We already know how the interior of the all-new Geländewagen looks like, but Mercedes has decided to also treat us to a few new technical details, all the while letting us admire the evolutionary body through the layers of camouflage.
The next generation G Class has already been officially scheduled for the worldwide debut in front of the live audience of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 15. To ease the wait, Mercedes has decided to preview the off-roader with a few on-location photos of the camouflaged test mules. While the exterior detailing doesn’t suggest anything has changed, Mercedes also reveals some of the extensive technical upgrades the G Class has been subjected to. For example, with help from AMG the engineers reworked the suspension – there’s an independent double wishbone setup up front and a new rigid rear axle with four longitudinal control arms on each side.
The G remains the king of the hill, with the ground clearance upgraded upwards by 6 millimeters to 241 millimeters, and also the maximum fording depth has been increased by 10 centimeters to 70 cm in water and mud passages. The G remains a rock-hard design with a ladder-type frame, three differential locks, and low range available at speeds of up to 40 kph (25 mph). There’s also a new G-Mode – it activates on its own with the diff locks or the low range, and works the chassis, acceleration and steering to increase off-road capabilities. Another major upgrade is represented by the introduction of the nine-speed automatic transmission (with torque converter) that’s been specifically tuned for the G – the transfer case is mounted directly on the 9G-TRONIC automatic.
It comes with 40 percent front torque and 60 percent rear wheels torque distribution – 18-inch all-terrain tires and even a 360-degree full HD camera system will further enhance off-road capabilities even for rather inexperienced users. The new infotainment system also boasts a custom off-road screen mode, presenting every bit of information, from the active differential locks, to the steering angle, compass, gradient, and more. Mercedes trialed the G for more than 2,000 km (1,242 miles) on the difficult Schöckl test track, this being the 1,445-meter high mountain near Graz in Austria where Magna Steyr manufactures the legendary model. The “the new G-Class masters the route with noticeably more control and comfort” – a 5.6-km track with gradients of up to 60% and lateral inclinations of up to 40%.