Spy shots of the next-generation Mercedes-Benz G-Class have made it clear its iconic boxy shape will remain intact, but a new photo shows some much-needed changes are happening inside. Borrowing some cues from other recent Mercedes products, the interior looks to be a huge improvement.
The above photo of the new G-Class interior was leaked by AutoWeek.nl after attending a Mercedes technical briefing about the new G-Class. Although the photo has not been confirmed by Mercedes-Benz, there is nothing to suggest it isn’t entirely valid.
Right off, the photo tells us the iconic Gelandewagen is getting an interior that finally brings it in line with the rest of the Mercedes portfolio. Its short dash design (similar to the Jeep Wrangler) is carrying over as a byproduct of the SUV’s boxy, upright shape.
However, the shape is the end of the similarities with today’s G-Class interior. Mercedes has swapped out its last-generation, button-intense switchgear in favor of the same switchgear found in nearly all Mercedes products today. Additionally, the center screen is significantly larger than today’s and less “tacked on” in appearance.
Finally, the HVAC vents appear to be borrowed straight from the new E-Class Coupe, while the steering wheel appears to be the exact same unit found in the 2018 S-Class.
Mercedes-Benz will show us the rest of new G-Wagon in January at the 2018 North American International Auto Show. In the meantime, we at least know the interior is getting its much-needed upgrade.