Big, square, cubic, rectangular, quadrangular, dependable, and still here, after all these years, Mercedes-Benz G-Class is getting only a minor face lift, but it’s an excuse to talk about one of the most adorably practical rides out there. Why adorable? Well just look at the thing. It can’t be anything but what it is: A truck. Yes, it’s a very expensive truck, and yes, it is beloved by people like Ah-nuld (who supposedly has four of them, two silver, two black, all of them are bio-diesel fueled), but if it didn’t have that three-pointed star on it’s tennis court sized & proportioned hood, only two people would be using these things: farmers and the German military.
Now it’s called the G-Class, but it was originally called the Geländewagen (gee, wonder why they changed the name for our market), but other than that, and adding a bunch of C & C features for the Maria Shrivers of this world, the G-Class is pretty much what it always has been: A German truck.
For 2010 Mercedes has added newly developed front seats and a new rear bench, and the well-healed customers get a choice of black or gray fabric upholstery or leather seats in either black, gray or chestnut as well as new ‘climatised’ multicontour seats (no, I don’t know what those are either).
Other interior changes include the addition of an Aux-in socket in the glove compartment and a new ignition key and outside the new G-Class gets a modified spare wheel cover and two new paint options: “palladium silver metallic” and the “designo platinum magno” matte finish. Under the hood, the G-Class is offered with either a 224HP V6 diesel (G 350 CDI) or two gasoline V8 engines producing 388HP in the G 500 and 507HP in the G55 AMG model.
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is scheduled to be production until 2015.