The G-Class facelift is going to be very drastic.
The fact that the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is currently still being delivered new is actually a small miracle. In times of downsizing, electrification and sustainability, the car is difficult to justify. Although the latter is not entirely true, of course.
G-Classes are indestructible, so in decades these cars will still be on the road, which will save the environment from another environmentally polluting production process. In the future, for every G-Class built, two fewer cars will have to be built.
This is the last G500 with V8 of the current model.
But we understand that a facelift is coming. And although a G-Class will remain a G-Class, it is still a fairly drastic model.
Mercedes will soon launch a G-class with an electric motor (EQG). That car has already been presented as a concept and Mercedes has already confirmed that a production version is on its way. To ensure that it has something of a favorable range, Mercedes cannot only rely on extremely large batteries. To do this, they have to make the EQG a bit more aerodynamic. That will be quite a challenge, because it is precisely that block box shape that makes the car iconic.
But of course they found a solution at Das Haus. Mercedes will also apply what they have learned from the EQG to the regular G-class.
At Autocar they spoke to Dr. Emerich Schiller, that development boss of the G-Class (and EQG). This confirms that the G-class is getting a facelift. They looked at just about every part to see how they could make the car as aerodynamic as possible. Efficiency has never actually been part of the G-Class, so there was apparently a lot to gain.
G-Class Facelift spotted by Autoblog!
Now that Mercedes-Benz has confirmed this, we can also bring home the G-Class we spotted. That was a camouflaged G-Class, but not an EQG. Electric cars (although not PHEV) in Germany always have an ‘E’ at the end of the license plate. It wasn’t an AMG either, as evidenced by the normal rims, ‘small’ brakes and not too dramatically designed bumpers.
So the answer was (and is) very simple: the car we came across is a facelifted G-Class that will be much more economical. There will be some changes in terms of engines. Now there is a V8 petrol (G500), but there is a good chance that the new one will get a six-in-line, the V8 will then only be available in the AMG version.
The G-Class is currently not in the Dutch price lists, but you can of course get it on special order. The G-Class facelift is scheduled for 2024, together with the EQG. In addition, a Baby G-Class is also on its way.
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