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.

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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

Story first published: Friday, July 8, 2016, 14:07 [IST]
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