Mercedes-Benz has set the date for its next-generation G-Class which will be unveiled January 15 at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
While the German brand has already unveiled the Galendewagen’s new interior in full – and what is probably its biggest change since inception 38 years ago – Its first look still doesn’t give any clue what the exterior might look like, but spy pics already show it isn’t likely to be much of a departure from its iconic boxy design. Given the teaser show an original G-Class trapped in amber, perhaps the three-pointed star is hinting that the exterior design will stay for the long haul.
Inside, the big four-wheel drive has grown longer and wider, accommodating more boot space, increased leg room and increased comfort. Most of its analogue dials and buttons have been replaced with digital displays and controls, and a variety of leather trims are available from standard specification.
Other details revealed exclusively by TMR are that the new model is based on redesigned aluminium underpinnings that will decrease weight by up to 160kg and improve torsional rigidity by 30 per cent. The revised chassis design incorporates new independent front suspension, adaptive damping control and an electro-mechanical rack and pinion steering setup that sees an improvement in turning circle over the previous and old recirculating ball system. Revised rear-end geometry also sees an increase in articulation and wheel travel for improved off-road performance.
Over 300,000 of the military-based vehicle have been sold since it was released in 1979 and the latest generation G-Class will reach Australia mid-2018 as the top-spec V8-powered G63 AMG.