Historically, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class have been on of the best vehicles for overlanding. If you need proof, take a look at Otto’s Journey, where Gunther Holtorf drove his Mercedes 300 GD through 215 countries, regions, and territories. He covered 900,000 kilometres in the same G-Wagen over 26 years.

But it remains to be seen if the next germination G-Class, introduced at the Detroit Motor Show yesterday, will follow it’s heritage or become more of shopping mall SUV for the rich.

In the press release, Mercedes states:

“The new G-Class is setting the bar higher still in all relevant areas – in terms of performance both on and off the road as well as with regard to comfort and telematics. Our ‘longest-serving’ model series is therefore ideally equipped to continue its success story. In short, the new ‘G’ is still a ‘G’, only better,” stresses Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

Working on the development of the new G-Class was extremely challenging for the team. “Enhancing an icon such as the G‑Class in technological terms was both a challenge and an opportunity at the same time. Each part and every bolt came under close scrutiny,” explains Dr Gunnar Güthenke, Head of the Off-Road Product Group at Mercedes-Benz. “With the body, our main focus was on increasing the vehicle rigidity and the connections between the suspension and drivetrain with the ladder-type frame.”

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