While its appearance hasn’t changed overall, the Mercedes G Wagon will be all-new underneath after four decades in existence. Considering its signature styling, it appears Mercedes was very careful not to alter the G Class in terms of overall aesthetics. Despite that, the new G Class gets a new platform that will bring it up to speed against its rivals in the luxury SUV segment.
Considering that the G Wagon rides on a rather ancient chassis, it tends to pitch and roll thanks to its high center of gravity. With forty years worth of development, its new platform can certainly improve upon this thanks to a wider chassis and an all-new suspension layout.
High strength steel and aluminum will also be used to shed a few hundred kilos or so. All this will be done to not only improve handling, but comfort as well. Hydraulic steering will also be replaced with new electromechanical power steering.
The new platform will also lend itself well to a sophisticated electrical architecture – meaning all the latest driver-assist systems, safety, and infotainment will be in place for the next-gen G Wagon.
The G Wagon is known mainly for its G550 as well as the AMG G63 variants. These core models will be powered by a 4.0L twin-turbo V8, while Europe may get a six-cylinder diesel version.
There is a possibility of a G65 AMG version as well – hopefully with a twin-turbo V12. The standard models may send power to all four wheels with a 9-speed gearbox, while the AMG versions may stick with the current 7-speed.
We can expect to see the Mercedes Benz G Wagon to stage its debut by the end of this year or some time early in 2018.