The G-Class is the longest produced model in Mercedes-Benz history, having been built since 1979. This boxy go-anywhere military (and later civilian) vehicle served as the Popemobile for a time, and even won the prestigious Paris-Dakar rally in 1983, driven by Jacky Ickx. In the U.S., all Gelandewagens (German for “cross-country vehicles”) sold prior to its official 2003 intro were gray-market vehicles, legally purchased but not via Mercedes’ approved channels.
This adds to the mystique of the G, which continues to be hand-assembled at Magna-Steyr in Graz, Austria. Although this boxy Mercedes 4×4, with its three locking differentials, is extremely capable off-road, the G is far more common on Rodeo Drive than the Rubicon Trail.
Under its aluminum hood, the new Mercedes-Benz G550 is powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that produces 416 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. That’s good for a 0-60 mph sprint of 5.6 seconds.
All-new 2nd-generation G-Class
Available as a G550 or a G63 AMG
Twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine
9-speed automatic transmission
Double-wishbone front suspension replaces live axle
Pricing starts at $124,500 (G550) and $147,500 (G63)