Production of the current Mercedes-Benz G-Class is set to cease in early 2024 but fear not as a facelifted model is just around the corner.
An internal letter within Mercedes-Benz from September 14 and published by Business Insider Germany states that production of the current G-Class will end in the first quarter of 2024 but fails to specify a date. Nevertheless, this will mark the end of an era as the upcoming facelifted G-Class will be the first iteration that is electrified. Not only that but the facelifted G-Class will also spawn the all-electric EQG.
The current-generation Mercedes-Benz G-Class was first unveiled in early 2018 and is currently built at Magna Steyr’s production facility in Graz, Austria. It benefited from a series of improvements over its predecessor, including the implementation of a variable-ratio rack-and-pinion steering system as opposed to the old model’s recirculating ball steering system. It also comes loaded with many more active and passive safety systems.
The facelifted G-Class will look quite similar to the current model but Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that it will have greatly improved aerodynamics, a change it was forced to make to boost the range of the EQG.
Found up the front of the updated G-Class will be the 4×4’s familiar upright grille and circular LED headlights and DRLs. All new G-Class variants (except the EQG) are expected to have vertical grille slats and some of the surfaces will be slightly smoother.
“When you really go into the details of the car, we have changed things,” the boss of the G-Class business unit Dr. Emerich Schiller told Autocar recently. “Most customers won’t see it, even if they stand in front of the car, but the change in some cases had a really dramatic improvement to the aerodynamics. We really improved the aerodynamics without changing the shape, and what we’ve learned with the electric version we will put to the combustion engine car. So when the facelift comes next year, the cars will have most of the aerodynamic improvements as well, with a tremendous reduction in fuel consumption.”
Source : CarScoops