Mercedes-Benz will officially release the new G-Class at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but ahead of its official release, photos of the new luxury, off-roading, brick-shaped SUV have surfaced. Although the model is supposedly “all-new” it doesn’t look all that different, and we like that the model’s boxy styling hasn’t changed.
To be fair, there have been some changes visually. The rear bumper has been changed, the rear hatch door was made to look cleaner, and the brake lights were revised. The front features a new fascia with updated headlights. It's a sleeker look overall but only slightly so. The new G-Class looks more complete and better thought out from an exterior design and styling standpoint.
Inside, is where things get interesting, Mercedes didn’t try too hard to keep things looking the same here. It’s a lot closer to Mercedes-Benz’s other products, including the S-Class and E-Class cars. The round vents, large screen, and digital instrument cluster bring this hardcore SUV to the modern age. We like that Mercedes kept the kind of old-school dash-mounted grab handle, though.
Despite having mostly the same overall shape, the G-Class does have new updates to the suspension, frame, and powertrain. The frame is 34 percent stiffer. The suspension now features a double-wishbone independent setup up front, which should make it much more comfortable on the road. The engines will be new and come with a 9-speed auto transmission, though the details have not yet been released. More specific information will come when Mercedes debuts the model officially in Detroit.