Posted on: Oct 19, 2012
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Mercedes Planning Baby GLG SUV

A smaller version of the G-Wagen could arrive in 2015 to rival the Land Rover Defender’s replacement.
Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche recently revealed that Mercedes was working to prepare ten all-new models by 2020, and it appears that a small G-Class is under consideration to fill one of those spots. Internally nicknamed the Mini-G and likely to be called the GLG, the new SUV is set to share its platform with the A-Class and the upcoming GLA crossover. With beefier styling and a more off-road orientation, the GLG would be set to battle the upcoming Land Rover Defender replacement due a few years from now.

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According to Car magazine, the GLG will boast hints of the original G-wagen's boxy styling, such as a boxed-off taillights and an external spare wheel mounted at the back, but with decidedly superior aerodynamics. Mercedes is considering introducing front-wheel drive for the base models to mimic Land Rover's strategy, while 4Matic all-wheel-drive versions will also be an option. Engines would be borrowed from the A- and B-Class models, with 1.6- and 2.0-liter gasoline engines and four diesels including a 204-horsepower 2.1-liter engine. A 350-hp GLG45 AMG is also said to be in the mix. If Daimler signs off on the project, expect it to arrive in 2015.


by Adam Lynton
Mercedes Planning Baby GLG SUV

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