Next-gen Mercedes-Benz G-Class will be 374 kg lighter, could receive plug-in hybrid version

Article by Christian A., on June 11, 2014

We already told you that the next-generation Mercedes-Benz G-Class but since the last report, we found out more things about the upcoming SUV. The next-gen Mercedes-Benz G-Class will be widened by 4 inches, but what’s more interesting is that it will use an aluminum frame that will bring a impressive weight drop of up to 825 pounds or 374 kg.

Mercedes-Benz will use the brand new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 on the G500, that will deliver around 460 hp. This will be the same engine that will debut on the Mercedes-AMG GT.

The G63 AMG will stick to the 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, expected to deliver around 570 hp as well as an improved fuel consumption. There are also rumors about a plug-in hybrid version of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

The German carmaker will overhaul the entire design of the new G-Class and we expect to see plenty of elements from the Ener-G-Force Concept, unveiled back in 2012 Los Angeles Motor Show.

Interior will be redesigned too and we will see a new touchpad, a larger in-dash monitor, head-up display as well as a redesigned steering wheel.

Other highlights of the next-gen G-Class will be the LED headlamps, the Distronic Plus radar sensor and miniature cameras connected to the latest assistance systems.

All models of the next-generation Mercedes-Benz G-Class – including the exclusive AMG EDITION 463 and the G 500 4x4^2 -- are now up to 16 percent more powerful and up to 17 percent more fuel efficient. Its engine range -- including the new dynamic 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine mill that could be found in the new G 500 – are all compliant with the latest Euro 6 emissions standard.

These powerplants are complemented by a new suspension system that employs a more sensitive ESP control, allowing the new G-Class to offer higher levels of driving stability, road comfort as well as safety. Furthermore, both the exterior and interior of the new G-Class have been upgraded.

The next-gen G-Class marks a new era in the classic off-roader’s success saga that is already being told for over 35 years. Aside from its all-terrain capability, the G-Class has been continuously enhanced by new technologies and high-class equipment, allowing it to satisfy the demands and expectations of its customers. To this effect, Mercedes is marking the global debut of its new 4.0-liter directly injected V8 biturbo engine in the G-Class.

The new 4.0-liter directly injected V8 biturbo engine fitted under the hood of the G 500 was derived from the next generation of V8 engines as developed by Mercedes-AMG. These next-gen engines were already employed in the dynamically powerful Mercedes-AMG GT and Mercedes-AMG C 63.

For the G 500, this V8 engine was tuned to deliver 310 kW (422 hp) of max output and 610 Nm of torque. Furthermore, this engine was engineered to offer high traction power as well as spontaneous response, as made possible by laying out two turbochargers between the cylinder banks in the V.

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