2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class confirmed for Detroit motor show reveal

The next generation of Mercedes-Benz G-Class will be revealed to the world on the 15th of January – the first day of the Detroit auto show. The brand has confirmed the car to reveal the date in a new video, but stops short of showing, with the new model.

Mercedes’ hard SUV will have a substantially more luxurious interior and strong links with the S-Class, as shown by a previously leaked image of the dashboard of the car design.

The new version of the Mercedes s square-jawed all-terrain vehicle, first arrived in 1979, will be unveiled to the public at the Detroit auto show this month, and go on sale in the UK in the spring. The leaked image, published on the Dutch website AutoWeek, the exhibition the big screen infotainment system with lcd screen and metallic chassis that will be fitted to the model.

As the S-Class, G-Class dashboard has fewer buttons and a cleaner design, metal, with button controls on the steering wheel. The G-Class becomes more butch metallic vent surrounds, however, as a nod to its more robust character.

The technology internal to the G-Class is claimed by some insiders to ensure the future of the G-Class in the second half of the next decade. Much of the electronic architecture will be shared with the S-Class.

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The new G-Class has adopted a completely fresh, contemporary design aluminium construction. The move, Mercedes officials say, helps to have a 160kg weight reduction in running order, and today, for the most part steel-body model, providing a 30% increase in torsional rigidity.

The military grade off-roader receives the extension of the frame with the new front suspension as well as damping adjustable. A new electrical architecture supports an expanded range of driver assistance systems.

A myriad of changes, hidden under the traditionally vertical styling, are claimed to increase the performance on the road. The G-Class is also in line to receive a new range of engines. These include the latest evolution of the AMG turbo 4.0-liter V8 petrol unit and the parent company of Mercedes-Benz new 2.9-litre in-line six-cylinder diesel in combination with a new nine-speed transmission.

The new G-Class design is true to the look of today 38-year-old model with a boxy appearance that, in spite of a 20mm increase in width, is said to have the same 0.54 coefficient of resistance as the machine of today.

The traditional style aims to provide the ultimate in off-road capabilities. Autocar said the rated fording depth of the new model has increased up to 100mm. The approach, departure and ramp angles are all said to have been improved, though only marginally, compared to the previous model. Buyers will also be able to equip the 2018 model with a 360deg off-road camera for safer maneuvers in tight off-road conditions.

Although early reports suggested the new G-Class, in line to adopt a monocoque structure, Autocar can confirm that it retains the tried and trusted, ladder chassis as its predecessor, even if heavily modified.

Mercedes engineering sources say that this construction gives the G-Class with new levels of crash integrity, the best 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 expected to be launched at the Detroit auto show in January, is said to weigh 2435kg down the existing G500 is 2595kg. The ladder-frame also helps to preserve the versatile G-Class 3500 kg towing capacity.

As well as undergoing the usual on-road development process, the new G-Class has been extensively tested for Mercedes’ punishing off-road course in Schöckl, Austria.

The new car’s interior is required to provide significantly improved accommodation. A source revealed that the rear leg space is increased by as much as 150mm standard-wheelbase guise. The capacity of the trunk is also said to extend beyond the output of the model 487 litres.

Safety tech includes Active Lane Keeping Assist and Pre-Safe system, which activates the precautionary occupant protection measures if the machine detects a collision is imminent.

The new G-Class will be sold from the beginning with an AMG-developed 4.0-liter V8 turbo petrol engine in two states of tune. The G500, it has 415bhp and 450 lb ft. It also receives a cylinder deactivation device which allows the execution of four cylinders in the part-throttle loads in city driving conditions.

In the most highly tuned Mercedes G63 AMG, which packs 603bhp and 627lb ft, replacing the current 5.5-liter turbo V8 engine that delivers 563bhp and 560lb ft.

The new engines are matched to a nine-speed automatic transmission and a heavy four wheel drive with three differentials and low range of gears.

A G400d model is expected to join the line-up in 2018. Will run new Mercedes OM656 in-line six-cylinder, diesel engine, and developing 335bhp and 516lb ft. Other units, including a 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder turbo petrol engine with an integrated starter/generator mild hybrid set-up, will follow.

At the base of the 2018 G-Class is a new suspension system. Adopts a new front-end, as well as heavily modified the geometry of the rear, both with added levels of wheel travel and axle articulation on the old model. In a move that has declared to provide the model with greater comfort, receives adaptive damping control.

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-electro-mechanical rack and pinion arrangement, which is claimed to bring a greater degree of accuracy.

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