• May 22, 2008
The Mercedes G-Class is like the tux and tails -- its remains in vogue no matter what's happening in the world around it. And like the tux, it looks pretty much like it did when it first arrived, and changes to it still don't come quickly.

For the '09 model, the G has been given Mercedes' new corporate face, so you can better associate it with that CL65 you've got parked next to it in the garage. The big news, though, is in the engine bay. The base V8 engine gets a whopping 90-horsepower bump from 292 to 382. Torque also gets seriously goosed from 336 ft-lb to 391. The boosted V8 and the AMG G55 get a much more modest boost of 7 horsepower for an even 500.

Otherwise, the squared one gets new wheels and electronics, including a new Telematics system. There is no word yet on whether the celebrity chariot will come to the U.S., but we're sure Britney really wants one.

[Source: eMercedesBenz]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Here is some fun.....

      2008 G500 12 city/15 hwy
      G55 11 city/13 hwy

      Premium gas....doh!!!

      I'm thinking if you own one of these....you don't care how much gas is....but dayum!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      UGLY dont even start to describe this eighties Landcruiser looking thingy.God! wait, did i say that ?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The owner of a G wagon doesn't want a prissy car, that's what the Ferrari in the driveway is for. The point of the car is to house that rugged masculine look. It's pure macho on wheels.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice to see that some things in this life have staying power. Long live the G.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm not in the market for this baby, yet somehow I'm glad they still made them.
        • 6 Years Ago
        you don't have to want to buy a car to like it

        example: I like the veyron, but I'm not in the market for one.
        • 6 Years Ago
        the G has always been the king of SUVs. It was the king back when the H1's creator was a mere glint in their father's eyes. They tried to kill it by introducing the GL, but the market demanded it continue production. Long live the king.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Now that the H1 is gone, this is the king of SUVs. It looks mean and can hold its own offroad.
        • 6 Years Ago
        In a strange twist of coincidence, I was just watching an old Top Gear rerun with the original G55 and promptly went scouring Auto Trader to get an idea of what the prices are like. Sadly, the cheapest one I saw (an '04 model) was still over $50k, so I won't be owning one just yet. I still like them a lot though. It's a proper SUV.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Started as an awesome offroad vehicle.

        And they turned it into a wood trimmed, leather lined, chrome and glossy paint covered monstrosity on low profile tires that you'd be afraid to get dirty and only a lawyer could afford.

        Pretty much what I imagine would happen if you told Cadillac to badge engineer a Jeep Wrangler.


        • 6 Years Ago
        here here good sir. When i have my kids, im going to point to the G as the last example of the mercedes benz of old. its kinda sad actually.

        what the world needs is more germans with pocket protectors and rulers. not idrive. not command.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Only on autoblog can you go from reading about the 60th million Honda cub moped to the AMG G55. This makes the statement "from one extreme to another" a massive understatement.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm sure new G-Class will continue the successful path of predecessor, however they look pretty similar.
      • 6 Years Ago
      One of my customers supposedly has one coming in next month. Once we tune it, I'll post this same picture.
        • 6 Years Ago
        haha, you were still lurking around here just waiting to say that...awesome.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I understand the concept of a SUV like this...I mean look @ the Wrangler, mostly unchanged. However the Wrangler isn't $100k. Why buy a new G when you can get 95% of the same car used for half the price?
        • 6 Years Ago
        *30 years
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, that can be debated, but even if it is stylish, wasn't still stylish 10 years ago when it pretty much looked the same?
        • 6 Years Ago

        isn't it a good thing if a design doesn't change for a long time and is still appealing?

        I think they call it a 'classic'.
        • 6 Years Ago
        that's why I said nearly
        • 6 Years Ago
        btw the G wagen was introduced in 1979

        that makes it nearly 40 years
      • 6 Years Ago
      You really have to question the stupidity of some of the things you write on Autoblog. Comments like "There is no word yet on whether the celebrity chariot will come to the U.S., but we're sure Britney really wants one." scream idiotic and why Autoblog is good for the headline and nothing else.

      Of course it's coming to the U.S. - the United States accounts for half of G-Class sales worldwide. Why would you even bother putting such a stupid point into your article?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Damn.

        Such harshness will NOT be tolerated! Now you take a timeout, Mark.
        No Gold Star for you.

      • 6 Years Ago
      $100K+ vehicle that still has exposed hinges, screws and the Aero Dynamics of a brick... FAIL!!!
      I see these all the time in LA and I laugh at the poor dumbass who thinks their driving the top of the line Mercedes... GL is superior in everyway important to any LA suburbinite, stay at home wife... oh and all the "Gansta" wannabe. They should be used soley by the german military and rich off roaders. Stop Putting 28" rims on these things!
        • 6 Years Ago
        thorani- as much as I love the G and vehicles like it (I own an 80-series Landcruiser myself, which I consider to be of similar heritage / offroad prowess), MikeofLA knows what he's talking about. I live in LA, as well, and it is amazing how many super-blinged-out and suburbanite-kid-hauler G's you see driving around all over the place. I can count on one hand the # I've seen outfitted for offroad use (which is what I use my 80 for, BTW).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Thorani - I Fully understand this vehicles point. It is a civilian version of a fantastic military vehicle. One, I would say, is better in this position then the mighty H1, and if you read what my comment was, you would understand my distaste for them. All the "orange women" "Gangsters" "Guido's" and douchbags in LA that own them, turn them into bling... Which is stupid.

        Yaroukh - Touche'... where do I send the reminents of my pride now that you have utterly destroyed me... Please stop talking to me.

        IK47 - The Avalon is treating me great, thank you. It's an in between car, since just last month I lemoned my '07 335i coupe... very sad. I very much enjoy the lack of a car payment, $50 insurance and fantastic gas milege... or where you being sarcastic (me being sarcastic)
        • 6 Years Ago
        thanks for the input mike

        how's the avalon treating you?
        • 6 Years Ago
        you really dont understand the point of this vehicle. Its been in existance since the 70s largely unchanged. If the 600 Pullman still existed, this would be the accompanying vehicle for the african president in the back seat. The G exists to do combat with the Range and it does just fine. The GL is for Orange women who drive between starbucks and hair salons. The G doesnt go after that crowd at all.
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