G-Class: The legend remains true to itself

We’d spent a long time working toward it – and, Sunday evening 01/14/2018, it finally happened: Our new G-Class (G 500: Fuel consumption combined: 11,7 – 11,1 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions:276 – 263 g/km*. The values vary depending on the selected special equipment) celebrated its world premiere in Detroit. The response to our completely revised all-terrain vehicle has been exceptionally positive!

A special venue for a special car: Over one hundred international media representatives attended the unveiling of our new G at Detroit’s Michigan Theater – a Renaissance-style concert hall and movie theater that was converted to a multi-story car park in the 1970s. That was where Dieter Zetsche unveiled our new off-roader with the theme „Stronger than time“. At his side was another star guest with Austrian roots: Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Just a few weeks earlier, we’d invited journalists and bloggers to take a closer look at the interior of our new all-terrain vehicle and to test-drive it off-road.

During our test drives on the Schöckl mountain, there was one key question the journalists asked: Is the new G, now with new double-wishbone independent front suspension, still the measure of all things when it comes to off-road driving? The answer was quite clear: Yes! Our car not only now performs better on-road, it also offers greater control and comfort off-road.

To achieve this, we put in lots of detailed work on the design of the suspension, which we developed in collaboration with Mercedes-AMG. The components of the new front axle are now mounted very high up directly on the ladder-type frame. This has given us an extra six millimeters of ground clearance at the front – making for a total of 270 millimeters. When it comes to the fording depth, our G-Class has gained even an additional ten centimeters, allowing it to negotiate water and mud even more effortlessly.

(Fuel consumption combined: 11,7-11,1 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 276-263 g/km*)

Another feature designed to support the outstanding off-road capability of our off-roader is „G Mode“. As soon as the differential locks are activated, the new drive program adapts the steering, gas pedal characteristic and adjustable damping of the suspension to enable the G to ideally compensate for any bumps.

Overall, our off-roader can now handle a side tilt of up to 35 degrees; it has a further-improved angle of approach/departure and breakover angle; and, on a suitable surface, it can negotiate grades of up to 100 percent – equivalent to a slope of 45 degrees.

On-road: agile, comfortable, effortless

The G-Class’s on-road performance has also been significantly improved. It now offers a considerably more dynamic ride with better tracking and cornering while being easier to steer. This is helped by the fact that the vehicle has been made longer, wider and 170 kilograms lighter.

Also on the inside, the G has made a quantum leap. Journalists have confirmed to us that the vehicle has a perceptibly more spacious feel. And the equipment is truly of the highest standard – both technically and in terms of styling.

But when it came to the exterior design, one thing was clear to us from the outset: That stays the same! With its angular design, flat hood, rear-mounted spare wheel, distinctive turn signals, externally visible door hinges and rugged exterior protective strips. That’s an area where we’ve made no compromises – ever since 1979. Because one thing is clear: Before the G becomes round, the world will become square.

A huge thank you!

That our G-Class has been so well received is down to the work of a great Team – with colleagues from Graz, Affalterbach, Sindelfingen, Untertürkheim, Kassel, Möhringen and other locations. In a collective feat of strength, they have in the past years raised the vehicle to a new level in terms of both technology and form. To that end, they subjected each component, each screw to rigorous testing. The result: a G that is still one hundred percent a G while at the same time doing many things even better – both on- and off-road.

Getting production ready for the market launch

We’re now working at full speed to bring out our latest model in top quality. Production preparations for the market launch in June are running at full speed. Our ambition is clear: Around 80 percent of the off-roaders we’ve built since 1979 are still on the road and renowned for their indestructible ruggedness.

We aim to continue that tradition with our new model. Our colleagues are working flat out to guarantee this – such as in Graz, where the G-Class has been produced for almost 40 years and where arguably the world’s most committed G-Class fan club is at home.

(Fuel consumption combined: 11,7-11,1 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 276-263 g/km*)

We’re extremely proud of our new car and believe that our customers will be similarly delighted. For many years, they have helped us set one new sales record after another, and they will also love this G.

In this spirit, let us set off on new adventures with the best G-Class of all time.

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* Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch“ neuer Personenkraftwagen entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.


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He is Head of the Off-Road Product Group at Daimler AG and Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz G GmbH.

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