Next-gen Mercedes G-Class spyshots 6

After more than three decades, Mercedes-Benz looks set to introduce a new generation of the G-Class or G-Wagen, with these spyshots being the first proof of such. The all-new model is said to make its appearance in 2017 as a 2018 model year.

At first glance, it may appear that this is just the current G-Wagen with some fancy camouflage stuck to it. However, though it may have the identical off-roader shape we’ve come to know and love, a closer observation reveals a wider and lower body than its predecessor. Our spy photographers claim that no less than 100 mm has been added to the SUV’s width, which may result in an increased track width than before.

A shot of the prototype from the rear also shows that the G-Wagen will continue using a live axle system for its rear suspension. There also appears to be a few extra cylinders around it, a sign that a pneumatic suspension system will be available, allowing for variable ride heights at the push of a button. Independent front suspension will likely be featured as well, judging from the side shot of the test mule.

The new G-Wagen will employ lighter materials in its construction, which could see as much as 200 kg slashed from its overall weight. Other improvements include the introduction of electro-mechanical steering for easier manoeuvring, and a more luxurious interior.

As for power, several inline six-cylinder engines of the petrol and diesel variety will be available, with outputs of up to 360 hp. AMG variants will likely carry forward the 4.0 litre V8 from the G 500 and G 500 4×4², albeit with a hike in power. Mercedes’ 9G-Tronic nine-speed torque converter automatic transmission should be the transmission of choice as well.

Even though most G-Wagen owners won’t be trudging their way through harsh terrain on the regular, the new model should still retain its off-road features, which include all-wheel drive, three locking differentials and chunky all-terrain tyres.

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