New Mercedes-Benz G-Class to be lighter, wider and more luxurious than the original
Details have emerged on the hotly anticipated second generation Mercedes-Benz G-Class, ahead of its official debut, which will supposedly be at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next January as a 2019 model.
Drive reports that the new G-Glass will be built upon a heavily modified version of the chassis borrowed from the tough as nails first generation, but will be around 158kg lighter and wider, boosting cabin space and comfort along with drivability. The second generation G’s should be just as accomplished as a tow car as the first model.
Mercedes is said to have improved things under the bonnet too. There’ll be the G500 that will be powered by a 4.0 litre twin turbo V8 that will produce 309kW and 610Nm of torque there’ll also be a G63 model that’ll be powered by a gruntier version of the same engine that’ll chuck out 443kW and 850Nm of torque. Both versions of the engine will be mated to a conventional nine-speed auto and in traditional G-Class style, there’ll be three diff locks.
Speaking of diff locks and off-road ability, watering fording depth will increase by four inches, approach and departure angles are said to have improved, and independent suspension should improve wheel articulation over the rocky stuff.
The most radical changes will take place inside, with Benz turning to the E and S-Class models for interior inspiration. There’ll be an S-Class style infotainment system.
If the reports are correct, the new G-Class will be a worthy successor to the G legend.