Unsurpassed since the 1970s.

The G-Class does not set standards. It is a standard. What follows is an outline of significant points in its history.

2018

The new G-Class is unveiled.

A box-shaped bombshell. Improved on- and off-road performance and a thoroughly revised interior and exterior design mark a new peak in the G-Class’s history.

Its altered axle architecture makes it even easier to drive. The new spatial concept turns the car into a masterclass of space and comfort. With Intelligent Drive as standard, the new G-Class is the smartest ever.

2017

Open for luxury, on and off the road.

A giant even for G-Class standards: The Mercedes-Benz G 650 Landaulet marks a work of automotive art.

A giant even for G-Class standards: The Mercedes-Benz G 650 Landaulet marks a work of automotive art, combining power and exclusivity in a way never seen before. With its imposing V12 engine and highly exclusive equipment, this giant limited to 99 units meets the expectations of all customers demanding nothing but the best from their vehicle.

2015

The 4x42 for new extremes.

New chassis with dual shock absorbers and adjustable suspension, combined with unstoppable all-wheel drive and versatile portal axles.

New chassis with dual shock absorbers and adjustable suspension, combined with unstoppable all-wheel drive and versatile portal axles: A vehicle outstanding in both its appearance and technology.

2014

The G-Class is 35.

A legend celebrates its anniversary. Even after 250,000 have rolled off the assembly line in the course of 35 years.

A legend celebrates its anniversary. Even after 250,000 have rolled off the assembly line in the course of 35 years, its unique design is maintained without ignoring the latest technical developments. “Otto”, a 300 CDI that – after it has covered almost 900,000 kilometres in 25 years – has been returned to Daimler AG and handed over to its museum provides a good example of the G-Class’s rugged off-road capabilities. Gunter Holtdorf, the vehicle’s owner, used “Otto” to travel the whole world – with the car’s first engine installed in 1989.

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2013

The 6x6 is here.

Another, highly unusual member is added to the G-Class range: The Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG 6x6 turns the G-Class into the king of the desert.

Another, highly unusual member is added to the G-Class range: The Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG 6x6 turns the G-Class into the king of the desert. It makes the desert tremble with its 6x6 drive train, no less than five differential locks, portal axles and tire pressure control system. At the same time, the company changes its name to Mercedes-Benz G GmbH.

2012

The interior changes.

As part of the comprehensive upgrade, the G-Class receives a significantly revised interior. The instrument cluster and completely redesigned centre console give the interior a more ergonomic design. The exterior is changed too, but the core of the “G” remains the same.

As part of the comprehensive upgrade, the G-Class receives a significantly revised interior. The instrument cluster and completely redesigned centre console give the interior a more ergonomic design. The exterior is changed too, but the core of the “G” remains the same. For instance, it now incorporates additional pedestrian safety measures. Visually, LED daylight running lights and new exterior mirrors are added to the “G”. Thanks to the cooperation with AMG, the G 350 BlueTEC and the G 500 are now complemented by two truly monumental engine options: A V8 bi-turbo with 544 bhp and a V12 bi-turbo engine putting out a mighty 612 bhp.

2011

Departure in style.

In the shape of the “BA3 Final Edition”, the last run of the short Station Wagon is once more offered for the G 350 BlueTEC and the G 500.

In the shape of the “BA3 Final Edition”, the last run of the short Station Wagon is once more offered for the G 350 BlueTEC and the G 500. The special “Edition Select” model with two-tone paint is exclusively for the long G 500 Station Wagon. A comprehensive stainless steel package as well as AMG trim ensure a polished last hurrah. Inside, the atmosphere is upgraded with a chrome package, among others.

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2010

Two wheels more.

After a 31-year production run, the “G” is equipped with state-of-the-art BlueTEC technology. With its rated output of 211 bhp, the V6 diesel engine in the G 350 BlueTEC offers a performance similar to that of its predecessor but outclasses it when it comes to emissions.

After a 31-year production run, the “G” is equipped with state-of-the-art BlueTEC technology. With its rated output of 211 bhp, the V6 diesel engine in the G 350 BlueTEC offers a performance similar to that of its predecessor but outclasses it when it comes to emissions. Thus equipped, the “G’s” emits less than the EU5 standard stipulates. Furthermore, a right-hand drive version of the 463 Series is now offered in G 350 BlueTEC and G 55 AMG guise.

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2009

Three decades of manual craftsmanship.

30 years after its inception and after 200,000 vehicles have rolled off the production line, the G-Class is still made by hand.

30 years after its inception and after 200,000 vehicles have rolled off the production line, the G-Class is still made by hand. Even after 30 years, the “G” is still state-of-the-art and one of the most capable off-road vehicles on the market. Its 30-year production run makes it the longest-serving passenger vehicle series in the 120-year history of Mercedes-Benz. Two special editions that continue the off-road vehicle’s legend in style mark this unique anniversary.

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2008

Increased safety and dynamics.

A new radiator grill gives the G-Class a mild facelift while it is equipped with state-of-the-art telematics systems.

A new radiator grill gives the G-Class a mild facelift while it is equipped with state-of-the-art telematics systems. The G 500 receives a new V8 engine producing 388 bhp. The G 55 AMG’s power is also boosted – it now puts out 507 bhp. A new ESP® generation, now including hill start assist, further improves active safety and driving dynamics.

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2007

Polished interior.

The interior is upgraded with a new instrument cluster, steering wheel and control unit. A back-up camera system is presented as an optional extra. Pope Benedict XVI receives the Papamobil based on the G-Class by Mercedes-Benz Italy.

The interior is upgraded with a new instrument cluster, steering wheel and control unit. A back-up camera system is presented as an optional extra. Pope Benedict XVI receives the Papamobil based on the G-Class by Mercedes-Benz Italy. Furthermore, after the separation of Daimler AG and Chrysler LLC, our development company continues its business under the name Mercedes-Benz Consult Graz GmbH.

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2006

Time for new engines

The introduction of the 320 CDI diesel engine with 224 bhp and a standard particle filter leads to the discontinuation of the petrol-powered G 320 and the diesel engines 270 CDI and 400 CDI.

The introduction of the 320 CDI diesel engine with 224 bhp and a standard particle filter leads to the discontinuation of the petrol-powered G 320 and the diesel engines 270 CDI and 400 CDI. The new diesel engine and the G 500 are furthermore combined with the innovative, fuel saving 7G-TRONIC automatic gearbox. Bi-Xenon headlamps and cornering lights as standard further improve active safety. The G 55 AMG’s power increases to a breathtaking 500 bhp.

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2005

Essential things endure.

The safety equipment of the long wheel-base versions now includes standard window airbags. The special “Grand Edition” model.

The safety equipment of the long wheel-base versions now includes standard window airbags. The special “Grand Edition” model, which is only available as a long Station Wagon powered by one of two V8 engines, the G 400 CDI or the G 500, is launched. With its refined equipment and matt metallic paint job, it underlines the G-Class’s status as a timeless design classic.

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2004

Excelling on the road and off it for a quarter of a century.

The G-Class’s 25th anniversary is celebrated with the “Limited Edition” model which comes with a highly exclusive interior and is limited to 250 units.

The G-Class’s 25th anniversary is celebrated with the “Limited Edition” model which comes with a highly exclusive interior and is limited to 250 units. Furthermore, the G 55 AMG is now supercharged, raising its output to 476 bhp.

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2003

A new dimension.

Introduction of the official AMG G-Class on the basis of the long Station Wagon, a quantum leap for the G-Class in terms of dynamics.

Introduction of the official AMG G-Class on the basis of the long Station Wagon, a quantum leap for the G-Class in terms of dynamics. With its 354-bhp V8 engine, the G 55 AMG reaches an electronically limited top speed of 210 km/h.

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2002

The G-Class protects.

The G-Class’s history as a special protection vehicle goes back all the way to its introduction in 1979. From now on, the special protection version of the luxurious 463 Series is only available as a long wheel-base version in the shape of the G 500 Guard, meeting the armoured vehicle resistance classes B6 and B7.

The G-Class’s history as a special protection vehicle goes back all the way to its introduction in 1979. From now on, the special protection version of the luxurious 463 Series is only available as a long wheel-base version in the shape of the G 500 Guard, meeting the armoured vehicle resistance classes B6 and B7. The G-Class, a vehicle already widely renowned for its ruggedness, offers the perfect basis for comprehensive all-round protection, even in the most remote regions of the world. Concealing its special properties under a body almost identical to the production version, it offers a unique vehicle category in the field of mobile special protection.

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2001

Going west.

UBG-Beratungsgesellschaft m.b.H. changes its name to Daimler Chrysler Consult Graz GmbH. The G-Class’s introduction in the U.S. and Canada is a resounding success which significantly contributes to the production of the 150,000th “G”.

UBG-Beratungsgesellschaft m.b.H. changes its name to Daimler Chrysler Consult Graz GmbH. The G-Class’s introduction in the U.S. and Canada is a resounding success which significantly contributes to the production of the 150,000th “G”. The 270 CDI diesel engine becomes the new base engine for Europe. Additionally, the G-Class’s active safety is increased by adding the Brake Assist System (BAS) and the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP®) to which the new Electronic Traction System (4ETS) is connected via brake intervention.

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2000

Even more luxury.

In the course of the 463 Series’ first comprehensive model upgrade all three body versions receive the latest automotive technology as well as an interior modernised from the ground up. The new interior design upgrades its luxurious appearance and boosts passive safety at the same time.

In the course of the 463 Series’ first comprehensive model upgrade all three body versions receive the latest automotive technology as well as an interior modernised from the ground up. The new interior design upgrades its luxurious appearance and boosts passive safety at the same time. The G-Class now boasts state-of-the-art telematics systems and its low-range off-road mode is now activated electrohydraulically. In the engine department, the G 400 CDI with its new V8 common rail diesel engine replaces the G 300 DT. The sales regions are no longer divided between Mercedes-Benz and Puch and henceforth, the “G” is only available with a star on its bonnet.

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1999

A unique connection.

Mercedes-Benz merges two strands of DNA that were made to be together in the first place: that of the G-Class and that of AMG.

Mercedes-Benz merges two strands of DNA that were made to be together in the first place: that of the G-Class and that of AMG. With its naturally aspirated V8 engine, the first Mercedes-Benz AMG 55 produces 354 bhp. Another truly special model is the G 500 Classic which is limited to 400 units and celebrates the fact that the G-Class has been in production for 20 years. The special long wheel-base edition sports a striking metallic paint job changing its colour from black to a dark aubergine hue depending on light incidence.

1998

The return of the V8.

The G-Class is once again available with a V8 option. This time, however, it is paired with all three differential locks.

The G-Class is once again available with a V8 option. This time, however, it is paired with all three differential locks. A luxurious classic, the G 500 with its 296 bhp is immediately well received in the market. Within the 461 Series, which is now available with a driver airbag, the naturally aspirated prechamber diesel in the 290 GD is replaced by the 290 GD equipped with a direct-injection turbo diesel engine. The 120-bhp 5-cylinder turbo diesel can only be had with an automatic gearbox.

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1997

Open-air capability.

The G-Class convertible is the only off-road vehicle in the world equipped with an electrohydraulic soft top.

The G-Class convertible is the only off-road vehicle in the world equipped with an electrohydraulic soft top. The 463 Series G 320 is now powered by a new V6 engine with 215 bhp. Additionally, all 463 Series models receive rear disc brakes as well as an electronic system distributing the brake force between the two axles.

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1996

Safety as standard.

A passenger airbag is now standard in the 463 Series.

A passenger airbag is now standard in the 463 Series. At the same time, the G 300 DT turbo diesel engine with 177 bhp replaces the G 350 turbo diesel which it trumps in terms of power and torque despite its smaller displacement.

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1994

A magical figure.

The 100,000th off-road vehicle rolls of the assembly line. The name “G-Model” for the 463 Series is discontinued and henceforth, the off-road vehicle is officially called “G-Class”.

The 100,000th off-road vehicle rolls of the assembly line. The name “G-Model” for the 463 Series is discontinued and henceforth, the off-road vehicle is officially called “G-Class”. The letter “G” now precedes the engine denomination. Additionally, the 463 Series is now equipped with a standard driver airbag and the 300 GE petrol engine is replaced by the G 320 with its 3.2-l four-valve six-cylinder engine.

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1993

Introduction of the V8.

Limited to 500 units, the special edition “500 GE” is launched. Its V8 engine – the first of its kind to power the G-Model – puts out 241 bhp.

Limited to 500 units, the special edition “500 GE” is launched. Its V8 engine – the first of its kind to power the G-Model – puts out 241 bhp. Due to its high performance, however, the 500 GE is built without a front axle locking differential. A new type with driver cab and a new chassis with a wheel-base extended to 3,400 mm is added to the 461 Series.

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1992

Increased responsibilities for Graz.

The G-Model development competence is transferred from the Daimler-Benz Development Department in Stuttgart to UBG-Beratungsgesellschaft in Graz. Sales remain with our shareholder, the Off-Road Vehicle Division of Daimler-Benz.

The G-Model development competence is transferred from the Daimler-Benz Development Department in Stuttgart to UBG-Beratungsgesellschaft in Graz. Sales remain with our shareholder, the Off-Road Vehicle Division of Daimler-Benz. The 460 Series is replaced by the renewed 461 Series which – with its purposeful equipment and stronger 95-bhp 290 GD diesel engine – remains the optimum choice for professional commercial users.

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1990

A new series enters production.

Serial production of the luxurious 463 Series begins. With permanent all-wheel drive, three electronically selectable 100% differential locks and disengageable anti-lock brakes (ABS), it represents a world-first.

Serial production of the luxurious 463 Series begins. With permanent all-wheel drive, three electronically selectable 100% differential locks and disengageable anti-lock brakes (ABS), it represents a world-first. The changes to the drive train and the altered chassis not only result in superior and safe road holding, they also improve the vehicle’s manoeuvrability in light off-road terrain while its softer suspension increases its articulation angles. The 463 Series is offered in two wheel-base options and three body versions.

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1989

In production for a full decade.

To mark its anniversary, the G-Class receives an upscale interior, a more comfortable chassis and permanent all-wheel drive in the shape of the comprehensively updated 463 Series. On top of that, it is also available as a convertible.

To mark its anniversary, the G-Class receives an upscale interior, a more comfortable chassis and permanent all-wheel drive in the shape of the comprehensively updated 463 Series. On top of that, it is also available as a convertible. Celebrating the 460 Series’ tenth birthday, the special “Classic” edition provides a preview of the luxury customers can expect from the new Series. The special edition is limited to 300 units and is only available as a 230 GE short wheel-base Station Wagon.

1987

Even more comfort.

In order to further up the comfort level, the G-Model receives an upgraded standard equipment and is now available with new optional extras such as power windows.

In order to further up the comfort level, the G-Model receives an upgraded standard equipment and is now available with new optional extras such as power windows. A new version of the G-Model with driver cabin and 3,120-mm wheel-base chassis is introduced. Design and development of the new 463 Series starts at the same time.

1986

Serial no. 50,000.

The 50,000th G-Model leaves the production halls.

The 50,000th G-Model leaves the production halls. Furthermore, the 230 GE is now available with a catalytic

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1985

Large checked pattern.

The G-Model’s comfort is once again increased and its interior modernised. Among others, it receives seat upholstery with the large checked pattern so typical for the “G”.

The G-Model’s comfort is once again increased and its interior modernised. Among others, it receives seat upholstery with the large checked pattern so typical for the “G”. Instead of a simple canvas cover, the G-Model convertible now sports a folding top whose mechanism makes its use much more user-friendly. All 460 Series models are now equipped with two locking differentials as standard.

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1983

Victory at the Paris-Dakar Rally.

Rally drivers Jacky Ickx and Claude Brasseur win the car category at the legendary Paris-Dakar desert rally with their 280 GE.

Rally drivers Jacky Ickx and Claude Brasseur win the car category at the legendary Paris-Dakar desert rally with their 280 GE.

1982

Even more comfort.

The G-Model’s comfort level is increased. Apart from further optional extras, the 460 Series now comes with a lightly upgraded interior.

The G-Model’s comfort level is increased. Apart from further optional extras, the 460 Series now comes with a lightly upgraded interior. The 230 G with its carburettor engine is replaced by teh 230 GE with modern electronic fuel injection. A Papamobil built on the basis of a G-Model which has been built in 1980 for the Pope’s visit to Germany is presented to the Vatican and another vehicle is produced.

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1981

New structures.

GFG is dissolved and the responsibilities are redivided between Daimler-Benz and Steyr-Daimler-Puch. Henceforth, Daimler-Benz is exclusively responsible for the off-road vehicle’s further development while Steyr-Daimler-Puch concentrates on contract manufacture.

GFG is dissolved and the responsibilities are redivided between Daimler-Benz and Steyr-Daimler-Puch. Henceforth, Daimler-Benz is exclusively responsible for the off-road vehicle’s further development while Steyr-Daimler-Puch concentrates on contract manufacture. UBG-Beratungsgesellschaft m.b.H. is set up by Daimler-Benz to coordinate production at Steyr-Daimler-Puch in Graz. Following GFG’s liquidation in 1982, it is no longer the official manufacturer of the G-Model. Instead, Daimler-Benz AG is listed as the vehicle’s manufacturer in its documents. In Austria, Switzerland and the COMECON countries, however, the “G” is still sold as the “Puch G” by Steyr-Daimler-Puch.

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1980

A “G” for the Pope.

Mercedes-Benz builds a unique “Papamobil” on the basis of a 230 G for Pope John Paul II’s visit to Germany in November of 1980.

Mercedes-Benz builds a unique “Papamobil” on the basis of a 230 G for Pope John Paul II’s visit to Germany in November of 1980.

1979

Launch of the first G-Class.

The 460 Series G-Model, which is almost exclusively assembled by hand in the Graz factory, is presented. The moniker “G” is derived from the first letter in the German word “Geländewagen”, meaning “off-road vehicle”.

The 460 Series G-Model, which is almost exclusively assembled by hand in the Graz factory, is presented. The moniker “G” is derived from the first letter in the German word “Geländewagen”, meaning “off-road vehicle”. The vehicle is based on a sturdy ladder frame with coil-spring-equipped solid axles. The off-road vehicle is available in two different wheel-base options and five different body styles. Its range of engines includes diesel (240 GD, 300 GD) and petrol (230 G, 280 GE) options putting out between 72 and 150 bhp.

1977

Company foundation.

Foundation of Geländefahrzeug GmbH (GFG) as an independent joint enterprise in which both partners hold 50% of shares.

Foundation of Geländefahrzeug GmbH (GFG) as an independent joint enterprise in which both partners hold 50% of shares. The joint enterprise is responsible for production and is thus listed as the off-road vehicle’s manufacturer on the vehicle’s registration.

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1975

Important preparatory work.

A feasibility study proves the off-road vehicle’s market potential and the Steyr-Daimler-Puch factory in Graz is chosen as its production location.

A feasibility study proves the off-road vehicle’s market potential and the Steyr-Daimler-Puch factory in Graz is chosen as its production location.

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1972

Take-off.

Start of cooperation between Daimler-Benz AG and Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG.

Start of cooperation between Daimler-Benz AG and Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG. Pooling their experience in building all-wheel drive vehicles, the two partners face the challenge of developing a means of transport that sets new standards on and off the road. With these properties, the off-road vehicle is not only supposed to excel in tough daily industrial and governmental use but also meet the comfort-related demands of private customers.

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Multiple award winner.

Awards are given to those who manage to cultivate perfectionism. The G-Class virtually comes with awards as standard.

Best Offroader (auto motor sport)

1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997: 1st place Offroader

Off-roader of the year (Offroad Magazin)

2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012: 1st place Classics (Offroad Award)

Motor Klassik Award (Motor Klassik)

2003, 2007, 2009: 1st place Classic of the Future (Motor Klassik Award)

Off-roader of the year (Offroad Magazin)

2010, 2011, 2012: 1st place Luxury Off-roader (Offroad-Award)

OFF ROAD Award (OFF ROAD)

2014, 2015: 1st place Luxury Off-roader

Car of the year (Auto Bild)

2015: 1st place Off-roader and SUV

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