The SUV lineup of the German luxury carmaker is already pretty impressive, but there is always room for something new. Therefore, it’s no wonder that we are hearing lots of rumors about the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLG, which would be more off-road-oriented compared to other crossovers in the lineup. Practically, this model should be a little bit of both worlds. On one side, it will take a lot of inspiration from the famous G Class. On the other, the base design will be based on a typical crossover layout, with most of the parts shared with models like GLE.
At this point, the new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLG is just a rumor. Despite that there are lots of reports, the company’s officials are still quiet about this model. Therefore, even though there is a lot of room for speculation, take the following paragraphs with a reserve. Allegedly, the new model could come already in the next year.
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLG Design
When it comes to base design characteristics, the first thing we should mention is that this will be a crossover. Despite the rugged and boxy look, this model won’t ride on a traditional body-on-frame platform. We count on the same approach as the company had with the GLB model, though the new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLG should be much more serious in terms of off-road performances. Practically, we expect that this model will be a direct rival to the Range Rover Sport, rather than models like BMW X5, which also rides on a unibody platform but features impressive off-road performances.
One of the things that come to mind is the suspension. We presume that the German manufacturer will offer adjustable air suspension. Furthermore, we count on a full load of off-road upgrades. Still, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLG won’t lose too much of GLE’s comfort, so the on-road drive quality should be at a high level as well. Practically, the thing we expect is a little bit less athleticism compared to the GLE model.
Of course, this will play an important role in the model’s sales results. Despite we are talking about a crossover, the new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLG will come with a rugged appearance. It will take a lot of inspiration from the legendary G Class, much more than the smaller GLB model. We count on a similar boxy shape, though the front end will come in a little bit modern manner. Also, count on a little bit longer wheelbase and body, as this SUV should be able to accommodate 7 or 8 passengers in the base variant.
As we’ve just mentioned, the new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLG should be a three-row SUV. Still, we can’t talk about the amount of space at the moment. Of course, the first and the second row will certainly be generous, but the third one probably won’t offer that much space. On the other side, the boxy shape will certainly be beneficial in terms of the cargo volume, so we count on some quite respectable numbers, higher compared to the GLE, at least.
When it comes to the dashboard design and overall quality, we expect a similar approach to the GLB. This means it probably won’t look as fancy as the GLE model, but rather more on the practicality side. Still, that doesn’t mean that the overall quality will suffer. We have no doubt that fit and finish will be at the highest level.
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLG Engines
When it comes to the powertrain, we have no doubt that the new model will use the company’s familiar units. Base versions will probably come with four cylinders only. Of course, we are talking about a new version of the familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 255 horsepower. Higher trim levels will come equipped with a six-cylinder unit, which is good for about 362 horsepower.
Those who are looking for some serious performances may count on a twin-turbo V8 as well, which features a max output of 483 horsepower. All three engines come coupled with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Eventually, we could see some AMG-badged models in the offer as well.
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLG Release Date and Price
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLG is just a rumor at the moment. However, most reports suggest this model could arrive already in the next year. Details about the price are still yet to come.