After more than 300,000 vehicles since 1979, the end has come for the off-road legend from Mercedes-Benz. The new and improved successor will be launched at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit in Januari, but before that we can take a glimpse at the interior.
At first glance, not much has changed, except for the two 12.3" displays replacing the gauges as we have seen in the E-Class and S-Class. The available information on these displays can be configured by the driver, but there is also the option of showing the information in a "Classic", "Sport" or "Progressive" style.
The basic lay-out of the interior remains largely identical to that of the iconic predecessor, so the grab handle is still right in front of the front passenger and the three switches to lock the front, middle and rear differential remain in the middle of the dashboard.
With the body of the new G-Class expanding in all directions, the passengers benefit from more interior space in all directions. Check the list below for the most important data:
Legroom front: +38 mm
Legroom rear: +150 mm
Shoulder width front: +38 mm
Shoulder width rear: +27 mm
Elbow room front: +68 mm
Elbow room rear: +56 mm
Mercedes-Benz offers the Exclusive Interior and the Exclusive Interior Plus for the new G-Class. The former is available in seven colour combinations like black with platinum white, yacht blue and classic red from designo manufaktur. The latter additionally offers nappa leather on the door trim, sections of the centre console, the instrument panel and all the upholstery, with diamond-pattern quilting on the seats.
Following the motto "Every G-Class must be put to the test on the Schöckl," the new G-Class wears a badge to prove that it can drive up the Schöckl mountain. See it like the Trail Rated badge that Jeep puts on their vehicles since 2004...
© Words Natan Tazelaar