Why even have a ladder frame anymore than? Why have the upright windshield? Removing its most important mechanical difference really just makes it a clunky looking Range Rover.
The interior is way better, the subtle exterior tweaks are nice. But you are refining an icon. It endured 39 years without significant change because people paid you to keep making it.
Everyone knew it was only bought new for people who goto malls around LA. But everyone also knew it could go anywhere. In my opinion Mercedes removed the last redeeming part of the G class.