The Mercedes-Benz G-Class has been around for more than forty years. And its looks have not changed much through all these decades. Generation after generation, Mercedes kept the boxy shape and several features that make it unmistakable.
You can’t confuse this car with any other out there. Its angular shape has always been hostile to aerodynamics. There are still round headlights, now with high-quality LED tech. The exterior door hinges are still in place and the turn indicators have kept their ground up on the hood. And there is that “clack” sound when the door close, a sound that makes you want to open and close them again and again.
Mercedes-Benz has been building the G-Class since 1979. It came into the world as a military vehicle. But that is what has changed throughout the years. With this latest generation, Mercedes has even improved maneuverability. The off-roader is now finally easy to drive on tarmac as well. And it should be, since the premium carmaker has been granting it – in its G 63 variant – with supercar figures.
The G 63 comes with 585 PS (577 HP) and 850 Nm (626 lb-ft) of torque, all out of its 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8. Those are enough to make the boxy G run from a standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 220 km/h (137 mph).
Mercedes is also working on the EQG, the electric version of the G-Class. We have already seen a prototype of the EV spin out of its mind in a spectacular tank turn. But how did we get here? Well, people at the billion-dollar Magna Steyr factory in Austria know the exact answer to that. They are the ones that do all the work from the first renderings to the moment the car drives through the factory gates. Adventure awaits. And this is where it starts.