Having an icon in your line-up can be a blessing and a curse, something Mercedes-Benz knows all about when it comes to refreshing fan-loved stalwarts like the G-Wagon.
Newly redesigned, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is only ready to show off its updated interior right now, but I’m happy to report that the automaker walked that fine line between adding new features to bring the G-Class into the modern era, while still preserving those all-important elements enthusiasts demand.
Since its introduction in 1979, and with over 300,000 vehicles roaming the roads, the SUV has gone through minor facelift changes, but nothing to the extent of the updates for the 2019 model year.
Are all these changes for the better or worse?
The easy-to-reach grab handle on the passenger side, along with the familiar differential locks positioned front and center are also carried over: the latter is unchanged right down to the notification colors, which have gone untouched over the last four generations.
Outside, the robust exterior protective strip, the exposed spare tire on the rear door, and the indicator lights remain unmodified.