It was a banner year for sales of the iconic SUV last year. In fact, the 35-year-old nameplate moved 2949 units in the U.S., which was the second-most for single-year sales in the past decade. The biggest changes for the heavily refreshed model, AutoCar reports, is that it will grow to become wider for improved stability and interior space. The increased track width will also allow the car to accommodate a revised suspension and more extensive use of aluminum.
As with Land Rover’s choice to use more aluminum, Mercedes will be able to shed considerable weight from the truck, possibly up to roughly 440 lbs over the current model, which still shares the same internal W463 codename as the current model despite the upcoming changes.
The angular styling synonymous with the G Wagen will remain intact, but the new version will make use of modern styling cues like LED lighting and the latest driver assistance features.
At least in Europe, Mercedes is expected to make use of its new 3.0-liter six-cylinder unit also found in the new C-Class with over 360 HP. There will also be a diesel version sold there, both of which will be mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. That combined with the modern powertrains and reduced curb weight will presumably lead to vastly improved fuel economy.
Mercedes markets the G-Class in North America with a minimum 5.5-liter V8 that currently is rate to return 13 MPG combined.
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