Baby Mercedes G-Wagen Arrives in 2019, Designed to be Tough
Dinosaurs; every automaker has at least one – the car that debuted eons ago, and because of popularity or simply resilience, has never gone by the wayside. For Mercedes-Benz, it’s the hearty G-Wagen. But soon it’ll have a new little brother. According to CAR magazine, Daimler will begin production on a smaller G-Class SUV in late 2019, currently known as codename ‘X247’ and expected to bear the badge ‘GLB.’ Where the current Mercedes GLA is a smoother soft-road crossover, the highly anticipated GLB will likely pick up its adjectives from the G-Wagen...something along the lines of ‘tough’ and ‘rugged.’ PHOTOS: See how little the G-Wagen has changed in over 35 years
Once pegged for two separate wheelbases, the new GLB (Mercedes Ener-G-Force concept pictured above) will likely only ship in one configuration, a long-wheelbase seven-seat version. The GLB will be built atop Daimler’s next-generation MFA2 small-car platform, sharing its architecture with Mercedes’ A- and B-class offerings. As such it’ll pack front-wheel drive in the base model and 4Matic all-wheel drive in top-spec models.
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A bevy of three-cylinder and four-cylinder engines will provide power to those new wheels, with the three-pots hailing from Renault and Mercedes-Benz producing the turbo-fours. Though unconfirmed, a 204-horsepower 2.0-liter diesel, 272-horsepower 2.0-liter gasoline engine, and a high-flying 380 horsepower twin-turbo motor are expected to make the cut. Each will pair up to either a dual-clutch seven-speed or a nine-speed automatic gearbox.
Pricing will likely start at around $40,000, a step up in both cost, ability and size from the pint-sized GLA. Sounds enticing.
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