TECH TUNE-UP

Con­cepts & fu­ture toys

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NEW G-CLASS WITH MORE OFF-ROAD GEE

Merc’s new­est model car­ry­ing the im­mor­tal ‘G’ badge is set to be even more im­pres­sive than the last. While it wears a new out­fit, and AMG mod­els get the per­for­mance-main­stay 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo pow­er­plant, there is more rea­son than ever for ‘hold my brewsky and watch this’ mo­ments. See, the cur­rent Gelän­dewa­gen is widely con­sid­ered to be one of the best stan­dard of­froad­ers that money can buy, partly at­trib­uted to three lock­ing-dif­fer­en­tials and an over­all can-do at­ti­tude. Now though, it is even bet­ter. Thanks to Merc ad­dress­ing some nitty-gritty me­chan­i­cal com­po­nents, it’s able to wade through wa­ter that’s 10 cen­time­tres deeper and stand on em­bank­ments that’s seven de­grees steeper than the for­mer 28-de­gree tilt-over-an­gle. While not many of these G-Wag­ons will likely ex­plore the busi­ness end of a donga, it sure is good to know that it can han­dle it­self when the oc­ca­sion arises.

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