It was like telling a fourth grade class they were going to Disneyland. Upon landing in southern France to drive the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, the assembled group of jet lagged automotive writers were informed that they were not only about to drive the first next-generation G-Class ever (incredibly cool and exciting in its own right) but were also going to get a chance to drive a selection of classic G Wagens as well. An audible gasp was heard.
Mercedes Benz G Class
The road ahead is unpaved, rock-strewn and rut-rich. Deep puddles blast murky water across the windshield. Colossal three-blade windmills tower overhead, perilously sprouting like whitewashed redwoods at the outer edges of corners. The urge is to play it safe, to tackle this rally proving ground with the sort of caution you'd normally take off road. But, this is the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, and to dawdle would be to miss out on the massive capabilities it possesses, which the majority of its
Mercedes would be the latest and largest automaker to withdraw from NAIAS.
Winters are long in Siberia.
Those looking for real off-road and towing capabilities need only look at what came to Detroit to see the future of SUVs.
Mercedes has to be extremely careful when redesigning such an important nameplate.
It should be a much better on-road driver, and still plenty capable off road.
An early frontrunner for craziest Detroit Auto Show display.
"We swear, the new G is still a serious off-roader."
The G63 is still available.
Another look at the G-Wagen under development.
That's a lot of expensive, hand-built models.
The G-Wagen should lose some weight and improve its fuel economy.
It's a work truck, not a blinged-out plushmobile.