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2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class: All-New Mercedes G550 Experience

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Behold the redesigned 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Yes, you could very well be wondering: "How is this any different from the outgoing G-Class SUV?" From a styling perspective, this new G-Class looks a lot like the old one. Yet virtually everything about it is new. The only carryover parts from its predecessor are the door handles, spare wheel cover and headlight washers.

The 2019 G-Class marks the first time this model has been completely redesigned. The longest-running vehicle generation in the company's history, the original G-Class was borne out of a request by the Shah of Iran in the early 1970s for Mercedes-Benz to build a go-anywhere military vehicle. Its transformation into the luxury SUV that we know today didn't occur until after Mercedes officially started stateside imports in 2002.
o the surprise of many, the G-Class' formidable off-road talents and ammo-box styling had the unanticipated side effect of bootstrapping its popularity as a status symbol among well-heeled, city-dwelling Americans. Along the way, Mercedes' in-house performance arm, AMG, started stuffing power-drenched engines into them. Americans responded by buying even more of them.

Today, more G-Class SUVs are sold in the U.S. than any other region on the planet. And the majority of those sold here are the high-performance AMG variant. Yet few G-Class owners will ever venture off the pavement at all, which is why Mercedes-Benz focused heavily on refining the on-road manners of the 2019 G-Class. That the new G-Class is also better off-road by nearly every metric is essential, even if it's simply to maintain street cred. There are many layers of irony here.

For the off-road portion of our drive, we piloted a G 550 fitted with Falken Wildpeak all-terrain tires. These tires (or an equivalent) will be optional on G 550s next year. With this footwear, the new G-Class is a beast in the rough stuff. It has loads of suspension articulation, plenty of clearance, and the unique ability to lock all three differentials.

Adding to the mechanical capability is the G-Class' electronic drive modes. Five on-road traction modes tailor the engine, transmission, suspension and steering. Three off-road modes (Sand, Trail and Rock) are available when the center differential lock button is pressed or low range is selected. As before, the new G-Class comes without some of the stuff you might find in other Mercedes products, such as air springs, decoupling stabilizer bars and rear-wheel steering. In this regard, the G-Class remains pretty traditional.
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