Some things are best kept the way they are. Mercedes-Benz appears to going for that route as Automotive News recently reported that the next-generation G Wagen will keep its iconic shape.
Gordon Wagener, Daimler AG's chief design officer, said that the G Wagen is undergoing a redesign and will have new components all around. The only thing that will be left untouched is its boxy exterior.
"You have to keep it boxy. You have to treat it very responsible, otherwise it wouldn't be a G. So it still has to be edgy,” said Wagener.
Beyond that, the designers also plan to make the next-gen G Wagen look a bit more mature and clean up the exterior a bit more.
Last November 2016, our spies were able to spot what looked to be the next-gen G Wagen in prototype form. While the the SUV still bears some camouflage, Mercedes-Benz did retain the signature boxy profile. However, our insiders did notice that the prototype appears wider than current models.
It may also be underpinned by a new platform, along with new lightweight engines. With it, our spies guessed that the next-gen 4x4 could shed up to 180 kg. An AMG version might also be in the works which could be powered by the familiar 4.0-liter biturbo V8.
It is highly likely that the all-new G Wagen could make its world debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.