Everyone Loves a G-Wagon

by Nate Torvik on July 20, 2012

Mercedes-Benz has a history of making dependable, long-lasting and legendary vehicles. Many think of the beloved G-Wagon (Geländewagen if you really want to get technical) as the workhorse of the Mercedes-Benz brand. It sits in a class of its own. Literally, it’s the only one in the G-Class family. The history behind the handmade G-Wagon may just be more interesting than the legendary vehicle itself.

The Geländewagen, which roughly translates to “tough terrain vehicle,” was born back in 1979. The major buyers in the G-Wagon business were those with military backgrounds. It wasn’t comfortable. It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t luxurious. However, it was the epitome of an off-road vehicle, in a time when the term “rugged” didn’t just refer to a man wearing a cowboy hat who hadn’t shaved for three days.

The G-Wagon was not originally designed to be sold in the U.S., but as we all know, money can buy just about anything – aside from love, happiness and the meaning of life. Those in the States with a healthy budget could bring over their own G-Wagon and modify it to fit the rules and regulations in the U.S. In the early 90s, Mercedes-Benz began to recognize that its all-terrain, drive-up-Mount-Everest, rugged-to-the-max G-Wagon was becoming a status symbol for those who desired power and luxury. Mercedes-Benz began to cater to these buyers and started producing the 500 GE, the start of a new era for the G-Class.

The G-Wagon finally came over to the United States officially in 2002, priced at $75,000. Faithful U.S. consumers must have been relieved, after paying nearly double that just to get one shipped overseas and modified. Today, there is no end to the luxury and performance one can find in the G-Wagon. Now you can get a used G-Wagon for an even better price.

It is still almost entirely built and assembled by hand, and the G550 is the most advanced model yet. Under the guise of an elegant SUV that maintains the Mercedes-Benz integrity is a high performance machine. The 382 HP V-8 engine under the hood has the ability to go from 0-60 in six seconds flat. The seven-speed transmission provides the driver with the widest gear range of any SUV, easily handling any driving terrain from the steepest mountains to the open road.

There is just something about the G-Wagon that makes you want to hold it close and never let go, like the fluffiest puppy at the shelter, but a rugged, fluffy puppy. The G550 will carry on the G-Wagon’s time-honored tradition of being the leader in SUV innovation, performance and luxury. Never fear, the G-Wagon is here.

Google+ Comments

Previous post:

Next post: