W The whole competition has always worked to make its tough SUVs feel like sedans, the G-class has continued to be very truckish. The team behind the brand new 2019 G-Class had the relentless job of improving the vehicle without destroying the elements that made it one of Marqueen's signature models. The result is a larger SUV with a touch more vulnerability that has not sacrificed any of its capabilities.
It started with a new frame, body part and body that pulled around 374 pounds from the structure, thanks in part to an aluminum hood, fenders and doors. Nevertheless, Mercedes says the design is 55 percent stiffer than the previous version. It is also 2.5 inches wider and 2.0 inches longer, giving more interior space than before.
The G Cabin now looks as if it belongs to the Mercedes-Benz Series Echelon, with a completely revised dash. The optional high-resolution instrument cluster is gorgeous and it's the massive 12.3-inch central screen. More importantly, the G-class is quieter than before. An acoustic windshield and side glass, extensive silencing and double seals, do a better job of keeping noise at bay.
It's not to say that the new G is quiet. It still retains many of the strong features of its predecessors, including the outstanding fender-mounted turn signals and the vehicle's length protection strip. Combine all that with a steep raked windshield, and it's more racket than you would expect from a new vehicle. Still, we do not care. It is a good reminder that this is still a G.
The biggest change is a new independent front suspension. Leaving the old stick axis was the key to modernizing the G class, allowing engineers to use an electro-mechanical rack-and-pinion steering system. It also opened the door to the complete package of Mercedes-Benz driving aids and allows the engine to sit lower in the chassis. The change also civilized G's driving dynamics.
When the road turns to something other than a straight line, the G 550 behaves itself. The previous generation's catastrophic subcontrol and bodywreck have not disappeared, but it takes considerably more momentum to find it. For most buyers it will feel like sliding behind the wheel in a Tahoe; The previous G was more similar to coaxing a trunk full of top-heavy boxes down once. The power of the G 550, which will start at around $ 128,000, comes from the same 416 hp, 450-lb-ft 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 as last year.
Although the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 under the 2019 Mercedes-AMG G 63 hood is also a transmission, the engine is paired with a new 9-speed automatic transmission. The width box contributes to giving G 63 its breadth of capacity, from a super low crawl ratio in the low range first gear to blow down the highway to an electronically limited peak speed of 149 km / h in the ninth. Sports and Sport + modes open a multifunction feature that sets the engine at the correct speed / minute to turn your eye balls to goo. Useful.
We spent hours encrypted over backs, creeping up near vertical, loose-footed sides and wading through the deep-water traffic lights. In no way has the new G 550 or G 63 ever felt over the collection of unforgiving, nervous scrambles. Whether lifting a wheel or two or lung up difficult grades, the truck only continued despite everything around it, the same as it always has. The same as it will in the years to come.
In the case of high speed vehicles with stratospheric prices, it is a good bet that the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept, which bent earlier this year, will see production. It's a vehicle that Daimler Design Designer, Gorden Wagener, says "combines DNA from an SUV with a sedan to produce an ultra modern SUV with three-box design." Because you know that Mercedes-Maybach can not let Rolls-Royce and Bentley vacuum clean all the potential big dollar customers who only need a "ultra modern" (less expensive ultra-expensive) SUV.
On the low-car car front, Mercedes-Benz and AMG updated the C-Class show, and the Mercedes-AMG introduced only the AMG GT 4-door coupe. A car that we previewed for you in the June issue, GT 4-Door will hunt Panamera when it hits the streets early next year in several engine configurations, featuring the top-specific 63 S-model 4.0-liter twin turbo V-8 with a massive 630 horsepower and 627 lb-ft.
This power is not as big as the project, AMG's superlative hypercar presses more than 1000 hp. We can not wait to get race ace Andy Pilgrim behind the wheel so that we can tell you about $ 2.5 million Formula 1-inspired threat that you will never drive and probably never see. But you will want to hear about it.