The first Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon was launched way back in 1979, it was initially derived from a military vehicle made for the civilian market. Ever since the G-Wagon has been the pinnacle of luxury, size, and class. Very few other luxury SUVs could compete with the aesthetics that the G-Wagon offers, yet SUVs such as the Range Rover Sport and the Lamborghini Urus are key contenders.
The current generation G-Wagon was launched back in 2018 and replaced the 40-year-old behemoth. Though the iconic retro-styled rugged look was in need of an update and modernisation. As such the facelifted 2023 model was spotted on the street of Cape Town, South Africa. The facelifted spy shots still show the rugged, sturdy look yet with some modern touches such as the headlights, mirrors, and newer air intakes on the bumper.
The new facelifted G-Wagon is expected to be launched in early 2023 and will be competing with the likes of the Bentley Bentayga, Aston Martin DBX, Audi RS Q8 and, of course, Range Rover. Though I doubt it’ll be a concern for Mercedes since they sold over 40,000 G-Wagons in 2021 alone. We can also expect Mercedes’ launch of the first-ever G-Class called the EQG which is coming sometime in 2024.
In addition to the facelift upgrades, it is also expected that the interior of the G-Wagon will finally get the latest Mercedes MBUX infotainment system since the G-Class is the only current model without it. At present, it is unknown what other changes or modifications Mercedes will do to the updated G-Wagon but we know the engines available for it will be a 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel the 400d, the almighty G63 AMG with its mighty V8 outputting 577 bhp, and possibly offer a 48-volt mild hybrid 4.0 V8. Either way, we know it’ll be quite the machine, as all G-Wagons are.
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