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All New Mercedes-Benz G-Class

The G-Class was originally built and intended to be used as a military vehicle.  It was the King of Iran Shah Mohammad Reza’s suggestion to develop this type of vehicle. Reza himself was an avid car collector and a Mercedes-Benz share holder.  Maserati even built a car and named it after the King, the first Maserati 5000 GT was named the Shah of Persia.

A civilian version of this vehicle was first offered in 1979. It is interesting to note that France also received a license to manufacture this vehicle it was then manufactured by Peugeot as the Peugeot P4.

The Peugeot P4, Photo courtesy of Peugeot France BlogSpot

Fast forward to 2018 and the G-Class is Mercedes-Benz’s second longest produced vehicle. Over the many years it has been in production the G has not changed much, retaining its military-style boxy shape and sharp edges. This has worked well for Mercedes-Benz and it has been a popular choice for celebrities and those that can afford this pricey ‘military vehicle for the road’.

It is very interesting to note how the evolution of Humvee/Hummer and the G-Class are similar, both having their roots in the military and then being turned into civilian cars. I suppose one may add Hitler’s VW Beetle to this list too.

It is also interesting to note the similarities between the Hummer H2 and the G-Class. They both have an intimidating boxy look, although the H2 is way more intimidating. Both were loved by the rich and the famous. But, one lasted and the other didn’t. The Hummer became a hit and everyone wanted one but like most fashion accessories (which is what the car was mainly used as), it didn’t last long as a darling of the rich and famous though one might add that Mercedes Benz’s substantial balance sheet has aided in it’s survival.

Mercedes-Benz seems to have gotten it right and the G-Class has remained a hit for years now. If you have ever been bored enough to watch a show called Keeping Up With The Kardashians you may have noticed that almost every last person featured in that show uses a G-Class as a daily car

Mercedes-Benz has now brought us an all new Mercedes-Benz G-Class and it looks very much like the one from previous years. Standing side by side with an 80s example one can clearly tell the lineage of car. Imagine putting an 80s 3 series next to the latest example – completely different cars, which is obviously a good thing.

However this Déjà vu works in the G-Class and it remains a car which offers something different for someone that doesn’t like the soft and polite looking SUVs or the desperate attempt by manufacturers to make SUVs look like supercars.

This blog post serves as a prequel to the full impression and road test that will come soon on this platform so I do not wish to go into too many details about the specs, it would spoil the road test/driving impression that we will do on the car soon. View the pictures of the car that we took and give us your thoughts as we anticipate the full review of the car.

Marcus Phathwa

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Marcus@mzansirides.com

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