New 2018 Mercedes G-Class interior revealed

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But don't feel too short-changed: judging by recent spy shots of G-Class test mules, the boxy proportions of the current vehicle - which has been in production in one form or another since 1979 - are set to be retained, so it's in the cabin that we're expecting to see the most difference.

Merc's now ubiquitous curved touchpad for infotainment control, which does duty in almost all other models, makes its way into the G-Class for the first time and the revised centre console layout has also freed up space for two proper cup holders - something previous G-Wagen owners have sorely missed. But official photos released by the company today confirm that the giant half-dash screen is being ported over to the big G, along with the same fancy vents Mercedes has in its cars now. "I believe it has more". Opening the door to the driver's seat I could hear the familiar clicking sound every G owner will recognize immediately.

Rest assured, despite all the refinements, two beloved G-Class features remain: The vault-like click when the doors close and the bolt-action rifle sound of the door locks.

A few things that have gone: the basketball net that doubled as the only front cup-holder (the current G has no storage space whatsoever so the two center cup holders and the two in the doors are welcome additions but the basketball net is gone) and the gear lever in the center console (is replaced by a lever on the steering wheel). But the new G shares its electrical architecture, including the bank of silver organ-key switches that control the heating and air conditioning, the analog clock below them, and the buttons that direct the infotainment system to the navigation, radio, media, telephone, or vehicle screens, with the E-Class. The circular air vents mirror the headlights, while the in-built speakers echo the bonnet-mounted indicator lamps.

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New 2018 Mercedes G-Class interior revealed

The most significant upgrade are the seats and the space inside in general. Should you so desire, there are optional massaging leather seats (via Roadshow).

The infotainment systems (version 5.5) provides the latest in connectivity and entertainment. Adjustable ambient lighting is now also available and so is keyless GO.

Set to be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show next month, the redesigned G-Class will have an all-new cabin which is significantly more modern and luxurious than its predecessor. Customers can choose between two digital displays or one digital display with analogue speedometer and rev counter.

The steering wheel features touch sensitive controls for the infotainment system, which "respond to swiping motions in the same way as the surface of a smartphone". The interior design is a bit too playful for my taste but you can't have it all! There were not too many trade-offs, where we had to leave out one thing to get the other in.

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