It might be all-new, but we can't tell the difference just yet.
There are a few things we can always count on in the automotive realm, and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class being a boxy go-anywhere off-roader is one of them. A new model is coming at the beginning of 2018, and though it doesn’t look that much different, we’re told it will in fact be pretty much all-new from top to bottom, right down to the full ladder frame underneath. We’ve seen quite a few spy photos so far, but now we have a video that takes a look at the new G-Class.
The video even zooms in for a glimpse of the interior, though there’s still quite a bit of cover over the important areas. We can see the infotainment screen peaking out ever so slightly, though it’s still not entirely clear if it will receive the full digital treatment seen on the Mercedes E-Class. Whatever the format, the G-Class will likely feature the latest tech from Stuttgart. One thing that does seem to have travelled over is the iconic passenger grab handle in the front of the cabin above the glovebox.
The current version of the G-Class has been around since 1990, and though it will retain a full frame, it’s said to be have been optimised for the new aluminium-bodied model. The designs for frame and body will allow for a bit more interior room, meaning the new G-Class will grow overall, but just a little bit.
The size increase is said to not diminish its off-road prowess, however – approach and departure angles should be slightly improved on the new model. Helping that would be a revised front suspension with a new electro-mechanical rack and pinion steering system, replacing the old-school recirculating ball steering of old. Powering the G-Class at launch will be a 4-litre turbocharged V8 petrol engine and a new 2.9-litre, inline-six cylinder diesel.
Mercedes-Benz has confirmed the fake panels and camouflaged wrap will finally come off the new G-Class this coming January, debuting at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.