An automotive legend has reached a critical milestone. The Mercedes-Benz G-Class has hit 500,000 items constructed. The newest one rolled off an meeting line in the identical manufacturing facility that has been constructing the SUV for 44 years. And that 500,000th G-Class was given a retro makeover.
Mercedes says the design inspiration for this particular G-Class was a comparatively early 1986 280 GE. And to get that retro look, the SUV was painted in one of many unique shade choices, Agave Inexperienced, together with black for the grille, bumpers, fender flares, rub strips and door handles. The headlights get stone guards, and small, silver-painted wheels with chunky tires are fitted, together with on the rear the place a vintage-style vinyl spare cowl hides it. One element Mercedes is especially happy with is the entrance flip indicators. They’d to make use of a special shiny amber plastic to emulate the previous look.
The within of the G-Class additionally has classic touches (although, tragically, Mercedes did not present pictures). The seats have a checkered cloth just like the 1986 inspiration. On the seize deal with, there is a badge denoting that that is the five hundred,000th mannequin, and it is painted to match the outside.
The G-Class has come a good distance because it was launched in 1979. The unique vans solely made between 72 and 150 horsepower, although you might get it in two- and four-door variations and in hardtop and convertible variants. And till the present era that was launched in 2018, they’d stable axles entrance and rear. Right now’s truck, at the very least within the U.S., comes normal with a 415-horsepower twin-turbo V8, and it may be optioned as much as 577 with the AMG mannequin. And now it has impartial entrance suspension and a lot better packaging.
There is not any signal of the G-Class ending manufacturing, both. And Mercedes has confirmed there’ll even be an electrical one popping out subsequent 12 months. That mannequin will apparently pack 4 motors, one for every wheel, that ought to enable for some spectacular off-road capabilities.