2019 Mercedes-Benz G 550 and AMG G63 first drive: leGendary

You pick up a few names in the space of forty years, but whether you call it the Mercedes Geländewagen, the G-Wagen or, its most modern moniker, the 2019 G-Class is still legendary in every sense, whether you’re on or off the road. Mercedes-Benz’s unwavering commitment – some might say obsession – to maintaining the G’s core essence is instrumental in making it so successful over the past four decades. Even so, it’s strange to think that the late model G-Class from 2018 is now considered a “classic,” courtesy of this all-new model just around the corner.

There are only four visible parts carried over from the old SUV, along with one that’s buried out of sight. They’re worth mentioning, too – the door handle, rear air outtake, the headlamp cleaning system, and the sun visors – because, to a pair of untrained eyes, the all-new G-Class looks remarkably similar to its predecessor. No, it’s not that Mercedes-Benz’s designers are lazy; on the contrary, it’s been done purposely and painstakingly to preserve the SUV’s unique exterior design language. I for one don’t mind it one iota.

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