The Mercedes Company is a legendary car manufacturer and their G-Class is one of the most durable models. This model is on the market for almost 40 years and it is very famous. Also known as G-Wagen or Geländewagen, this model was used by Germany’s military forces. That just show us how good off road abilities this model has. Because of all of the above, it has a status of icons. Now finally, Germans announced that we can expect almost complete makeover for 2018 Mercedes G-Class.
Not only the exterior will be redesigned, there will be improvements inside the cabin as well as under the hood. Furthermore, we can expect the same boxy design as we used to. In the following review, you can learn something more about this long lasting and legendary vehicle.
2018 Mercedes G-Class spy shots
2018 Mercedes G-Class Exterior design
As we mentioned, the exterior design of the upcoming model will have more or less the same well-known shape. However, the dimensions of this model will be a bit different. This model will be a bit wider(for almost 4 inches) and that is very notable when we look at the grille and hood. This model adopts wider body because of new suspension that will be presented. Thanks to this little upgrade, next generation G wagon will have enhanced stability off road and on road, but also better and more spacious cabin. On the other hand, the length of this model will be a bit shorter, but the wheelbase will remain the same.
One more important change at new 2018 Mercedes G-Wagen is the addition of new quality materials in chassis construction. We can definitely expect more aluminum and high-strength steel. Thanks to that fact, this model will have less weight than before, and better fuel consumption. The current model curb weight is 5,665-pounds, and the new one will “lose weight” for around 440 lb. Also, at the wider front grille will definitely look beautiful with the addition of chrome materials, with famous Mercedes logo in the center. In terms of design, the front fascia will remain classic G-Class SUV front fascia. At the sides, this model will ride on quality tires for all season fitted with large aluminum wheels. At this point, we don’t know the size of the wheels.
Mercedes G-Class 2018 Interior design
The interior design of the most recent model will be the luxury as before, which is expected, considering that this is one of the most expensive models. The 2018 Mercedes G-Class comfort will be improved thanks to the more spacious cabin. However, we don’t have official interior photos, but we have a lot of rumors and reliable speculations. A lot of rumors says that the seats will be improved and more adjustable. Just like as before, the leather will be standard upholstery. We can expect it on the seats, on the dash and on the door trims as well.
Despite the fact that we have more interior space, the addition of the third row of seats is unlikely. Some of the standard interior materials will be modern air condition, a lot of connectivity options, updated infotainment system, adaptive cruise control, a lot of safety features and many others as well. There is a rumor about the big 12.3-inch touch screen, which was used on some Mercedes models earlier, but just wait and see.
Engine and Performance
Under the hood, the resulting model will be powered by a few engine options, including diesel and gasoline variants. In the United States, the base powertrain should be a 4.0-liter(G63 AMG) bi-turbo V-8 engine. This new Mercedes G-Class 2018 engine will be capable of delivering around 420-450 horsepower. The engine will be probably mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission from Mercedes. Top speed should be electronically blocked at 155 mph, with acceleration from 0-60 below 6 seconds, maybe closer to 5 sec.
The standard drive type will most likely be 4WD. Also, according to Mercedes, the engineers will update the 4WD technology. We can also expect returning of the front and rear differential locks. EPA information is unavailable at this point, but as soon as we receive some official data, we will let you know. There are some rumors about the big V12 engine, which could happen a bit later, for the stronger trim in class, G65 AMG.
Price and Release date
The release date of the new 2018 Mercedes G-Class SUV should be sometime next year. The exact release date is not yet announced, but we assume that will arrive in the second half of 2017. When it comes to prices, G550 model will have a starting price of $125.000, for high-end trims like AMG G63 2018, the price will jump to $140.000 and for the G65 AMG up to $220.000. Some of its main rivals are Land Rover Range Rover and LX570 from Lexus.