The interior of the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class has been revealed ahead of its debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in January 2018.
Mercedes-Benz is gearing up to introduce the new G-Class to the world and although its exterior design is expected to be evolutionary rather than radically new, it’s the interior where the most impactful changes will be found. Mercedes-Benz has revealed the interior design of the new G-Class and it’s noticeably more luxurious and technologically jazzed up than the current model. More than this, comfort and convenience levels have been improved and the G-Class’ interior will feature a smattering of high-quality materials befitting of the iconic offroader.
The new G-Wagon features an optional Widescreen Cockpit and steering wheel found in the E- and S-Class.
The most prominent feature in the new G-Wagon is the optional Widescreen Cockpit taken from the E-Class and S-Class. It comprises two 12.3-inch screens under shared glass that stretches from the driver’s side across to the centre stack. The system boosts the premium feel in the cabin and can be controlled using the touch-sensitive Touch Controls on the steering wheel which function much like a smartphone with swipe functionality. The screen display is customisable with 3 themes including Classic, Sport and Progressive.
For those who prefer a more traditional look, two tubular analogue dials set in a 12.3-inch frame, flanked by a 12.3-inch navigation screen is fitted as standard.
Key G-Class elements such as the grab handle and chrome-highlighted switches for the differential locks, seen between the air vents, have been retained. The shape of the air vents mimic that of the round headlights while the shape of the speakers are similarly shaped to the indicator lights.
As standard, the G-Class is finished in high-quality materials which include open-pore wood trim, metal accents, carbon fibre and leather.
The G-Class' offroad ability is proven on the Schöckl, a mountain in Graz, where the vehicle is produced.
A "Schöckl" badge with a “G” is found on the B-pillar and signifies the tested offroad ability of the vehicle at Merc’s Graz plant's local mountain, used for its hard and merciless testing which every G-Wagon needs to overcome.
The interior also benefits from numerous new storage spaces as well as 2 removable cup holders and an oddment tray found ahead of the touch pad in the centre console. A wireless charging pad can also be specified as an option.
A Burmester surround sound system with 16 speakers is fitted as standard while a 590W amplifier with Digital Sound Processing is available as an option.
Passengers are well-catered for with a reclining rear bench that can be folded down to 60, 40 or 100 percent. The seats offer heating and memory function while an optional Active Multicontour Seat package includes multi-contour seats with various massage functions, climatised seats and fast seat heating. The driver and front passenger also get treated to adjustable lumbar support.
As you can expect, Mercedes-Benz will offer a wide range of trim options to suit varying tastes. An AMG Line trim package can be specified, which apart from red seat belts, red topstitching on the black leather seats, centre console, instrument panel and doors, will also include a flat-bottomed steering wheel, which is a first for the G-Class.
The arrival of the new G-Class in South Africa has not yet been confirmed but it will likely arrive later in 2018. We will keep you informed as more details emerge.