Mercedes-Benz is drip-feeding details of its new G-Class ahead of its official reveal at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show. The latest teaser is these interior pics, showing a more luxurious and tech-heavy interior than ever before.
In a bid to keep purists on-side, it looks like the G-Class is following its boxy formula – largely unchanged since its launch in 1979. While we’re yet to see how different the G-Class will be on the outside, Mercedes-Benz says it will “stay true to itself”.
But these pictures suggest it’s not going to remain as cramped and unpleasant to drive as the outgoing model. The interior is loaded with kit seen elsewhere in Merc’s range – including an optional dual-screen display from the E-Class replacing conventional dials. “Fans of classic round instruments will certainly not be disappointed,” says Mercedes, as the G-Class will feature hipster analog dials as standard.
The steering wheel has been plucked from the S-Class, featuring touch-sensitive controls for the audio system. A gear selector stalk for the automatic transmission is located on the steering column, rather than in the conventional place between the front seats.
There’s more space than before – good news for anyone who’s ever sat in the back of a G-Class. Front legroom has been increased by 1.5-inches, while passengers in the rear get an extra 5.9-inches of legroom. Elbow and shoulder room has also been increased, while there’s also more storage space. The rear seats fold flat, meanwhile, and although trunk space is yet to be announced, it’s fair to assume it’s going to be fairly impressive.
We’ll find out more about the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class when revealed at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Motoring Research will be reporting live.