The exterior of the G-Class hasn’t evolved much…ever, actually. Since 1979, the same boxy military shape has been crossing war-torn countries and Rodeo Drive. Mercedes did release the G550 4×4² in 2017, a nod to a small group of German monster truck fans. Overall though, the G-Class has changed very little over the years.
So, it is historic anytime the G is tweaked, and this new interior is anything but “tweaked”. It’s actually (gasp) modern. The iconic “grab-handle” on the dash remains, but it’s stylish. The switches for the differential locks are now chrome-highlighted. Two available 12.3-inch screens share a single piece of glass that stretches from behind the wheel to the center console. The display can be configured in “Classic,” “Sport” and “Progressive” motifs.
The infotainment system can be fully controlled by Touch Control Buttons on the steering wheel that can be “swiped” like a smartphone. The central touchpad can also control the system, and Mercedes claims that it can be used without the driver’s eyes leaving the road. Overall material quality of the new interior is exquisite.
Mercedes-Benz offers two top-class packages: Exclusive Interior and Exclusive Interior Plus. Exclusive Interior offers seven colors, three of which are combinations of black and Platinum White, Yacht Blue, or Classic Red. It also includes a DINAMICA roof liner and air vents in Silvershadow. Exclusive Interior Plus adds additional Nappa leather on the door trim, center console, instrument panel, and upholstery. Seats are finished in diamond quilting and it’s possible to order a light colored interior throughout.
Which begs the original question: Is The New Mercedes-Benz G-Class Interior Too Opulent For Off-Roading? Every G-Class is tested on the Schöckl, the Graz plant’s local mountain. Like Jeep’s Rubicon trail, the Schöckl is a punishing course each Mercedes-Benz off-roader must be able to master. That’s why every G-Class bears a “Schöckl” badge at the base of its B-pillar. While it may be agonizing to expose the purity of the new interior to the elements, it’s nice to know the G can still handle just about anything. Just get some seat covers.