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Mercedes-Benz is highlighting the fact that the next-generation G-Class has undergone an extensive development program by setting it loose on an off-road course.

Located near Graz, Austria, on a 1,445m (4,741ft) high mountain, the 5.6km (3.5 miles) route goes through the forest and includes gradients of up to 60 percent, and lateral inclinations of up to 40 percent.

However, this didn’t turn out to be a challenge for the hairy-chested SUV, which uses a ladder-type frame, low-range gearbox, and three 100-percent differential locks. It also gets independent front suspension, 241mm (9.5in) of ground clearance, and plenty of other features that will help it cope with pretty much everything Mother Nature has to throw at it.

As modern as it may be, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class retains the same boxy design that made it famous. Inside, things will be completely different, as it gets not only plenty of leather and other high-end materials, but also the dual-screen layout that debuted on the new E-Class.

Mercedes-Benz will reveal the all-new SUV in just a little over the week, during the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, where it will mark its world premier, but you can get a first look at it through these leaked images

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