Even the toughest of conditions pose little problem to the new G-Class. The low-range gearbox adjusts the shift ranges of the 9G-TRONIC transmission to driving in off-road terrain and on uphill gradients. Pressing the LOW RANGE button in the centre console increases the torque at the wheels. As a result, negotiating very difficult off-road terrain, moving off on extreme uphill gradients as well as driving downhill are all possible with significantly enhanced braking performance.
With 9 gears and double-declutching function, this transmission allows extremely dynamic acceleration and ultra-short shift times as well as a fuel-saving driving style. The systematic further development of hardware and software has made it possible to further optimise the reaction times. This means that the driver's shift commands can be carried out faster than ever before. Gear changes are performed with no interruption in tractive power. Ultra-fast, responsive multiple downshifts are another forte of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT 9G-TRONIC. The driver can change via kickdown directly from 9th into 6th or from 5th into 2nd gear, for example.
Trust is good, control is better. The new axle architecture ensures that this is the case. Demanding terrain calls for high ground clearance and outstanding traction. Both are assured thanks to the precise independent front suspension and the robustness of the rigid axle at the rear. This design enables the permanent all-wheel drive to deliver its full power and manoeuvre the G through the terrain with purpose. With its high links, the new independent suspension provides maximum ground clearance. On the road, too, the new axle architecture delivers tangibly enhanced performance, making the new G-Class an impressive proposition with its better controllability and more precise wheel location. Furthermore, the off-roader is lighter, which further improves its handling.
Stamina means everything in tough terrain. Here there’s no room for buckling or retreating. Here it’s all about character. And strength of character shines through in the vehicle’s backbone. In the case of the G-Class, this has always been the exceptionally robust ladder frame. Made from sheet steel up to 3.4 mm thick, the ladder frame is much more suitable for tough off-road use than a self-supporting body. In addition to this, the decoupling of the noise from the suspension and the road reduces the interior noise level and thus enhances the ride comfort.
The main feature upgrade is the addition of “desert” driving mode in its Dynamic Select system. The new option is specifically designed for vehicles in the Middle East, to up the G-Wagen’s off-road capabilities on sand. Thanks to DYNAMIC SELECT drivers have an option for choosing between comfortable, sporty, efficient or individually defined driving characteristics at their fingertips. Parameters such as the drive system including exhaust flaps, steering, start/stop function, ESP®, assistance systems and the optional suspension with adaptive adjustable damping can be adjusted automatically, depending on the selected driving mode. All for even better on-road performance.
Powerful though the G-Class is, it only ever uses its enormous power where it is needed: when negotiating off-road terrain, for example, there may only be one wheel which has traction. In this case, the three locks on the centre, rear-axle and front-axle differential ensure that the drive torque is directed to precisely where it is required. Power paired with efficiency – the right way to get ahead.
A muffled rumble announces its arrival. The ground starts to shake. The air begins to vibrate. Then the G-Class turns the corner. Miles of highway opening up before it. It accelerates and starts to really shift. Unfamiliar terrain? On the contrary. Those who think the new G-Class is only in its element off the road couldn’t be more wrong. On the road, it soon becomes clear that the off-roader knows no compromise.