The Mercedes G-Class keeps its vintage looks, adds a roomier interior, and gets a more agile ride

The boxy brute gets a major upgrade.
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Mercedes-Benz G550

If you were worried Mercedes was going to mess with a good thing you can breathe a big sigh of relief as the company has revealed the all-new G-Class with its vintage styling intact. You might not be able to tell from the photos, but the car is actually longer and wider than the previous model, adding more leg, shoulder, and elbow room throughout the car. 

The driving experience has been a big focus for both on-road and off-road driving. On the street, Mercedes has given the G a more agile ride with better steering feedback while the off-road experience has been further enhanced with a new independent suspension, improved front end rigidity, and even more capability on challenging terrain. 

Power will come from a 4.0L V8 that produces 416-hp and 450 lb-ft of torque in the new G550. That will be paired with a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission that enhances efficiency and lessens car noise. 

The biggest overhaul that will be a welcome addition to G-Wagon drivers looking to upgrade is the modernized interior that takes its inspiration from Merc's luxury sedans with options like dual 12.3-inch displays, a redesigned instrument panel, lots and lots of leather, and upgraded seating.

The new Mercedes G-Class hits American dealers later this year.

mbusa.com

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