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Lightly disguised Mercedes-Benz G-class prepping for Frankfurt debut


Pictured on numerous occasions undergoing testing ahead of its reported unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, a more lightly disguised version of Mercedes-Benz's updated G-class has been spotted near the company's Stuttgart headquarters.

While still retaining the familiar G-class silhouette, and even the W463 internal designation, the extensively revised version of the three-pointed star's iconic military-derived off-roader will reportedly shave a massive 400 kg from the current model, and, as portrayed, a wider track resulting in more interior space.

As well as a change from the current three-link suspension to a four-link setup, the new G will dispense with the outdated re-circulating ball steering in favour of an electric-power steering system, and feature an interior similar to that of the current E-class complete with the latest driver assistance systems.

Underneath the bonnet, the G will join the recently unveiled facelifted S-class in making use of Mercedes-Benz's new range of straight-six turbo-petrol and turbodiesel engines, while the petrol fuelled G500 will drop the 5.5-litre bi-turbo V8 for same 4.0-litre V8 used in the G5002.

The flagship G65 will however keep its 6.0-litre bi-turbo V12 with Mercedes-Benz also expected to retire the 7G-Tronic for its 9G-Tronic 'box. As before though, and keeping with the G's go-anywhere ability, the rigid front axle and three locking differentials will be carried over.


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