Mercedes-Benz CLS lineup will max out with AMG CLS 53 variant

Doris Richards
December 16, 2017

Mercedes-Benz will continue to drip feed details on the new G-Class until its full reveal at the Detroit Motor Show in January.

For the 2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class first impressions are of the interior only. Last month, we had reported that the new generation Mercedes-Benz G-Class was spotted testing with some production parts; the German car-makers have now revealed interior images of the G-Wagon ahead of its global debut next month.

The front seats are also roomier, gaining 38mm of legroom and shoulder width together, and elbow space has grown 68mm and the driving position remains high with the similarly big glasshouse and vertical windscreen offering a good amount of vision, albeit hard to depict in the dark room.

Mercedes-Benz Australia has previously confirmed the local arm will initially focus on only the more powerful G63 AMG variant which will produce around 450kW of power and 850Nm of torque coupled the brand's nine-speed automatic transmission. As it was back then, the G-Class is still built largely by hand in Graz. Or the design of the iconic indicators, found again in the shape of the loudspeakers.

The front passenger-side handhold and the chrome-topped commands for the differential locks have been meticulously optimized. The touch-sensitive Touch Controls on the steering wheel respond to swiping motions in the same way as the surface of a smartphone. The driver can also use the touchpad without looking away from the road. Added to that are shortcut keys located in front of the controller as well as various commands for the available drive assist systems. Second-row passengers will be making entry through the wider door openings and relish an additional legroom of 5.9 inches, shoulder room of 1.1 inches, and elbow space of 2.2 inches. The side sections of the seat cushions and backrests of the active multi-contour seats include integrated air chambers.

There's a 12.3-inch virtual instrument panel behind the steering wheel and the driver can scroll between different displays, including Classic, Sport and Progressive.

On the front infotainment, an audio system with seven-speaker is simply merit. Further a Burmester with a surround-sound system having an amplifier of 590-watt along 16 speakers is available.

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