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2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class prototypes spotted (video)

A pair of prototype 2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class vehicles have been spotted testing, confirming Daimler’s decision to keep the G-Class alive despite rising regulatory pressure.

2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class prototype

This is the best footage we’ve seen of the next-generation G-Class during its development. The prototypes in the video seem to confirm a minor design change, that could see around 10cm of width added to the G-Class’s body.

The next-generation G-Class is set to ride on an all-new platform that could see weight reduction of up to 400kg. The weight-shedding is more than likely a necessary change to help the heavy-duty off-roader meet increasingly stringent European emissions laws, which make the current-generation G-Class seem primitive.

As for powertrains, the current crop is likely to remain in place albeit with some possible minor revisions. These span from the torquey G 350d turbo-diesel, to the relatively new G 500 with Merc’s recent 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 making its way under the chunky bonnet. In Australia the G-Class is only available in 350d and G 63 AMG forms, although the company is set to introduce the G 300 commercial vehicle next year.

2017 Mercedes-Benz lineup roadmapJudging by this spy footage though Mercedes has no intention to remove the G-Class from its product lineup. In terms of a timeline, Mercedes unveiled a product map for the years 2016-17 which made no mention of the G-Class, so don’t expect it to hit the road before the year 2018. Check out the video below for a preview.

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.