The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is one of the most iconic vehicles in the company’s line-up, retaining its boxy shape for several decades. This conformity to tradition looks to continue with the next generation of the Gelandewagen, according to a report by Automotive News.

“We did everything new. With the exception of one part – a small plastic lip on the C-pillar – all visible parts are new, both on the exterior and interior,” said Gorden Wagener, chief design officer at Daimler AG.

Previous spyshots of the new G-Wagen have confirmed that the well-known body shape will continue to be a staple for the SUV, albeit with more modern steering and suspension systems. Although it’s hard to confirm from the photos, the SUV is said to add some width to its dimensions, while being lighter on the weighing scales.

“You have to keep it boxy. You have to treat it very responsible, otherwise it wouldn’t be a G. So it still has to be edgy,” explained Wagener, who added that the designers “cleaned up” the G-Class’ design so it appears “more grown up” and with less “little edges and busy stuff.”

The next G-Class will be built by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria, and is said to come with a smaller and lighter 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8, which replaces the current 5.5 litre V8. AMG models should come after its reported debut later this year.

GALLERY: Next-generation Mercedes-Benz G-Class prototype