The Mercedes-Benz G-Class certainly makes a statement — and it has been for decades. Dominating the competition with its notable off-road capabilities and luxurious features, the automaker’s flagship SUV received some impressive upgrades for 2019. And whether you’re running errands around town or venturing out on an off-the-grid excursion, the G-Class will get you there in style.
Dating back to the seventies, the vehicle made its debut when the Shah of Iran asked Mercedes-Benz to fulfill an order for 20,000 off-road martial SUVs. The automaker teamed up with an Austrian military manufacturer and rolled out the G-Class in 1979. Available for both civilian and military purchase, it was an industrial machine capable of plowing through any terrene obstacle.
Today, the SUV’s boxy, upright exterior remains visually similar to that original design that consumers have come to know and love. But the 2019 G-Class has new elements on nearly every surface — to be exact, the door handles, headlight washer sprayers and spare-tire cover are the only three components carried over from the previous generation.
The updated interior looks like it was plucked right out of a luxury sedan, with premium leathers, large infotainment screens, carbon-fiber bits and rich wood trim throughout. This year’s model is ideal for daily driving as it has a more refined and inviting cabin compared to past iterations. Ambient lighting can be found on the doors and dash, adding another touch of elegance.
Complementing its iconic history, luxurious features and attractive design, the G-Class’s performance stats are off the charts. Those looking for something more powerful than a standard SUV can upgrade to the AMG G 63. This trim level boasts a staggering 577 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque — more power than anyone could ever need.
All these years after its debut, the G-Class remains high in demand. It has become the vehicle of choice for the affluent, driven by celebrities, athletes and executives alike. And its dominating presence and perceived exclusivity have kept sales strong. New models can be tough to come by, and used ones with 100,000+ miles still sell for astonishing prices.
Here in the Twin Cities, the go-to dealership for the G-Class and other Mercedes-Benz models is Feldmann Imports of Bloomington. With first-class amenities like free airport parking, posh guest lounges with gourmet coffees and espressos, and free massages and manicures on Thursdays, Feldmann Imports is sure to satisfy.