Here's what Mercedes' 2019 G-Class and 2019 GLE SUVs will probably look like
Both models will adopt a cautious, evolutionary approach to styling
Mercedes-Benz has little room for experimenting with the design of its next-generation G-Class — after all, the G-Wagen is the brand's oldest and most iconic SUV and needs to stay that way.
2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class: still boxy, but wider and more modern
That's why all spy shots of the upcoming W464-gen G-Class we've seen so far reveal a very familiar silhouette even the heavy camouflage can't hide. To help you visualize how little the 2019 G-Class will differ from the current model, our in-house artist has come up with the rendering you see above.
Yes, we know it looks just like the current G-Wagen, but there are some subtle differences, such as the new LED headlights, refreshed bumpers, and broader body — the latter contributing to more interior space and better stability in corners.
However, most of the changes will take place beneath the boxy bodywork, with Mercedes-Benz reportedly planning to give its off-roader an independent suspension at the front and electro-mechanical steering. While the former will improve the G's on-road behavior, the latter is necessary to equip it with modern assistance systems that aren't available on the current model.
Other good news involves a weight diet made possible by the extensive use of lightweight materials, with the result being improved performance and better fuel economy. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is also expected to gain the company's latest generation of straight-six engines, including a 313-hp 3.0-liter diesel and a 408-hp 3.0-liter gasoline unit, both with mild hybrid systems. The 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission will also be added to the mix.
Top-dog Mercedes-AMG G63 and G65 models will likely get the Panamericana grille, as well as a fully-digital dashboard (that may be optional for all versions). The new G-Class is expected to debut sometime next year.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE: the first all-new GLE will adopt E-Class underpinnings
2018 will also bring an all-new Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV. While the current one is just a facelifted and renamed M-Class, the upcoming GLE will be an all-new model built on the MRA platform that also underpins the E-Class.
The new architecture will help the GLE shed weight as well as grant access to the latest inline six-cylinder diesel and gasoline engines with mild hybrid systems.
As for styling, expect the upcoming GLE to look like a bigger GLC, with a significant difference — the body-colored C-pillar which is an M-Class/GLE staple design cue. As our artist's rendering shows, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE will have a more rounded shape. It's also expected to feature a slightly larger footprint and a dashboard with elements from the E-Class.
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