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The Mer­cedes-benz G-class has long been con­sid­ered a de­sign icon, and its ex­ter­nal ap­pear­ance has not changed sig­nif­i­cantly since 1979. It is more of the same with the brand­new model that made its global de­but in Jan­uary thisyear.in­short,the­new‘g’is­stilla‘g’,only­bet­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to Mer­cedes-benz the G-class con­tin­ues to serve very spe­cific pur­poses, and this gives it its unique ap­pear­ance. While it has hardly changed vis­ually, the iconic off-roader is now 53 mm longer and 121 mm wider. This means 38 mm more le­groom in front and 150 mm more in the rear, as well as more shoul­der and el­bow room front and rear. The cabin has been fun­da­men­tally re­designed, with a com­pletely re­vised in­stru­ment panel in the form of a large dis­play with vir­tual in­stru­ments in the driver’s di­rect field of vi­sion.

The new sus­pen­sion gives it 6 mm more ground clear­ance be­tween the axles, climb­ing abil­ity of up to 100% on suit­able sur­face, a max­i­mum ford­ing depth of 700 mm

(up 100 mm), a sev­en­de­gree higher tilt an­gle, as well as higher ap­proach, de­par­ture and break-over an­gles.

It is around 170 kg lighter and about 55% more rigid, re­sult­ing in lower noise and vi­bra­tion lev­els. In the new G500, a high-per­for­mance 4.0-litre V8 biturbo petrol engine pro­duces 310 kw and 610 Nm of torque. It is cou­pled to a 9G-tronic auto trans­mis­sion with torque con­verter and now has Dy­namic Select driv­ing modes, in­clud­ing “G-mode” and three dif­fer­en­tial locks. Ex­pect it to land in South Africa about mid-year …

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