The 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-class isn’t just a six-figure SUV driven by the rich and famous, it’s an unmistakable off-road icon than lives up to its considerable reputation.
While Mercedes carefully evolved the Geländewagen’s outward appearance during a recent redesign, the company greatly improved its road manners with a more sophisticated independent front suspension. Its larger proportions also make it roomier than its predecessors, and the styling and materials inside now fit its luxury pedigree.
The newest, second-generation G-Class is larger suv than before and more comfortable inside. The independent suspension setup provides a more composed on-road ride than it was the case with the first-generation version. The G-Class comes also with a classy interior and the brand’s modern tech features. The mighty, twin-turbo V-8 delivers sufficient power for all road conditions.
After a 2019 redesign — its first full-scale rethink in decades — the G-Class largely stands pat aside from some minor trim and feature tweaks. It gets a standard digital gauge display, and wireless smartphone charging now is standard on the AMG edition.
Two versions are on offer: The G550 with its 416-horsepower twin-turbo V-8 and the AMG G63, which delivers 577 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque from an especially ferocious version of the V-8.
Inside, the G is spacious, but not as cavern-like as a contemporary Range Rover. Fine materials and glimmering 12.3-inch screens under a single pane of glass help justify a sticker price that easily tops $ 150,000 with options.
As for the future upgrades, the off-road-ready G-Class will get the all-electric version but this variant is expected beyond 2022. The plug-in hybrid version is in pipeline but likely for the 2022 model year.