Since it was originally conceived in 1979, as a vehicle to be used primarily in tough off-road terrain, the G-Class has undergone a process of evolution.
New engines, a significantly extended range of appointments, a new, more luxurious interior and a few external modifications are the key changes to the G-Class.
Dr Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the board of management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars: "Our G-Class has been a force to be reckoned with for the last 33 years. In its latest evolutionary stage, it offers state-of-the-art, powerful engines, a further improved range of luxurious appointments and the very latest safety features, as well, of course, as its now legendary off-road capabilities. At the same time the design remains true to its down-to-earth, unmistakable style."
The external modifications include LED daytime running lamps and new exterior mirrors for all engine variants. TheAMGversions also feature a new, characteristic AMG radiator grille with double louvres, plus distinctive new bumpers with large air intakes. Red brake callipers and 20-inch wheels.
The G 350 BlueTEC long-wheelbase station wagon will be available with the V6 diesel engine and a displacement of 2987 cc.
The four-valve per cylinder engine has an output of 211 hp at 3400 rpm and has available torque of 540 Newton metres across an engine speed range of 1600 to 2400 rpm. The BlueTEC technology developed by Mercedes-Benz minimises its emissions, in particular of nitrogen oxides (NOx). The G 350 BlueTEC works to even better effect with the addition of AdBlue®, an aqueous urea solution that is injected into the flow of exhaust gases. Refilling with AdBlue® is conveniently done from the outside of the vehicle.
The G 350 BlueTEC will feature the 7G-TRONIC PLUSautomatic transmission as standard.
New to the range is the G 63 AMGwith V8 biturbo engine (544 hp and 760 Nm of torque), which features the ECO start/stop system as standard.
The new generation G-Class will be available from Autumn 2012.
UK Pricing and specification for the G-Class are still to be confirmed.