The redesigned Mercedes-Benz G-class SUV will be roomier and more luxurious when it goes on sale in the U.S. in late 2018.
Mercedes is sharing details of the off-roader's redesign ahead of its unveiling in January at the Detroit auto show.
While the iconic boxy shape of the exterior remains, Mercedes has changed nearly all visible G-class parts inside and out. There is more leg, shoulder and elbow room for both front- and second-row passengers -- including a whopping extra 5.9 inches of legroom for rear-seat passengers.
The interior styling borrows elements from the recently redesigned E class and re-engineered S class. Two instrument panel designs are available starting with an instrument panel with classic round analog dials as standard. The optional design features two side-by-side 12.3-inch displays blended into a widescreen cockpit with a customizable design. The G class gets the steering wheel touch control buttons that debuted on the E-class sedan in 2016.
With the updates, Mercedes says it has preserved classic elements of the G class such as its distinctive door handles and the characteristic closing sound of those doors.
Mercedes has produced more than 300,000 G-class SUVs since the model debuted in 1979.