Premium luxury SUV’s cabin has been updated but retains aesthetic; expected to debut in Detroit in January 2018.
Images of Mercedes’ new G-class have been leaked online, revealing the same aesthetics as the current model, but with upgraded cabin bits and tech.
The new, wider 12.3-inch touchscreen display is mounted just off-centre towards the driver, making space for the grab rail on the passenger side. The circular AC vents have been borrowed from other Mercedes models, while the new three-spoke steering wheel is taken from the new S-class.
The spy shots show an analogue instrument cluster, though customers are expected to get a digital unit as an option in the future.
The exterior styling of the new G-class is clearly inspired by the original 1979 model’s boxy design. However, it is built on a wider, lighter ladder frame chassis and comes with a new electrical architecture; this means that the new G-class will get the German brand’s full range of driver assistance technology for on-road and off-road driving.
Under the bonnet, the new G-class is expected to feature Mercedes-AMG’s twin-turbo, 4.0-litre, V8 motor and the new 2.9-litre in-line, six-cylinder diesel. Both engines will be mated to a nine-speed automatic sending power to all-four-wheels. The SUVs are also likely to sport a low-range gearbox and three lockable differentials.
While Mercedes has not yet confirmed it, the new G-class may be displayed for the first time at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2018.