The Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV has soldiered on largely unchanged since its introduction in 1979 with only few cosmetic pieces, more elegant interior accommodations, and newer engine options separating the 30-year span. However, a report coming from AutoCar suggests the Germans will be changing more than just a few bits and pieces on the upcoming G-Wagen facelift.
Although it will retain its iconic boxy looks, the 2017 G-Wagen will have its width increased by around 100 mm (nearly 4 inches). The widening will allow the body to accommodate a redesigned front suspension with a three- or four-link setup and to improve stability and increase cabin space, the report adds.
Furthermore, the SUV is scheduled to get a modern electro-mechanical steering system and a redesigned structure that will include more aluminum parts. Consequently, the SUV could get rid of at least 440 pounds (200 kg) of the G350’s current 5,665-pound curb weight.
Changes are set to continue in the cabin with wider front and rear seats and a number of C-Class -inspired features. Of course, the Germans are looking to make the rugged SUV more comfortable and luxurious.
Engine-wise, the new 3.0-liter, inline-six gasoline and diesel mills currently developed by Mercedes-Benz for the 2016 E-Class will find their way into the G-Class with around 365 horsepower and 304 horsepower respectively. Both will be offered with a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission as standard.
Note: Current Mercedes G-Wagen pictured here.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mercedes G-Wagen.
The Toyota Land Cruiser may be older than the G-Wagen thanks to a long line of predecessors that go back all the way to 1951, but the Japanese SUV has received numerous and extensive redesigns the past three decades. The current Land Cruiser - also known as the 200 Series - was introduced for the 2008 model year and received a mild makeover for 2013.
Known for its off-roading and rock-climbing capabilities, the Land Cruiser relies on an independent double wishbone suspension up front and a four-link setup to the rear, and a Kinetic Dynamic System that adjusts stabilizer bars on uneven terrain. Brake Assist, Electronic Brake Force Distribution are offered as standard.
Motivating the 2014 Land Cruiser is a 5.7-liter V-8 engine that generates 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. The oomph is sent to all four wheels through a six-speed automatic gearbox. Priced from $78,755, the SUV returns 13 mpg city and 18 mpg highway according to the EPA.
Mercedes-Benz is currently selling two versions of the G-Wagen in the United States - the G550 and the G63 AMG. Both come with 5.5-liter V-8 mills under the hood, but while the former benefits from 382 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque, the latter is pushed by 536 horses and 560 pound-feet via biturbo technology and a bit of magic AMG dust.