With the completely revamped Mercedes G-Class soon to debut next year at the Detroit Auto Show, Mercedes is keen to tease everyone with details on their new boxy wagon. Today we have images of the G-Wagon’s updated interior, and it appears it sizes up against the rest of Mercedes’ current lineup. Nothing spartan about the G-Class any more it seems.
Much like the previous gen G-Wagens, the shape of the dashboard itself appears to be quite short. Narrow in proportion and mounted fairly close to the glass, the similarities to the older G-Class end there. The new dash draws closer to the E and S-Class dash we’ve seen before thanks to the dual 12.3-inch screens that house the meters and infotainment. Some trims of the G-Class may still end up using fixed dials with a small screen between, with only one 12.3-inch screen in the middle for infotainment.
At each corner of the dash are speaker boxes that house the Burmeister sound system. The speaker boxes appear to take after the G-Class turn signals at the fenders. The signature chrome differential lock buttons of the previous model still take the center of the dash, while the center console itself now has space for two cupholders along with the COMAND touchpad. The ample proportions of the center console appear to have space for a small purse – something the previous generation couldn’t fit in there.
One look at the steering wheel and it appears Mercedes draws the G-Wagen closer to the E and S class by using the same wheel as well. For the first time, the G-Class will be offered with a D-Cut steering wheel from an AMG interior line package.
Thanks to better packaging in general over the previous G-Class, the new version offers larger room in general inside the cabin. Up front, passengers get 40mm of extra legroom as well as 40mm more shoulder room. The 40/60 split-folding rear seats are pushed further back towards the trunk to provide an extra 150mm of legroom for the second row. This compromise for passenger comfort may mean that the trunk space may have decreased slightly, but for now we’ve yet to have any measurements made.
Overall the G-Class interior appears to have stepped up to the S-Class in terms of feel and quality. For something you can take off the beaten path, that would certainly make it a nice place to be.