Latest sighting shows revamped look of wide-track G-Class; will get new V8 engine model, with E-Class six-pot diesel likely to be added

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class has been spotted testing again, but this time it has the 'Panamericana' grille of its AMG counterparts. 

Spotted testing in hot AMG G63 or G65 guise, the G-Class's styling will be moved more into line with its AMG-badged stablemates, where before a simpler grille was used. The Panamericana grille is also seen on most other hot Mercedes models, with vertical slats finished in chrome unifying the range, all the way up to the AMG GT R. Side-exit exhausts carried over from the current-generation car mark it out as the AMG variant. 

The overhauled rugged SUV can be seen with new LED lighting at both the front and rear. Projector units are also seen through the headlight lenses, while the taillights have new round-shaped red lights. Few other changes have been made to the car's exterior, which has remained largely the same since the 1979 original.

Like all previous generations of the G-Class - aka G-Wagen - the future model will feature the same basic retro body mounted on a frame chassis with a live rear axle. But the new car will sit on a wider track, as illustrated by the more flared wheel arches, improving cabin space.

Mercedes will equip the future model's interior with its latest infotainment system and trim - evidence for which came with a sighting of new door cards fitted to an earlier development car, shown in the gallery.

The 2018 G-Class will gain Mercedes' latest twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine, first introduced by the Mercedes-AMG GT. The 'hot vee' unit is expected to replace the 5.5-litre engine of the current V8 model, offering improved performance and efficiency.

Above this, the new model will retain its range-topping turbocharged 6.0-litre V12, but lower down the range, the G 350 d will almost certainly trade its diesel V6 unit for Mercedes' cleaner and more potent straight-six alternative, which will be shared with the upcoming S-Class facelift.

The S-Class' engine is expected to produce 254bhp and 457lb ft, which is 12bhp and 14lb ft more than the G-Class’s current diesel unit. It also conforms to the latest Euro 6 emissions standards.

The updated G-Class looks set to make its world debut later later this year, possibly at the LA motor show in September, before going on sale in 2018.

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14 July 2016
....and still it rolls on!
The best 4x4 by far, beautifully built and over-engineered.
With its triple diff locks knocks everything else into a cocked hat.
Expensive....yes, but if I could afford another one (previously had company car G's), I would buy it in a heartbeat. And run it for 20 years.

14 July 2016
What is easier than being a designer for the Porsche 911? Being a designer for the G-wagen of course!

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15 July 2016
:)
Or for the past 20 odd years (until the end of the line), the Defender designer!

27 July 2016
I've always loved the G-wagen, sorry 'G-Class' if you must. Less a fan of its increasingly blingy chaviness in recent years.

27 July 2016
If Mercedes can do this with the G-Wagen, why can't Land Rover do something similar with the Defender? I know, the Defender is objectively awful, but it is very endearingly awful. All Land Rover would have to do for it to be a sales success is make it safe. This may require a fairly hefty investment, but surely there is a market? It would be a heritage brand hero.

12 December 2016
So you'd like for JLR to change a vehicle that has been a mainstay for agriculture,fire services, police, utilities and with a thousand and one other uses into a blinged up vehicle for wealthy posers? Forty years ago the G-Wagen was a serious 4x4 for serious use and now it's morphed into this and bought by customers who never use it's awesome capabilities.

12 December 2016
So you'd like for JLR to change a vehicle that has been a mainstay for agriculture,fire services, police, utilities and with a thousand and one other uses into a blinged up vehicle for wealthy posers? Forty years ago the G-Wagen was a serious 4x4 for serious use and now it's morphed into this and bought by customers who never use it's awesome capabilities.

12 December 2016
Take it or leave it, this design is one of a kind.

12 December 2016
Take it or leave it, this design is one of a kind.

12 December 2016
Take it or leave it, this design is one of a kind.

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