While the Mercedes-Benz CLA Concept headlined the brand’s presence at IAA Mobility this year, Mercedes-Benz has something interesting in the works for fans of the famous G-Wagon. The company is apparently working on a “Little G” which is a smaller version of the G-Class, as confirmed by the company CEO, Ola Kallenius.
Speaking to CNBC in an interview, the Mercedes-Benz CEO said, “So kind of the daughter or son of the big G is also going to come to G fans around the world in a few years from now,” essentially confirming the arrival of the smaller G-Class, affectionately known as the “Little G” for the time being.
We’re not quite sure if that name will be officially used for the model as it has been used for a Suzuki Jimny-based knock-off that some of us may know of. While it may share the same moniker, the “Little G” will have absolutely nothing to do with the Suzuki-based replica. If the teaser by Mercedes-Benz is anything to go by, it seems the “Little G” is also called the G-Class, albeit with a lowercase “g”.
Mercedes-Benz has not set a definitive date for the debut of the little G, but it will likely become a reality a few years from now. As the Mercedes-Benz CEO puts it, “If you’re waiting for something good it will be worth the wait”.
While its smaller sibling is a work in progress for the time being, over 500,000 units of the G-Class have been produced to date. Its 500,000th unit rolled of the production line this year. Mercedes-Benz put an end to the V8-powered G-Class earlier in June this year, and come next year, an all-electric version of the G-Class will become a reality.
The original G-Class will get an electric version known as the EQG, but will still maintain other powertrain options (except for the V8). The Mercedes-Benz Little G would most likely mirror the powertrain choices of its larger sibling.