• Jun 7, 2010

Mercedes-Benz G-Class Edition30 – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class – also known as the Geländewagen or G-Wagen for short – has had an interesting history, particularly in the U.S. market. The go-anywhere para-military SUV has been in production for over 30 years, but was only available in North America for much of its history as a gray-market import. Public demand eventually prompted Mercedes to officially offer the G-Wagen on American shores, where it proved a popular niche vehicle. In fact, its popularity prompted Mercedes to produce the GL-Class, which was originally envisioned as a replacement for the aging Geländewagen. The G was slated to cease production in 2006, but true to its rugged style and nary-unstopable capabilities, it's still here.

Over the past few years the G-Class has undergone a series of (largely cosmetic) updates, and reports now indicate that Mercedes has another one in store for the big dinosaur. While the boxy exterior is expected to carry over as the G's calling card, a few minor tweaks are in those cards, likely centered around the lights, bumpers and such. The cabin is slated for a thorough update, while updates under the hood will see the entire range Euro 5 emissions certified... no mean feat for such a behemoth.

At the top of the range, the old supercharged 5.4-liter V8 will continue to carry the G55 moniker – the last AMG model to do so – until the new direct-injection, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 comes along, oddly bearing the G63 AMG nameplate. Expect the new-but-still-recognizable G to bow at the Paris Motor Show this fall, with market roll-out to begin commensurately.



[Source: autoevolution]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      The photo gallery is great, although those clearly aren't American g-wagens as they are:
      A) Off road and not at the bus stop waiting for the kids.
      B) A trim level that appears to be more suited for actual truck work.

      Still, I'd love to have one if I could afford it as an additional vehicle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Upon getting my buddies G-Wagen stuck in 3 and a half feet of soft mud. We press the SOS button only for the overly friendly lady on other end of the line to say... "You did what with your G?!" Apparently she had never heard of anyone taking their G-Wagen anywhere besides the mall parking lot.

      Great truck... even though we need a Ford to winch us out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man it just looks great in that Buff color in the photo gallery
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm the second owner of a 10 year old G-wagen with 220K+ miles on the odo. Had it for five years and take it offroad as often as I can ... usually in the desert southwest. Still shines like new when I clean her up!
      • 4 Years Ago
      G-wagon will always be synonymous in my mind with his image!


      http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kvtyox0pPK1qz5njko1_500.jpg
        • 4 Years Ago
        I hope they never stop making this thing. I mean, saying G-Wagen never gets old.

        "hey, what car do you drive?
        I drive a G-wagen, biatch!"
        • 4 Years Ago
        That is a rockin' picture. Bet it hurt when he came down, though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1
        That so rocks!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've yet to see one with dirt on its tire sad really. Everytime i see one i think why would anyone buy such a great off road vehicle for boulevard cruising.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sometimes I think it would be nice to get into off-roading and what vehicles would be nice to use. Then you start seeing all these off-road capable vehicles on the road with normal road tyres. So sad. It's like owning a Lotus and never taking it to a track.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've seen two at some local trails around here.

        People DO use them, just not often.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The best review I ever saw on this car was one word "Why"!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I do like those smallish suvs but holy crap they cost too much,over 100 thousand dollars new and the used ones cost a ton as well.....meaning,Ill never own one unless its a bank repo that was just about paid off and I get really lucky and they sell it to me.....I did do that with a range rover,1200 bucks...LOL but the g wagen,it will never happen.
      jaymanwani
      • 4 Years Ago
      What happened to Merc?

      This is a copy of Tata Sumo from India!

      Strange!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @jaymanwani
        Nothing happened to Merc because it is not a Merc. It is a vehicle designed to replace the Jeep in Nato but, because of budget cuts not produced in great quantities. It is made not by Mercedes-Benz but by the old Steyr-Daimler-Puch in Graz, Austria. It is sold by Peugeot with its own diesel motor, and also as a Puch. Mercedes-Benz offered it under its own name for many years and using it's motor and transmission. The 4-wheel drive system is a Steyr patent. Steyr now is owned by Magna International, a Canadian company. With the three point star it became chic and African dicators raced to buy them in the short wheel base two door version and then in the long wheel base 4 door model. Mercedes decades ago offered two 230-G to the Vatican and they were used by Pope John Paul II in his travels. They were 2-door long wheel base with a Perspex box on top. They were replaced by two others, identical outside, but with bigger engines and modified automatic transmission. The advantage of those so called Popemobiles is that the tops could be taken down and the Gs fit with an inch to spare in the cargo compartment of the MD-11s of Alitalia. The present pontiff uses two ML assembled by Karmann in Osnabruk. The Gs continue to be made at Graz, Austria, by Magna International and are used by mountain rescue and police departments throughtout Europe, under different names as well as Mercedes-Benz in the US.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's too bad they don't offer diesel with it here. That way you could really take it off-road. I'd worry too much about my gas mileage if I had a G550 and drive it off-road.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, what can I say; it's hard to get rid of a classic ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        99.9% of these are never driven off-road, unless you consider Hollywood off-road?
      • 4 Years Ago
      UGLY -- looks like a filing cabinet on wheels. Also doesn't exactly look aerodynamically efficient, either.
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