By Pakisa Tsekiso (Instagram @pacman85)
There are few cars as well recognized as Mercedes-Benz’s iconic Gelandewagen, or “G-Wagon” as it is more commonly called. The squared off boxy shape and imposing on road presence have been a hallmark of the G-Wagon for more than 39 years now and the new type W464 carries on the tradition.
Launched recently at the North American International Auto Show, the new G-Class is longer and wider than its predecessor. Visually, the common person will be hard pressed to spot the difference between old and new, changes to the body are more of a nip and tuck than a complete overhaul. Smoothing off edges, updating light technology and so forth. The real changes can be found underneath the hood and in the interior of the G-Class.
The new G-Class features a new fully independent suspension with Mercedes Benz’s latest safety assist systems and electromechanical power steering, with locking differentials and low range gearing ensuring that the W464 is as capable off-road as the outgoing model.
A completely redesigned dash greets you as you open the driver’s door of the new G-Class. It is modern and up to date, looking more like a S-Class than a G-Class, with digital displays and soft touch materials, it is a welcome change from the predecessor’s dated dash. Increase in dimensions have ensured that the G’s cabin is a little more spacious, with rear legroom growing by 150mm.
The engines too have been revisited, with a new 310kW, 4.0lt twin Turbo V8 being available at launch in the G500, it burns cleaner but produces more power, as is the trend with modern engine technology.
The new G should be available locally in the third quarter of 2018, prices and line-up to be confirmed.
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