Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that it is indeed developing a baby G-Class it lovingly refers to as the ‘Little G.’ Confirmation of the model came at the unveiling of the CLA Concept at the Munich Motor Show where the German brand showed a small teaser image of the new off-roader.
While limited details are known about the new model at this early stage, Mercedes chief executive Ola Källenius said that it will arrive in a “few years” while speaking with CNBC, but added that the company has not yet set a definitive date for when it will launch the model.
“We have something in store for G fans around the world. Actually, tonight we are going to announce that there will be a ‘Little G.’ So, the daughter or son of the ‘Big G’ is also going to come to G fans around the world in a few years from now,” Kallenius said.
A teaser shared online by Auto Express shows the outline of the new model, confirming that it will have a similarly boxy shape to the regular G-Class but be smaller. It will also be referred to as the g-Class rather than the G-Class, reflecting its smaller size.
Rumors about the baby G-Class re-emerged earlier this year after a German publication asserted that such a model was being readied for a launch in 2026. Sources assert that it will ride on the company’s upcoming MMA platform and it has even been speculated that it could be sold solely as an EV with an 800-volt electrical architecture. It seems unlikely that it will be as small as say a Suzuki Jimny and may instead be closer in size to a Jeep Wrangler. It isn’t known whether it will be a two-door or a four-door.