Mercedes Plans More Affordable Baby G-Class SUV to Rival Competition

Mercedes-Benz CEO Ola Källenius wants to produce a smaller and more affordable version of the G-Class SUV.

 CEO proposes

The smaller offshoot would have similar looks but a lower ride height and a shorter wheelbase.

Smaller offshoot

Internal sources suggest the SUV wouldn't simply look exactly like a G-Class but would wear similar styling.

Similar styling

The car will likely be built on Mercedes Modular Architecture (MMA), which is the same platform that the next CLA will have as its foundation.

Uses MMA platform

The baby G-Class will probably be a BEV with a range of over 300 miles and fast-charging capability thanks to the 800-volt system.

Baby G-Class BEV

If produced, the car could rival the likes of the Jeep Wrangler 4xe hybrid and the upcoming electric Ford Bronco.

Rivals competition

The project has yet to be confirmed by Mercedes-Benz.

Unconfirmed report

If produced and priced between $55k-$65k, the smaller offshoot could be competitive in the medium electrified SUV market.

Competitive pricing

The current G-Class is popular and hard to keep in dealerships, so some other directors at Mercedes-Benz may not want to try and fix something that isn't broken.

Popular status quo.