Mercedes will flip to the brand new Mercedes G-Class for inspiration when it launches its all-new GLB 4×4 subsequent yr and the newest spy photographs have given us our greatest look but at how the brand new ‘child G-Wagen’s’ design will shape-up.
The GLB will sit between the GLA and GLC within the agency’s SUV line-up, however moderately than trying like a scaled-up model of the model’s present small SUVs, it is going to turn out to be the child sibling to the G-Class – or G-Wagen as it’s nonetheless affectionately identified.
One of many agency’s most iconic fashions, the G-Wagen 4×4 has been round since 1979 and has continued to carry out effectively within the gross sales charts, regardless of its leisurely price of growth since arriving 37 years in the past. The brand new model is ready to make its public debut on the 2018 Detroit Motor Present and its retro styling themes will carry over to the smaller GLB.
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With entry-level G-Class fashions nudging virtually £90,000, the brand new GLB will usher in a extra accessible value level for these on the lookout for a rugged and boxy SUV.
Auto Categorical understands the GLB will draw closely on the Ener-G Power idea that Mercedes rolled out on the LA Motor Present again in 2012. Visually, we are able to count on the design of the GLB to be a melting pot of old-school G-Class styling cues with modern-day GLC execution. From the spy photographs we are able to see the vertical grille and squared-off panels that instantly determine its place inside Mercedes’ ever-growing SUV vary. An off-road pack with chunkier bumpers for improved strategy angles for severe off-roaders can also be anticipated to be provided.
Whereas the styling could hark again to the seventies G-Wagen, beneath the floor, the GLB can be bang updated. The 4×4 appears set to make use of a model of Mercedes’ new MFA2 structure that can underpin the new A-Class in 2018 and GLA in 2019. In addition to being stronger and lighter than the prevailing platform, it is going to even be significantly extra versatile. It’s set to be provided in each quick and long-wheelbase types, with the latter stretched by round 120mm and likewise coming with the choice of seven seats.
The brand new platform means the GLB can be provided with the brand new modular diesel engine household which first appeared within the E-Class saloon. Mercedes has invested over €3billion in diesel engine know-how and the model’s new 2.Zero-litre unit, which is offered in varied states of tune, is ready to characteristic within the new GLB.
Energy ought to stretch from round 160-190bhp – the identical vary that can be provided within the subsequent A-Class 4MATIC four-wheel drive can be provided, too, and can come along side a nine-speed computerized gearbox. Entrance-wheel-drive variations will even be obtainable, nonetheless. On the high finish of the vary can be a Mercedes-AMG GLB 45, powered by a 2.Zero-litre four-cylinder turbo growing upwards of 400bhp. This can include a seven-speed auto and four-wheel drive.
Earlier than the GLB arrives, although, Mercedes will even completely replace the G-Class itself; the brand new model is due in late 2017. By way of look, the 4×4 will stay largely unchanged, however mechanically, the off-roader can be redesigned from the bottom up.
It’s prone to be round 100mm wider, which is not going to solely permit for a lot improved passenger house but in addition, when paired with an improved chassis, assist deliver the driving dynamics and dealing with updated.
How the Mercedes G-Wagen achieved cult standing
The Mercedes G-Class – or G-Wagen because it was identified up till 1998 – was initially collectively developed by Mercedes and an Austrian army automobile producer referred to as Steyr-Daimler-Puch. It arrived in the marketplace in 1979 and during the last 37 years, the G-Class has resolutely remained a boxy, rugged and utilitarian SUV.
However whereas its appears haven’t modified, the shopper base has seen a dramatic shift. Earlier than, it was vastly standard with army because it was designed to be, however at the moment it’s a superstar accent and standing image, with a very sturdy fanbase within the Center East.
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