If you were asked to name a handful of iconic vehicles, there's no question that the Mercedes-Benz G-Class would have to be included.
Sure, it's been around just as long as the Porsche 911, but I'd argue it hasn't aged quite the same.
While Mercedes has touched its exterior up and implemented some of its latest technology, the last time I drove a G-Wagon, I know if I closed my eyes it wouldn't have felt any different from a Jeep Wrangler. Of course it would boast a higher top speed, but that's besides the point.
Well, it's about time that the boys and girls from Germany give it a proper overhaul. In this day and age when there's a full court press for better fuel efficiency in these hyper competitive markets, the G-Class is a laggard.
Note: if you're a Hollywood A-lister, you should consider snapping one up in 12 months.
What's interesting to report is that Mercedes will be making the all-new G much wider to stabilize it a bit. It's currently too top heavy. In addition, it will drop over 400 pounds and be powered by a six-cylinder motor. Of course we're talking about the standard G, not the AMG-powered models.
As of now there hasn't been any rumblings about how much of the all-new G will be influenced by the Ener-G concept that appeared at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, but if we were putting some dollars down, we'd probably say "a lot." Photos of that concept are enclosed below.
...The codename for the heavily reworked G-class will remain W463, but the body structure is being extensively reworked. More aluminum and high strength steel is being added, and the truck is being made up to 4 inches wider, taking the width of the car to around 73.2 inches overall.
The change to the structure is also being made with a view to slashing the curb weight: A reduction of more than 440 pounds is being touted by insiders. The current G350 weighs in at a hefty 5,666 pounds...
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