Mercedes recently posted a video on YouTube, showing how to drive off-road through some grueling mud. Jessi Combs, a professional driver and automotive fabricator best know for her work on Velocity shows Overhaulin and All Girls Garage tears up the terrain in the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.
The G-Class was redesigned for 2019, it is 2.1 inches longer and 4.8 inches wider, yet 375 pounds lighter using ultra-high-strength steel and aluminum. The supple leather seats have an optional massage functions (sign me up!). The driving dynamics are versatile with five available drive modes: Comfort, Sport, Eco, Individual and G-Mode. The all new G-mode automatically adapts to the damping of the chassis, the steering and acceleration, reducing unnecessary gear shifts giving you flawless maneuvering in any terrain.
For complete confidence off-roading, an independent front suspension with a double-wishbone front axle allows for maximum ground clearance. The differential system is now user friendly, including “at-ready” pre-lock lights indicating the selected diff will automatically lock if needed. Using the G-mode, adjusting the suspension damping, throttle and steering for better off-reading when low-range is selected of with the center differential locked. The G-Wagen’s fording depth has increased to 27.6 inches.
The G-Class offers two different 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engines. The standard options has 416 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. The AMG version has an output of 577 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque. The 9G-Tronic 9-Speed automatic transmission, 12.3-inch high-resolution display, Burmester Surround System, Ambient lighting with 64 colors, PRE-SAFE, ATTENTION ASSIST, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and Active Brake Assist round out some of the key features available. Mercedez-Benz keeps the interior wrapped in luxury and comfort, not compromising the lavish experience of the G-Class. Clients get the very best of both worlds. MSRP for the Mercedes-Benz G-Class will start at $124,000.
Written by: Andee Oehm
Video Credit: Mercedes