Marcus De Guzman / Carpix for AutoIndustriya.com | June 29, 2017 15:49
2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class could come with downsized engines, new front suspension
The new-generation Mercedes-Benz G Wagen will apparently become more agile than the outgoing model. According to Automotive News, the automaker will supposedly fit a new front suspension, along with smaller turbocharged engines.
While the 2018 G Class will retain its boxy profile, Gunnar Guethenke, head of the G-Class business unit at Daimler AG, said that the new 4x4 will come with a fully independent front suspension. Guethenke did not go into detail as to why it will have a new front suspension though it will reportedly be underpinned by a new platform.
Beyond that, Mercedes-Benz could also be trying to broaden its appeal beyond its existing customer base. There is no word yet if the rear suspension will keep its live axle setup. However, Mercedes-Benz did mention that the G Class will still have a body-on-frame construction, three differential locks and low-range gears.
“We are convinced that there are three backbones for our off-road capabilities. One of them is, for sure, our ladder-type frame. Those three are the cornerstones that differentiate the G class from other off-roaders and that ensure both durability and off-road capability,” said Guethenke.
Apart from its chassis, a new line of downsized engines will be available as well. According to our spies, the 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 will power the AMG model while a six-cylinder turbo-diesel will be available for standard versions. No other engine options have been detailed so far.
The all-new Mercedes-Benz G Class is expected to debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.