Mercedes is considering a small G-wagen-inspired SUV to tackle the upcoming Land Rover Defender replacement in 2015, as well as modernizing the G’s charming but rather outdated form.
Likely christened as ‘GLG’, the new car will get G-wagen styling cues, a range of downsized engines, and a hot AMG version with around 350bhp.
On the continent, Mercedes will sell you a BMW X3-sized SUV called GLK. The angular styling was partly inspired by the good ol’ fashioned G-wagen, but its polarizing looks and lack of right-hand drive option limited the sales potential for the car. The GLG is designed to reclaim lost ground in the popular crossover segment, and would sit on the MFA platform of the new Mercedes A-class.