Fresh news! - Via EuroBricks we came to an article at Nürnberger Zeitung, about LEGO news from the famous ToyFair running in this beautiful city.
The highlight with a great photo, goes for the 9398 4x4 Crawler to release in the 2H.
We can now clearly see the one of the new motors in the front axle and another identical on the rear axle. Looking at these I risk to say these are the servos and not the driving motor which stays in the middle. Or is it the other way around...
As I've guessed some posts before, we finally got a more suitable mounting solution, with pin-holes at likely every motor's corner, resulting in the squarer form factor observed. Motor size seems to be something like 3x4x7 (WxHxD) protruding half stud vertically from the side pin-holes. Or is it 3x5x7!?
Nevertheless, a very convenient size, I'd say!
Let's wait and see also about speed and torque and proportional control, or not.
There is definitely something large in the center which should be the other new motor. PF L-Motor
Crawler is using the same shock absorbers as in the 8110 Unimog. Guess the light conditions where this photo was taken, won't help fans to get better impressed with the color scheme chosen, but I've still my hopes high.
As for the street cost, 170€ is the price tag mentioned in the article and so I guess it should refer to Germany.
Colors look much more convincing here,
And it runs fast enough!
I like the pyramid obstacles.
Will add my further thoughts later! Likely tomorrow... as I have a LEGO event to setup tonight, in which I've been working for some time now.