The iconic G-Class has been one constant in the world of off-road vehicles since 1979. Its design and off-road capability has stood the test of time – and with its new facelift the timeless design stays almost unchanged, with new engines being introduced across the range.

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    G: The iconic G-Class is also known as the G-Wagen, short for the German Geländewagen.

1972 Development of the technology in the contemporary G-Class takes place in Graz, Austria.
1979 First of 460 G-Classes roll off the production line in Graz, Austria, and are introduced in the market as passenger vehicles for tough off-road use.
1980 The Vatican takes delivery of a specially-outfitted G-Wagen (Geländewagen) to serve as the Popemobile, dubbed “Papa G”.
1981 First major refinements including automatic transmission, A/C, auxiliary fuel tank, protective headlamp grilles and a cable winch.
1982 Fuel injection introduced with the G 230 E.
1989 10th anniversary edition G-Class debuts at the Frankfurt International Motor Show, featuring permanent four-wheel drive, wood-trimmed interior and optional ABS.
1990 The 463 series of the now classic Geländewagen is launched.
1992 100 000th G-Class produced in Graz.
1994 Officially renamed to G-Class.
1997 Second facelift of the G-Class.
1998 Range-topping G 500 is introduced, boasting a 218kW, V8 engine.
1998 20th anniversary G 500 Classic special edition is released in limited numbers. G 55 AMG makes its debut – the most powerful produced at the time with 260kW of power.
2001 US launch of the G-Class features new alloy wheels, chrome grille, body-colour bumpers and a more luxurious cabin.
2004 G 55 AMG is upgraded with supercharged V8, developed to 260kW of power.
2006 G 500 is world’s first passenger car to reach world’s coldest region.
2007 G 55 AMG upgraded again, develops 370kW. It boasts Bi Xenon headlamps, corner-illuminating front fog lamps and new scratch-resistant nano-particle paint.
2008 The COMAND system is introduced, as well as a more refined cabin. Vatican receives a new Popemobile, based on the G 500.
2009 30th anniversary – and more than 200 000 G-Class have been produced in Graz.


Few cars have weathered the unrelenting forces of time as well as the iconic G-Class. Its bold and robust design is impervious to trends and the perfect complement to its excellent off-road performance. Over the years its body has enjoyed a constant stream of refinements, removing the unnecessary and accentuating its classic proportions. 

Clear, classic lines define the G-Class’s exterior. Everything is where it should be with nothing unnecessary. As much as the world around it has changed, the G-Class has remained a constant. Its round lights flanking the large grille tell a story few can match, and its distinctive wheel arches and wide track offer a ride most can only dream of. 

The G-Class’s classic, minimal design is reflected perfectly in its ergonomic cockpit. Clearly laid out and free of clutter, it features all the state-of-the-art equipment expected in a luxury SUV. Boasting striking, yet understated style, the craftsmanship and attention to detail is undeniable. Every element of the cabin was designed with you in mind.

Don’t be fooled by the G-Class’s fabulous façade: underneath that rugged shell is a vehicle laden with cutting edge technology. DISTRONIC PLUS cruise control monitors surrounding traffic and actively adapts to conditions, while Blind Spot Assist and PARKTRONIC make lane changes and parking a breeze. COMAND Online, paired with a 17.8cm screen, provides flawless on-the-go navigation, as well as a host of other features including a 6-disc DVD changer.

Setting the highest safety standards has long been a priority at Mercedes-Benz, and the G-Class’s offering is of the highest order. With a fully-fledged anti-lock braking system ABS fitted, optimised ESP, and Brake Assist, the G-Class is prepared for any situation and can even actively help you if a risk goes undetected.

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