Love it or hate it, but you can't ignore it! That's the attitude Mercedes Benz G-Class carries with itself, and rightfully so. One look at her and you will realize all the charisma she carries with herself, be it the large proportions or be it the street presence. Denying all the rumors that Mercedes will change the boxy design of the current G-Class, Dieter Zetsche, CEO, Mercedes Benz, has confirmed that there will be no design change for this mammoth of a car.
"It has to continue as it looks today" since "it’s not a vehicle that pretends." "The G-Class is the original,” said Zetsche. The SUV segment has already been chock till the throat for the buyers, with millions of options. But, the G-Class, continues to stand apart from any other SUV in the market, so much so, that in a price conscious country like India, the AMG version of the G-Class, G63, is the largest selling AMG in the country. The sales of the G-Class has tripled in last 5 years, touching 12000 units in 2013, globally.
The current G-Class houses a solid twin turbocharged V8 5.5L engine that carries 388 HP and delivers power to all four wheels via a 7 speed automatic transmission. The AMG version carries a more powerful 536 HP generating motor and more black induced to the exteriors. The AMG version goes from 0-60kmph in 5.3 seconds and the non AMG version in 6 seconds.
As for the 2016 model, the design is expected to be slightly larger than the current car (as if, the current generation was not big enough). Although, as confirmed by Zetsche, the new car will continue to have same boxy design. The interiors, although are technologically advanced, can get minor changes in term of color combination. The major change will be on the engine front though, with the new G-Class set to meet the 2016 EU emission norms.
The new G-Class will continue to be produced at Magna Steyr, which has still 8 year contract remaining to manufacture the Gelandewagen (G-Wagen) till 2022 as per the contract with the Mercedes.