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 aluminum, contributing to a weight reduction of over 160kg.
This is important, not only for reducing emissions (less weight means less fuel used) but also makes off-roading even easier.
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 gasoline and diesel engines, with a 2.9-liter straight six turbo diesel, and AMG’s 4.0-liter 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 – there’s the standard kit of proper off-road necessities: low range, triple diff locks, heavy-duty suspension – it’s all staying.
In fact, the wading depth has increased by 100mm and the ramp, break-over 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.
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.
The first model to hit the road will be the normal V8 version with the six-cylinder to follow a few months later. The G 63 AMG version will appear shortly after the first V8.
Mercedes-Benz says it has built the car around its off-road ability, rather than making it for the road first.
Look for all the details when we bring them to you in January when the Detroit Motor Show kicks off.