Internal press photos of Mercedes-Benz' next-generation G-Class which is set to be unveiled at the 2018 North American International Motor Show in Detroit later this month has been leaked online.
First published to the internet by Dutch website Autoweek.nl, the new design doesn’t differ much from the iconic, boxy shape that has adorned the military-derived car since its inception in the 1970s, though there has been some minor tweaks.
Remaining on the new model are exposed hinges for a solid thudding close, rear-mounted spare wheel enclosure, round headlights and the same flat and boxy overall look.
However, some of its elements have changed, such as a larger round headlight that incorporates the previously low-mounted ascent lamps and new LED rings. The bodywork has also been shaved slightly, front and rear, which takes away some of the flat nose look and will decrease drag co-efficient for lower fuel consumption while both front and rear bumpers are new.
The rear has also been smoothed, with less angular lines, and the third brake light has been moved into the rear-door while the wiperarm is hidden from sight.
As previously reported and unveiled by the German brand, the interior has had a major overhaul that grows larger in dimension and gets a significant technology upgrade. Other changes under the skin and reported exclusively by TMR include a revised chassis design that uses new independent front suspension, adaptive damping control and an electro-mechanical rack and pinion steering setup for a tighter turning circle compared to the previous recirculating ball system. Revised rear-end geometry also sees an increase in articulation and wheel travel for improved off-road performance.
Mercedes-Benz has confirmed the all-new G-Class will arrive in Australia mid-2018 in top-spec G63 AMG guise and be powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 producing around 450kW of power and 850Nm of torque through a nine-speed automatic transmission.
All will be revealed officially by the three-pointed star at the Detroit motor show later this month.
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