The next-generation SUV looks similar to the current one, but Mercedes is clearly giving it a big technology upgrade.

The next-generation Mercedes-Benz G-Class is nearing production, and a new spy video offers a look at the premium SUV’s LED lights.


2018 Mercedes G-Class spy photo

The new G-Class retains the current model’s venerable look, but Mercedes’ designers incorporate some high-tech tweaks for modernizing the vehicle’s appearance. Circular crevices still look like the traditional headlights but this clip reveals rectangular LEDs that take up the center section. Conceivably these units could illuminate the road, and a ring of LED running lights could continue the classic appearance. Turn signals continue to be on top of the hood.

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At the rear, the next-gen G-Class switches from the current oval-shaped taillights to a new bracket-like design for them. The white section in the center would likely function as the backup lights.

While Mercedes keeps the body for the next G-Class, the company overhauls the SUV’s underpinnings. Rumors suggest the mechanical tweaks cut pare off a massive 882 pounds (400 kilograms) off the vehicle. This sounds unbelievable. However, the German automaker hasn’t massively changed the G-Class since 1990, and the auto industry has evolved a lot since then.

2018 Mercedes G-Class spy photo

The new G-Class will make further use of Mercedes’ 4.0-liter biturbo V8 by putting it into the next-gen G63 to replace the current biturbo 5.5-liter V8. The 6.0-liter biturbo V12 will continue to top the range in the G65.

Spy shots of the future G-Class have been cropping up since summer 2016. Development should be over soon, though, because Mercedes chief designer Gorden Wagener claims a reveal is set for the “not too distant future.” Given his hint, look for the posh off-roader to arrive at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Long-wheelbase and pickup versions should arrive later.

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