As expected, changes to the venerable tough SUV are minimal, with revised headlight clusters and a new grille the most apparent of tweaks on the surface. The images first surfaced on the Dutch site Auto Week.
Mercedes has already released official images of the G-Class interior. The car will get an extra-wide screen stretching from the instrument cluster to the middle of the car, serving as both a digital dashboard and infotainment screen. However, this will only be available on higher trim levels - lower trims will get traditional dials.
The car will be revealed to the world on 15 January - the first day of the Detroit motor show. The new version of Mercedes's square-jawed off-roader, which first arrived in 1979, will go on sale in the UK in the spring.
The technology fitted to the G-Class is claimed by some insiders to secure the future of the G-Class well into the second half of the next decade. Much of the electronic architecture will be shared with the S-Class.
The new G-Class has adopted a completely fresh design and a contemporary aluminium construction. The move, Mercedes officials say, helps contribute to a 160kg reduction in kerb weight over today’s mostly steel-bodied model while providing a 30% increase in torsional rigidity.
The military-grade off-roader also receives a widened chassis with new front suspension as well as adjustable damping. A new electric architecture supports a widened range of driver assistance systems.
Myriad changes, hidden beneath traditionally upright styling, are claimed to boost the on-road performance. The G-Class is also in line to receive a new range of engines. These include the latest evolution of AMG’s turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol unit and parent company Mercedes-Benz’s new 2.9-litre in-line six-cylinder diesel, in combination with a new nine-speed automatic gearbox.