Mercedes-Benz’s renowned G-Class is about to receive its first complete redesign because the nameplate’s launch. In spite of its remaining power, the G-Class came really close to meeting its death only a few years earlier. Mercedes had even released last edition models in some markets and was ready to kill off the icon, however strong demand from the United States, Russia and China– luckily– persuaded the car manufacturer to reverse course.
Our latest spy shots expose what seems the very same boxy G-Class that’s been with us– in civilian type– since 1979, but if you look a little closer you’ll observe significant distinctions. In fact, Mercedes informs us that the upgraded G-Class will have just one exterior part in typical with its predecessor.
The model is considerably broader than the current G-Class, with our photographer informing us there’s close to 4.0 inches of extra girth. Components like the windscreen, hood and grille are all significantly broader than on the existing model.
The larger body and corresponding broader track has actually been embraced in order to accommodate brand-new suspension that aims to enhance stability on and off the road while also improving interior area. At the same time, the new model’s body is much shorter. This can plainly be seen in shots where both the model and existing G-Class are present.
Another crucial change ought to be the increased use of aluminum and high-strength steel in the building and construction to assist lower weight, potentially cutting the existing model’s 5,665-pound curb weight by as much as 440 pound. There must also be the most recent from the Mercedes technology portfolio including brand-new driver-assist features, electronic power steering, and an innovative infotainment system.
Despite the changes, the new G-Class must remain as rugged as ever. For instance, the trip height doesn’t appear to be altering and it looks like a live axle remains at the back. We ‘d likewise expect a long-term four-wheel-drive system, reduction transfer case, and three differential locks to stay. Among the main reasons for the design overhaul is more stringent emissions regulations. Thus we may end up seeing some more fuel-efficient choices in the powertrain department including a possible plug-in hybrid setup.
Mercedes’ new inline-6 engines are expected to be used though in the United States a V-8 engine need to feature primarily. Naturally, Mercedes-AMG choices will still be on offer, as they currently represent more than 50 percent of G-Class sales worldwide.
The new G-Class is expected to hit the marketplace in 2018, as a 2019 model. Its arrival will coincide with the 40th anniversary of the G-Class nameplate. A colony Rover Defender is due to arrive about the same time, thus keeping the competition between the supreme utilities alive.