The Mercedes G Wagon, a three-decade-old off-roading symbol which has given a new charter of life. Thanks to Mercedes-Benz, which are importing updated examples of classic G-Class models into the UK.
The New Mercedes G Wagon comes available with right-hand drive and with a choice of either petrol or a diesel engine. You can now have one of this boxy, five-seat hand built G Wagen 4x4s on your drive. The revival has started a couple of special edition, for example, the rugged G 500 4×4 and the 6-wheeler giant G 63 6×6. Not content with just leaving the G-class the same, Mercedes are messing with their old retro SUV for 2018 model. The people will be glad to know that its shape and ladder chassis, with the live rear axle, will remain. However, there are are suggestions it could be more extensive to allow more interior space. As well as having a revamped cabin and the infotainment system.
Mercedes should be commended for the thoroughness of its update to the G-class. Including an M-B’s seven-speed auto gearbox and also electro-hydraulic power steering. This allows (for a two and a half tonne off-road beast) an acceptable 28.5mpg and 261g of CO2. The figures have vastly improved on from the original remake. The power in the Mercedes G Wagon is a 5.5litre V8 petrol engine built by the professionals at AMG. This produces 563bhp and 560lb ft of torque consequently. The G-class experience remains determinedly old tech. Optional 18-inch alloys with new 60-profile winter tyres combined with rough and ready suspension for the typical urban roads. Performance is as plentiful as you can imagine in the Mercedes G Wagon. There is a little lack of steering precision but can do 0-62 in 8.9 seconds and a top speed of 119mph.
Mercedes G Wagon
While the 5.5 litre V8 AMG model is a different machine. This manages to do 0-62 in 5.4 seconds and goes on to what would be terrifying 130mph top speed. Although whichever version you choose this is a car that you would only ever drive slowly particular over large bumps and dips in fear of being thrown out of your seat. Moreover, the Mercedes power steering doesn’t seem to be strong enough for the Mercedes G Wagon. The steering on the car is now seriously cumbersome and slow to self-centre. This vehicle with is able to withstand depths of 600mm of standing water which is more than a land rover defender. There are three sperate differential locks which help for excellent traction in slippery conditions. With an additional low range transfer case for the seven-speed gearbox.
This all adds to that incredible reputation of that G-class has in 4×4 circles. Also being known as unstoppable reliability and heftiness. Then if you regular venture off the beaten track you might just forgive the car for its characterful on-road ride and handling. The equipment levels Mercedes has not positioned this SUV to be utilitarian like its predecessor but to reach the luxury end. Which is surprising considering its rivals such as Range Rover and the sport but interestingly also the Bentley Bentayga As for trims, there is only one choice for the diesel V6 and the AMG-powered V8 there is three options. The standard G350 d model comes with essential features and 18-inch alloys. Some of these features are parking sensors, reversing camera, bi-xenon headlights, heated seats, automatic wipers leather upholstery and Mercedes infotainment system with a Logic 7 sound system.
Mercedes G Wagon AMG Models
The fierce AMG models come with the choice of three trims. The standard AMG, edition 463 and coloured edition. Also, the not so entry level G 63 comes with 20-inch alloys, red brake callipers, stainless steel door sills and a sport-tuned exhaust. Additionally, an electric sunroof and dashings of chrome along the outside. Inside is treated to a designo leather upholstery and climate control. Upgrading to a better 463 edition, your Mercedes G Wagon will come with even more luxurious such as 21ich alloys, stainless steel underbody guard and additional protective headlight guards. Interior also gains two-tone leather upholstery and rear TV screen with a tuner. Includes all the basic stuff, and driver safety aids like blind spot assist and adaptive cruise control.
The colour edition G63s are essentially in the usual standard AMG SUV in garish colour combinations. Although there is no need to buy one of these if you think it’s a luxury SUV. There are other particular commercial vehicles are significantly more refined and a lot more comfortable. The Range Rover and Bently are just about the most comfortable cars you can buy. As a go off-roader anywhere now with additionally added creature comforts the Mercedes G Wagon is a great car. The G-Class has its place for those who can afford the premium and its certainly got a strong character to burn and provides a real sense of occasion. In conclusion as an everyday road car, it is both antiquated and compromised.