The next-generation Mercedes-Benz G-Class goes primetime at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Intel so far points to four inches of additional width and a wider track, some extra length, electromechanical steering, independent front suspension, a new instrument panel and infotainment controls, and nearly a quarter-ton weight loss. As for the exterior packaging, here’s your spoiler alert: Don’t expect a design revolution, expect a smoother cinder block.
While we look forward to Detroit, Mercedes would have us look back through the history of the G-Class. A Mercedes microsite specifically invites us on a multimedia hit-list of nine of the top 10 moments in Gelandewagen history. Among those moments you’ll find the 1979 original, whooping its way through all-terrain obstacles. There are the 1980 Popemobile and 1983 Paris-Dakar winner. There’s the first AMG G55 from 1999 and its distant kin, the 2013 6×6. Read more