When you're dealing with an iconic model like the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen, any major changes need to be approached with caution. But with styling virtually unchanged since its introduction in 1979, even Mercedes acknowledged it was time for an update to its baller slab-sided SUV. One of our spy shooters came up with this rendering of what the next-generation G-Wagen might look like. Loosely based on comments from Mercedes executives and borrowing liberally from the Ener-G-Force concept, the next-gen G-Wagen is still decidedly upright but significantly smoother.
Gone are the instantly recognizable round headlights and flat windshield, replaced with a more aero-friendly design. The lower front bumper is also more sculpted, but the grille is still proudly upright, and prominent front and rear fender flares cover the wheels.
In terms of what will power the next-gen G-Wagen, global models are expected to feature Mercedes-Benz’s new-generation inline-six engines, in both gas and diesel forms, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Since it was officially introduced in the American market in 2002, the U.S.-spec G-Wagen has always featured V-8 power, and it's likely the next G-Wagen will have at least one V-8 option for the U.S., but may get the I-6 diesel as an option.
Under the new sheetmetal, which is expected to employ much more extensive use of aluminum in a quest to cut weight by 300-500 pounds, the new G-Wagen is expected to retain front and rear live axles, and locking front, center and rear differentials, as well as low-range capability. Expect pricing to remain in the six-figure-plus range of the current model.
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