Interestingly, now that crossovers are doing so well, the carmakers aim to solidify the hype with a renewed focus on traditionally rugged (or, at least, rugged-looking) SUVs. In America, for example, has anyone noticed the continued success of the Jeep Wrangler, Toyota 4Runner, or the smashing popularity of the reinvented sixth-generation Ford Bronco?
Even Toyota jumped at the opportunity to double down (or even triple, if we also take into account the 2024 Lexus GX sibling) on the rugged SUV market with the 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser's return to North America after a short three-year hiatus. And the rumor mill quickly found out that the Japanese automaker may have plans for a smaller, compact Land Cruiser version also based on the TNGA-F body-on-frame architecture to fight the likes of Ford's Bronco Sport, which is actually an unibody CUV with the allure of a rugged little SUV.
Speaking of small SUVs, there is yet another rumor speaking of a potential baby – the Mercedes-Benz G-Class might finally capitalize on its enduring popularity with the option to develop a smaller version of the tough off-roader. That little G would be perfect to rival the baby Land Cruiser, right? Well, some would say there is already a minute G from another mother – the five-door Suzuki Jimny based on the fourth generation of the iconic SUV.
Naturally, adding two and two was not too hard for everyone – including the imaginative realm of digital car content creators, as it turns out. Some took an awkward approach and used Chinese underpinnings to envision the upcoming little G, but others were more straightforward and virtually reworked the five-door Jimny into something more significant and befitting of the tough G-Class image.
Meet Kleber Silva, a Brazil-based virtual artist known as KDesign AG on social media, who has decided to have a CGI go at imagining the beginning of a new G-Class SUV journey of discovery. This exploration of the future of tough little Mercedes-Benz SUVs was dreamt of as a compact off-road-focused SUV inspired by the iconic Mercedes-Benz G-Class, albeit with a twist. More precisely, the author used the Suzuki Jimny as the base of CGI operations and then added all the nice EV touches of the Mercedes EQG concept!