The Mercedes-Benz G-Class has been on the market for a whopping 35 years. That's a heck of a long time for one vehicle to stick around, yet Autocar reports that last year was the Geländewagen's strongest in terms of sales. Little wonder then that Mercedes is in no rush to discontinue the G-Wagen, but it does reportedly have some serious updates lined up for the vehicle that is, short of the Unimog, it's oldest and most capable.

Though the "new" G-Class is set to keep the current model's W463 internal designation, it's tipped to grow larger yet lighter, more refined and more fuel efficient than the existing version.

Among the changes in line, according to Autocar, is the increased use of aluminum in the vehicle's construction – expected to help trim a good 450 pounds or so off its hefty curb weight. It's also set to grow a good 4 inches wider to the benefit of stability and interior space, which in turn is anticipated to borrow some elements from the latest C-Class to make it an even more tempting proposition for luxury buyers. New suspension components, steering system and nine-speed automatic transmission ought to do the rest, joining a revised range of engines being developed for the new E-Class – including new AMG versions that reportedly account for a good half of all G-Wagens sold worldwide.

A more comprehensively updated model is also reportedly being planned for the GL-Class, the luxury SUV that was originally slated to replace the G-Class before Benz realized the old sport-ute was still in high demand. More refinement ought to help it take on the Range Rover and fend off the advances of the upcoming Bentley Falcon, while a long-wheelbase model will join the top of the S-Class range in an effort to replace the discontinued Maybach line.


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      JF GeSchmidtt
      • 7 Months Ago
      Some solid tweaks maybe, but keep the beast largely the same. Have so many great memories trucking around in Gs and every time I see one I have a great big smile.
      funguy6713
      • 7 Months Ago
      This design along with the Jeep Wrangler is one of the greatest and classic SUV designs of all-time...
      malgu
      • 7 Months Ago
      Making it better while keeping it the same, love it!
      Bernie Kressner
      • 7 Months Ago
      This one of the most beautiful cars that ever walked the face of the earth. Ferrari and low C)d be damned! MB can change anything they want internally, but if they mess with the rugged military-style appearance, their sales number swill plummet. You heard it here first folks. (^_^)... Why else do you think that sales of the Jeep Wrangler [C)d =0.55] are going through the ceiling. My local dealer can't keep them on the lot for more than 24 hours. _ ____ '' /l ,[____], '' l---L--tlllllllt ()_) ()_)----)_) ========================
      waetherman
      • 7 Months Ago
      Such a classic design, it's hard to imagine at this point it changing that much in appearance - it's almost like it's been given "landmark status" and there would be much hue and cry if it were to change significantly.
      Avinash Machado
      • 7 Months Ago
      Hope they won't change the looks much.
      Susan
      • 7 Months Ago
      "borrow some elements from the latest C-Class to make it an even more tempting proposition for luxury buyers". I hope that does not translate to, "Lets soften it and make it cushy for the wealthy McMansion set who want to play that they bought a rugged "military" vehicle in case someone at the Cosco parking lot is impressed with their rugged adventurism."
      Adam
      • 7 Months Ago
      What's with the constant bloating and fattening of cars. "It's also set to grow a good 4 inches wider" NO!
      Omar S.
      • 7 Months Ago
      Aluminum Chassis , Improved Stability and Suspension , I like S-Class Interior and Lowering Wind Noise while maintaining the old Anti-Aerodynamica appearance. i know its tough and against physics but Daimler can acheive it. Maybe thicker windshield , more reliable parts , better mounting methods for the parts. (Not using adhesive things) G-Class is the best, I have 2011 G500 SWB. Bring the SWB back to production with AMG trim
      hemusbull
      • 7 Months Ago
      Looks like MB still has many military minded customers. But just refreshing this thing can't save it. It needs a radical rework to make it adequate...
      kontroll
      • 7 Months Ago
      the german hummer...except the Hummer had more personality and was better looking. This POS should be barred from being imported into the USA...let the germans inhale the crap that comes out of these monsters, not me. Horrible junk
      Tre
      • 7 Months Ago
      If Mercedes-Benz changes the exterior of the G-Class they will see a huge drop off in sales. The appeal of this vehicle is the military-ish off road prowess. It will go the way of the 1992 S-Class which totally changed the S-Class detrimentally up until the current S-Class. Finally the current S-Class is a respectable replacement to the design pinnacle of the 1991 560 SEL / SEC. Mercedes has had great designs, and some awful ones like the new CLA......Mercedes, don't mess with a timeless design that no one can replicate!
        Tre
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Tre
        The appeal of this vehicle is the military-ish off road prowess, and the military-ish looks!!!!!! This is instantly recognizable as Vortrefflichkeit of all the German car companies! Don't mess with success!!!!!
        Cruiser Dude
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Tre
        not only the military look but the capabilities it has you hardly found in same class vehicles.
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