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2017 Mercedes G-Class Could Look Like Ener-G-Force Concept

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/9/2014 Jason Udy

Although updated through the years, the current Mercedes-Benz G-Class dates back to 1979 making it one of the longest-running models on the market. That said, current rumors suggest an all-new model is set to arrive in 2017. Shown here are renderings of what the new G-Class could look like, with many styling cues pulled from the Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force concept shown at the 2012 Los Angeles auto show.

While the Ener-G-Force concept loses some of the current G-Class’ squared-off looks, some of the styling elements carryover such as the upright front grille and power dome hood. Extensive use of aluminum should keep weight in check, with the 2017 G-Class possibly losing 300-500 pounds compared to the current model that tips the scale at just under 6000 pounds.

2017 Mercedes Benz G Class rendering© Provided by MotorTrend 2017 Mercedes Benz G Class rendering The automaker will likely build on the success of the current G-Class – the G63 AMG is the best-selling AMG model in the U.S. – by creating a whole family of G-Class models including a “Baby G” based on the GLA crossover. While that model, which could be called GLG, will get scaled down G-Class looks, it probably wouldn’t get the G-Class’ array of locking differentials and hardcore off-road parts as most G-Wagens spend much of their time dodging Priuses in mall parking lots anyway.

Although few details of the next-generation G-Class are known, we expect that model to get all-new engines and transmissions, as well as Benz’s full arsenal of high-tech driving assist and safety features.


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2017 Mercedes Benz G Class rendering© Provided by MotorTrend 2017 Mercedes Benz G Class rendering

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