Gee whiz it’s the new G-Class

Riley Riley

Gee whiz. It’s the new off road Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

Just like Jeep has the Rubicon Trail, every new G-Class has to conquer the Schöckl.

Benz uses the 1445 metre high local mountain near the Austrian city of Graz as a test track.

The 5.6km route includes gradients of up to 60 percent and lateral inclinations of up to 40 percent.

During the development stage, a “G” has to endure over 2000 strenuous kilometres on this very demanding course.

Benz claims the new G-Class masters the route with noticeably more control and comfort.

The primary goal of development was to make the new G-Class even more effective off-road.

So a ladder chassis was retained, the three 100-percent diff locks and low range gearing.

The suspension is the product of collaboration between Mercedes-Benz G and Mercedes-AMG.

The result is an independent suspension with double-wishbone front axle in combination with a rigid rear axle.

The engineers fought for every millimetre, because off-road capability depends on maximum ground clearance.

The raised axle with independent suspension decisively contributes to this, and additionally increases the stiffness of the body with a strut brace.

The new G-Class has a 9-speed auto and introduces a new “G-Mode” – don’t you love the name?

In this mode the adjustable damping, steering and accelerator are all modulated to avoid unnecessary gearshifts and ensure maximum off-road capability.

Low range can be engaged on the fly up to a speed of 40km/h, provided you shift to neutral first.

Here’s the essential figures:

  • Slope climbing ability of up to 100 per cent on suitable surfaces
  • Ground clearance between the axles: 241mm (+6 mm )
  • Maximum fording depth: 700mm in water and mud passages (+100mm)
  • Driving stability at angles of 35 degrees (+7)
  • Angle of departure: 30 degrees, angle of approach: 31 degrees (+1)
  • Breakover angle: 26 degrees (+1)
  • Suspension travel: Front axle: Spring/rebound travel of 85/100mm; rear axle: Spring/rebound travel of 82/142mm

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