There are few vehicles that have been on the market as long as the Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen. Magna Steyr has been building it for Mercedes since 1979, and it's not about to stop any time soon. But the convertible version, according to the latest reports, may not be long for this world.

Like the Land Rover Defender or Jeep Wrangler – two other off-road icons that have similarly stood the test of time – the G-Class has been traditionally offered in two wheelbase lengths. (Three, if you include the new six-figure, six-wheel-drive version.) The longer wheelbase packs four doors (five if you count the liftgate) and has, despite the arrival of the GL-Class that was originally designed to replace it, been officially available in the United States since the mid-90s. But overseas, Mercedes continues to offer the shorter wheelbase, although the hardtop has long since given way exclusively to the convertible version.

Car and Driver now reports, however, that Daimler is discontinuing the cloth-topped G-Class and the shorter wheelbase on which it rides, which will undoubtedly help it and Magna Steyr keep up with the apparently growing demand for the long-wheelbase version. Though the final versions of the G500 cabriolet are reportedly being sold off now, production of the long-wheelbase G-Class is likely to continue at least until Magna's current contract expires in 2019.


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      Jabbit
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm not sure I ever said "hello" to begin with.
      Scott Berger
      • 1 Year Ago
      G-class wasn't officially sold in US until 2002. Before that it was sold through gray-market imports, not that anyone fought gray-market imports back then.
        Carmaker1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scott Berger
        It was actually in early 2001, shortly after the late 2000 facelift in Europe with COMAND and etc. added.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 1 Year Ago
      And say hello to the G Class 6x6 offroad Hummer destroyer.
      Carmaker1
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's too bad they never sold it over here. I've only been in a 2005 G320 cabriolet that belongs to a relative in West Africa. Unlike most of them, I consider the Gelandewagen W463 to be the most reliable modern Mercedes-Benz. My '09 G55 AMG has been more trouble-free compared to BMW, Jaguar, and even Infiniti in my extended household. Compared to it's substitute '08 Defender SVX I drive now (in having relocated back to the UK), it's very clear that the G55 is less punishing comfort wise than the Defender in week long commuting I do between Birmingham and Coventry (for obvious reasons). Hopefully next spring I will try looking into finding a late model W463 LHD grey market import.
        GR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Carmaker1
        Wasn't there an article on here about a German man and his late wife who toured the word in a diesel G-wagen? He put over 500,000 miles on it with the original engine and transmission and it was very reliable. It's now in a Benz museum in Germany.
      Andrew
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just because commenters have to be pedantic... "five if you count the liftgate"... it's not a liftgate, it's hinged at the side. :)
      Jim R
      • 1 Year Ago
      I...didn't even know this was a thing.
      axiomatik
      • 1 Year Ago
      $100k Suzuki Samurai?
      MMM
      • 1 Year Ago
      Always wanted that car. Too bad it never made it to US...
        Dean
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MMM
        You can/could get one. G.Wagen USA (http://www.gwagen.com/flash.html) imported them prior to Mercedes-Benz USA officially bringing them (at least the 4 door version) to the US. G.Wagen USA still imports the cabriolets. I would love to have one.
      Jerry
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thank God...
      bullitt2605
      • 1 Year Ago
      First time I have ever seen or heard of one.
      vi_per
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don't worry. "It'll be back."
      RedEmblem
      • 1 Year Ago
      What? They sold those?
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