Mercedes Preparing Extensive Facelift for G-Class in 2017, will Get Straight-Six Engines

Mercedes-Benz will operate an extensive facelift to its iconic G-Class off-roader in 2017, with the automaker saying the changes will be so significant that the G-Class will be in effect a new car.

According to an Autocar magazine report, Mercedes wants to increase the car’s width to improve stability and to accommodate a new front suspension, which will use a three or four-link setup. A more modern electro-mechanical steering system will also be added.

Furthermore, the increase in width will free up greater cabin space which will be filled with new, broader seats front and rear. The car will be around 100mm (3.94in) wider, with the width increasing to around 1,860mm (73.2in).

The facelifted G-Class will retain the W463 codename, but the structure will be improved with the addition of more aluminum in order to reduce curb weight. Rumor has it that the upgraded G-Class will be more than 200 kg (441 lbs) lighter. The current G350 (pictured) tips the scales at 2,570 kg (5,666 lbs).

Design changes will not be big though, as the automaker wants to maintain the G-Class’ iconic look. The angular design of the current car will be retained, including the hallmark vertical windscreen. However, the facelifted G-Class could also take some inspiration from the 2012 Ener-G-Force study. On the inside, the off-roader will not only be roomier, but also more comfortable and luxurious.

Under the bonnet, the G-Class will feature the new 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder gasoline (codenamed M256) and diesel (OM656) engines that Mercedes is said to debut in the all-new 2016 E-Class. The gasoline unit could produce more than 360hp, while the diesel may exceed the 300hp mark. Both will be paired with the new 9-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission as standard.

By Dan Mihalascu

Note: Current gen Mercedes G-Wagen pictured

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