AT THE recently concluded Detroit Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz took the wraps off their brand new GClass. Certainly, staying true to the bare 70s design has its upside. The G-Class is the longest running model in the Mercedes lineup. For this new model, Mercedes has subtle new styling touches we bet you’ll have a hard time noticing. Though, the new model only shares three components with the outgoing model. Their main focus was on the interiors of the car. Plusher materials and more space have been promised. The G-Wagen, while still a body-on-frame construction with three differential locks, gets new independent front suspension for better ride quality on the road.
Meanwhile, AMG also displayed the new 53-series of the CLS and E-Class Coupe and Convertible. With this, they usher in a new era of a mild-hybrid inline six-cylinder petrol powertrain, versus the outgoing petrol V6 on the 43-series cars. While capacity stays the same at 3-litres, it features twin turbocharging via a conventional exhaust driven turbo and a 48V electric motor powered auxiliary compressor, which Mercedes calls EQ Boost. Power figures are 435bhp and 520Nm torque, with a momentary boost of 250Nm torque from the EQ Boost system. The 53-series is the AMG brand’s first ever production hybrid models.