2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Update — Essential Improvements with Traditional Style
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class will be updated. The update will be elaborate and thought-out, but the appearance of the Daimler’s classic won’t diverge from the iconic style. One of the most important improvements will be the new aluminum frame which will shed the weight. The 2016 G-Class SUV will also be a bit wider. Not much, but every single change of the SUV’s body is important, since all the previous models were very conservative when it comes to redesign. Having in mind that the new G-Class has a reputation to keep, the automaker decided to offer a number of engine options. Currently we’re sure about two powerful V8 twin-turbo engines. According to some rumors, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class might even get a plug-in hybrid version. As for the interior, the SUV will come with completely redesigned dashboard. While the outer changes will be noticeable, but applied with care in order to keep the traditional appearance, the interior is expected to be radically improved. Don’t expect a futuristic dream, but every change within the cabin of the 2016 G-Class will be welcome. Although the exact release date isn’t known at the moment, the estimates are that the first 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class will be available sometime next year. There are also some rumors which claim that we have to wait for 2017 in order to see the first units.
2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Body Changes
The appearance is what made the G-Class so recognizable and beloved. If they would have enough courage to redesign it following the modern day fashion, this would probably be the end of the G-Class. Instead, they keep the legend alive by just mild refreshments of its exterior. The exterior of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class will suffer some changes. Its front fascia will be different, but the improvements will be made to improve its aerodynamics. Those changes and the weight reduction will probably result in better fuel economy. Certainly, the SUV will have better performance, too. The G-Class’ body will be wider than before, as we already mentioned. The change won’t be dramatic, since the width will be increased in approximately four inches, but the impact of this shift will be noticeable. The SUV’s aluminum frame will, reportedly, save around 825 pounds. That’s a remarkable accomplishment. As far as we know, the roof will be lower than before.
Interior and Technology Improvements
As we said, the interior will be redesigned. The automaker decided to go with a completely redesigned dashboard which is expected to be modernized, but to retain the overall style. However, the SUV will get a new wheel, a touchscreen, a head-up display and some other changes. The 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class will be loaded with high-end technology. It will have the latest COMAND infotainment system and various driver assistance and safety systems, like the Distronic Plus radar.
2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Engine Options
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class will have two known engine options, as we already said. It will have a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine which delivers 460 horsepower. The AMG version – called the 2016 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG – will be powered by a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 engine which is going to deliver amazing 570 horsepower. According to some reports, this engine’s fuel economy will be radically improved. Although there are some speculations about a possibility that they install a plug-in hybrid powertrain inside the 2016 G-Class, we don’t have any reliable information about this option. There’s no doubt that it would have a great effect on the G-Class’ sales, since a hybrid option will really expand the range. It’s been speculated that some new engines will also be offered. Reportedly, the new 3.0-liter inline-six gasoline and diesel engines will be used as options, too. Of course, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class will come with three locking differentials. As for the handling and performance, the SUV’s wider track and improved suspension will help with those. The 2016 G-Class might come with surprisingly improved handling on every surface.
When Can 2016 G-Class Be Expected?
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is expected to be released sometime during next year. However, there are some reports which claim that the updated version won’t be available until 2017. The price of the 2016 G-Class shouldn’t be significantly different from the price of the current version, but a slight increase is expected.