Mercedes-Benz has achieved a new production milestone for the G-Class SUV which has been in production since the year 1979.
Mercedes-Benz G-Class – Production Milestone!
The G-Class, which has been in production for 44 years since its first launch in 1979, today has achieved a production milestone of 500,000 G-Class ever produced. To celebrate this milestone, Mercedes-Benz decided to give the G-Class a retro-look with new paint job and fabric upholstery. The paint used on the special edition is the Agave Green which is one of the first paint color available for G-Class. The current G-Class features clear turn signals where as this special edition features shade of orange.
The special edition also gets retro-looking 5-spoke sterling white wheels with a spare wheel cover and Mercedes-Benz badge on the back. As you can see, right next to the spare wheel is a ladder mounted on the tail gate that lets you access the roof rack. The Special Edition features chequered fabric upholstery for the middle section of the seat, the grab handle on the passenger side has “No. 500,000” lettering in Agave Green.
The Special Edition is based on the G 500 sold internationally, and is therefore powered by 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 Engine that produces 416.22 bhp and 610 Nm of torque, it drives all four wheels via 9-speed Automatic Transmission and can go from 0 – 100 kmph in claimed 5.9 seconds at a top speed of 210 kmph.
The Chairman and CEO, Head of the Off-Road Vehicle Product Division at Mercedes-Benz, Dr Emmerich Schiller, had this to say, “On the occasion of the 500,000th anniversary, we would like to thank both our loyal customers and long-time fans as well as our employees and our production partner Magna Steyr in Graz. We are proud of this figure, which also underscores the exclusivity of the G-Class. After all, four whole decades have led to this significant anniversary. This makes the G-Class anything but a mass product.”
He also added that the electric G-Class launching in 2024 will look to push the boundaries of the off-road sector. In India, the G-Class is available in two variants – G350d 4MATIC which is powered by 3.0-litre straight six cylinder turbo-charged diesel engine which puts out 282 bhp and 600 Nm mated to 9-speed Automatic Transmission. The other variant is the G63 AMG which is powered by 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine which produces 577 bhp and 850 Nm of torque and same 9-speed Automatic Transmission.
Mercedes-Benz had announced it’ll be launching 10 new cars and SUVs in India as there was a hint for update on the G-Class.