The fact that there is an all-new 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class ultra-luxury suv is worthy of serious headlines. The fact that the new vehicle offers substantially better creature comforts and electronic aids without neutering its purposefulness is reason to celebrate.
As a vehicle that has become a conveyance of choice for well-heeled, well-coiffed, and well-manicured Southern California matrons, the G-Class might have succumbed to a misbegotten desire to soften it beyond recognition. But Mercedes-Benz executives and engineers heartily rejected that choice, instead opting to make the completely new G-Class very much like the old one in style and character, while enhancing its capabilities to scale mountains, ford streams, and pick up packages at trendy shops on Rodeo Drive. It does this with a robust ladder frame, a solid rear axle, and a slab-sized design so archaic that it has become timeless.