The all-new Mercedes-Benz G-Class or G-Wagon to some of us in the community, has just been leaked 11 days (depending on when you’re reading this) before its debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS).
The photos come courtesy of AutoWeek.nl, which was able to get a hold of a few press photos of the new G-Class. To the untrained eye, the changes are quite minimal, and can even be a game of spot the difference, but upon closer inspection, You’ll see prominent changes in the headlights, bumpers, and grille. The three-pointed star logo is re-designed in order for the radar to be integrated well into the design. Of course, that radar is for the Adaptive Cruise Control and other semi-autonomous tech that the legendary SUV will receive.
Inside, and the changes are quite dramatic. It gets an overhaul with every shape and contour being redesigned. The level of interior luxury has been raised substantially, while still maintaining the rugged, old-school look of the G-Class. Optionally, the twin binnacle analog gauges can be replaced with ultra-wide 12.3-inch TFT LCD screens is currently being introduced to the entire Mercedes-Benz line-up since debuting in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class in 2014. Mercedes-Benz promises more interior room, with 150 mm more legroom for the rear passengers.
While the exterior design may not look all that new, the entire car is completely new from the ground up. A new independent front suspension will give the G-Class better on-road manners, at the same time, better off-road prowess. Also, the G-Class will have impressive approach and departure angles of 31° and 30° and a maximum fording depth of 70 cm. Breakover angle is 26 degress, while ground clearance is at 241 mm. We don’t know what engines will power the G-Class yet, but we do know that it’ll have a 9G-Tronic 9-speed automatic transmission, paired with low-range, three lockable differentials, as standard. An off-road oriented G-Class will be released shortly after, perhaps a successor to the Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4².
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class will be revealed on January 15, 2018, at the North American International Auto Show (2018 NAIAS).