Spy Pics: Next-Gen Mercedes G-Class SUV Spotted Testing

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The next-generation of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV has been spotted testing under some rather heavy camouflage.

However, despite all the camo, the SUV being tested is quite unmistakeably a G-Class and the new SUV is expected to make its debut in 2017.

Design wise, nothing seems to have changed with headlamps and the tyres and wheel remaining the only elements with a curve on them. Otherwise, the G-Wagen looks as boxy as ever. 

The new G-Class looks a lot lower than usual and is 100mm wider that the current SUV version of the SUV. Mercedes are also expected to use lighter materials to build the new G-Class which could see it drop around 200 kilograms off its current 2.6-ton kerb weight.

Under the hood, a new set of straight-six petrol and diesel engines are expected to provide the power and torque need to lug the new G-Wagen around. All these will be mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox. 

The G63 AMG variant is expected to use the 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 found in the AMG GT, instead of the current turbocharged 5.5-litre V8. The G65 is expected to retain its gas guzzling V12.

Despite the fact that most G-Wagen owners rarely go off-road, the newest iteration of the SUV is expected to retain all the off-roading kit including four-wheel-drive, locking differentials and the block off-road tyres.

Source - Paultan

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