After several decades, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is finally coming in for an update, and new details have emerged online this week.
The new G-Class will be shown for the first time in January at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show, and Fairfax media is reporting that the car will be now fashioned mostly from aluminium, contributing to a weight reduction of over 160kg.
Despite the lower weight, the new construction technique has improved torsional rigidity by up to 30 per cent.
Under the bonnet will be a choice of petrol and diesels, with a 2.9-litre straight six turbo diesel, and AMG’s 4.0-litre turbo V8 in two states of tune – one for the standard G 500 and the other for the G 63 AMG model.
But if you think it’s going to be less hardcore, forget it – low range, triple diff locks, heavy-duty suspension – it’s all staying.
In fact, the wading depth has increased by 100mm and the rampe, breakover and departure angles have all improved. And for those wanting to ensure their rims don’t get scratched, a surround view camera system is available.
And for those who have an environmental conscience (or simply want to save fuel), a hybrid version is said to be added to the lineup later on.
Look for all the details when we bring them to you in January when the Detroit Motor Show kicks off.