The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is an icon of the automotive world. First introduced in 1978, it has had very few modification over the decades. That changed in 2019 with the introduction of the new body style. For the first time we could enjoy all of the modern amenities of Mercedes-Benz, along with the classic lines of the G-Wagen. Welcome to the modern era!
The most common color for a G-Class in real life is Black. At any given moment if you search for pre-owned G500's or G550's you'll find a swarm of black vehicles with a few in white or silver and the very rare specimen in a color. Mercedes must have been in the mood to change this because the G-Class currently has the most possible available exterior paints, even without choosing a custom paint through the PA1 Special Order Program.
Beyond Black and White there are all of these Metallic paints:
All of these designo paints:
AND all of the classic Manufaktur colors:
An aside on that terminology:
designo - rare, custom designed paints or upholsteries available from Mercedes on many models.
manufaktur: colors from historical Mercedes-Benz models
PA1: Special Order System through Mercedes-Benz that allows you to choose any paint or upholstery possible. This can take some time and does have associated costs.
I have never seen a G-Class in a color that didn't look good...and I have seen South Seas Blue in person! The Rubellite Red G63 above was a special order that the owner took a chance on, without seeing it in person. Paired with the Macchiato interior, it looks elegant and impressive!
So, if you are already the type of person who likes to stand out in a crowd with a G-Class, you might also be the person who would like it to be a special color! Get in touch and I can do my best to describe colors, show you comparable colors or just encourage you to take a chance on a color that neither of us have ever seen!
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is going to be all-new! After years of rumors and speculation, MBUSA showed an early example to dealers at a meeting recently. It is still over a year away and I have no details but it is already time to react! The photo above is a classic G55. It is a testament to the design that you can't tell if it is a 1985, 1995 or 2015!
The redesign info important for two reasons:
1 - If you love the classic Gelandewagen you need to snap one up now! Usually in the last year before a redesign there is a short production cycle. They need to retool the factory and get ready! There will be limited vehicles and production will stop early. It looks to me like it may already be locked in through October. Don't wait 6 months and struggle to find a color you like. I have light Ivory, designo Mystic Brown and Polar White in stock and ready to go!
2 - You should order the new one now! You don't want to be 10th on the list if you know you are going to want a new G-Class! In my experience, G-Class owners are a loyal bunch who tend to get another G-Class every few years. Once they hear about the redesign they will get on a list! I do not know what engines we will get or how many will be sent to the US. Better safe than sorry!
The best info I have on the redesign right now is that it is longer, wider and less tall. It also has a significantly more luxurious interior and more space in the backseat. It will still look like G-Class but could be a little more S-Class on the inside. If that sounds like your kind of SUV then the 2019 G-Class might be calling your name! We won't see any real pictures or specification for a few more months.
Now you know!
I recently took a vacation to the island of St. Lucia. While I was there I met a couple of Mercedes-Benz owners who showed me their babies. This island is hard on equipment! Keeping them running and in good condition is certainly a labor of love!
This Land Rover couldn't even survive the jungle!
If you're ever headed to St. Lucia please do let me know! I have recommendations!
The iconic G-Class now has a monstrous brother! The 4×4² stopped by today for a moment and I took all of the pictures! This beast is essentialy the famous G63 6x6 minus one axel. It is tall, looming, beefy, wide, and very cool.
This particular vehicle is destined for another dealership but it was briefly unloaded and it is amazing! I saw it pull in and my first though was "Why is there no wheel on the back?" My second though was "it's gigantic!" and then I realized that it was the first 4×4² that I had seen in real life!
This vehicle uses the series production G-Class body, variable chassis and all-wheel drive powertrain including portal axels from the G63 6x6 to create a unique off roader with so much presence! There are almost no choices to be made when ordering the 4×4². Paint color is the only variable. All of the interiors will be the Black Dinamica with white contrast stitching. Can you see the diamond quilting on the doors and seat inserts? The trim is carbon fiber both on the inside and outside of the vehicle. Most of the advertising has featured the Electric Beam yellow paint. This one opted for the more subdued designo Mystic White.
The extra-wide stance is intimidating! Look at the extra carbon fiber width added to the fender flares to accommodate the giant wheels and tires! The front roof spoiler with lights is almost exactly the same as that of the G63 6x6. The sticker quoted fuel economy at 11 mpg for both city and highway.
I can't find the details for this vehicle on MBUSA.com but here is a link to the European specs. This vehicle is now available for sale in the US with a base price of $225,000. I am expecting my first unit in April/May.
Here is a video of the formerly big G550 being unloaded from under the enormous G550 4×4². Enjoy!
A local photographer came by to take some pictures of our inventory. He made the dealership parking lot seem like a scouted location and the cars look pretty handsome too! Both of these beauties are available for sale, but now that they have a professional modeling portfolio the price may go up!
You can see more of his work on Instagram @joedphotog.