The G-Wagen is about to get cuter.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is one of the most coveted off-road vehicles on the market. Many of Hollywood's A-List celebrities drive them and if you want to buy the hardcore Mercedes-AMG G63 variant, there is a massive waiting list. Chances are if you can afford the $130,900 base price of the G-Class, this latest news won't mean much to you. But if you've always wanted a Gelandewagen and aren't a millionaire or a celebrity, we've got some exciting news.
Introducing the 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Mini, a more compact representation of the legendary G-Class. Much like how the Ford Bronco Sport will offer Bronco styling in a more affordable and approachable package, the G-Class Mini will be a more attainable option for people who enjoy Mercedes' legendary off-roader.
Unlike the full-size G-Wagen, which is built in Austria by Magna Steyr, the G-Class Mini will be built in Russia. The incredible bodywork was penned by Russian designer Aleksandr Isaev, who has released his creation (before an official announcement from Mercedes) during this difficult time because he hopes "people will be distracted from their problems and smile despite what is happening in the world."
We think Isaev made the right decision because the G-Class Mini looks incredible. The design looks far more like the standard G-Class, even more so than the Mercedes GLB, which was meant to be a miniature G in its own right. We adore the G-Class Mini's squared-off design, pillarless doors, and removable glass roof panels (though we aren't sure if those will reach production).
Inside, Isaev imagines a blend of futuristic and retro design that reminds us of an '80s G-Class interior. Obviously, the production model will have to be much different, using standard Mercedes switchgear and the company's MBUX infotainment system. Under the hood, we'd expect to find a four-cylinder engine, possibly the 306-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder used in the AMG 35 models.