations – -G 550 4MATIC SUV and AMG G 63 4MATIC SUV.
G 550 comes with a 4.0-liter Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8, 416-horsepower, nine-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a sunroof, and the COMAND infotainment system with a 12.3-inch display screen, navigation, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a Burmester audio system, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto come as a standard interior and features but the customer has some upgrade options massaging front seats, Nappa leather upholstery, etc.
AMG G 63 is not much different from the G 550. It comes with a 4.0-liter Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8 that produces 577 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque. Unlike other SUVs most of interior comfort, convenience, and active safety features come as a standard equipment and the modifications are very much identical.
2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class price start at USD 134,000.00 for G 550 and USD 167,000.00 for the AMG G 63. Optional packages add between USD 2,000 to more than USD 12,000, depending on customer’s choice.