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Mercedes-Benz shows new G-class interior before NAIAS debut


Shown as a mock-up just over a month ago, Mercedes-Benz has now released first official images of the new G-class' interior.

Heading to the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit next year, the images confirms the previous snaps by, and shows the G getting Benz's 12.3-inch instrument cluster with the full-width dual layout optional, turbine air vents, a new steering wheel with toggle switches, column mounted gear lever, new centre console and a selection of materials including wood, leather aluminium and carbon fibre.

According to reports, high-spec modes will also feature a 16-speaker Burmester sound system, multi-contour heated, cooled and massaging seats, removable cupholders and a selection of designo interior packages.

While previous spy shots have shown the G-class retaining its boxy exterior aside from slimmer taillights and oval front bumper mounted air intakes, it is all new underneath the skin where most of the body is made from lightweight aluminium claimed to reduce weight by nearly 200 kg.

A new electro-hydraulic power steering system replaces the dated re-circulating ball setup, and while the ladder frame chassis and three-locking differentials are both kept, the suspension now boasts an independent setup at the front with rear expected to be a reworked version of the outgoing model's suspended coil-spring live rear axle.

In addition to the G-class gaining in almost every dimension, the windscreen has been pushed back by 30 mm, while rear legroom is claimed to have improved by 150 mm. This also applies in the front with a gain of 38 mm in shoulder room and 68 mm in elbow room. A 60/40 split rear seat rounds off the new interior.

No engine details have yet been divulged, although expect wide-scale use of Mercedes-Benz's 3.0-litre straight-six turbo-petrol and turbodiesel engines, the familiar AMG-derived 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 and even the 6.0-litre bi-turbo V12 in the flagship AMG G65.

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