2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Interior Revealed Ahead of Detroit Debut

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G-Class Cabin Side

Here is an early look at the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class interior, with an entirely new look for the luxurious SUV.

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class will make its grand debut next month at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Today, we have an early look at the redesigned cabin of the premium luxury SUV. The look is distinctly different from the current models, introducing a far more modern feel while packing in all of the premium luxury features that we would expect from the legendary G-Class.

2019 G-Class Emblem

A Gorgeous New Dashboard

The most prominent change to the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is the dashboard, which looks nothing like the current models.

The current 2018 G-Class (below) has a free-standing infotainment screen mounted above an old-school-looking HVAC panel with lots of square buttons and square vents. The boxy form from the HVAC switch panel is echoed throughout the shape of the dash, with a thick, four-spoke steering wheel hovering above a pair of round, analog gauges. There is no question that the current design looks dated, so with the new G-Class, the designers made sure that the cabin was fitting of a luxury vehicle headed into the year 2020.
2018 G-Class Dash

For the 2019 G-Class, the entire dashboard has a more fluid, curved shape from the face to the edges.  The gauges and infotainment screen are now joined by a pair of 12.3-inch screens blended seamlessly in the middle, with a full digital gauge display and the kind of premium infotainment interface that you would expect from $100k+ SUV. Replacing the old steering wheel is a new, three-spoke design and instead of the huge HVAC panel in the middle of the center stack, the 2019 G-Class has a streamlined panel with a far more modern look and feel. Even in those models not equipped with the full digital readout, the traditional gauges are joined by a large infotainment screen and the modernized HVAC controls.

2019 G-Class Dash

While the overall curvier shape of the dash and the impressive infotainment system are the features which will catch the most attention, even the HVAC vents of the 2019 G-Class have been substantially refined. Rather than the clunky, square vents, the 2019 models have turbine-style vents that really give this Benz a far more premium look.

2019 G-Class Angle View

Finally, a seven-speaker sound system is standard in the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, but an optional Burmester audio system with 16 speakers and a 590-watt sound system will likely be a popular feature among G-machine buyers.

A Roomier Cabin with Premium Appointments

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class will be slightly larger than the current models, and that larger footprint leads to more interior space. The rear seats will offer significantly more passenger space in every dimension, and when those seats are folded down in one of the three different configurations, this new G-Class will offer more cargo space as well. The driver and front passenger will also enjoy more space to spread out as well, although the rear-riders get more new space than those folks seated up front.

2019 G-Class Rear Seat

The front and rear seats of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class are predictably wrapped in premium leather, with a long list of new features (either standard or optional depending on the trimline). Some of the 2019 G-Class features include fast-heating front seats, in-seat massage, electronically adjusted lumbar support, active multi-contour front seat bolsters with air chambers that adjust on the fly to maintain a specific seating feel during hard cornering or when off-roading.

2019 G-Class Front Seats in White

In short, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class will have a roomier interior with more comfortable seats in the front and rear, a new high tech infotainment system, an optional digital gauge display and a refined form that finally brings the G-machine into the 21st century in terms of overall layout.

2019 G-Class Seats in Black

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class will make its grand debut in January at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, at which point we will learn everything that there is to know about the redesigned G.

Longtime auto journalist Patrick Rall contributes to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Rennlist, Club Lexus, F-150 Online, and YotaTech.

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