Mercedes-Benz G-Class History

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out of a joint venture in 1979 Mercedes-Benz and two other companies, and Puch of Austria, the Steyr-Daimler-Puch was (and still is) virtually in Austria. It was first and foremost a off-road vehicle favored by military groups and safari Loosely translated, Gelaendewagen tough terrain vehicle. familiar with this rig call it by its nickname, G-wagen.

propelled by a diesel engine, the G-wagen was not luxurious by any stretch windows and tartan cloth were the order of the day) but a reputation for being able to get most anything, no matter how or steep the terrain.

These were offered with a of relatively frugal gasoline and power plants. As with Mercedes-Benz models, the numbers and indicated the engine’s size and it was gasoline- or diesel-powered, e.g. the 230 G and 240 GD (diesel). Two gas models (the 230 and six-cylinder 280) and two diesel (the 240 and 300) were with horsepower ranging 72 to 150.

There were three styles to choose from, a of short-wheelbase two-doors (hardtop and and a long-wheelbase four-door wagon.

the G-wagen was not offered for sale in the the so-called gray market of the made them obtainable by with deep pockets. The market consisted of companies brought European-spec vehicles to the States and modified them to our government’s safety and emissions

One such company, Europa became so successful at this it struck an agreement with the people to build the vehicles it to U.S. standards that way International wouldn’t have to with modifying the vehicles anymore. Advertising in such publications as Robb Report . built up a nice business, the various G-wagens (two-door two-door ragtop and four-door customizing them for its clients and them for around $135,000.

The calling card of the G was its incredibly nature; in 1983 a 280 GE (with Ickx and Claude Brasseur at the won what is perhaps the most race on the planet, the Paris-Dakar Not much changed for the next of years, but in 1986 the 50,000th rolled off the line. That also saw minor changes to the that improved comfort, the of a catalytic converter that emissions and the replacement of the 240 GD with the 250 GD. The three years passed anything newsworthy, save for the 10th birthday in 1989 .

A revised chassis was found the familiar (some would say body for 1991 . A pair of features topped the list of that weren’t readily at a casual glance. Antilock and three electronically engaged differentials made the G safer on and more capable off. In to the standard locking center seen on most truck-based the G boasted front and rear diffs that gave the the grip and agility of a mountain when faced with terrain.

Recognizing that the G-wagen was considered by some folks who more about power, and foul-weather capability than trail-busting ability, Mercedes out the limited-production, V8-powered 500 GE for 1993 . As it was toward that aforementioned the 500 GE only had the center and rear locks, as the front one was typically only in the most severe conditions. With 240 horsepower and a trimmed in burled walnut and leather, the 500 GE was a precursor of what be coming to America nearly a later.

As with all other models, the G-wagen’s naming changed for 1994 . From year on, the G would come the model number (that is, as opposed to 500 GE). For 1996 the Turbo Diesel debuted, the G350 Turbo Diesel. the 300 had a smaller engine, its output (at 177 hp) was greater than that of the engine it replaced.

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A few new models debuted for . One of those was the new cabriolet that a power-operated convertible top. was the 290 GD Turbo Diesel (120 hp) replaced the non-turbo 290 GD. The G320 kept its name but received a new a 215-hp V6. After its brief run in and 1994, the V8-powered G500 a comeback for 1998 . and became widely available.

That also saw the merger of Mercedes-Benz and giving rise to DaimlerChrysler.

To the G-wagen’s 20th birthday in . Mercedes rolled out a special of the G500, called the G500 This year also saw the of multifunction controls mounted on the wheel that operated, other things, the audio and trip computer.

The year 2000 marked a point for diesel-powered versions of the G. the latest diesel technologies as common rail direct the powerful G400 CDI provided performance equal to (or even than) equivalently sized gas The technology windfall continued for when stability control ESP) debuted for the G-Class.

in 2002 after years of potential sales in America, the came to the States. Actually, one model was chosen for power- and Americans the G500. At nearly the G500 certainly wasn’t but considering that the gray was getting nearly twice over 10 years earlier six-cylinder models, no less), it have looked like a for G-wagen fans.

A mild including mirror-mounted turn and lights, also occurred year.

Mercedes’ in-house AMG, performed its magic on the G-Class for 2003 ; the result was the G55 AMG. The G55 sported engineering and tweaks over the standard that included a slightly and modified V8 (with 57 more and 51 more pound-feet of torque), exhaust, a prominent aluminum guard and unique 18-inch with meaty 285/55VR18 tires.

Time to celebrate. To mark the 25th birthday, Mercedes out the Classic 25 model for 2004 . a G500 with special brushed aluminum side silver grille color and of commemorative badges. Later in the a celebration of horsepower takes with the G55 receiving the same 5.4-liter V8 found in the pavement-scorching

Rated at an astounding 476 horsepower, the V8 catapults the G55 to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds. Top is electronically limited to 130 mph, than enough for a heavy Other changes this included a trio of additional features multicontour front a Harman Kardon audio and rear parking sensors.

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