Mercedes Benz G-Class evolution: W464 2019 vs W463 1990-2018


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Is there really that much of a difference between the 2019 Mercedes Benz G-Class W464 and the 1990-2018 W463 SUVs? Let's compare & contrast these two models with!

1. Overview of Mercedes-Benz G-class

History has it that, the Mercedes-Benz G-class was developed as a military vehicle from a recommendation by the Shah of Iran, (who at that time happened to be a significant Mercedes shareholder), to Mercedes. Supposedly this idea bore fruit and later the model was generally obtainable as a civilian version in 1979.


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With the exceptional and world famous DNA of auto-king Mercedes Benz and the G-Class’s body engineering, dating some 40 years back, the G-class's distinctive characteristics have continued to express their supreme presence till date. This SUV brand has in those four decades come to symbolize the zenith of style, performance and prestige, as far as top class, luxyury SUVs are concerned.

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From W463 to W464

Like most vehicles and SUVs, which are remodeled every few years, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class was more than a ready for a tune up, leading to a better experience for its millions of lovers in the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, also known as the W464 generation of the G-Wagon. 

Though these upgrades are always at first looking, subtle, but they’re far reaching; and this latest SUV is indisputably still a Geländewagen - the German word for “cross-country vehicle” that gave this durable off-roader its G-Wagon nickname.


The 2019 G-Wagon release has ended the tenure of W463

As current in design as the G-class has been, the 1990 to 2018 Mercedes Benz G-Class models, W463, and the new, remodeled 2019 model, W464 (being a different animal from its predecessor) models have comparative super-fantastic features. The question not a few enthusiasts are asking is: Is the 2019 Mercedes Benz G-Class W464 in any way better than the 1990-2018 W463? Check out the expert comparion by Naijauto of these two G-Wagons:

2. Upgrades in Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon Design

Take a quick look at the exterior specs of the W463 and W464 below to see basic upgrades in their styling and design!


Mercedes-Benz G-Class W463

(2018 model)

Mercedes-Benz G-Class W464

(2019 model)



Aluminum + Steel













Curb weight

2,354-2, 485kg (5,190 – 5,478lb)

2329 kg or 5135lbs

As pictured above, the 2019 Mercedes Benz G-class W464 and 2018 Mercedes Benz G-class W463 share similar features in wheelbase and width, with slight differences in length, height and curb weight. In these regards, the W464 is longer while the W463 is higher. The 2019 W464 is also constructed with a fusion of aluminum in its body as opposed to the traditional steel fabricaton of the 2019 Mercedes Benz G-class W463 and other G-wagons.


Though both versions look similar, there are differences in length, width and height

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3. Changes in Mercedes-Benz G-Class Interior and navigation systems

Looking at the interior display and entertainment systems – the 2019 Mercedes Benz G-class W464 comes with an upgraded surround sound system from the famous Harmon Kardon, a more spacious new dashboard and an added Apple carplay and Android as oppose to the conventional W463 360-degree sound, g-class dashboard Apple carplay and infotainment system. Also, the W464’s navigation is broader than that of W463 with revised fenders/ bumper and LED headlights printed with G-wagon signatures.

Details of interior designs on both versions are specified in the table below!


Mercedes-Benz G-Class W463

(2018 model)

Mercedes-Benz G-Class W464

(2019 model)

Display & Entertainment systems

1. Dual 12-inch LCD for the instrument cluster and infotainment system

2. 360 degree surround sound, etc

3. G-class dashboard

4. Apple Carplay

1. LCD instrument and center console displays

2. Upgraded Burmester  surround sound system from Harman Kardon

3. More spacious and new dashboard

4. Added Apple Carplay and Android auto as an option for the second generation G-Class as well


1. All-wheel drive

2. Auto dimming rear view mirror

3. Grille and LED headlights

4. G-class bumpers

1. All wheel drive

2. Frameless auto dimming rear view mirror

3. New grille, LED headlights with unique G-wagon signature

4. Revised front fascia wraps around and attaches to the fenders/ bumper


Over the years the interior has evolved, but still maintains the Benz stamp of opulence and style

4. Mercedes-Benz G-Class enhanced engine & performance specs

The 2018 Mercedes Benz G-class W463 engine is compatible with petrol and diesel whereas the W464’s engine propels on petrol with 32 valves and longitudinal alignment/ front position placement. They both have the same transmission with different fuel consumption rates on a low-high ratio. The W463’s trunk capacity is designed as usual (the normal models) while the W464 has been redesigned with an extended trunk capacity.


Mercedes-Benz G-Class W463

(2018 model)

Mercedes-Benz G-Class W464

(2019 model)


4.0L M176/ M177 V8 Twin turbo for petrol and 2.9L OM656 D29 R SCR 16 turbo for diesel

Turbo charged 4.0L V8 cylinder petrol motor engine of 32 valves with longitudinal engine alignment and front position placement


A 9G-Tronic, AMG 7-Speed shift transmission

A 9-speed sequential automatic (9G-TRONIC) gearbox

Fuel consumption

Combined fuel consumption capacity of 11.5 - 12.1L/ 100km (20.5 - 19.4 mpg)

Combined fuel consumption economy of 11.8 L/100km (24mpg UK/ 20mpg)

Trunk Capacity

Normal G-class trunk

Extended G-class trunk capacity

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Though the W464 has an extended tank capacity and boasts 9-speed transmission, the W463 is no slouch

5. Addition in Mercedes-Benz C-Class Safety features

Talking safety, the Mercedes Benz G-class W463 vs W464 have similarities in their brake disk specs. But, the W464 has been upgraded with a line of safety features pioneered from the W222 S-class series of Mercedes that has never been included before and other suite safety features such as:

  • Pre-safe
  • Attention assist
  • Active lane keeping assist
  • Active brake assist


Cockpit of the two G-Wagon generations; modern, tech, and first class

6. Pricing of old & new Mercedes-Benz G-Class versions

Below are the brand new prices of 2018 G-Class model and 2019 W464. The prices are suggested retail prices from manufacturer, excluding delivery fees, import tax or custom clearing fees. They also vary according to dealership and currency exchange rate.

Brand new Mercedes-Benz G-Class prices in Nigeria

(MSRP base price)

Mercedes Benz G-class W463 2018

Mercedes Benz G-class W464 2019





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7. Verdict

While the Mercedes-Benz G-Class W464 model seems newer and slightly more advanced, the fact remains that there is really little to truly significantly differentiate the two. You can therefore keep enjoying your G-Wagon W463. However, if being current is a ig deal with you, the by all means you can go for the 2019 W464 model of the enduring G-Wagon. 

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Joshua, or KK as friends call him, is a Filmmaker, Writer and Director. A Christian, Joshua is a product of Nigeria’s foremost film school, the National Film Institute, Jos, where he majored in Writing/Directing. Joshua began his writing career at age 18 when an older brother gave him a four page outline of a children novel. Joshua intends to keep writing and directing. His screen name is sometimes Joshua Kalu Ephraim (Writing), and sometimes Joshua KK (directing).

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