What’s New for 2019?
This vehicle represents the beginning of the second generation of the G-Class. While at first glance it looks similar to the outgoing model, a closer examination will show consumers just how different the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is. Inside the cabin, consumers will find more space and a new design to maximize comfort. The steering wheel and pedals have been re-positioned. High-quality materials continue to be used on the seats, steering wheel, and dashboard.
This year's model is 2.1" longer and approximately 5" wider. It also has a longer wheelbase. New, aluminum touches help make this vehicle lighter. Buyers will find an aluminum hood, front fender, tailgate, and doors. Despite its larger size, the G-Glass now weighs an impressive 375 lbs less.
Impressive New Powertrain
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is powered by a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine. With this, drivers get up to 416-horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque from the G 550. This is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, which is replacing the previously standard seven-speed box. Those who go with the upper trim level will get an even more powerful version of this same engine.
The powertrain was tweaked to improve off-roading capabilities. It features an independent front suspension and a double-wishbone front axle. This gives the G-Class more ground clearance as well as rigidity. To enhance agility, Mercedes-Benz gave this vehicle three 100% differential locks (rear, center, and front).
Five Available Driving Modes
Adding to the already impressive capability of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is the electronic drive modes. Drivers can choose from Sport, Eco, Comfort, Individual, or the all-new G-Mode. When consumers go with G-Mode, the vehicle will automatically adapt to the terrain by dampening the chassis, acceleration, and steering. It also eliminates unnecessary shifting and gives drivers incredibly precise steering.
Ready to Drive Anywhere
One of the most common complaints consumers had about the outgoing model of the G-Class was it did not drive well on pavement. This is definitely not the case in 2019. It is both quiet and composed when driving down city streets. The G-Class can glide down most street surfaces and shows a surprising amount of composure for a vehicle of its size.
The ground clearance and off-roading features on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class make it ready to tackle just about any terrain. Very few vehicles can rival this one when it comes to going off the beaten path. The G-Class can handle steep inclines, declines, and just about anything drivers throw at it.
Just because the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is comfortable in the wild does not mean it can't be luxurious on the inside. Stepping inside this vehicle buyers will find leather seats with memory and heat, ambient lighting with 64 color choices, and a steering wheel with touch-sensitive controls. This vehicle also features a Burmester Surround Sound System and 12.3-inch high-resolution display that uses a single-bonded glass panel.
Those wanting even more out of their luxury SUV can consider adding a package. There are several option packages to choose from. They can add things like massaging seats, a heated steering wheel, Nappa leather, ventilated front seats, and a WiFi hotspot.
Safety-Oriented Inside and Out
There are many standard driver-assistance safety features on the 2019 G-Class. Each model comes equipped with a rearview camera, Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, and Park Assist. They also come with Traffic Sign Recognition and Driver Drowsiness Monitoring to further help consumers stay safe.
Each and every model also comes equipped with Mercedes' Pre-Safe system. This system is designed to prepare those inside the cabin if it senses an impending collision. It will roll up the windows and tighten the seatbelts to keep the driver and their passengers in the optimal position. Active Brake Assist is also standard and will help drivers apply the appropriate amount of braking pressure.
Two Trims to Choose From
Unlike many vehicles out there, consumers are able to choose from only two different types of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class. They are the entry-level G 550 and the much more expensive, performance-oriented AMG G 63. Key differences between these trims include:
The G-Class has long been a well-respected vehicle in the large luxury SUV class. Its ability to improve so much is 2019 is truly impressive and make it a vehicle consumers will want to be sure to check out.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All Mercedes-Benz G-Class MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.