Mercedes-Benz has redefined the G-Wagen. On Sunday, it revealed the 2019 G550 during the Detroit Auto Show. While the exterior looks much the same as the big, boxy icon, it’s finally a remade vehicle with modern technology. Like your remodeled Palm Springs midcentury house, its up-to-date inside. That’s important, given that Mercedes’ most upmarket customers pick this car over any other SUV in their lineup. It’s a retro-looking unapologetic car that actually works in the modern-tech world.
When it comes to the interior UX, the 2019 G-Wagen has all the updated entertainment features, despite its classic rough exterior. Its voice assistant has two TFT screens, and makes it feel like a modern car on the inside, finally. The G-Wagen is still a style statement, and it is incredibly impractical if you live in the real world. This launch is an attempt to bring it more in line with its sedan, like the S-Class, the flagship vehicle.
Finally it has in-car tech that incorporates voice assistance, and its a system that actually works. We tried out the MBUX voice assistant at CES in the A-Class prototype. It works as logically as Alexa.
It’s worth mentioning, has off-road skill that most owners won’t use, but earns bragging rights, and reinforces the invincible image of the original G-Wagen, introduced nearly 40 years ago.
There’s more to come, in the AMG form, the high-performance marque of Mercedes. But here you have the ideal luxury SUV, to drive on your ski resort holiday.