It may have first hit the road in 1979, but frequent updates over the years have kept the G-Class, or G-Wagen as it is often known, in touch with modern motoring developments. Though in its 35th year, the indestructible SUV will benefit from a further makeover in 2016.
It’s a no-nonsense contest between two rugged off-roaders both designed to be utilitarian workhorses for the world. But here’s why the G-Class is the winner:
While its overall appearance still reflects its robust design parameters, improvements inside and out make this a car for the now. Leather has softened the no compromise interior design while state of the art technology, such as Mercedes’ COMAND multimedia system and seven Harman Kardon speakers, bring the G-Class right up to date.
Despite the many refinements added over the years, the soul of the G-Class remains out in the fields. Three separate differential locks, low-range seven-speed gearbox and high ground clearance and 600mm wading depth, means that this 4x4 is still the one new arrivals have to beat. The cavernous 2,250 litre boot with a wipe-clean lining adds to the rural practicality.
Meanwhile, the engines available are bang up to date, and will next year range from a 313bhp 2.9-litre diesel to the simply awesome 571bhp 5.5-litre V8 G63 AMG variant.
The G-Class has character and retro-appeal to spare, with a hard-earned and well-deserved reputation as a go-anywhere beast of burden now allied with modern driving aids and some luxury comforts.