A baby G-Wagon is apparently on the way, and we can expect to see it as early as 2026.
The vehicle is so popular auto manufacturers like Suzuki have even copied its design DNA and walked away with a car that can be considered a runaway success.
The current Suzuki Jimny, which basically looks like a shrunken G-Wagon, proves that a smaller G-Class can work. So what can Mercedes do to capitalise on this apparent want? Well, according to a report from the German newspaper Handelsblatt, apparently Mercedes wants to launch a baby G.
According to the report, Mercedes’ CEO Ola Källenius is the leading man behind the idea for a smaller G-Wagon, and apparently, we could see it being introduced as early as 2026.
It won’t share or be mechanically related to its bigger brother, but instead, the baby G will be built on Mercedes’ upcoming MMA architecture, which will be the basis for the next-generation GLA and GLB.
Of course, the baby G will not be able to match the G-Wagon’s off-road capabilities as the MMA architecture means it’ll be a unibody crossover, but it’s been a while anyway since we’ve seen anyone take their expensive Gelandewagen off-road.
The newspaper mentions that the new baby G will be the same length as its bigger brother, but it would have a lowered ride height, which means less ground clearance. Mercedes will probably equip the baby G with a version of its 4Matic all-wheel drive system, which means it can probably tackle some rough stuff.
On a side note, the interesting thing about Mercedes’ upcoming MMA architecture is that it’ll be an EV-first platform but not exclusive to electric drivetrains. This will be Mercedes’ first platform to have compromised ICE capabilities. So the assumption is that the baby G will probably be offered in EV and ICE versions, along with a PHEV sandwiched somewhere in between.