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Car reports Mercedes-Benz may be considering expanding its G-Class line to include a new, smaller model. The so-called GLG would serve as a competitor for the upcoming, next-generation Land Rover Defender. Internally, the smaller G wears the code name X156 and will be based on the A-Class architecture. Expect to see styling lifted straight from the larger G, complete with a horizontal roof line and near-vertical back hatch. Car also insists Mercedes-Benz will retain the A-Class front-wheel drive layout for two-wheel drive models, while 4MATIC models will also be available.

Under the hood, the company plans to serve up a range of engines, including a 1.6-liter gasoline mill good for 122 horsepower as well as a 2.0-liter unit with anywhere from 156 to 211 hp on hand. Four diesel variants will also show up in the EU, the most powerful of which will displace 2.1 liters and pump out 204 hp. Car also suggests AMG will get its hands on the pint-sized bruiser. The product of that union should serve up 345 hp, a seven-speed automatic gearbox and beefier brakes.

That seems like an awful lot of detail for a model Mercedes-Benz executives haven't even signed off on yet, though the report says the vehicle could get the green light at any moment.


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      4540flossy
      • 2 Years Ago
      A ridiculously pointless niche in which Mercedes hasn't established a presence? Surely not!
      Banf_1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it possible to redesign this car? i'm thinking if you change one thing you will probably mess the whole thing up. The way the article describes how it will look like, sounds like MB will be making a toy version of the regular G. Anyways, good luck Mercedes Benz designers at your attempt of the impossible.
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't know which BMW X vehicle(s) this will compete with but they must be thinking 'oh sh*t'. The G-wagen has something all of their crossovers lack -- distinctive styling. This will also be barking up the Mini Countryman's tree if it's not a lot more expensive. If M-B does this right, it could be a limited volume hit.
        mcdull
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Wasp
        I don't think any BMW X is capable of offroading, they're essentially crossover for mall crawling. If the small G is going to compete with Defender, it has to be a serious offroader.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      GR
      • 2 Years Ago
      They need to do what the Germans do best: diesel. There was an article recently about a diesel G Wagon that drove all over the world and put on 500,000 miles on the original engine and transmission by a German couple. Diesel Mercs are the ones that last out of the German cars. If they are going to sell something like a GLG, then put a diesel 4 cylinder in it for the US. Otherwise, why would you pay more for this thing over a Jeep Wrangler? Or Nissan Xterra, or Toyota 4Runner, or hell even a Suzuki Grand Vitara!? All of these are ladder-frame, full range 4x4s that handle the rough stuff well.
      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      So... not a GLK, not a crossover but a smaller full time off-roader? YES! The best news Ive heard from Mercedes in a while. Bring back the suv.
      BG
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a radical idea: why not offer the present Gwagon in USA with a simple interior, diesel engine, and lacking luxury features - at maybe 60% of the present cost?
        Rr778
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BG
        Mercedes already has trouble selling diesels
          CarCrazy24
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rr778
          Um, they're actually adding diesels to their line-ups, they are doing great actually.
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is all good news as long as it doesn't look like a fancy jeep that could blow over in a slight breeze. WE WANT SMOOTHER LINES MERC MEN!
      airekk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh wow. That has to be the cheapest, most aftermarket looking implementation of LED daytime running lights I've seen on a production vehicle. Especially on such a premium model. Yeesh.
      ...
      • 2 Years Ago
      In Soviet Russia we drive G WAGON
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love the G class, just wish we got the hardcore off road versions here instead of the pimp versions.
      madlion8
      • 2 Years Ago
      Build it to the same standard as it's big brother drop a small diesel in there and I will shop it against a Rubicon or the new Cherokee Rubicon when it hits.
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