Mercedes has managed to elevate one of its most utilitarian models to luxury status, but those familiar with the G-Class – or really anyone who's ever even seen one – will know that the Geländewagen is a true workhorse if there ever was one. Stripped of its luxury accoutrements, the G-Class is sold to military forces and government bodies as the 461 series. And Mercedes was, for a time, glad to sell the bare-bones G-Wagen to private customers as well, but the latest word is that it will no longer.

While the luxed-out 463 model is offered in these United States with a choice of V8 engines, the 461 (since its reappearance on the private customer market in 2010) has been offered only with a 3.0-liter V6 diesel... and little else. We're not sure exactly how these things work since the AMG versions would seem to be the biggest offenders, but a new report from Car and Driver says the bare-bones G-Wagen has fallen prey to constricting emissions regulations.

That would make this model's discontinuation (or at least disappearance from the consumer market) different from the demise of the convertible version, which was killed off mostly due to lack of interest. So if you want a Geländewagen now, you'll just have to go for the fully-equipped model – or make a new friend at your defense department's procurement office.


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      zackwatt
      • 11 Months Ago
      I would love to get my hands on a 461! This would be a total hit here in the states...
        john96xlt
        • 11 Months Ago
        @zackwatt
        Same here. It's definitely the one I'd go for if I got the chance at a G-Wagon.
        Susan
        • 11 Months Ago
        @zackwatt
        Not sure about that. It might be too purposeful and serious for this market except for a limited number of enthusiasts.
      Avinash Machado
      • 11 Months Ago
      What a SUV ought to be.
        ffelix422
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        Completely agree. And it would last forever with that diesel engine.
      Matt44
      • 11 Months Ago
      I would love to get one of those here in the US... but the ones they do sell are expensive
      The Wasp
      • 11 Months Ago
      If they offered this in the US with a modest gas engine for $55k....they would sell out. But maybe that's not possible and maybe they're not interested in doing that.
      trew.bvcsa
      • 11 Months Ago
      How much do these barebones 461's cost new?
      jonwil2002
      • 11 Months Ago
      I suspect the reason this vehicle is a problem from an emissions perspective but the AMG versions are not is because this one has a diesel engine and the AMG versions do not.
      Nathan
      • 11 Months Ago
      MB never officially sold the 461 chassis in the US . All official US G-Wagon imports were 463 series chassis.