First update for the second generation of SUV icons

The original Mercedes-Benz G-Class has been stuck for four decades and has been given multiple updates over the years to keep it fresh. We’re not sure how long Mercedes plans to keep the current G-Class on the shelf before redesigning it, but it looks like the automaker will at least give the car periodic updates in a fashion similar to its predecessor.

In recent months experiments have been seen in disguised prototypes for an updated G-Class. We can spot the modified fascia on the front and back, and we are told that the dash is covered, which also suggests some changes inside. A key update inside should be the addition of Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system, featuring each current Mercedes Bar G-Class.

It is not clear what changes are planned under the hood, if any. The G-Class is currently available in the US in G550 and AMG G63 grades, both fitted with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8. It is possible that some kind of electrification has been added, such as a light-hybrid system in the G550 or perhaps a plug-in hybrid setup in the G63. Prototypes of the updated G63 are also being tested.

Perhaps the light-hybrid system comes first. Already offered in some other Mercedes models of the 4.0-liter V-8 game, the system has an electric motor capable of adding a temporary boost of 21 hp and 184 lb-ft. A battery-electric powertrain is planned for the G-Class, although it will not arrive until 2024.

The second generation G-Class has arrived in 2018 as the 2019 model. We are currently hoping to launch the updated version as the 2023 model later this year. Mercedes is testing a high-riding 4×4 Square option for the second-generation G-Class, which we see introduced with this update.

Stay tuned for updates as development continues.

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