1979 G-Class Cast in Amber

The all-new 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class will make its official debut very soon. Mercedes Benz has released a video that evokes the original Jurassic Park film by showing a classic G-Class embedded in amber and promises, “Stronger Than Time.”

The premiere of the new G-Class will be on the 14th of January 2018 at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. As of today a gigantic amber-coloured cube made of 44.4 tonnes of synthetic resin is adorning the entrance to Cobo Hall.

Encased in it is a G-Class from the first production year, 1979. The installation symbolises the timelessness of the off-road legend and makes a conscious reference to the natural phenomenon of insects preserved in amber. Like their genetic material the DNA of the first G-Class has also been preserved and is handed down from generation to generation. These genes are also in the new G-Class and they are carrying through the characteristic properties of the longest-lived model series from Mercedes-Benz into modern times: an iconic design, indestructible superiority off the beaten track and exceptional ride comfort on the road.

“The amber cube puts the uniqueness of the G-Class in a nutshell,” says Dr Gunnar Güthenke, Head of the Off-Road Vehicle product unit at Mercedes-Benz. “Our cult off-road vehicle has been continuously evolving for nearly 40 years – without losing its character or its core values. Its DNA is stronger than time and then any fashion trend. The cube expresses this to stunning effect and thus embodies the objective for advancing the G-Class.”

The G-Class debuted in 1979 as the most rugged member of the Mercedes lineup. The company offered them in a vast array of body styles from the familiar four-door SUV to the six-wheel-drive pickup that started life with the Australian military and eventually became the Mercedes-AMG G63 6×6 after significant modifications. A few extensive refreshes kept this basic machine in the Mercedes lineup for over three decades.

The new G-Class is bigger than its predecessor, sitting on a longer wheelbase than before and it’s also wider. This means the new G will have a lot more interior space. Interestingly, AMG played a role in developing the new G’s suspension, and it’s been designed for even better off-road performance than before. The new SUV also boasts improvements like a new independent suspension with double-wishbone front axle, a new nine-speed automatic gearbox, a new transfer case and a few other tweaks to make it a more effective off-road vehicle.

Can’t wait until the official unveiling of the new G-Class in a couple of days. Stay tuned!