Mercedes Benz G-Class takes on the Schockl

The new Mercedes-Benz G-Class is shown during test trials including an Austrian mountain called the Schockl.

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Jan 11, 2018 2 min. read

Article was updated 6 years ago

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Every G-Class has to conquer the Schockl.

Mercedes-Benz uses the 1,445 metre high local mountain near the Austrian city of Graz as a test track. The 5.6 km route includes gradients of up to 60 per cent and lateral inclinations of up to 40 per cent.

During the development stage, a "G" has to endure over 2,000 strenuous kilometers on this very demanding course. The new G-Class masters the route with noticeably more control and comfort.

The primary goal of development was to make the new G-Class even more effective off-road.

The G thus remains a true G – thanks to its standard ladder- type frame, the three 100 per cent differential locks and LOW RANGE off-road ratio.

Its suspension is the result of collaboration between Mercedes-Benz G GmbH and Mercedes-AMG. The result is an independent suspension with double-wishbone front axle in combination with a rigid rear axle.

Mercedes Benz G-Class

During development work, the engineers had the task of fighting for every millimeter, because off-road capability also means maximum ground clearance.

The raised axle with independent suspension decisively contributes to this, and additionally increases the stiffness of the body with a strut brace.

The components of the double-wishbone front axle are directly fixed to the ladder-type frame without a suspension subframe.

The attachment points on the frame of the lower wishbone in a Z-direction are positioned as high up as possible. This arrangement ensures good driveability beyond the asphalt.

Specifically for the G-Class, the new front axle is designed in such a robust way that the off-road performance and off-road capabilities of its predecessor are maintained and even surpassed.

The new rigid rear axle is guided with four longitudinal control arms on each side and a Panhard rod. The off-road vehicle stays on track more robustly, and is agile and effortless in off-road applications.

The exceptional handling characteristics and driving safety on account of the driver's high level of control can only be experienced firsthand. The following figures, however, clearly show that every little detail to improve the off-road characteristics has been checked and optimized where possible.

Mercedes Benz G-Class

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