In just a couple of years, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class will receive its first major update since it hit the market in 1979. The changes will well and truly bring the capable off-roader into the 21st century but the design of the car should remain reminiscent of the current car.
One of the most important aspects of the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class will be weight saving. As a matter of fact, the car will be built around a brand new aluminium frame which alone is expected to save almost 400 kg! Despite the weight loss, the next-gen G-Class will actually be four inches wider than the outgoing model to improve its stability. Further weight loss measures are expected including lighter body panels.
Just like the current car, the next-gen G-Class will feature no less than three locking differentials while also receiving an independent front axle.
From a visual perspective, it is believed that the roof will be dropped slightly while the front-end will receive some tweaks to make the car more aerodynamic. However, a very square shape is still expected.
Alongside the visual and mechanical changes, the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class will adopt a host of new engines. First off, the G500 will utilise the brand’s upcoming 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine delivering about 460 hp. As for the G 63 AMG, it will maintain the current car’s 5.5-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine but now produce in the region of 570 hp.
[Via Automobile Magazine]