The 2019 Mercedes G-Wagon will go anywhere! Join Lauren Fix as she takes the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G550 and the 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 to the dunes of San Diego to test their off-road capabilities.
All-new generation of the iconic G-Class
Enhanced on-road and off-roading capabilities
New independent front suspension
9-Speed automatic transmission
DYNAMIC SELECT driving programs with new “G-Mode” (G550 only)
More interior space and legroom
New metallic and design paint colors
New Trim options
More standard safety systems – standard from E and S Class vehicles.
Soft close doors
Proper cup holders
6 inches more leg room in back
Rear camera is water proof (located under the spare)
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is the original Mercedes-Benz SUV with a rich history. Long considered a design icon, the luxury off-road vehicle continues to be hand-assembled in Graz, Austria.
The new generation has been further improved on-road and off with a new suspension, transmission, DYNAMIC SELECT driving models – including the new “G-Mode” for the G 550: — and the three 100% differential locks that improve comfort and agility on any surface.
Mercedes-Benz G550 SPECS:
4.0L V8 biturbo engine (416 hp, 450 lb-ft)
4MATIC all-wheel drive 19”wheel and two 20” wheel choices with AMG Line
12.3” Digital Instrument Cluster – optionalBurmester Surround Sound System
The new 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 has undergone the greatest change in its history – while remaining true to its well-proven virtues. With an AMG developed suspension, chassis and engine, the G63 represents the ultimate in on-road and off-road performance.
Revised powertrain layout allows for greater off-road capability \
DYNAMIC SELECT, including new “G-mode” for G 550: DYNAMIC SELECT is now available with up to five driving modes for the G-Class (Comfort, Sport, Eco, Individual, and G).
Touch Control Buttons are touch-sensitive controls on the steering wheel for easy control of the instrument cluster and multimedia system, similar to a smartphone interface, which responds to vertical and horizontal swiping movements
New generation of COMAND multimedia system with available dual 12.3” high-resolution displays with single bonded glass panel
Mercedes-AMG G63 Specs:
AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine (577 hp / 627 lb-ft)
9G-TRONIC transmissionThree differential locks
AMG-developed suspension with adaptive adjustable damping
AMG DYNAMIC SELECT with three, new off-road modes
Wheels up to 22-inches in diameterWidescreen cockpit with additional 12.3” Digital Instrument Cluster
AMG Driver’s package
0-60 mph: 4.5 sec.
Prices start at: $147,500
Title: Mercedes G-Wagon is unstoppable!
Music – off road excitement, no place it cant go.
Hand assembled in 1979.
Started as a military vehicle before becoming a popemobile, which created attention to the vehicle. Over 300k G-Class vehicles have been sold. Majority sold in CA, then Manhatten and Florida. USA is the #1 G-Class market in the world, mostly in LA. All vehicles are off road-tested in Austria.
What hasn’t changed:
Spare Wheel Cover
What makes is Special:
3 off road locks – 40/60 front to rear (low range); 50/50; 3rd button 25% to each wheel.
Looks are polarizing. These vehicles are very distinctive, it has character (Round headlamps, turn signals and strip down the side. Some say it looks like aflying brick. It’s off road performance is more agile, more precise and capable than ever.
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