In Austria is initiated the production of the new G-Class
Mercedes-Benz has started the production of the new G-Class generation at the Steyr plant in Graz, Austria. The factory has built all versions of the G since 1979 (over 300,000 units) and has completed the assembly of the first model of the new series, a Mercedes-Benz G 550 for the American market, equipped with a 416 hp V8 4.0 biturbo.
The size has grown a lot, but the new G-Class does not really show it( it has 12 centimeters more in width): certainly much wider and more welcoming, as well as characterized by a more modern cut. Starting from the dashboard, built around the huge display that collects in one group dashboard and multimedia system screen. The driving attitude remains more or less the usual, more “seated than stretched, but there is no shortage of adjustments (electric) of steering wheel and seat to better adjust the position, however, a bit ‘lower than in the past. In front of the driver there is no longer the classic setting a bit ‘dated, in favor of a decidedly hi-tech look: all information is managed via the dual 12.3-inch display: a single crystal combines the two elements and the functions can be controlled both by the steering wheel controls and by the central touchpad.
The European range is for the moment composed of the V8 (called in the Old Continent G 500) and the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG, equipped with the 585 hp version of the same engine. Further developments and variations will be introduced in the future. On the occasion of the event in the Austrian factory, a curiosity about the fate of the old G-Class was also clarified: the Professional versions for military and commercial use will still be produced and proposed on those markets where the Euro 5 homologation will still be accepted. These settings, which are technically characterized by the code 461 of the frame, are offered with five-door body, but also in the 6×6 and in that with only the front of the cabin, suitable for special set-ups.