Next-generation Mercedes-Benz G-Class will go on sale in 2017

Article by Christian A., on May 6, 2014

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class has been on the market for 35 years and this means that the boxy SUV needs a redesign. And it appears that it will receive it, as Mercedes-Benz is planning to overhaul its post popular model when it will go on sale in 2017. According to Andreas Zygan a.k.a. Mercedes-Benz SUV boss, the company needs to be very careful with their heritage.

Currently codenamed W463, the next-generation Mercedes-Benz G-Class will receive more aluminum in order to be lighter but will also be 100 mm wider, which means the total width will be around 1860 mm. In addition, a new front suspension will be offered but what’s more interesting is that the iconic look of the current model will be maintained.

Thanks to the use of aluminum, we expect the next-generation G-Class to be 200 kg lighter than the current model. For those who don’t know, the current Mercedes-Benz G350 has a total weight of 2570 kg. The design of the new SUV could take some inspiration from the Ener-G-Force Concept that was unveiled back in 2012 at the Los Angeles Motor Show.

Still, the new vehicle will retain its boxy shape with its nearly-vertical windscreen. The interior will also be inspired by the current Mercedes-Benz models. Under the hood, Mercedes-Benz will offer the new 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder petrol engine but also a diesel.

The petrol engine is expected to deliver around 360 hp, while the diesel somewhere around 300 hp. Both engines will be offered with the new nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox as standard. AMG versions are also planned, but currently we have no details about them.

The classic off-roader from Mercedes-Benz marks the start of a new chapter that is part of a success story going back as far as 35 years. This all-terrain model has long become an icon and by continuously improving the technology and fitting in high-class equipment specification, it has managed to meet even the highest of expectations from many off-road fans.

In line with this tradition, the G-Class will premiere the biturbo directly-injected 4.0-liter V8 engine. The 8-cylinder powerplant inside the G 500 is proof of that exclusive heritage. Not only is this engine inspired by the new V8 engine generation developed by none other than Mercedes-AMG, the same engines with exceptional levels of performance have been coaxed for the Mercedes-AMG GT as well as the Mercedes-AMG C 63.

Thus for the engine equipped in the G-Class, the V8 engine has been modified in order to offer output of 422 hp (310 kW) with peak torque measuring 610 Nm. It also has other prominent qualities that include high tractive power and immediate response. This is made possible by a pair of turbochargers that have been positioned outside the cylinder banks and then setting them up in a V, known as “hot inside V.”

With this configuration, a compact design is possible while also allowing for optimal response and ensuring low exhaust emissions. Adding in piezo direct petrol injection that comes with spray-guided combustion ensures high efficiency. Further, the use of an aluminum crankcase for the V8 engine results in the lower weight possible while maximizing the strength.

Since the cylinder bore surfaces has Daimler's very own NANOSLIDEtechnology, it means that compared to cast-iron liners, they are twice as hard. As a result, the fuel demand and internal friction are both minimized. Mercedes-Benz disclosed that all new G-Class models will now be able to offer 16% more power with fuel consumption lower by as much as 17%.

This will include the G 500 with its powerful and new biturbo 4.0-liter V8 engine. Mercedes-Benz revealed that all of the engines in the G-Class will be compliant even with the newest Euro 6 emissions standard. Fitting in a new suspension configuration and combining it with the more sensitive ESP control allows for better stability when driving, road comfort, and safety. Upgrades have also been implemented on the interior and exterior. The brand will be launching as well as the G 500 4x4^2 and the AMG EDITION 463.

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