A Radically New G-Class is Coming in 2017

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Please guys, don't mess too much with a good thing.

It hasn’t been dramatically changed for the past 35 years, but according to a new report, the iconic Mercedes-Benz G-Class (or simply G-Wagon) will soon undergo some major changes. Set for a 2017 debut, the heavily facelifted G-Class, according to Autocar, will feature changes so significant that it will in effect be a new model entirely. This can be both good and/or bad; it all depends on the exact updates involved.

From what we know at this point, Mercedes’ goals for the SUV are to increase its width for greater stability, as well as for it to handle a new front suspension and to increase interior space. However, Mercedes is fully aware of the need to preserve the G-Class character and exterior design. Sources claim the exterior will keep the right-angled look of the current model along with that near-vertical windscreen. The Ener-G-Force Concept, first shown at the 2012 LA Auto Show, supposedly previews some 2017 G-Class design bits. The interior will also be upgraded, but the main goal is to add space for passengers and cargo.

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New technology will also be added, such as LED lights and additional driver assistance and safety systems. The engine lineup will reportedly include the new 3.0-liter inline-six gasoline and diesel engines, producing around 360- and 300-horsepower, respectively. Both engines will be paired to a new nine-speed automatic gearbox. And yes, AMG variants will return and will launch not long after the base model.

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