After several rounds of teaser photos and camouflaged shots, Mercedes-Benz officially pulled the covers off the next-gen G class. The iconic SUV, which has morphed from a military vehicle to a high-end luxury ride, had a memorable unveiling with an assist from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and what's left of Detroit's Michigan Theatre. Here's some initial G-class reaction from the automotive media.
Rivals Mercedes-Benz and BMW plan to launch vehicle subscription pilots in the U.S. this year, joining a growing list of luxury brands in offering consumers a vehicle to drive for a monthly fee that includes insurance, maintenance and pickup and delivery.
The 2019 G class is bigger, lighter and more luxurious, and with the most thorough redesign in the venerable SUV's history, Mercedes-Benz will discover whether a modernized chassis and technology-laden interior can push demand even higher.
Mercedes-Benz has spent two consecutive years atop the U.S. luxury market, but BMW and Lexus are looking for growth from new products on the way. 2018 could be a year of gains for luxury vehicles, even with overall sales on the decline.
Mercedes-Benz's rugged G-class SUV will get an independent front suspension for the first time to improve its on-road handling and refinement, while off-road capabilities also top those of the outgoing model.