The Mercedes-Benz G-Class, considered an automotive icon for decades, once again strengthens its leadership position among luxury off-roaders with its latest evolution, which is now ready for marketing. This new interpretation of the 1979 classic stands out in all conditions, with improved performance both on and off the asphalt thanks to electrified gasoline and diesel propulsion systems, modern driver assistance systems, greater comfort, customization options almost unlimited and advanced digitalization technologies, without forgetting the main novelty of the G family: a new 100% electric variant.

The legendary Geländewagen retains intact its unmistakable off-road character and its “boxy” appearance, box-like, with square shapes and the aesthetic elements that have made it recognizable for 45 years. At the base of its success is its proven ladder chassis construction, three mechanical differential locks and Low Range reduction gear, as well as a rigid rear axle and independent front suspension.

The off-road control unit has been redesigned, as has the new Offroad Cockpit to offer an overview of data relevant to off-road driving on both the driver’s screen and the infotainment system’s screen, together with other support functions to facilitate its handling on tracks and roads.

In this way, the off-road driving experience – where the G-Class already set the standard for the segment – is now even better. A few facts are enough to prove its leadership position. Its high ground clearance (241 mm) and long-travel suspension form the basis of the G-Class’s mountain efficiency.

The figures speak for themselves: up to 100% inclination on suitable surfaces, stable driving on side slopes of up to 35°, approach and departure angles of 31° front and 30° rear (without trailer hitch) and a maximum depth 70 cm wading distance for water and mud.

And to facilitate driving on the most demanding terrain, the G offers the “transparent hood” functionality, which can be activated through the off-road menu on the central screen. In combination with the 360° camera (with images from the front camera and the two cameras in the exterior mirrors), it allows a virtual view below the front of the vehicle to be seen on the multimedia screen.

In addition to all the improvements adopted aimed at optimizing its dynamic performance, on and off-road, those responsible for the German firm have incorporated electrification to all engines. Thanks to this, all versions offer greater responsiveness off-road and superior comfort on paved roads. Mild-hybrids with an integrated starter-alternator (ISG) and a 48-volt on-board electrical system also provide better sensations in terms of comfort, smoothness and quick reactions with lower fuel consumption.

The engine range of the new G-Class consists of the G 500 and the G 450 d. The first is powered by a new 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder gasoline block with twin turbochargers and an electric auxiliary compressor. This engine produces 330 kW (450 HP) and provides a maximum torque of 560 Nm. The ISG briefly provides an additional 15 kW (20 HP) of power and 200 Nm of torque. Its approved consumption records are 10.9 to 12.3 l/100 km and its rate in Spain starts at 159,650 euros.

The diesel G (450 d) has a six-cylinder engine that offers 270 kW 15 kW, that is, an additional 367 HP 20 HP. The engine torque is 750 (200) Nm and averages between 8.7 and 10.0 liters per 100 km. The price of this version in the national market starts at 149,675 euros. Power transmission in both cases is carried out by the automatic gearbox with 9G-Tronic torque converter adapted to make driving comfortable and silent, especially at low speeds, with particularly quick and smooth transitions between ratios.

The G 63 AMG is the top option in the range in terms of performance. In this case it is powered by the proven AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine. It delivers 430 kW (585 HP) and provides a maximum torque of 850 Nm. As in the rest, the novelty is provided by the combination of 48 volt technology and an integrated starter alternator (ISG). This electrification provides an additional 15 kW (20 HP) of power and 200 Nm of torque for a short period of time. From a standstill, the new G 63 takes just 4.4 seconds to accelerate to 100 km/h and its top speed is set at 220 km/h. The optionally available AMG Performance package enables a top speed of 240 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds.

In addition to brutal mechanical performance, the most dynamic variant of the range provides exceptional agility. The AMG Active Ride Control suspension with hydraulic active roll stabilization and adaptive adjustable damping contributes decisively to this. It is available as an individual option or as part of the AMG Offroad Pro package and the AMG Performance package. The price of the G 63 AMG in Spain starts at 219,300 euros.

The first fully electric variant of the G-Class will complete the model range later (and to which we will dedicate a specific article shortly).