Mercedes G-Wagon to Survive Until At Least 2027

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But not before a makeover in 2016.

1979 was the year when Mercedes-Benz launched its now iconic G-Wagon. It's hard to believe it's been around for 35 years, and it's still going strong. Not only are sales remaining solid, but Mercedes is supposedly planning to keep the hard-core SUV around until at least 2027. However, a major update is planned for 2016 or 2017 that'll keep it alive and healthy for the next decade. Car Magazine has just found some of what's in store for the G-Wagon.

Expect to see a body widened by about 100mm, though it'll still be slimmer than its Range Rover rival. The roof will also likely be lowered in order to help the SUV fit more easily into peoples' garages, but the trademark front-end graphics and slab-sided flanks will survive. However, updated G-Class will probably lose the optional V12 engine, but a pair of new inline-six cylinders will be offered, one gasoline and one diesel. The 5.5-liter V8 that powers the G63 AMG will live on. The interior will also receive a makeover featuring a new dashboard and a completely redesigned instrument panel that'll incorporate classic touches like a high-mounted passenger grab handle.

New and more comfortable seats will also be added along with a redesigned steering wheel and a head-up display. To help shed some weight, Mercedes will probably swap the frame to which the body is attached from steel to aluminum. Most importantly, however, is that the G-Wagon will still very much retain its off-road abilities while become a more comfortable and refined vehicle on regular roads.

Read more information about the 6-cylinder SUV.

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