The Mercedes-Benz G-Class, or Gaelaendewagen ('G-wagen' for short), has been around for 35 years and, on the outside at least, has changed little in that time.
While not a common sight on Australian roads, where it has only in recent years become available again, it has enjoyed increasing worldwide sales and an ever more robust following. Not even the Kardashians' mum can take the gloss off this chunky German.
With a view to keeping the pot on the boil, Mercedes-Benz is believed to be prepping an extensively revamped G-Wagen for a 2017 release.
Will panic sets in amongst the purists?
It probably shouldn’t, as the no-nonsense exterior is expected to carry through with only a moderate amount of Ener-G-Force concept-inspired smoothing to bring the G out of the 80s. Not a lot…just a little.
The near verticle front windscreen is expected to stay, which in itself is an indication of how mild the exterior styling revisions are likely to be.
The upgrade is rumoured to include extensive revisions that will aid high-speed handling, the most significant one being a 100mm increase to the G’s body width.
The extra girth will be covering a similar track-width increase and an all new front suspension design.
It’s not going to get fat like a Landcruiser though, with the extensive use of weight-saving materials such as aluminium expected to result in the upgraded G weighing less than the current one.
Expect the new G to utilise the latest technologies with LED lighting and a full suite of Mercedes-Benz electronic assistants and safety monitors.
A choice of new 3.0 litre petrol and diesel engines is expected to be on offer along with Mercedes-Benz’s latest nine-speed automatic, combining to provide a fuel efficiency boost.