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Spy photos reveal more Mercedes-Benz G-Class updates

Bigger, lighter, more modern.

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For a car that hasn't changed much in decades, small alterations can be a big deal. Such is the case with the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, with a tried-and-true boxy design and rugged capabilities that have long served it and its well-heeled customers well. Seen here testing ahead of an official launch, this camouflaged G-Wagen offers insight into its most recent updates.

This new G-Class has succumbed to the same trend of bloating that has affected the rest of the market for some time now. It's some four inches wider than the previous model, and that growth is reflected in its wider track as well. We're told it'll feature electromechanical steering instead of its old recirculating ball system, which will allow for modern assist systems, and it'll get an independent front suspension.

Under the hood, it will use Mercedes' new inline six-cylinder engines, possibly mated to the 9G-Tronic automatic transmission. We can also expect more powerful, more ridiculously expensive AMG versions as well. Despite growing in width, the new G-Class will be lighter than the outgoing model, shedding about 450 pounds through the use of lightweight materials. Closer to launch, we can expect to hear more about how Mercedes-Benz plans to modernize the G-Class, but don't expect too much change from the long-lived spirit of this massive off-roader.

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