New Mercedes G-class worldwide reveal on January 15, 2018

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The next-gen Mercedes-Benz G-Class will be unveiled to the world on 15 January, 2018 – the first day of the Detroit motor show. The brand confirmed the cars disclose date in a new film, but stops short of display any of the new model. Mercedes’ tough SUV will have a considerably more luxurious interior and strong links to the S-Class, as shown by an earlier leaked image of the car’s dashboard design. The new version of Mercedes’s square-jawed off-roader, which first reached in 1979, will be revealed to the public at the Detroit motor show in later this month. Like the S-Class’s, the G-Class’s dashboard features fewer buttons and a domestic design, with metallic button controls on the steering wheel. The G-Class gets more butch metal vent surrounds, however, as a nod to its more rugged character. The technology fitted to the new G-Class is claimed by some insiders to secure the future of the G-Class well into second half of the next decade. Much of the electronic construction will be shared with the S-Class.

Myriad changes, hidden beneath customarily vertical styling, are claimed to boost the on-road performance. The G-Class is also in line to get a new range of engines. These contain the latest evolution of AMG’s turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol unit and parental firm Mercedes-Benz’s new 2.9-litre in-line six-cylinder diesel, in combination with a new nine-speed automatic gearbox. The new G-Class has agreed a completely fresh design and a contemporary aluminum construction. The move, Mercedes officials say, helps donate to a 160kg decrease in kerb weight over today’s mostly steel-bodied model while providing a 30% increase in torsional rigidity. The military-grade off-roader also gets an extended chassis with new front suspension as well as adjustable damping. A new electric architecture supports a widened range of driver assistance systems. The new G-Class’s design holds true to the look of today’s 38-year-old model with a boxy appearance that, despite a 20mm increase in width, is claimed to have the same 0.54 drag coefficient as today’s car.

The traditional styling aims to provide maximum off-road functionality. The approach, departure and ramp angles are all said to have been improved, too, if only marginally, over the outgoing model’s. Buyers will also be capable to equip the 2018 model with a 360deg off-road camera for safer maneuvering in tight off-road conditions. Although early reports suggested the new G-Class was in line to adopt a monologue construction, we can confirm that it retains the tried and trusted ladder-frame chassis of its predecessor, albeit in heavily modified form. Mercedes engineering sources say this construction provides the G-Class with new levels of crash integrity, better on-road refinement and, in combination with the new aluminum body structure, a significantly lower weight. Nothing is official yet, but the initial G500 model planned to be showcased at the Detroit motor show in January is said to weigh close to 2435kg — down from the existing G500’s 2595kg. The ladder-frame chassis also helps to reserve the versatile G-Class’s 3500kg pulling capacity.

It receives adaptive damping control too. Another significant change is the adoption of a new steering system. The recirculating ball system, which dates back to the 1979 G-Wagen, has been replaced by a contemporary electromechanical rack and pinion arrangement, which is claimed to bring a greater degree of precision.