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This, folks, is the next-generation Gelandewagen, or Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen as most will call it. Spotted earlier here, it appears largely the same as the current model, but according to our European spy photographers, the test mule spotted here is apparently wider than the existing G-Class by about 10 cm, which will be great news for occupants. Off-roading enthusiasts, though, may not be so keen on the added girth when negotiating obstacles.

Most other customers, and the off-roaders too, should be happy with the estimated 400 kg reduction in weight compared to the curent G-Class, if the rumours come true. Being an all-new model, a fully revamped interior can be expected, as can select items from the latest E-Class, which will bring the 4X4 right up to date in technology.

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Under the skin, the next G-Class can be expected to carry forward the 4.0 litre turbocharged V8 petrols, as already seen in the G 500 and G 500 4×4², though perhaps with higher outputs. Mercedes’ 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission can be expected as the powerplants’ pairing, too.

As before, the G-Class will be built by manufacturing partner Magna in Graz, Austria when the next-generation model comes to production. Those who still want the G-Class in its current form later in the future still have some hope; our photographer sources heard that the current model might still be built alongside the new one in a more simplified form.