Mercedes-Benz has updated its longest-running passenger car model, the iconic G-Wagen, and it looks exactly the same as the previous generation; you might have to squint really hard to notice the changes on the outside. In fact, the fundamental boxy design of the SUV hasn’t changed since its debut in 1979. But, that’s exactly what makes it such a special vehicle. The German automaker unveiled the next-generation G-Wagen ahead of the Detroit Auto Show on Sunday night at a grand launch event. But despite retaining the instantly recognizable, and widely loved, exterior styling just about everything is new on the revised G-Wagen.
The new G-Class has been lengthened by 2.1 inches and widened by 4.8 inches, while the front and rear lights have been updated to LEDs to give the SUV a more modern appearance. But it’s the inside which has undergone a complete transformation. The G-Wagen’s cabin has been updated to match the best in features and comfort offered in Merc’s other top-end cars. The two massive 12.3-inch longitudinally mounted screens dominate the aesthetics of the front dash, while the completely redesigned instrument panel along with features like three-zone climate control and 64 shades of ambient lighting have brought the G-Wagen’s cabin up to date. The G550 launched at the event is powered by a bi-turbo 4-liter V8, good for 416 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. It will go on sale in the U.S. by late 2018, but there is no word on the pricing as of yet.