New Mercedes G-Class Will Share Only One Exterior Part From Current Model

Daimler’s chief design officer has revealed that the new-generation Mercedes-Benz G-Class will only share a single visible exterior/interior component with the outgoing model.

While discussing the new G-Class at the New York Auto Show, Gorden Wagener said that all visible parts of the new-age G-Class will be new except for a small plastic lip on the C-pillar.

When pressed about further details on the redesigned G-Class, Wagener confirmed to AutoNews that it will keep the boxy shape of the current model but said it will be “a bit more grown up,” citing modifications to improve the proportions while also refining “little edges and busy stuff.”

“You have to keep it boxy. You have to treat it very responsible, otherwise it wouldn’t be a G. So it still has to be edgy,” he said.

One key change between the new G-Class and the old one is that the latest model will be significantly wider. What’s more, it will also be much lighter despite its larger footprint and according to our intel, could shed up to 400 kg (880 lbs) of weight.

As with the current car, the new model will be manufactured by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria and may debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

PHOTO GALLERY

  • I’mCallingYouOut

    Oh cool! The new Wran… err G Class!

  • TrevP

    “will only share 1 part from current model.” Is it the entire car? Boring. Looks the same.

  • Nordschleife

    I wish someone would tell me what is different about this model with the camouflage on it. Clearly I don’t have that discerning of an eye because it looks the same to me.

    • nastinupe

      Well if you read the article it actually tells you. Are you 2? Do you still only look at the pictures on the page?

      “all visible parts of the new-age G-Class will be new except for a small plastic lip on the C-pillar. ”

      “it will keep the boxy shape of the current model but said it will be “a bit more grown up,” citing modifications to improve the proportions while also refining “little edges and busy stuff.””

      “…the latest model will be significantly wider. What’s more, it will also be much lighter despite its larger footprint and according to our intel, could shed up to 400 kg (880 lbs) of weight.”

      • Nordschleife

        Aww you are very sweet for paraphrasing the article for me. I did read the article and while it did make mention of your comments that you pointed out all the visible parts look the same. Just because something is retaining its boxy shape doesn’t mean it has to look exactly the same.

        Instead of being a dick in your explanation, here is what you could have said. “Well it looks like the lower valance has a more pronounced lip than the current version’ How about…”Oh it looks like the door handles are recessed vs the current model”. “It looks as though the running lights have moved from below the headlights to the above the headlights” Those are the details to which I was looking for someone to point out (if those were the case).

        The little edges look like the same edges to me since you made a point to reiterate that and also it doesn’t look significantly wider to me nor can I visibly tell its 800 lbs lighter.

        See the difference between an educated response and yours? Probably not because only 5 year old reply to adults with smart ass retorts, so i guess we’re around the same age then.

      • Nordschleife

        I must say you are very kind for paraphrasing the article for me. I did read the article and while it did make mention of the emphasized points, might I point out to you that all the visible parts look the same. Especially because they are all new. Just because something is retaining its boxy shape doesn’t mean it has to look exactly the same.

        Perhaps and educated adult response would’ve been….”Well it looks like the lower valance has a more pronounced lip than the current version’ How about…”Oh it looks like the door handles are recessed vs the current model”. “It looks as though the running lights have moved from below the headlights to the above the headlights” Those are the details to which my comment was meant to address (if those were the case).

        The little edges look remarkably the same to me and nor does it look significantly wider and I just can’t tell that it’s 800 lbs lighter despite the article telling me so.

        See the difference between an educated response and yours? I am pretty sure you do not because only a 5 year old would address an adult in such a manner. So I guess per your comment, you and I must be around the same age.

        • nastinupe

          I can tell the difference. It’s obvious that it’s wider than the previous version. Perhaps it’s just me. But people say the same thing about the evolution of the 911. Some car companies aren’t going to make Lexus-like changes in one generation.

    • Kash

      It’s mostly slight tweaks, some smoothing, and cleaning up the overall design. The front bumper has a new design, the inlets where the headlights are has more of a diamond shape than the current model, the hood has a similar shape but has been smoother out. Basically less strong creases, more rolled edges. The rear bumper also has a new design. Most importantly it’ll be 10cm wider to better improve interior room and give it a better and lower center of gravity. It’ll also be several hundred pounds lighter.

      • Nordschleife

        It’s so funny Kash. I was going to initially put your name into my post because I knew you would be the one to tell me the differences but then I thought that would be crazy. I read the article so I aware of the weight decrease and it being wider than the current model but I just don’t see the added width. Anyway, thank you for providing a non-critical, a**hole response to me. You rock.

        • Kash

          It’s not a lot wider, ~10cm so only 4 inches, you really won’t notice the difference until you see the 2 side by side and even then you may not notice the width. The camo does a fairly good job of covering up the tweaks because they are so subtle and like Merc said, it’s a lot of cleaning up the design and rounding out the edges and streamlining things and just small things because they really wanted to maintain the iconic G shape, the shape is why this sells and gives it the ability to stand out unlike any other SUV on the market, it’s instantly recognized everywhere by everyone, it’s also instantly recognized as the “I have money” mobile by even the most car-ignorant people.

          While there’s only 1 piece shared between the generations that’s not to say each piece got some massive redesign. Simply making the grille wider means it’s new, or making the rear door wider, same thing. From the looks of it they’re insetting the chrome part of the protective strips or they’re switching to a solid black, chrome, or carbon fiber option for them because there isn’t that raised piece running down the middle (I could be wrong and the camo could just be hiding it though). Also changing the material used, say from steel to aluminum or carbon fiber also makes it “all new,” that’s also where the mass portion of weight savings will come from, switching to aluminum and carbon fiber from steel so that’ll probably be the case for the majority the pieces under the skin.

          So they’re being a little deceptive with how they said it but they’re not wrong and this is not a new tactic used by anyone. They said something similar with the new E-class but i bet if you compared the smaller pieces between the 2 generation a lot of the pieces are very similar, but not identical. The threading on a screw might be a little wider, or instead of steel the new one is aluminum, etc.

          For the most part, unless you look at the small pieces most people won’t notice the differences between the outgoing G and the new one. This will be more noticeable than the 3 series facelift but not as noticeable as the W212 facelift.

  • Craig

    Is that the new 911? I can’t tell what with all of that camouflage!

    • Kash

      I think it’s the new 4 series actually.

  • W140

    Also looks like no more solid axle in the front.

  • I WONDER WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT THAT “SMALL PLASTIC LIP” THAT WARRANTS SAVING.

    • Finkployd

      it’s its g-spot

  • David Lee

    What they really need to do is modernize the internal components altogether.

  • Harry_Wild

    Dream car the G Wagon! I just cannot bring myself on buying a base 2019 at rumor price $145K!

2021 Audi Q5 Set To Receive A Minor Facelift And New Technology

The facelifted crossover will have a new infotainment system with a 10.1-inch display.

Mercedes’ Automated Valet Parking System Allows Cars To Park Themselves

The technology is the first Level 4 autonomous parking system to be approved by authorities.

Austro Daimler Bergmeister ADR 60 Brings Its AMG GT…Err…1930s Inspired Looks To Salon Prive

The ADR 630 Shooting Grand is an art deco-inspired PHEV capable of hitting 62 mph in 2.5 seconds .

2020 C8 Corvette Isn’t Getting A Manual Because It Wasn’t Worth The Effort

The new 2020 Corvette will not get a manual because not enough people would buy it .

You Can Now Have Amazon Deliver Your Packages Inside Your New Acura RDX

Third-gen RDX owners can now have their Amazon packages delivered inside their vehicles.

A BMW M3 E46 Just Sold For $90,000, Will This Become The New Normal?

The BMW M3 E46 is quickly becoming a modern classic and prices are rising.

Commuter On Death Wish Rides Electric Scooter On Texas Highway!

We’ve seen some pretty stupid things captured on cam, but this one probably ranks among the most unreasonable ever.

Vin Diesel Gifted SpeedKore’s Unique 1650 HP Dodge Charger Tantrum For His Birthday

SpeedKore presented its 1650 hp Dodge Charger Tantrum a few years ago at SEMA.

Hear Akrapovic Work Its Magic On 2020 Toyota Supra’s Soundtrack

Made out of titanium, it is lighter, emits a more evocative sound and probably liberates a few extra ponies as well.

2020 Corvette C8: GM Claims It Has Yet To Test Its Top Speed

GM has said the C8 will hit 60 mph in under 3 seconds in Z51 guise, but its v-max is still unknown.