6 things you didn’t know about the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon

The G-Class, the luxury off-road vehicle from Mercedes-Benz, has long been considered a design icon. Its external appearance has not changed significantly since 1979. Iconic elements continue to serve very specific purposes and still gives the G‑Class its unique appearance 39 years later.

The new enhanced design of the G-Class follows the same philosophy but has been improved both on and off-road with new driving modes and suspension.

Have a read of our 6 things that you didn’t know about the iconic G-Wagon. Are you interested in the new model? You can find out more here!

1. The G in “G-Class” stands for Geländewagen (or “cross country vehicle”)

The ruggedness of the G-Class is what makes it a popular vehicle in the military. Its windows were strategically designed to be easily replaced by a local glass shop in case they were broken during an expedition. Currently, militaries across 39 countries in the world rely on the vehicle’s ability to withstand harsher conditions.

2. Only five parts have been carried over to the new model

When we say new G-Class, you probably take one look at it wonder what we’re talking about. But with only five parts being carried over from the previous model, it really is completely new. These parts are not completely significant either, the list including the spare wheel cover, the headlight washer nozzles, sun visors, the push button on the door handles and the tow bar.

3. You Can Travel the Distance from the Moon and Back in a G-Class

A German couple put around 528,000 miles on their Mercedes Benz G-Class in 1988. That’s the distance from the Earth to the moon and back, plus another 50,000 miles. The couple also travelled more than 155,000 miles off-road. The 4×4 is now displayed in the Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart.

4. There’s a G-Class 6×6 (yes, a 6-wheeled vehicle)

As if the ruggedness of the 4×4 G-Class wasn’t enough, Mercedes-Benz launched approximately 200 G63 AMG 6×6 models, adding an extra rear axle and pickup bed behind the cabin to create a six-wheeled monster. It also produced 544-horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque from its bi-turbo V8.

5. The G-Class was used as the “Popemobile”

In 1980 a converted G-Class accompanied Pope Jon Paul II on his visit to Germany for a meeting between both the Catholic and Protestant churches. That particular G-Class was then coined as the “Popemobile.”

6. Making the new model look the same was very difficult

In order to pass modern crash regulations and keep the iconic external appearance, the new G-Class engineers had a challenge on their hands. However simple, and old, the wing-top indicators look, they’re actually very clever, recessing into the wing tops if they’re struck hard. That, alongside some clever shaping of the upright front, means this new G-Class manages to pass current and all known future pedestrian-protection tests.