Mercedes Benz has given the iconic G-Class a pampering at the beauticians, moving it forward from its utilitarian stance into a luxury SUV.
The dated instrument cluster and centre console have been completely redesigned, making the interior more harmonious. The driver's field of vision now encompasses a colour screen, between the rev counter and speedometer. The G-Class now features the COMAND Online infotainment system, which includes navigation and internet access as standard.
There new LED daytime driving lamps and new exterior mirrors which bring a few discreet changes to the exterior of the car. There is also the option of a range of safety features such as Blind Spot Assist, the parking aid PARKTRONIC and an adaptive cruise control system
In the UK there will be a choice of two power units – a diesel G 350 (2987 cc) BlueTEC with an output of 211 hp and 540 Nm meters of torque between 1600 to 2400 rpm. Mercedes 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission is standard with a quoted combined fuel consumption figure of 25.2 mpg and CO2 emissions of 295 g/km. And then there is the petrol - G 63 AMG with a 5461cc V8 bi-turbo engine which produces 544hp and delivers 760Nm of torque, fuel consumption on the combined cycle is quoted as 20.4 mpg with CO2 emissions of 322 g/km (so not too eco-friendly).
We believe the Range Rover offers a better all round package but where the Mercedes Benz G-Class scores is with its exclusivity and outstanding off-road credentials. Which include three electrically controlled 100-per cent differential locks and a ladder frame chassis – which makes it pretty much unstoppable.
The new generation Mercedes Benz G-Class will be available from autumn 2012, we will confirm prices and full specifications later in the year. Sadly for those of you after the G 500 and G 65 AMG these will not be available in the UK.Published 11 April 2012