2021 Mercedes-Benz G Class
Mercedes has redesigned the offer of the famous G-Class for the model year 2021. 2021 Mercedes-Benz G Class is finally here. Look at what has been changed.
For starters, the most powerful diesel version of the G400d will be available in combination with all equipment packages from September 1 (which has not been the case so far), with the six-cylinder diesel engine developing 330HP and 700 Nm of torque.
The G-Class also received Desert driving mode to improve traction on sandy terrain, and there’s also a standard digital instrument panel.
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Also, the optional Night Package can now be ordered without the AMG Line and Stainless Steel Package, and the design of the 20-inch alloy wheels in high-gloss black or Himalayan gray finish is also new.
There are also three new colors in the palette (gray, green and blue inspired by the colors from the past of this model), while the rest of the visual refinement is due to the G Manufaktur Package.
G Class history:
1948: The G-Wagen’s Large Adult Father
After WWII, a former Mercedes-Benz engineer, who worked for the brand when it was essentially the vehicular wing of the Nazi party, comes up with an idea for an all-wheel-drive, all-terrain civilian vehicle. This open-bed, canvas-roofed truck, the Unimog, was named as an acronym for Universal Motor Gerät (“device”). The Unimog was such a good idea that Mercedes bought the company in 1950, and has been producing endless variations on the Unimog platform ever since, used for everything from ambulances to snowplows.
1973: A Car Is Born
The first styling mock-up for what would become the G-Wagon is created out of wood. The medium makes sense, since the angular truck lacked the sensual curves typically rendered by car designers in clay. The G-Class was divided into two separate model lines—one for military applications and one for non-military applications—but all shared common features: a very robust all-wheel-drive system, a narrow width, and an adorable yet menacing appearance.
1979: The G-Wagon Rolls Out
The first G-Wagons began being hand-built in Graz, Austria. They were available in three different body styles: two-door convertible, two-door wagon, and four-door wagon. One of the first early bulk orders came from the Shah of Iran for his military, but the Islamic revolution deposed him before the order could be fulfilled. The G-Wagon was not officially exported into the United States in its first decade or so, but a few hundred washed up on our shores thanks to individual “grey market” imports that were allowed until 1987.
1980: “G” as in “God”
The Vatican requests a special version of the four-door G-Wagon 230G topped with a clear plastic chamber in which the Pope could stand upright while greeting and blessing his admirers during public appearances. According to The Washington Post, this was the first Popemobile to feature the see-through box that let the Pope stand up while rolling through the crowd (though it wasn’t made bulletproof until later).
1990: The G-Class Gets Classy
The G-Class receives its first major styling update. Though Mercedes kept the utilitarian looks, it transitioned the G toward luxury with a special civilian-only line that featured burl wood trim, leather seats, cruise control, and anti-lock brakes, as well as running boards to make getting in and out a less intense affair.1993: It’s Coming to America
After a five-year process, a Santa Fe company called Europa—long a resource for G-Class sales, parts, and service in the United States—receives official permission to legally import and federally certify G-Wagons to sell on the American market. Bringing the trucks up to U.S. standards was expensive for a non-manufacturer, resulting in a six-figure price tag that immediately cemented the truck’s exclusivity, rarity, and luxo-bruiser appeal.
2001: Mercedes Makes It Official
More than 20 years after debuting the G-Wagon, Mercedes decides that the American market is too large and profitable to let Europa have all the fun, and begins importing a V8-powered version of the G-Class into the States. As the years go by and the sales pile up, Mercedes drops more powerful and more luxurious versions of the bourgeois monster truck with increasingly beefy V-8 engines and many of the the high-tech comfort, safety, and convenience features crammed into the brand’s more civilized vehicles.
2007: The G-Wagen Refuses to Take an L
Mercedes unveils the GL-Class, a new three-row luxury SUV that’s supposed to replace the ancient, utilitarian G-Wagon. But demand for the old truck—the development costs of which had been amortized when Barack Obama was in high school—refused to taper off, and the profits on it were too good for Mercedes to kill it off. A new “Popemobile” was also delivered to the pontiff. The U.S. military even ordered a passel of G-Wagons for use in its endless desert wars. The G-Wagon refuses to go away.
2013: The WTF G-Wagon Arrives
The absolutely insane six-wheeled G 63 AMG 6×6 shows up. It was never sold in the United States, but more than 100 were sold elsewhere, including the Middle East, where the increased ground clearance and extra traction were popular for dune climbing. And stunting.2016: And Another Crazy G-Wagon Arrives
Though it had been available in other markets for a few years, Mercedes finally makes the G 65 available in the States. This $225,000 rolling brick of excess housed a 621-horsepower V-12 engine up front and quilted leather interior inside—and was proof that, for some people, too much G is never enough.
2017: Okay, Now Two Extreme Gs Arrive
Just when we thought the G could not get any more absurd, Mercedes’ upscale Maybach sub-brand releases the half-convertible (a.k.a., “laundaulet”) G 65. It’s a limited-edition, $800,000, extra-long guarantee that the valet will park out front. Only 99 were slated to be made, and all of them had the reclining, massaging rear seats out of the Maybach sedan. Drake himself would snag a later G650 landaulet. On top of the droptop, Mercedes also brings out the jacked-up $225,000 G550 4×42, which is basically a G-Wagon with Tonka DNA. Its roof sits seven-feet-four-inches high, making it the ultimate G-Wagon for looking down on people.
2018: A New G in Town
Thirty-nine years after the G-Wagon debuted, it gets its first all-new makeover. Though the 2018 model looks almost exactly like the original, the only parts it shares with that truck are the door handles and the stainless-steel spare tire cover. Longer, wider, more luxurious and sophisticated, and far more stable, but with the same rugged good looks, the new G is actually enjoyable to drive on modern roads without losing any of its automotive anachronism attraction. Only two versions are available, both with twin-turbocharged V-8 engines. But we wouldn’t doubt that Mercedes has a few more extreme variants up its sleeves.