The next-gen Mercedes G-Class’ official images have leaked online. While interior photos of 2018 Mercedes G-Class have already been revealed by Mercedes-Benz, this is the first look at the exterior without any camouflage.
Mercedes-Benz knows its customers want the Mercedes G-Class to look classic even today and so it has retained the 40-year-old look in the new generation model. Thanks to the evolutionary design, the luxury utility vehicle retains signature elements like round headlamps in square housing, rectangular triple-louvre radiator grille, rectangular air dam grille, flat windscreen, imposing wheel arch flares, squarish windows and quarter glass, mildly leaning D-pillar, the parallelism of the roof edge, shoulder line and side sills, compact rectangular tail lamps and side-hinged tailgate with a spare wheel mounted on it.
Like the first-gen Mercedes G-Class, the second-gen Mercedes G-Class features a ladder-type frame, three 100-percent differential locks and a low-range gearbox. It gets a new double-wishbone front axle instead of a solid front axle but retains a solid rear axle. The redesigned model features a new ‘G-Mode’ off-road mode, which turns on activating one of the differential locks or engaging low-range. The G mode adapts the adjustable damping of the chassis and the steering as well as the acceleration. It avoids unnecessary gearshifts, and when it is on, a small “G” icon lights up in the instrument cluster.
Mercedes-Benz will reportedly offer the all-new G-Class with 2.9-litre in-line six-cylinder diesel, 4.0-litre biturbo V8 petrol and 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines. The smallest petrol engine is said to have a mild-hybrid system for greater efficiency. Drive is sent to the ground through a nine-speed automatic transmission, with the four-wheel drive system normally configured to deliver 40 per cent of the torque to the front wheels, and 60 per cent to the rear.
Although the car has not grown in width, the cabin is said to be significantly wider, and there’s also a claimed 15cm of extra rear seat leg room. In top-spec models, the dashboard features two large 12.3-inch screens designed, at least when the car’s switched off, to look like one giant display. Elsewhere, switches, controls and interfaces are all shared with other models in the Mercedes-Benz range.Nods to the G-Class’ off-roading heritage include a dashboard design that’s blockier than the ones used in other Mercedes-Benz models, and the grab handle ahead of the front passenger.As you’d expect from a modern luxury conveyance, the new G-Class is available with acres of quilted leather, soft-touch materials, metallic trim, and realistic looking slabs of wood.
The new-gen G-Class is expected to be available in G63 trim at the launch and the abuse friendly G350 diesel variant is geared up for launch at the end of year.