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Old 07-05-2016, 06:29 AM
Vantage Vantage is offline
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Default 2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Almost 40 years old and still going strong: The Mercedes-Benz G-Class with receive a major overhaul in 2017. Most significant change will a wider footstep.

A first prototype has now been spotted:

http://www.motor1.com/news/64716/nex...he-first-time/

http://www.auto-motor-und-sport.de/n...7-7925265.html


According to my sources the car you see in the pictures is the final execution. What looks identical to the current version is in fact a very subtle evolution with 10 cm more width.
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Old 07-05-2016, 07:24 AM
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Comparing to photos of the current car, it looks like all the sharp edges have been ever-so-slightly rounded. In reading reviews, it sounds (not surprisingly) as though the G-wagon desperately needs to be modernized (esp in terms of handling). Good for MB for (hopefully) doing so w/o losing the bad-a$$ appearance.
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Old 07-05-2016, 07:58 AM
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I like the G-Class. But this car is unfortunately useless because it is no more reliable with all electronics. It is good to improve handling and comfort, but electronics toys are nonsense for such car, in the same way most SUVs are nonsense.
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Old 07-05-2016, 05:27 PM
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Half of the dashboard is raised and flat. If this will have an interior from the S-class, that's a huge overhaul in interior design.
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Old 07-05-2016, 06:52 PM
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According to my sources the car you see in the pictures is the final execution. What looks identical to the current version is in fact a very subtle evolution with 10 cm more width.
It does look wider, especially if you look at the rear photo and compare it to this one

https://www.netcarshow.com/mercedes-...llpaper_1d.htm

The space between the tire edge and the rear door shut line is much wider versus the current car.

Half way down the page is a supposed? or maybe fake interior of the new G

http://www.autopareri.com/forums/top...-ii-spy?page=2
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Old 07-06-2016, 04:28 PM
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Looks like doors, trunk and roof are all more rounded. And if that interior is real, it's one huge improvement over current one.
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Old 07-07-2016, 07:58 AM
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Looks like doors, trunk and roof are all more rounded. And if that interior is real, it's one huge improvement over current one.
Apart from the obviously wider body, I think indeed the rounded edges of the windows show most clearly that this seems pretty much "all new but looking old". And it#s not stupid. It works for Jeep with the Wrangler, and Mercedes would be stupid to mess with a car that sells strong, has ridiculously high residuals and all that since nearly 40 years.

Teh interior looks plausible, the G-Modell always shared many interior bits with the current E-class model (and before W123/W124 models), and this just looks the same way, the standard - not fully digital - instrument cluster plus some switches and other bits form the E-Class pressed into a boxier surrounding...
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Old 07-07-2016, 11:14 AM
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This overpriced relic certainly needs an overhaul. But I'm not particularly convinced about the "new but looking 40 years old look" personally though...
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Old 07-28-2016, 07:59 AM
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http://www.autobild.de/artikel/merce...g-3714817.html



Close up photos - the slightly wider stance is obvious, and so are new doors (the frames around teh windows are thicker and more rounded). Also what is visible form the interior indicates the E-Class inspired dash posted earlier is as suspected the real thing....
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Old 08-04-2016, 08:31 PM
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I actually wish they went a little further with the design. Hummer, like them or not, did a fantastic job of keeping their iconic brand while looking modern with the H2 (stylistically). The Defender prototypes have been the same as well.

Another missed opportunity would be the roof: Panoramic roofs are all the rage from a luxury standpoint, but for a nature-oriented vehicle, it's also practically justified. Old Land Rover Discos are popular on safaris, for example, because of the portholes and the popup rear sunroof that allowed for standing up in the back seat.
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