Marcus De Guzman / Mercedes-Benz | January 05, 2018 08:00
New images, details emerge about new-generation Mercedes-Benz G-Class
Some things are best left unchanged, and Mercedes-Benz is keen on keeping the G-Class' boxy look. What you're seeing right now are what appear to be leaked images of the all-new G Class which is scheduled to make its official debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show next week.
If the pictures are to be believed, the G-Class does get to keep its signature design. Upon closer inspection however, we do get to see that Mercedes-Benz made some minor changes on the 4x4. Beginning at the front, the G-Class gets a new set of headlights, a revised front grill and slightly reshaped fender flares.
Also receiving minor design changes include the rear bumper and the sleeker-looking taillights. Beyond that, the new G-Class pretty much keeps its utilitarian looks in the new model.
Despite the subtle changes, Mercedes-Benz claimed that the G-Class is still capable off the beaten path. Beneath its metal skin, the G-Class still comes with a ladder-type frame, three differential locks and low-range gear ratios.
However, the company was also busy introducing new technologies in the new G-Class. For starters, the company teamed up with Mercedes-AMG in developing a double wishbone front axle for the G-Class without a front subframe. With it, the automaker claimed that this makes the new G-Class more agile off-road as well as more robust. Meanwhile, a new rigid rear axle comes with four longitudinal control arms on each side and a Panhard rod. This allows the G-Class to be stable on its feet while also making it more capable on- and off-road.
There is also a new 9G-Tronic automatic transmission that Mercedes-Benz claimed has wider gear ratios. In addition, the gearbox is specifically tuned to deliver 40-percent of its torque to the front wheels while the remaining 60-percent is sent to the rear wheels.
Based on recently revealed official interior photos, the upcoming 2019 G-Class will feature many digital features which include a 360-degree around-view monitor system, a reverse camera and three additional cameras that act as extra eyes for the 4x4. This allows drivers to see out what is in front of them in full HD while driving in rough terrain. The system can even display necessary data such as height, gradient, angle, compass, steering angle and activated differential locks.
More details of the new-generation G-Class will be revealed next week in Detroit, Michigan.