• Feb 15, 2007
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The G-Class is the most enduring model from Mercedes-Benz. Introduced in 1979, the G hardly looks different than the model that debuted 28 years ago. It has received plenty of enhancements, and Mercedes has just announced another slew of updates that will keep this original SUV relatively "fresh" for even longer. The exterior has been left predominately untouched except for new taillights sporting an "LED look". The interior, however, has been warmed over with a new instrument cluster, steering wheel, modified center stack and redesigned switches. Some additional optiions have also been added to eek out a few more bucks from the big stars that buy these behemoths. The new options include a reversing camera, tire-pressuring monitoring system, a sports exhaust system for the G500 that's basically identical to the one used on the G 55 AMG, and a couple new interior packages, one of which includes "Cognac" leather. The new G wagon is available for sale in Europe now with deliveries expected by April. No word yet, however, on when Britney, Christina, and Jessica can buy theirs in the U.S.

Check out the official press release after the jump

[Source: Mercedes-Benz via eMercedesBenz.com]


PRESS RELEASE:

Facelift for Mercedes-Benz G-Class: Latest generation of the classic cross-country vehicle now with an even classier specification

Stuttgart, Feb 15, 2007
Mercedes-Benz has refined its G-Class yet again. The interior has been injected with fresh appeal courtesy of a new, high-grade instrument cluster, an attractively styled steering wheel which is also new, as well as a modified centre console with redesigned switches plus a new-look control unit for the air conditioning. Outside, the latest generation of the G-Class can be identified by the design of its tail light units with their sophisticated LED look. These facelift measures see Mercedes-Benz hold true to its philosophy of making sure that this classic vehicle - which has been in production for over quarter of a century now - is equipped with a comfortable, up-to-date interior on a par with the best saloons, along with state-of-the-art technology. By so doing, it preserves the exclusive status of the G-Class as a full-blooded cross-country vehicle blended with the very finest lifestyle qualities.

The first Mercedes-Benz G-Class unveiled in 1979 was designed predominantly with tough off-road terrain in mind. Over the many years of its production, Mercedes engineers have adapted the G-Class to changing customer requirements. It boasted outstanding off-road capabilities right from the outset, but its all-terrain prowess has been continuously improved on by the addition of the latest electronics. Its exceptional performance off the beaten track, excellent towing abilities and balanced handling characteristics combined with its saloon-like ambience have resulted in the G-Class enjoying an extraordinarily long production career, which now extends to 28 years.

With its most recent facelift, Mercedes-Benz has added further touches of class to its cross-country classic. This is particularly true inside the G-Class where a new instrument cluster gives the interior a sophisticated look. Four circular analogue dials with chrome-ring surrounds form the nerve centre for driver information. Also sporting a new design is the elegant four-spoke multifunction steering wheel, whose illuminated buttons drivers can simply press with their thumbs to call up various data or control certain functions without being distracted from the road. The G 320 CDI comes with a leather-trimmed steering wheel as standard, whilst the luxurious wood/leather version awaits G 500 and G 55 AMG drivers.

Common to all three G-Class models is the modified centre console with its new controls and switches for the air conditioning and convenience functions. Not only does the new centre console give the cockpit added visual appeal, it is designed to make operating the controls more foolproof. The standard specification for the G 500 and G 55 AMG models includes the COMAND APS control and display unit featuring DVD navigation system, built-in radio, CD player and telephone keypad. A compass function has also been integrated to allow drivers to easily get their bearings even when they have left the signposted routes far behind them. The compass can be set to show the current heading in either the new instrument cluster's display or on the COMAND screen.

The COMAND APS system can also be specified as an option for the G 320 CDI. This model is fitted as standard with the Audio 20 radio featuring CD player and telephone keypad instead of the previous Audio 10 unit. The entry-level model now also comes with heated front seats at no extra cost. The new 12V power socket in the front-passenger footwell of all models in the G-Class range allows for straightforward connection of auxiliary electrical appliances.

From outside, the newest generation of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class can be recognised from its tail lights, which have been remodelled by the designers to give them a fresh, new, LED-style look.

New attractive optional extras available

To coincide with the facelift, Mercedes-Benz has added some new enticing items to its list of optional extras for the G-Class. These include the following highlights:
  • a reversing camera which shows drivers the scene behind the vehicle on the new COMAND unit's 6.5-inch screen;
  • a tyre pressure monitoring system whose information appears in the instrument cluster display;
  • a sports exhaust system for the long-wheelbase G 500 Station Wagon model which is basically identical to the exhaust system fitted in the G 55 AMG;
  • the "ARTICO" interior package with robust man-made leather appointments, plus
  • the new "Cognac" leather upholstery which extends the previous choice of leather appointments in either black or grey by adding a third, brown tone (no-cost option for G 500 model)
In light of these facelift measures, the claim that the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is now more comfortable and innovative than ever has never rung so true. For not only does the G-Class excel by virtue of a luxurious interior ambience, its technology is absolutely state of the art too. The permanent all-wheel drive is complemented by the electronically controlled traction system 4ETS which boosts vehicle grip when pulling away and accelerating on slippery surfaces. What's more, the G Class comes equipped with three engageable differential locks as well as a low-range ratio for tackling tough terrain.

The current G-Class model line-up comprises three engines and three different body variants. The engine power spectrum ranges from the 165 kW/224 hp of the G 320 CDI to the 368 kW/500 hp developed by the G 55 AMG.

The new-look G-Class is available to order now, with deliveries starting in mid April.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      > How about a new vehicle instead of updating the old
      > one, that way it will have a new platform and be
      > able to compete with other vehicles build closer
      > to this decade

      For its original purpose it will simply wipe the floor with about anything built closer to this decade, so why spoil it? Enough pretenders out there already.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "iconic off-roader"

      Yeah right. Maybe a gravel driveway going up to the mountain cabin, but 99% of these in the US will never see dirt under their tires.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is the last of the great German cars(SUV) that were ever built. The GL and M are nice, but they lack character and build quality and I think MB knows this. The G-Wagon might be old fashion, but everything old is new again anyway. If I had the money, I would buy this without any doubt.
      Range Rovers are nice but they lost a little of their character in my opinion
      and becoming a little bit too luxurious for a vehicle that suppose to cross the Sahara.
      • 7 Years Ago
      For those of you screaming for a new platform - go buy a GL.

      MB did tried to replace the G with the new GL planning to discontinue the G in the US. The outcry convinced MB there was a market for the G...so they updated it.

      I for onl like the slightly updated rather than madeover - it keeps my 1985 300GD looking fresh!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think the whole Geländewagen thing has run its course.

      The Hollywood set has already purchased one--and that was one cycle ago. When I was shopping back in 2002, I drove one but ultimately settled on the new Range Rover, which had all the iconic status with a 21st century platform.

      • 7 Years Ago
      It looked stupid in 1979. Now it looks stupid AND outdated. You do can waste a small fortune to look like a pimp-daddy NBA playa.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Win the lottery,buy a G-WAGEN,I can smell that Cognac leather now.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have to disagree with Tool-- I think that Mercedes has taken the right tack with the G-Wagen. They have the rest of their lineup as proof that they are not shy to innovate, but the G-Wagen is a continuing reminder of the long-term engineering prowess of Mercedes. They have the GL- and M-classes for those who want a more modern look. Classicists will probably continue to opt for the G-Wagen because it is an iconic, enduring design that never looks anachronistic despite its aesthetic simplicity. There are very few of these timeless designs (The Porsche 911 and the Jeep Wrangler are the only other ones that spring readily to mind) and the best approach that a company can take with redesigning them is to not mess with success. The latest Wrangler redesign comes dangerously close to messing with the essentials of the formula; Mercedes is smart to make minor body changes while making the interior deliciously modern. They have nearly thirty years of momentum going now and there is no need for revision simply for revision's sake.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "man-made leather"

      Er. . . wouldn't that make it imitation leather? Unless of course they mean the leather is literally made from a man, in which case, sign me up!

      • 7 Years Ago
      I drive one of these in military trim and I'd have to say it blows the socks off any military vehicle on or off road I've come across yet. Able to jump off the line and go up a 60% incline with seats that don't make your ass feel like you've been to the federal pen shower room. Best Canadian military purchase in years.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I still think Range Rover makes their Defender 110, so lets not make fun of the MB classic.
      Here is a 2 door convertible version take from their German site:
      http://www.mercedes-benz.de/content/germany/mpc/mpc_germany_website/de/home_mpc/passenger_cars/home/products/new_cars/g-class_cabriolet/360_views.0001.html
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's too bad you can't get one for less than $80k. They could save themselves money and sell it with zero off-road capability, because no one in the US is going to go off-roading in a vehicle that expensive.
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