Mercedes-Benz’s iconic G-Class is about to obtain its
first full redesign for the reason that nameplate’s launch.
Our newest spy pictures and video reveal what seems to be the
identical boxy G-Class that’s been with us—in civilian type—since
1979, however in case you look a little bit nearer you’ll discover main
variations. In truth, Mercedes tells us that the redesigned
G-Class can have simply
one exterior half in widespread with its predecessor.
The prototype is considerably wider than
the present G-Class, with our photographer telling us
there’s near four.zero inches of additional girth. Components just like the
windscreen, hood and grille are all noticeably wider than on
the present mannequin.
The broader physique and corresponding wider monitor has been adopted
as a way to accommodate new suspension that goals to enhance
stability on and off the highway whereas additionally enhancing inside
area. On the identical time, the brand new mannequin’s physique is shorter. This
can clearly be seen in pictures the place each the prototype and
current G-Class are current.
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One other key change ought to be the elevated use of aluminum and
high-strength metal within the building to assist cut back weight,
probably slicing the present mannequin’s 5,665-pound curb weight by
as a lot as 440 lb. There also needs to be the newest from the
Mercedes expertise portfolio together with new driver-assist
options, digital energy steering, and a complicated
Regardless of the adjustments, the brand new G-Class ought to stay as rugged as
ever. For instance, the journey top doesn’t seem like
altering and it appears to be like like a reside axle stays on the rear.
We’d additionally count on a everlasting four-wheel-drive system, discount
switch case, and three differential locks to stay.
One of many primary causes for the design overhaul is stricter
emissions laws. Thus we could find yourself seeing some extra
fuel-efficient choices within the powertrain division together with a
potential plug-in hybrid setup.
Mercedes’ new inline-6 engines are anticipated to be provided
although in the US a V-Eight engine ought to function
primarily. In fact, Mercedes-AMG choices will nonetheless be on
supply, as they at the moment account for greater than 50 p.c of
G-Class gross sales worldwide.
2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class spy pictures – Picture by way of S.
The brand new G-Class is anticipated to hit the market in 2018, as a
2019 mannequin. Its arrival will coincide with the 40th anniversary
of the G-Class nameplate. A
new Land Rover Defender is because of arrive about the identical
time, thus holding the rivalry between the final word utilities
Regardless of its endurance, the G-Class got here very near
assembly its demise just a few years in the past. Mercedes had even
launched closing version fashions in some markets and was prepared
to kill off the icon, however robust demand from the U.S., Russia
and China—fortunately—persuaded the automaker to reverse course.
Observe, Mercedes is engaged on two associated fashions. One is a
G-Class-based army car dubbed the
Mild Armored Patrol Automobile (LAPV). One other is a brand new
compact SUV impressed by the G-Class and
considered referred to as a GLB.