Here it is, the all-new Mercedes G-Class! Well, part of it, at least - ahead of the reveal for the long-awaited new version of Stuttgart’s geriatric SUV, we’ve been given these interior shots to ogle.
But don’t feel too short-changed: judging by recent spy shots of G-Class test mules, the boxy proportions of the current car - 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.
Sure enough, it’s looking a lot more up-to-date in there. The lower section of the centre console is recognisable as a part used in multiple current Mercedes models, while the two 12.3-inch screens used for the instrument binnacle and infotainment display are encased in a single glass panel, as they are on the current E-Class.
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.” They give haptic and audible feedback too, the idea being you won’t have to take your eyes of the road.
Despite all the fancy new bits, there are still plenty of reminders that this is supposed to be a hardy off-roader. There’s a chunky grab handle for the front passenger (trimmed in carbonfibre, obviously), and big chrome buttons to control the locking differentials - both things you’ll find in the current vehicle.
So it’s cleverer, still has some nods to the past, and finally it’s roomier. All passengers have much more space to enjoy, with whoever’s sat in the back enjoying an extra 150mm of legroom. Lovely.
Want to see the car in full? You’ll have to wait until 14 January 2018 for the car’s Detroit Auto Show debut.