The new Mercedes G-Class: will it really look like this?
June 12, 2014
If you had to pick a car that captured the essence of the UAE, it would be the Mercedes G-Class every time.
Not only is the G wagon hugely popular with both UAE nationals and expats alike, but the ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, drives one. Rumour has it he actually bought every AMG model when they came out.
So when the new G-Class goes on sale in 2017, we expect it to be the hottest new car on the roads. Surely Mercedes could not do anything to make the people of the Gulf fall out of love with it?
Well, it would be a tough ask for a car that can seemingly can do no wrong in Middle Eastern eyes, but the German manufacturer may well succeed in making the ugliest G-Class yet.
Renderings of the all-new model were released recently and it looks, well, decidedly un-G-Class to say the least.
The classic squared-off design that has served the illustrious model so well since it was first released all the way back in 1979 is gone, and has been replaced with a more flowing look, taking its cues from the Ener-G-Force Concept.
The upcoming model looks set to use aluminium extensively, which will reduce the weight compared to the current model by up to 225kg.
It should also feature a completely new engine and transmission, as well as a raft of next-generation features. But will it be enough for people to forgive the exterior design change?
Check out our gallery of the Mercedes Ener G-Force Concept that will inform the design of the new G-Class. Will it be a success? We're not so sure.
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