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New Mercedes-Benz G-Class – more of the same but better, available August

Written by: Neil

In the land of no-nonsense SUVs, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is one of the most respected figures.

Bulky and blocky, the all-terrain-conquering wagon takes no prisoners, so there was much excitement when images of the all-new G-Class reached the Petrol News office this week.

While the G-Class has a hard reputation, the latest version is said to be more comfortable and spacious than before, thanks in part to being 53mm longer and 121mm wider than the previous model.

We’d forgive you for thinking that the iconic SUV is getting soft in middle age (it was first introduced in 1979), but Merc reckons the G-Class is even more capable on and off the road, so it still has the capacity to decimate most mountains.

Available to order in the UK from March with deliveries from August, the G-Class will initially be sold as the G 63, followed by the 350d diesel in 2019.

However, the G-Class made its world debut at the Detroit Auto Show as the G500, which uses a four-litre V8 turbo petrol engine pumping out 422bhp and 610Nm. It sounds amazing, but, as it stands, it won’t be sold in the UK. Yet there’s more than enough reason – and genuine appetite – for that to change.

As you’ll have noticed, the designers haven’t really done much to change the look of the G-Class – a common approach when updating iconic SUVs it seems – and that’s the way almost every potential buyer will like it, to be honest.

A spokesperson for Mercedes-Benz said: “The new G-Class is setting the bar higher still in all relevant areas – in terms of performance both on and off the road, as well as with regard to comfort and telematics.

“Our ‘longest-serving’ model series is therefore ideally equipped to continue its success story. In short, the new ‘G’ is still a ‘G’, only better.”

Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, added: “The G-Class is renowned for combining luxury and off-road prowess and this new model is sure to be a success.”

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