When it came into the world, in 1979, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class was anything but premium. It was boxy, the enemy of aerodynamics. Well, things haven’t changed that much over the years. It was austere. But the G-Class of today is lightyears away from that.
What if the G-Class were a premium model right from the start? As unimaginable as that may seem, a digital artist went that extra mile to give our imagination a helping hand. But from his virtual perspective, the G is not a 1979 product. Instead, it saw the light of day a decade before that.
It is Abimelec Design who digitally built the premium SUV designed to reach not the soldiers, but the wealthy customers. He kept the angular lines that are still there today, but ditched the standard radiator grille. Now the front end features a massive chrome grille, similar to the limousines of the time. Quad headlights flank it, displaying matching chrome surrounds.
The front and rear bumper, the mirror casings and door handles display the same chrome finish. Meanwhile, a Mercedes-Benz 280 donated the wheels.
Now that we know the virtual past of the 1960s G-Class, we must think about the future as well. The iconic off-roader that became the VIPs standard, is soon going to spring an electric version. It will also roll off the assembly line of the Magna Steyr plant, in Austria. That is where the model has been built since day one. The zero-emission version will come into the world as the EQG. But we still have to wait before we get to see it on and off the road. Tt is set to make public debut in 2024.