New Mercedes G-Class Leaked Ahead Of Official Detroit Debut

Just a few hours after Mercedes dropped the first technical details of the new G-Class, a set of camouflage-free photos have surfaced online.

Courtesy of AutoWeek.nl, we get to see the new, heavily revised off-road icon in all its glory and rather unsurprisingly it looks almost the same.

The biggest visual differences can be spotted at the headlights, bumpers and front grille, which are not that big to the untrained eye. The new Mercedes logo on the grille also houses the radar sensors necessary for the semi-autonomous functions the new G-Class is expected to offer.

The highlights of the new generation G-Class however are to be found under the skin: Mercedes has already confirmed the addition of a new independent front suspension that should help the G-Class not only offer better on-road manners but also improve the already impressive off-road capabilities of its predecessor.

The new Mercedes G-Class will offer approach and departure angles of 31° and 30° as well as a maximum fording depth of 70cm (27.5 inches). Breakover angle is 26 degrees while the ground clearance between the axles is 241mm (9.5 inches). A new 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission, paired with low-range, three lockable differentials and an all-new off road-oriented G-mode will also be present.

The overhauled interior now features the familiar twin digital displays as an option, two removable cup holders, as well as more room for everyone: rear passengers get an extra 150mm (5.9 inches) of legroom and an extra 56mm (2.2 inches) of elbow room.

The new Mercedes G-Class will be revealed at the Detroit Auto Show on January 15, where we’ll get the full details, including powertrains and the full list of its tech features.

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  • Love it, old looks, new underpinnings.

    Now give us stripped down, off road variant Merc!

    • thunder bolt

      Merc already did, just buy a used one.

      • I know but I think they should made that variant again for this new gen.

    • TheHake

      There will be a “Professional” version as far as I heard.

      • That’s a good news, and hopefully professional also means the military/paramilitary version.

  • PhilMcGraw

    I have to always admire manufacturers that take solace in the phrase “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”. In a world where these car brands are more interested in introducing “100% all new” car model updates, it’s refreshing to find some models that just improve on what absolutely needed improvement while leaving the rest alone. I just wish there were more models that were like this outside of these ultra rugged vehicles (i.e. Wrangler).

  • Kagan

    No way just photoshopping!

  • xDRAN0x

    Best cx in its class!

  • CADOX

    I’am not totatally sold on this redesign. I don’t mind the overall design staying true to the original but I’am not fond of the side treatment for example. Not a fan of the strip running all allong the middle of the side profile and how the side windows have been rounded out: I think it makes the DLO look more like the old Renauld 4L than the original G. The headlights look a bit basic to me and together with the (coloured plastic ?) casing they are set in makes it look like an aftermarket add-on. It’s still a very nice car I’am sure, just a bit dispointed by a few details.

    • donald seymour

      Really? Are you Serious? Really?

    • Bash

      You can’t be serious right now!!

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Mate.

  • Waleesa1

    If this is the real deal, then I am unimpressed. This exterior is a very lazy redesign. And those curved door mirrors at not in sync with the boxy design of the car.

    • Tydogg123 .

      I agree with the side mirrors – they don’t fit the design at all.

    • Nordschleife

      This is what the masses wanted. They wanted the same car just modernized. I would have preferred some more but I understand. Maybe the curved mirrors are in relation to the curved side windows. I dunno.

      • I wonder if Merc can actually offered G-Class with more modern body (Ener-G Force inspired, for example). But then I realized it would be manufacturing nightmare.

        • Nordschleife

          I heard the new GLE will take cue from the Ener-G concept and if so it will definitely be watered down. The premium they charged on G classes I think they could’ve made it work. After all no one batted an eye paying well over 100k for a 22 year old model.

          • It would be interesting if the GLE would get the Ener-G looks, I always thought GL (Which Merc try to replace the G with) would be the candidate to receive that looks, but we will see.

    • jsz00

      They need to reuse parts from other Benz to keep the costs low. Are you dumb?

    • The previous G class facelift also gave to the Truck Mirrors that didn’t look good, on any Mercedes For that matter, they looked awful. Those new mirrors look good, but on sedans and SUVs.

    • JR Glide

      Wind noise…. stupid…

  • TheBelltower

    The air vents occupy some serious real estate on the dashboard. They are way too prominent in all new MB’s. To me they look inelegant and clinical. Or like sphincters. Otherwise, the interior design is incredible.

    • Finkployd

      I think they re ment to mimic the iconic front/headlights of the car

      • THEY’RE USING THE SPHINCTER VENTS ON ALL THEIR CARS NOW, NOT SURE WHAT THEY’RE TRYING TO MIMIC.

  • lagunas3ca

    Shitty color for it to be leaked in.

  • Toss

    First of all, I can not afford this car, so I’ll comment like an car enthusiast.
    It’s a big joke from MB. I assume that MB want to sell this 4×4 to clients that allready have an old G. Why to buy if it looks like old one? Only for interior? Maybe. That joints at sight may be tradition, but looks outdated. It has nothing from that superb Vision ener-G-vision concept.

    • Belthronding Tinuviel

      you should have known that MB would never make new one much different than old one.i would not expected it either..
      you know what they say, ” if it works,do not fix it”

    • Merc1

      It’s a good thing you can’t afford one because you clearly don’t get the point or understand what they’ve done.

      M

    • Sometimes the non enthusiast just want to get new model, didn’t surprised me when there is people who change their car every year because they don’t want to use quote “last year model”

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    same boxy design

  • Many people have commented on the lack of change in design…however M-B did their homework and existing G-Class owners did not want the exterior to change much, but instead wanted the truck modernized and with better on-road handling…the fact the M-B is still churning out these very pricey things and customers are gobbling each one of them up speaks for itself…the motto is, don’t mess with a good thing…

    • krusshall

      I am sure that is exactly what Jeep Wrangler owners have said every time it’s up for a redesign but Jeep makes sufficient changes to make the new generation more contemporary yet still adhere to the timeless look. This new G is really a letdown no matter the improvements below the surface.

      • Merc1

        You don’t have a clue. How exactly is this a let down?

        M

        • WTF

          if youre asking him a question hes already provided an answer to aren’t you the one that doesn’t have a clue?

          M.

          • Merc1

            Well I was asking for details, because you obviously haven’t studied them side by side to know the difference.

            M

      • Kash

        As someone who actually owns a G-wagon and has owned a total of 4 all of which were bought new, this is far from a let down, this is actually exactly what a lot of existing owners wanted, myself included. We didn’t want something too dramatic from the current one (a lot of us considered the differences between the JK and JL Wrangler too dramatic of a change, for reference). We wanted a more streamlined design, make the overall look less busy, all while maintaining the very boxy, very distinct, and very “stick out like a sore thumb” design that makes the G, a G.

    • WTF

      Yet Jeep can do that and it still look different while retaining the overall look; Porsche does the same with every generation of the 911…Mercedes could have done the same….they could have made the exterior look more “updated and modern” while retaining the overall look and feel of the current car thats been around since the time when Mercedes weren’t common cars that any and everyone can buy………….

      M.

    • Kash

      They’re churning them out in record numbers, since 2009 the G has been on an sales boom, going from 662 sales in 2009 to 4,200 in 2017, at least in the US, 2017 was also the G’s best year ever since it was introduced to America in 2002. I wouldn’t be surprised if 2018 isn’t the year it hits 6k or even 7k sales, depending on when the new one goes on sale.

      • Merc1

        Correct. Late 2018 so 2019 will be the first full year. I would say at least 6K.

        M

  • Six Thousand Times

    I can’t see why they ever bothered with the camouflage.

  • lagunas3ca

    Please don’t have the same headlights as the new Jeep Wrangler FFS!

  • ZYGIUS
  • Merc1

    No clue as to what this vehicle is about.

    M

  • Harry_Wild

    Perfect inside and out! Wish I had $150K to buy it!

  • WTF

    Im confused on the point of all the camo hiding it lol, that looks EXACTLY like the current one with a slightly new front end if that. I dont mind it looking the same on the outside but seriously thats the same car….it least its interior is up to its price this time around

    • Merc1

      Look closer. It’s clearly new.

      M

      • WTF

        there is always a troll in every post on this site I dont get it….WTF.

        • Merc1

          Not my fault you’re clueless.

          M

    • alexxx

      I remember when vw unveiled redisigned polo,all the drama,fuss and all….the difference was one stripe upfront…that was couple years ago and I am still laughing…😂

  • Nordschleife

    I guess Mercedes and Jeep hit it out the park with the “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it mentality” I know millions are happy.

  • Enter Ranting

    This is the official vehicle of the Los Angeles douche bulb.

  • AY-HY

    I think the older G wagons will shoot up in value… the flat face is ruined and I think it looks like a bad “hot wheels” copy back when “matchbox” was a separate brand… if you dont know what I am talking about you probably dont have an I for details.

  • nastinupe

    Love it. I just kind of miss the chrome/ black trim. Everything is one color now. Interior is great!

  • Bash

    I definitely loving this!

  • A BOX ON WHEELS,
    YAWN.

  • BrucieBruce

    Why does anyone need or want a Mercedes Hummer ??? But then again, same folks went crazy over the original Humvee so there is no accounting for taste.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      A Mercedes HUMMER?

      Are you new to the car world, or something?

      • I had a sense that people who grew up in the states sees G-Class as bling mobile…

        • Lloyd Anthony D Peters

          Hey. Don’t blame Americans as a whole. We didn’t really get the G-Wagen here until the AMG versions (and annoyingly,when the Khardashians started buying them) became popular. Like the Defender, we were robbed of earlier versions. I’ve seen a few old G-Wagens and even a few 2drs in my life. But it’s RARE. Anytime you see a G, it’s a fully loaded soccer mom-mobile or some dickhead with a Bluetooth headset in ear barreling down on you on the expressway.

          • No I didn’t blame Americans, like why would I do that…

            What I was saying is that it’s a shame that most US enthusiast grow up seeing G-Class as rides for west coast personality. And the original off road version is only exist in form of grey market and Navy Seals.

            It’s like how Japanese sees Cadillac as Yakuza mobile, since Yakuza used to ride American cars.

        • Tumbi Mtika

          Unfortunately…

  • psiqtas

    WOW…and it has the Wrangler new headlights!

  • is nice is cool but NOT that cool like the Concept car …
    May be in 10 years … will get that ,,,,,

  • Kjell Hansen

    Find it hard to take this one serious… Even the Chinese copycats would make a version more appealing… The details are hideous. But then again, they made the new CLS look disastrous….so why not just accept it…D:

  • Tumbi Mtika

    WUNDERBAR!!!

    Well Done Mercedes.

  • Matt

    I guess most of the commenters here were under a rock for the past 18 months when numerous spy shots of the new G-Class revealed that it would look almost exactly like the current one, only wider.

    • Even many automotive media assumed that new G-Class got at least new face.

      And it’s not uncommon for manufacturer to use previous gen body to test new underpinnings.

      • Matt

        True but manufacturers don’t use mules so close to production, normally you will see mule photos maybe 18 months to two years out, but as production gets closer they need to be testing the production body. Not sure how the media got it so wrong, it was widely known the G was going to only ever get a gentle evolution.

        I’m glad it doesn’t look like that stupidly cartoonish Ener-G concept as well. It looked too Korean.

        • Fair enough, since most of us are actually expecting Ener-G concept style successor. But it seems calling all of us living under a rock would be excessive.

  • sidewaysspin

    The dashboard looks nice and that’s about it.

  • jsz00

    What’s with the Pedobear approved inspired badge?

  • Neil

    Can we all notice the fact the Mercedes have completely copied the front headlight cluster of the New Jeep Wrangler. Even the Daytime running light halo rings are the same! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fb0dab7b4f686aa212170fbb23cea0003ec70ee0075a2a67a9f973b99dc7289b.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1616445b7e2c767eedb511fa59022eec491b59e21a17015b96b9a82e0c63bdba.jpg

  • SteersUright

    Drug dealers, money-launderers, and corrupt politicians in 3rd world countries get ready, your new ride is here!! Jk, how can you not love a serious off-road machine from a luxury marque like MB. Though for my money, give me a new loaded Wrangler and I’ll pocket the change.

  • LWOAP

    The people who actually buy this thing wanted to retain the looks while having it more modernized. MB fulfilled that.

    • Robin Hood

      What kind of degree does one need to get a job as an apologist?

  • LWOAP

    Just reading though some of the comments and I have to ask the obvious. What were some people here expecting? The Ener-G force concept in production form?

    Why would MB change the G wagon so drastically when all the spy shots leading up to it clearly show it remaining virtually unchanged? I don’t recall people making a fuss over the Wrangler JL so why is the G wagon treated any differently?

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