Mercedes-Benz Reportedly Working on A-Class Based Mini G-Wagen
New Model Would Bring Rugged Styling to the Masses
Despite styling that dates back to the late 1970s, and had barely changed since, the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen has plenty of fans. Although the G-Wagen has changed little on the outside, Mercedes has kept its brick-like SUV fresh with powertrain and interior trim and technology updates that mirror those of the rest of its lineup. Due to its six-figure pricetag, however, most admirers of the G-Class can only admire it from afar. But according to a report from Automobile magazine, Mercedes is looking to bring G-Wagen-like styling to a smaller, more affordable model.
Automobile is reporting that an SUV model slotting below the GLK could make its way over, utilizing the A-Class' transverse platform. The 'GLG', as it's believed the new model would be called, would have angular styling characteristic of the G-Class. Although the G-Class has three locking differentials, a low range, and front and rear solid axles, the GLG would have an all-wheel-drive system with electronic traction and stability aids to give it some level of off-road ability.
Also unlike the fullsize G, which comes exclusively with V-8 powerplants in the U.S. the GLG would likely have an all four-cylinder engine lineup, like the A-Class. For more information on the rumored baby Benz ute, and conceptual renderings of its possible design, click over to Automobile for all the details.