Mercedes-Benz Contemplating A-class–Based Mini G-Wagen
Instead of changing the looks of the iconic G-Wagen and modernizing it for today’s world, Mercedes is going to launch the GLG, a mini G-Wagen that is set to take the crossover market by storm. Size-wise, the car will be similar to the upcoming Land Rover Defender, but styling will be heavily inspired by the G-Class.
The small SUV will most likely take the characteristic features of the G class, except with a range of smaller engines, whereas later an AMG model might look some 350 Hp of power. If it makes it to the production it will sit on the MFA platform seen on the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The project has been internally nick-named “mini-G” and will complement the GLA crossover, but as more powerful alternative. The ‘mini-G’ will be featuring taller, more upright stance, and visual links to the original G-wagen. Certain reports also indicate that Mercedes might also include a front-wheel drive version of GLG, which makes sense as Land Rover is also working on a similar strategy.
4Matic versions will still be offered and will be able to transfer the torque through an electronically controlled Haldex clutch, instead of the three separate differential locks of the G-Class. Under the hood, the engine line-up will be mainly identical to the A and B-class motors. Petrol engine comes in the form of a 1.6-litre with 122bhp, or a 2.0-litre with either 156bhp or 211bhp. Meanwhile, there are four diesels to be offered: a 1.8-litre/109bhp and a 2.1-litre in differing states of tune good for 136bhp, 170bhp, or 204bhp. For enhanced performance, the range will be topped by a 350bhp GLG45 AMG fitted with stronger brakes, a seven-speed automatic gearbox, quicker steering and a re-engineered front axle.
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