Anniversary for the Mercedes-Benz G-Class: 40 years of the G-Class rocks!


Posted on 08 Aug. 2019

For 40 years the Mercedes-Benz G-Class has been the measure of all things in the off-road-vehicle segment, and for 20 years as an AMG model, too, with an extra portion of performance. This makes it by far the longest-standing passenger car model series built in Mercedes-Benz history and thus the forefather of all SUVs with the three-pointed star. To mark this anniversary there are no less than four highlights for G-Class fans. Firstly: three attractive STRONGER THAN TIME special models. Secondly: on request the special model is exclusively available as the G 400 d (combined fuel consumption: 9.6 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 253 g/km)* in the most powerful expansion stage of the efficient inline six-cylinder diesel engine. Thirdly: the new individualisation range G manufaktur, with which customers can select from their own personal G. And fourthly: the new G-Class Experience Centre, where customers from all over the world can test the impressive skills of the off-road icon in extreme terrain not far from the G-Class production site in Graz.

 “40 years ago the combination of on- and off-road properties was a revolutionary concept. The current G-Class continues this tradition. Its top technological performance today forms the basis for its status as an automotive icon”, says Dr Gunnar Güthenke, Head of the Off-Road Vehicle product unit at Mercedes-Benz. “We are celebrating this exceptional status with lots of highlights for our customers and fans. I am convinced that, for the G-Class, it is just the beginning.”

40 years of G - with attractive editions

What began in the early 1970s with a collaboration agreement between the then Daimler-Benz AG and Steyr-Daimler-Puch in the Austrian city of Graz is now a unique piece of automotive history. The concept for the new off-road vehicle was in itself unusual: it combines superior off-road capability with fully-fledged roadworthiness and safety. All-wheel drive and 100-percent differential locks have also been part of the “G” since that time, as has the robust ladder-type frame.

In 1975 the decision was also made to commence series production of the G-models. At the same time it was agreed to construct a new plant in Graz, where the vehicles have been manufactured ever since, mainly built by hand. 80 percent of all the G-Class vehicles ever produced are still in use – testament to the outstanding quality of the off-road legend.

At the time of its market launch, in the spring of 1979, it was available with a choice of four engine variants covering a performance range from 53 kW/72 hp to 115 kW/156 hp. Customers had the option of a Cabriolet with a short wheelbase and Station Wagon models with a short or long wheelbase. In 1989 the vehicles of the model series 463 marked the beginning of an evolutionary process for the off-roader that was continually keeping pace with technical progress. Since 1993 the model has borne the name G-Class.

In numerous special-purpose versions, the off-roader also showed its versatility in operation with the police, fire service and rescue services. The G model is also known the world over as the “Popemobile”. The Mercedes-Benz 230 G off-road vehicle painted in mother of pearl with a transparent special body accompanied Pope John Paul II on numerous journeys from 1980.

For eternity: Stronger Than Time Edition and G 400 d

The three STRONGER THAN TIME Editions to mark the anniversary year, including an AMG variant, are a real birthday treat.

The Mercedes-Benz special models for 40 years of the G-Class are available in two engine versions. Exclusively available for the special model, the most powerful expansion stage of the new inline six-cylinder diesel engine OM 656 is available as the G 400 d (combined fuel consumption: 9.6 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 253 g/km)*. With an output of 243 kW (330 hp) and an impressive maximum torque of 700 Nm at 1200 to 3200 rpm this top-of-the range engine offers a generous portion of driving pleasure. At the same time it is systematically designed to meet future emissions legislation (RDE – Real Driving Emissions). All components relevant for efficient emissions reduction are installed directly at the engine. This contributes to faster effectiveness of the catalytic converter and the diesel particulate filter. High-tech features such as the stepped-recess combustion process, the two-stage exhaust-gas turbocharging and the use of the variable valve train CAMTRONIC also ensure increases in efficiency.

The Mercedes-Benz Editions are alternatively available as the G 500 (combined fuel consumption: 12.1-11.5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 276-263 g/km)*. Here a high-performance 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine ensures powerful propulsion. The biturbo produces an output of 310 kW (422 hp) and a maximum torque of 610 Nm at 2000 to 4750 rpm.

The Mercedes-Benz models to mark the G-Class anniversary come in AMG Line guise, so they have flared wheel arches, AMG design elements in the bumpers and an exterior protective strip, brake callipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering and, in the case of the G 500, also a sports exhaust system. The drivers also hold a flattened steering wheel in their hands. Thanks to the Stainless Steel Package the side running boards, spare wheel cover, door sills and the loading sill protection at the rear are of a very high quality. The standard-fit Night Package gives the special model darkened lights as well as outside mirrors, a spare wheel ring and design elements in the bumpers in obsidian black and tinted rear windows.

Both the two Mercedes-Benz variants and the Mercedes-AMG model of the STRONGER THAN TIME Editions offer extensive standard equipment, including:  

  • Driving Assistance Package
  • Suspension with adaptive damping system
  • Parking Package with 360° camera
  • MULTIBEAM LED headlamps (not in conjunction with headlamp grilles)
  • Widescreen Cockpit
  • Active Multicontour Seat Package
  • Burmester® surround sound system
  • Ambient lighting with 64 colours and ten colour schemes
  • EASY-PACK load compartment cover

Painstaking attention to detail is revealed by a further feature, which is impressively showcased at night: the surround lamp projects the “G” logo and the lettering “STRONGER THAN TIME” onto the asphalt. This lettering is also found on each of the badges on the outside on the A-pillar and in the leather-covered grab handle in front of the front seat.

The Mercedes-Benz Editions are available in two looks: traditionalists will be delighted by a variant whose interior is characterised by black nappa leather with golden topstitching as well as trim elements in open-pore black ash. The exterior paintwork options available for selection are G manufaktur manganite grey magno, G manufaktur monza grey magno, G manufaktur citrine brown magno, G manufaktur olive metallic, G manufaktur diamond white, obsidian black and mojave silver. If customers choose one of the three matt paint colours the obsidian black features from the Night Package are in G manufaktur night black magno, and this also applies to the radiator grille and the flared wheel arches. The eyecatching features of this variant are the black 20-inch AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels and the protective grilles on the headlamps.

Anyone wanting a particularly exclusive G-Class can opt for the special model with the luxury two-tone Exclusive Interior Plus in macchiato beige / yacht blue with trim elements of high-gloss light brown Sen wood or in the combination macchiato beige / lounge red, with the trim parts in the instrumental panel and centre console in black piano lacquer. Diamond white, mojave silver, obsidian black, brilliant blue and selenite grey are available as paintwork for the G manufaktur.

The traditional and also the exclusive Mercedes-Benz special model of the G-Class have leather-covered grab handles on the roof lining, and the instrument panel is also covered with nappa leather.

20 years of the AMG G-Class: king of the performance off-roaders

AMG is celebrating the 20th birthday of the performance G-Class with a STRONGER THAN TIME Edition for the Mercedes-AMG G 63 (combined fuel consumption: 13.3-13.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 304-299 g/km)* with a fittingly powerful drive system, the sophisticated AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension, AMG-specific drive programs and a state-of-the-art interior.

The basis for the hallmark AMG Driving Performance both on and off metalled roads is provided by the 430 kW (585 hp) 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine, the rear-biased all-wheel drive (40:60) with three differential locks, the extremely fast-shifting 9-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT automatic transmission, the double wishbone independent front suspension and the adaptive adjustable damping. The unmistakeable design creates strong highlights with the AMG-specific radiator grille, flared wheel arches, striking side pipes on the exhaust system and the up to 22-inch wheels.

The peak torque of an impressive 850 Nm is available from 2500 to 3500 rpm and conveys the impression of effortless superiority. A sprint from standstill to 100 km/h is absolved in 4.5 seconds. This dynamic performance is maintained up to the limited maximum speed of 220 km/h, or 240 km/h with the AMG Driver’s Package.

On the special model to mark the anniversary of the performance-G-Class the AMG-specific radiator grille in dark chrome adds an initial visual exclamation mark. Numerous equipment features in Silvershadow, a matt chrome finish, emphasise the fine direction being taken. These include:

  • The running boards and the sidepipes tailpipes on the exhaust system
  • The outside mirror housings
  • The trim elements in the bumpers at the front and rear, the underguard, the inserts in the side exterior protective strips and on the spare wheel cover.

The 22-inch AMG cross-spoke forged wheels are painted matt black and feature a high-sheen finish – this combination is exclusively reserved for the Edition and combines visual depth with a matt silver-coloured finish. The 10 J x 22-dimensioned wheels are fitted with tyres sized 295/40 R 22.

The colours available for selection as paintwork are non-metallic G manufaktur dark blue, obsidian black metallic, G manufaktur graphite metallic, G manufaktur night black magno, G manufaktur platinum magno and G manufaktur diamond white bright. The ring around the spare wheel cover is also kept in the vehicle colour here.

The interior also boasts sportily luxurious equipment, including G manufaktur two-tone black / titanium grey pearl nappa leather, AMG carbon-fibre trim elements and grab handles in nappa leather. The instrument panel is also covered in nappa leather, on the top in black and on the bottom in titanium grey pearl.

The AMG special model also provides a welcome on entry by projecting STRONGER THAN TIME vibrantly in the entrance area. The lettering is also to be found here in the form of an engraving in the insert on the grab handle on the front passenger side.

For challenging G-ography: AMG Trail Package

With the new, optional AMG Trail Package the Mercedes-AMG G 63 is now even better equipped for excursions off the beaten track. The suspension with adaptive damping adjustment AMG RIDE CONTROL was tuned more softly for off-road use. It makes smoother work of poor road surfaces and also enables the wheels to follow uneven surfaces with precision. Thanks to the optimised ground contact in off-road terrain the off-road drive programs Trail, Rock and Sand have a more efficient effect. The new tuning also helps increase on-road comfort over long distances. Exclusively designed for the AMG Trail Package, the 5-twin-spoke 20-inch light-alloy wheels with all-terrain tyres also visually reinforce the robust properties and the special off-road talent of the G 63 with the AMG Trail Package.

A black underguard also protects the valuable powertrain system against damage to ensure that the vehicle continues to make progress even in extreme applications. The black-tinted and heat-insulating glazing for the rear side windows and the rear window afford protection against strong sunlight. Mud flaps on the wheel arches on the rear wheels and rubber floor mats also emphasise the high resilience of the G 63 with the AMG Trail Package even on loose gravel and in mud.  

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