A baby Mercedes G-Class is on the way!Berita Kereta
A baby G-Wagon is apparently on the way, and we can expect to see it as early as 2026.
Mercedes' G-Class, also known as the G-Wagon, is one of the most iconic cars ever made. It has been in production since 1979 and has become popular for those looking for a rugged yet stylish vehicle.
The vehicle is so popular auto manufacturers like Suzuki have even copied its design DNA and walked away with a car that can be considered a runaway success.
The current Suzuki Jimny, which basically looks like a shrunken G-Wagon, proves that a smaller G-Class can work. So what can Mercedes do to capitalise on this apparent want? Well, according to a report from the German newspaper Handelsblatt, apparently Mercedes wants to launch a baby G.
According to the report, Mercedes' CEO Ola Källenius is the leading man behind the idea for a smaller G-Wagon, and apparently, we could see it being introduced as early as 2026.
It won't share or be mechanically related to its bigger brother, but instead, the baby G will be built on Mercedes' upcoming MMA architecture, which will be the basis for the next-generation GLA and GLB.
Of course, the baby G will not be able to match the G-Wagon's off-road capabilities as the MMA architecture means it'll be a unibody crossover, but it's been a while anyway since we've seen anyone take their expensive Gelandewagen off-road.
The newspaper mentions that the new baby G will be the same length as its bigger brother, but it would have a lowered ride height, which means less ground clearance. Mercedes will probably equip the baby G with a version of its 4Matic all-wheel drive system, which means it can probably tackle some rough stuff.
On a side note, the interesting thing about Mercedes' upcoming MMA architecture is that it'll be an EV-first platform but not exclusive to electric drivetrains. This will be Mercedes' first platform to have compromised ICE capabilities. So the assumption is that the baby G will probably be offered in EV and ICE versions, along with a PHEV sandwiched somewhere in between.