Automaker plans “small” offshoot of the G-Class
The angular off-road vehicle is completely sold out in Germany. CEO Ola Källenius now wants to expand the business with a compact version – even against resistance.
Vienna The luxury strategy of Mercedes-Benz leads to major changes in the brand’s model portfolio. Many well-known series will be discontinued in the coming years. These include, for example, the A-Class and B-Class, the CLS and several convertibles.
At the same time, the Stuttgart-based carmaker is developing entirely new vehicle types, such as a mix of SUV and sedan specifically for Chinese customers. Perhaps the most daring new product in the coming years is likely to be a compact car that is said to have strong visual similarities to the G-Class.
Specifically, Mercedes wants to bring a kind of “mini-G” onto the market around 2026, the Handelsblatt learned from corporate circles. Where small is relative. The make should only be slightly shorter than the 4.8 meter long G-Class, but should also be significantly lower than the almost two meter high original.