The Geländewagen, or the Mercedes-Benz G-Class has been around for a good four decades, and that too without any significant change. So when word was out regarding an all-new G-Wagen sometime back, many expected some substantial alterations to the legendary off-roader. However, spy shots that emerged earlier this year confirmed what we had suspected all along. Mercedes-Benz obviously did not want to mess with a formula that has been well-received for forty years, and have decided to stick with the same visual cues as the original. To the disappointment of those expecting massive changes, and to the delight of those who didn’t want it to change, it was confirmed that the next generation G-Class will sport the same boxy lines of the current and previous models.

This week, our spy snapper has spotted the next-generation G-Class being tested on snow-covered Alpine mountain roads. Just as we’ve seen in earlier pictures, the shape is the same with an upright, aerodynamically unfriendly windshield squarish side windows, and an agricultural, side-hinged tailgate with a spare tyre mounted to the left side. However, it looks wider than the current model. There are also many changes that have been made to the G-Wagen’s internals. Although some of the structural elements from the current car will be carried over, we hear the next-gen G-wagen will feature a completely revamped suspension an independent system up front, and a live, coil suspension at the back. So we can expect the new model to offer better handling, stability, and comfort, three things that are not the current models’ strengths. This, along with a significantly lighter body and an electromechanical steering set-up replacing the hydraulic power steering, should make it a better driving SUV overall.

Powertrain options will remain the same with a twin-turbo V8 powering lower trims and a force-fed V12 top banana G65. It’s expected to be unveiled next year and reach showrooms early 2018.