According to Autoevolution.com, the camouflaged vehicle you see here is the 2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class long-wheelbase, but we know it’s not. The German carmaker could introduce the LWB variant it the coming years, yet this particular model is something completely different. Our reliable source claims that this is actually a testing mule of the upcoming 2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class pickup truck.
While the three-quarter of the camouflaged vehicle looks pretty much the same as all other prototypes, the rear end gets this boxy hatch. However, the ugly box is just a temporary measure, because the automaker tries to hide that this is the 2018 G-Class pickup truck. Mercedes’ future 4×4 off-road truck sports some unique details like the widened track and extended wheel arches, but basically the styling will be pretty much identical to the new generation G-Class SUV.
Both the future G-Wagen SUV and pickup truck will get the identical features inside. The pickup will get the same steering wheel and Mercedes’ latest infotainment system that’s integrated into the dash. Of course, you can expect leather upholstery, real wood, and some aluminum inserts for more premium feel.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen pickup truck will also share the platform with the G-Class SUV. There is not too much information about it, yet the latest reports indicate it will shed at least 400 pounds from the SUV. This means that the upcoming truck may be lightweight as well.
Powertrain wise, the truck will offer gasoline and diesel options. The only oil-burner will be a turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel that produces 252 hp and 457lb ft. On the other hand, the gasoline model will come with a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo engine, which is capable of delivering 510 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of twist. Of course, the topping model will definitely use an amazing turbocharged 6.0-litre V12.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class pickup truck will be introduced together with the SUV at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. However, the sale won’t start before early 2018.