Not long more to go before the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class makes its official debut – the new Gelandewagen will be revealed at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this January 15, with the date stated on a teaser video throwing up Jurassic Park – and Fringe – overtures.

In the video, an old G-Class is shown trapped inside a huge amber cube, with reference to it being stronger than time, and that “The DNA lives on” in the upcoming vehicle. Which really is no surprise, at least where the looks are concerned – as spyshots have revealed, that familiar boxy shape makes the next-gen G-Class unmistakable, despite all visible parts of the exterior being classified as new.

The vehicle’s cabin has already been previewed via images of the interior, with modernisation offered via two 12.3-inch digital displays making up the instrument panel and central screen, and detailing nods coming in the form of AC vents mimicking the 4×4’s round headlamps and speaker grilles resembling the styling of the G’s famous indicators.

The new G-Class is expected to continue in with the same 4.0 litre biturbo V8 powertrain option as seen in the last G 500 facelift in 2015 and the G500 4×4² iterations of the older vehicle, and there’ll be the usual upgunned AMG variant in the mix along the way.

It’s set to be built at the Magna facility in Graz, Austria, which is where the old one was produced. Word is that those looking for the current car are likely to be able to get their hands on one, because it has been tipped to remain in production (albeit in simplified form) alongside the new one. Stronger than time, indeed.

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