The production of the new G-Class from Mercedes-Benz has been started at the Magna Steyr plant in Graz, Austria. The G-Class had been manufactured by the company at the Graz plant since 1979. It was done mostly by hand. It was here that the car had gone through some extreme testing. This is mostly because the Graz plant encompasses prototype workshop and testing as well as the options to track test on the local mountains of Graz. The new generation Mercedes-Benz has been unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show earlier in the year and it has built on a completely new ladder-on-frame chassis. A modern independent front suspension has also been designed to keep the overall weight of the vehicle low.
More than just a facelift for the G-Class
A member of the Board of Management, Ola Kallenius, has mentioned that the new car would be raising standards in all the relevant fields, thus ensuring that the longest running series from the company can continue the success story. This means that the new G-Class would remain a G, but it would just be better. The new Mercedes-Benz would have smoother surfaces and it would also feature new headlamps. The front blinkers are going to get slimmer. The car would be growing in size with a new set of wheels. The car has expanded in dimensions, being 53 mm longer, 121 mm wider, 8 mm taller and is more spacious on the inside with a wheelbase that has gone up by 40 mm.
The new G-Class has got some upgrades on the inside as well. They would look familiar and upscale. The extensive visual display looks very impressive. It extends from the steering wheel to the centre stack. There are touch-sensitive Touch Control Buttons that are attached to the steering wheel for better controls and move swiftly. There are shortcut keys for the input options, which are placed in front of the controller. They help in frequently accessing the operating tasks. They also have an optional control array to provide driving assistance and are placed above the rotary light switch. There are memory functions for the driver's seat and seat heating both in the front and rear. The front seats also benefit from the luxury head restraints. There is a standard audio system with seven loudspeakers. The Burmester surround sound system offers Digital Sound Processing and features 16 speakers and a 590-watt amplifier.
The G-Class stinks of raw power
The G-Class has the 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 AMG engine that had been tried and tested and has a max power of 415 bhp and 610 Nm of peak torque. The 9-speed automatic transmission comes as a standard. There is also a G63 variant that has the same engine but is tuned up to produce 603 bhp and 700 Nm of torque. It has been reported that the same version would be coming to India later in the year. The automaker has produced somewhere about 300,000 vehicles at the Graz plant but the G-Class has gone on record-breaking sales since 2012 and in 2017, a new sales record has been achieved with more than 22,000 units sold.