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The All New-Not New Mercedes G Class Is The New British Bulldog

The Land Rover Defender was the definitive off-roader and it was British, those ordinary, weather beaten looks hid a formidable work of engineering. But the Defender, as we know it, is retired albeit awaiting a sanitised ressurection probably in the form as a 21st Century frappacino, a dumbed down version for upper middle classes whose answer to slumbing it is wearing £200 designer wellingtons that will only ever beat a path down Sloan Street.

This is where the Mercedes G Class comes into play and the genius of Mercedes is there for all to see. The genius? it's simple, don't mess with what already works.

The G-Class has not changed significantly since 1979. Iconic elements continue to serve very specific purposes and to give the G‑Class its unique appearance.
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All these are still found in the new G‑Class: the distinctive door handle and the characteristic closing sound, the robust exterior protective strip, the exposed spare wheel on the rear door and the prominent indicator lights.

The new G-Class is 53 mm longer and 121 mm wider. While the exterior maintains the iconic classic look, the interior of the G-Class has undergone a fundamental modern more luxurious redesign.
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The new Mercedes-Benz G-Class is now fit to tacle the 21st Century with cutting-edge assistance systems, improved handling, and safety.

The new suspension, the DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes, the “G-Mode” and the three 100‑percent differential locks enhance not only ride comfort but also agility – on any surface.
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At launch the new G-Class will be powered by a 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine ensures powerful propulsion. The new biturbo produces an output of 310 kW (422 hp) and a maximum torque of 610 Nm at 2000 to 4750 rpm.

UK specification and pricing is still to be confirmed, with first customer deliveries arriving in the summer.