News

Report: Mercedes-Benz “Baby G-Class” Based On New Chassis

JC1 Also Slated For Next A-, B-, CLA-Classes.

Autocar reports that the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLG-Class – also known as the “baby G-Class” – will be based on a new small-car chassis called JC1. Able to accommodate two different wheelbases, various track widths, and both front- and four-wheel drive, the new platform is a joint project between Mercedes parent Daimler and corporate partner Renault-Nissan.

As we reported last year, the Mercedes GLG-Class is a subcompact model that slots below the existing GLK-Class in Mercedes’ crossover lineup. Autocar reports that the project is known internally as City-G. The JC1 platform engineered for the GLG-Class could also be used for the forthcoming BMW X1-sized GLA-Class, as well as the next generations of the B-Class, A-Class, and even the CLA-Class four-door coupe. JC1 is loosely related to Mercedes’ current MFA architecture which is used for the present versions of those cars.

Sized like the Volkswagen Polo, the Mercedes GLG-Class will adopt the butch, upright, and narrow appearance of the G-Class off-roader. As shown in the above rendering, it will look a lot like the big Geländewagen despite being built on such a small chassis. Actual off-road ability will be limited, as we expect the GLG to use road-oriented all-season tires, a simple Haldex all-wheel-drive system, and brake-based traction controls instead of locking differentials. In fact, many models will likely be sold with front-wheel-drive.

Autocar suggests the Mercedes GLG-Class will be offered with a range of small four-cylinder gasoline and turbodiesel engines that will be co-developed by Mercedes and Renault-Nissan. Expect the car to debut by the end of 2015 and reach showrooms by 2016.

Rendering courtesy AUTOBILD/LARSEN.

Source: Autocar

Comments
We’ve Temporarily Removed Comments

As part of our ongoing efforts to make AutomobileMag.com better, faster, and easier for you to use, we’ve temporarily removed comments as well as the ability to comment. We’re testing and reviewing options to possibly bring comments back. As always, thanks for reading AutomobileMag.com.