Someone's in trouble for this.
Mercedes-Benz has chosen this year's Detroit Auto Show to reveal its all-new G-Class SUV, the first complete redesign in the SUV's long history. To preview that launch, Mercedes has released a few images of a thinly disguised 2018 G-Class conquering a 4,740 feet high mountain near the Austrian city of Graz. Consider this a hardcore SUV test track of sorts. But just as Mercedes sent us these "spy photos," leaked images of the new G-Class have found their way online, courtesy of Dutch website Auto Week. Welcome to the internet.
Mercedes claims G-Class test mules endured over 1,200 miles of hardcore testing on that off-road course. As we already know, Mercedes has gone to great lengths to retain everything we love about the G-Class' off-road capabilities while at the same time making it a comfortable and convenient daily driver. Some examples of its off-road prowess include slope climbing ability of up to 100% on suitable surfaces and improved ground clearance (now about 9.5 inches) between the axles. There's also the new "G-Mode," which the SUV will switch to independently of the chosen drive program "as soon as one of the three differential locks has been activated or Low Range has been engaged."
The new G-Class also comes with a new 9-speed automatic transmission with a torque converter, while the new transfer case is flange-mounted directly on to the transmission. This allows for 40 percent of the drive torque to reach the front axle and 60 percent at the rear. Along with improved visibility, a 360-degree camera, reverse camera, and three additional cameras, drivers should have no problems seeing what's happening around them. No excuses for bumping into things anymore. We'll be on hand for the official Mercedes-Benz G-Class reveal in just over a week's time at Detroit, so expect full details shortly. For now, enjoy both sets of images, official and leaked.