There are some luxury vehicles that command a generous fan following despite lacking on some key areas. The Mercedes–Benz G-Class is one such example. It is developed on a platform that can now be called rather antiquated. However, it is still a prime contender in luxury SUV segment. The SUV scores owing to factors like it’s luxuriously appointed cabin, strong turbocharged engines, go-anywhere capability and robust build quality. It has a legacy spanning over nearly 3 decades. It is known in many areas as the G Wagen-a luxury cross-country vehicle. It was originally conceived as a military class vehicle. The 2017 Mercedes–Benz G-Class does come with some changes inside and outside.
2017 Mercedes G-Class – Exterior Body Styles and Interior Changes
The exterior changes in the 2017 Mercedes G-Class are not drastic. The luxury SUV still has the unmistakably boxy build. However, the upcoming model is going to be really lightweight, as per the sources. It is likely to be 200 kg lighter from the existing version. Using aluminum is what makes it lighter and the width is going to increase by a margin. The front and rear bumpers of the 2017 G-Class have been revamped. Its 18 inch alloy wheels are new as well. The bumpers are designed in such a way that air intake to the engine will be enhanced. The Mercedes G-Class 2017 will now be sold in exciting new hues like alien green, sunset beam, solar beam, tomato red and galactic beam along with existing colors. The automatic wipers make driving easier and dual side-mounted exhausts ooze class. The galvanized steel body, as the company says, is hand welded and attention to aesthetics is remarkable.
As far as the interior is concerned, the 2017 Mercedes G-Class is not going to disappoint the buyers. You get a spacious cabin. The design ideas are taken mostly from the company’s famous C series lineup. The upholstery used inside is nothing less than fabulous. You can opt for enhanced upholstery though. The amenities inside the cabin include dual-zone automatic climate control, 7” touch screen display, 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound setup, Bluetooth, SD card reader, HD radio, navigation system. The front seats are ventilated. You also get access to COMMAND electronics interface. Rear seat entertainment options have been included as well. The seats of the 2017 Mercedes G-Class are very comfortable and large enough for tall passengers. When it comes to safety features and in-car infotainment, a SUV with such impressive German lineage will not disappoint. You get rear and front parking sensors as standard features. There is a rearview camera and adaptive cruise control as well. Additionally, you get blind-spot monitoring system and air bags. The geeks can make use of the Mercedes-Benz Mbrace connect app to control car features from their smartphones. Those buying the G63 variant get upgraded leather upholstery, automatic stop-start, 20” wheels, sport steering wheel. Those buying the upper end G65 get diamond-stitched door upholstery with turbocharged V12 engine.
2017 Mercedes G-Class – Modification under the Hood
The 2017 Mercedes G-Class will be offered in three engine choices one V8 and two V12 types. There will most likely be diesel and petrol variants of engines. The petrol version will have an output of 360 hp while the diesel version will generate 300 HP. The engines will be fitted with a 7 speed transmission unit. This is likely to enhance the mileage of the SUV. The base model is expected to reach 60 mph from zero within 8.5 seconds. The G550 will be equipped with a beefy twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 unit that makes 416 hp. The AMG G63 will have a powerful 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 generating 536 hp. This variant can reach 0-60 mph in just 5.3 second- which is pretty impressive. However, even after the refinements the 2017 Mercedes G-Class guzzles lots of fuel. All models have permanent AWD technology and the company’s4-wheel Electronic Traction System is excellent.
2017 Mercedes G-Class – Price and Expected Release Date
The pricing of the base version of the 2017 Mercedes G-Class can set you back by a whopping $119,900 while the G-Class AMG G63 costs approx $139,900. It is expected to be available sometimes in middle of 2017. The 2017 Mercedes G-Class carries on its super luxury SUV linage. The changes in design while not drastic, are commendable. Making the car lightweight is a practical move by the company. The interior of 2017 Mercedes G-Class is as luxurious as you expect and upgrading to higher trims only heightens up the luxury quotient. In safety, it is a mixed bag. You get desired safety features while cutting edge ones are missing yet. The engines in all variants are capable performers and you can confidently drive it on all types of terrains literally. Utility is where the luxury SUV loses out. It still has abysmal fuel economy, less interior storage options, and technological marvels. The rivals like the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover get an edge in those segments.