The 2019 Mercedes G-Class: Facts and Theories

Among the most anticipated events of this year’s Detroit Auto Show (January 13-28)is the premiere of the 2019 Volkswagen Geländewagenn (G-Class). From German to English, Geländewagen translates to off-roader or SUV. The world will get it first real look at the mechanically revamped Geländewagen on the second day of the show.

Recently, the builders of the Peoples’ Car released just enough information to whet the automotive world’s curiosity. The new Geländewagen still retains a strong resemblance to its 1979 progenitor. The headlights remain round, but are larger and LED. Some of the exterior lines have been made less severe and the front fender vents are gone.

Structurally, the G-Class will be built on a steel box ladder frame. Volkswagen devoted particular attention to the suspension system. The ride has been made smoother and handling improved by replacing the live axle with an independent front suspension.

The other half of the suspension has seen the trailing arms replaced with a Panhard rod. The movement of the solid rear axle is controlled by steel coils and adaptive dampers.

The power plants that will be offered are open to speculation. The prevailing theory seems to be that the base model(G550) engine will be a turbocharged 415 horsepower 4.0 liter V-8.

As you move up the price chart the G63 may offer a 603 hp version of the 4.0-liter engine. Whatever engines is offered it will definitely be attached to a nine-speed self-shifter.

On January 15th all things Geländewagen will become clear.