Mercedes-Benz working on a long wheelbase version of the 2018 G-Class

Article by Christian A., on December 22, 2016

Though Mercedes-Benz has yet to release the new generation of the G-Class, there have been a number of photos going around showing what it could look like.

However it appears that a photo is now making rounds which give us a first look at this latest offering that appears to have a long wheelbase. This means that when compared to the current version, the new generation will have a stretched out look. In addition to having a longer wheelbase, the new chassis fitted to it is lower by around 440 lbs. (200 kg), making it lighter compared to the present version. It is also wider by 4 in. (10 cm).

The test mule shows that on the front end, many of the features continue to follow what have been previously seen. One minor change though appears to be the use of a single-bar grille rather that the open design or the three-slat version already revealed. Still, the long wheelbase means that there is a high possibility that the back will offer additional room. This is assuming of course that no spare wheel is placed on this end. No other details have been revealed as the way the brand managed to cover this test mule is more than effective. It made it difficult to see if any changes have been made on the tail.

In terms of power, there remains to be no word on what will be equipped under the hood. However there is the likelihood that it will have the 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine, the same one in the regular sized G63. Actual output would depend on the tuning but it can reach 603 hp (450 kW) which is what the E63 currently delivers.

According to the brand, the G-Class may make its official debut during the latter part of 2017. However, as images of the long-wheelbase version have been seen, it is likely that development may start soon. For those who want the larger G-Class, the earliest it could arrive would be during 2018.

New colors for the leather will be offered as well for the interior like mocha brown, saddle brown, silk beige, and deep-sea blue. Mercedes-Benz had also announced that the Night package will be offered as a designo option. With this, the roof, fender flares, mirror housings, and bumper will be painted in obsidian black metallic. For the other features, there are the tinted red windows and the black rub strip inlays. Meanwhile the light-alloy wheels show that they have a black finish.

For those who have the G 63 and G 65, Mercedes-Benz will allow customers to avail of the DINAMICA Interior package. The package includes DINAMICA upholstery on almost all parts of the interior. Its microfiber sport steering wheel will have the DINAMICA/nappa leather in black.

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