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Mercedes-Benz G-Class expected to launch in 2017

By Oscar Hammond, 10 Nov 2016 News

Mercedes-Benz G-Class expected to launch in 2017

New G-Wagen expected to gain some girth but lose some weight.

THE newest in a long line of Mercedes-Benz G-Class models, this 4WD is rumoured to completely change up the formula whilst staying true to its roots.

Among the rumoured changes are extensive face lifts and up to 100mm of increased width.

Better known as the G-Wagen, designers have continued to respect the 35 years of history underpinning the model.

Mercedes-Benz G-Class rearAutocar.co.uk talked to Mercedes-Benz’s SUV boss, Andreas Zygan who said: “We have to be careful with our heritage.” He added: “Last year – the 34th – was the best ever for G-Class sales. It’s amazing, and one of our idols.”

New changes to the width of the car will go a long way for consumers, as the shift will make room for greater interior space, broader seats, and stronger structural integrity all while maintaining the iconic look of previous models.

Mercedes-Benz G-Class sideCodenamed G-Class W463, this revision will also make changes to the frame, improving performance by way of slashed kerb weight and a weight reduction of more than 300kg from the Mercedes-Benz G350’s 2570kgs.

As for the heart of the car – the engine – specifics are not yet known but specs will range between the new 3.0-litre, in-line six-cylinder petrol and diesel motors that Mercedes are already working on.

Mercedes-Benz G-Class frontHopeful prospective buyers, fans and admirers of the model expect next year’s Frankfurt Motor Show as the launch date, but these expectations are yet to be confirmed.

Spy photos show an interesting fusion of old and new for this new revision to the G-Class. Clearly Mercedes-Benz, while acknowledging the G-Wagen’s heritage, aims to strive forward with their upcoming model.